Two things that have never meshed well together is fashion and having a physical disability, for obvious reasons!
Being able to find clothes that actually fit every part of you, even your problem areas, can be very difficult! I’ve only had an issue once in my life and I’m thankful it’s only been that one time. As a kid, I had to have surgery on my side and eventually my back; I also had to have a metal halo placed onto my head. While waiting for each surgery I had my clothes had be altered a bit. They were cut in the back and placed back together with velcro! It was the only way we were able to wear shirts of any kind at that time! I had quite a few shirts fixed like this and I actually hated it because the velcro would always come undone!
I’ve had some issues with blue jeans and shirts with a wide or V necks. Technically, I, myself didn’t have any trouble with my jeans. It was everybody else who did, because nobody could pull them down. It was mostly because of my hips than anything else! As for the shirts, it’s been an ongoing love and hate thing I’ve had for years! Whenever I wear a wide neck or V-neck shirt, it always goes off one of my shoulders. I have days where I don’t care about it and I mean, it’s going to happen! It happens to every single shirt I’ve had! The only way to fix them is either to sew them tighter around the neck or use a safety pin and I don’t feel comfortable with those things being around my neck/back! Other than that, fashion isn’t too evil to me as some people with physical disabilities have to deal with on a regular basis!
At the end of 2014, I started thinking about adding something new to my blog. I started to read and love bloggers’ OOTD (outfit of the day) posts. It always gave me a snippet of their style and what they mainly went for while out shopping. Every once in awhile, I did talk about my style but I rarely talked or showed what I had in my own closet.
The main reason why I never did an OOTD post before this was because of my hands, with my condition (Arthrogryposis) my hands are bent at the elbow and I can’t unfold or move them away from that area without help. So whenever I wear tops that have graphic letters and scene on them, a person has to actually move my hand (mostly my right arm!) over to the side so they can read it. Thankfully, half of the time I wear shirts with more lettering than pictures so I can just say what it reads so nobody touches my hands. So I’ve sort of built up a resentment towards my poor hands over the years! It’s not that I don’t like them, they’re just there. I have limited movement in them–I have more movement in them than I was supposed to!
When I started finding other bloggers in wheelchairs post their OOTD posts, I just decided I needed to break out of my shell and find the love for my hands. So on January 1, 2014 I published my first ever OOTD post on here of what I wore to the NYE party at my neighbor’s house! It was VERY casual! Luckily, I had been in talks with my mom, nana, and sister that I wanted to start doing this and since I didn’t have a way of taking a picture of myself at the time, my mom would have to do it for me! After that first time, I only did it like three times from January to March 2014. When it began to get warmer outside, we did it a lot more and I started to learn a little pose!
If I’m sitting in my push wheelchair, the armrests are higher up than my other chair, but it moves my arm out of the way of the shirt! It’s my go-to pose now! At the end of the year, I had a lot of posts I had ever dreamed of having and I was so happy and inspired to keep going with it! I still have problems with finding the love for my hands, but I feel like I’ll always have that issue with them. It’ll also take longer than one year to finally love them too!
Something that I don’t think a lot of people have noticed in my posts is that I don’t wear makeup in them! I’ve never been a big fan of it and so I have over 24 posts and I’m pushing the boundaries of “normal” fashion bloggers! If you have a disability of any kind and have a blog or maybe thinking of creating one soon, I recommend you start doing an OOTD post here and there as after awhile, it’s no longer about your condition, you’re talking about the clothes and it’s just like everybody else’s posts!
Do you like the OOTD posts? Would you ever consider doing them on your blog or instagram account?