This article was written by #ScoliWarrior, Christy Adelakun. Happy reading!
Even with scoliosis, you can make a fashion statement and be a fashionista if you dress right and know the right kind of clothing to wear.
For one, you can experiment and eventually develop your own unique sense of style and dress in a way that compliments your unique frame.
Scoliosis often hits females more than males. Girls are eight times more likely to develop it than boys.
So for today’s fashion tips, the focus will be on females.
Fashion impacts greatly on our self-confidence and as such dressing right from day to day should be of utmost importance. One of the ways to feel good about ourselves and to build our self-esteem is by dressing right.
People who have scoliosis already have a difficult challenge with self-confidence because the curvature and other distinct features alongside it often make us self conscious and an object of scrutiny.
Here are some fashion tips:
I’ll list out a few tops that are must-haves in our wardrobes
- The Peplum Top: One style to go for is the peplum top. These blouses have a short, gathered slightly flared strip of fabric attached to the waist. The peplum gives an illusion of having a waistline.
- The Blouse: Also, try the blouse top. It’s usually free, feels comfortable and has gathers at the back for extra comfort & this will help hide the curvature.
- Asymmetrical Tops: These tops usually come in uneven bottom hems and are a top fashion trend. They draw attention away from an uneven shoulder and hips.
- Tunics: Pair a tunic top with leggings or skinny stretchy jeans. A tunic top is a high low waist garment along with an over-lapped v neck. It is free-flowing and helps to hide the uneven waistline. Clingy tops accentuate the curves, therefore a tunic top over leggings or stretchy pair of jeans makes for a comfortable fit. High waisted jeans are also a good pick because they not only hide the curve, they also complement your posture.
Others must-haves include cape tops and layered tops.
Add-on extra layer!
Jackets, blazers, cardigans, sweaters or kimono.
Layering helps to hide the outline of a brace, uneven ribs and shoulders or a curved spinal cord.
On warm days, rock a short-sleeved/sleeveless jacket or a lightweight vest/kimono over a tank top.
Go for dresses that do not cling to your sides, so as to allow you to cover your curvature and brace. Dresses like swing and skater dresses are free dresses that give a flattering fit without clinging to your curve.
Also, look out for dresses with embellishments that draw the focus away from the torso. Dresses with capes help to hide the curvature and are also trendy and fashion forward.
Kaftans are also a great pick! They have a way of covering up your curve and other scoliosis-features while making you look graceful and elegant.
Kimonos are also a must have as they are very versatile, easy to wear/fit and quite comfortable. They can be worn as a dress or layered over a t-shirt and jeans or a tank top and leggings. You can also pair with a camisole and a straight/pencil skirt. They come without or without belts so you can decide to accessorise with a belt (for a fitted look) or just do without one. Whatever you decide, kimonos always make a fashion statement.
Try going with bold accessories as this help in expressing your sense of style and at the same time, taking prying eyes off areas you want to de-emphasise. Scarfs, for instance, can mask uneven shoulders and would rather draw attention to your face.
Statement jewellery also will make the mark and draw attention away.
Carrying a big (obvious) bag is another good way to accessorise but ensure it’s not heavy. Carrying heavy stuff is a no-no for scoli-warriors!
Comfortable shoes should be of utmost importance. Avoid shoes that are very high-heeled. However, if you must go for heels, it is best to go for wedges/platforms, as they are more comfortable and place less stress on the spine.
Also, avoid shoes that are very flat. Opt for shoes with a slightly lifted heel, good arch support and some cushioning.
Written by Christy Adelakun for Beyond A Curved Spine
(Images and some tips culled from the internet)