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Best Way to Dress with MS

June 26, 2018

Deciding what to wear and the act of actually getting dressed may seem like an overlooked task. That is until MS is also thrown into the mix. What you decide to wear will not just have an impact on your looks and self-esteem but also your physical health. Here are a few things to remember:

Wear loose fitting clothing. Give your body the ability to breathe. Even in the winter months it is important not to suffocate the body. Doing that has the potential to trigger symptoms and make your day a lot harder than it has to be. Elastic waistbands are an MS patient’s best friend.

Get dressed while sitting down. Sitting in a chair gives you balance and the ability to dress at your own pace. At the very least, socks and shoes should always be put on while seated.

Use Velcro whenever possible. Velcro is another thing that can make your life go a bit smoother. It may not be the hottest fashion statement, but Velcro almost never comes undone, meaning you won’t have to bend over to readjust your shoe all day. It is also impossible to trip over.

Attach a small pendant or knot to your zipper. A lot of zippers on shirts and pants can be very hard to grip, due to MS related “finger mobility issues”. Adding something to that like a pendant or knot will let you zip up faster.

Use Assistive Devices. There are a plethora of devices and tools out there that can assist you in getting dressed. Use a “reacher” to grab something high on the rack or on the floor or use a dressing stick to help pull up underwear or pants. Shoe horns will help you put on tight shoes when Velcro isn’t an option.