Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine, causing it to twist and curve sideways. It is often treated with a brace, which is worn around the torso to support the spine and prevent the curvature from worsening.
Modern Scoliosis Braces, such as the ScoliBrace which we offer at the UK Scoliosis Clinic are nothing like braces from the past – they are lightweight, low profile and even come in a wide variety of colours. Many people actually choose to wear their scoliosis brace as a sort of accessory – and with so many design patterns available, why not! Many people, however do prefer to keep their brace covered for all sorts of reasons. Moving about in a Scoliosis brace isn’t a huge issue, but choosing the right clothes can help with making the process as comfortable as possible – with a few tips and tricks, it is possible to find clothes that are both stylish and practical for all sorts of situations.
Tips and tricks!
Without further ado, here are the tips and tricks you need!
Look for clothes with stretchy or adjustable waistbands.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing clothes with a scoliosis brace is the waistband. The brace will add bulk to your midsection – and although it’s a small amount if you want to be able to wear clothes both with the brace on and off it is essential to choose clothes with waistbands that are stretchy or adjustable. Trousers with elastic waistbands or drawstring waists are obviously comfortable, but slightly stretchy options, like leggings, also work fine.
Avoid clothes with tight-fitting or restrictive waistbands.
On the flip side, it is best to avoid clothes with tight-fitting or restrictive waistbands, as they can be uncomfortable and even painful when worn with a scoliosis brace. This includes high-waisted pants, tight skirts, and tight-fitting shorts. Instead, opt for looser-fitting clothes that will allow for some movement and flexibility.
Choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off.
Putting on and taking off clothes can be a challenge when you are wearing a scoliosis brace – putting the brace on is easy (if you’re using a ScoliBrace!) but once you have the brace on it’s not possible to move the spine a great deal. Therefore, it’s best to choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off. This includes clothes with wide necklines, open fronts, and loose-fitting sleeves. Avoid clothes with tight or restrictive necklines, as these can be difficult to get over your head.
Look for clothes with extra room in the back.
Since the scoliosis brace will add bulk to your back, it is essential to look for clothes with extra room in the back. This includes jackets, blouses, and dresses with a loose or flowing back. Avoid clothes with tight or fitted backs, as they can be uncomfortable and restrict movement. With oversized clothing being in fashion, oversized fleeces, sweatshirts or hoodies worn with baggy joggers or leggings will keep adolescent girls feeling comfortable and looking on trend.
Choose clothes made from soft and breathable fabrics.
When choosing clothes to wear with a scoliosis brace, it is important to choose clothes made from soft and breathable fabrics. This includes cotton, linen, and bamboo fabrics, which are gentle on the skin and allow for air circulation. Avoid clothes made from synthetic fabrics, as they can be uncomfortable and trap sweat.
Consider layering your clothes.
Layering your clothes can be a great way to add warmth and style while wearing a scoliosis brace. Start with a soft, breathable base layer, such as a cotton tank top or t-shirt. Then, add a loose-fitting blouse or sweater on top. This will allow you to adjust your layers depending on the temperature and will provide some coverage for your brace.
Try on clothes with your brace.
Before buying any clothes, it is essential to try them on with your scoliosis brace. This will allow you to see how the clothes fit and feel with the brace, and you can make any necessary adjustments. If possible, try on clothes in a dressing room that has a full-length mirror, so you can see how the clothes look from all angles.