In this youtube video, I give 5 tips on what to wear on your legs. I explore what is comfortable, practical for my active and adventurous lifestyle and fashionable. I give some insight into the colours that I like at the moment, look at how one item can be used for a variety of looks, and give some ideas for wheelchair users in choosing clothes to wear as not all traditional clothes designs are ideal.
I focus on the practicality of clothes for travel and an active lifestyle so I go for clothes that do not crease and do not need to be ironed when I arrive at a destination. It means I can look good with minimal effort.
Take a look at the video in the link below, let me know what you think and give me feedback on the type of information you would like to see in future videos. I look forward to hearing from you. I hope that you enjoy it.
Are you a light traveller or a busy workwoman? So am I! That’s why we need clothes that can be versatile, comfortable, easy to mix and match… All at the same time.
Few pieces can give us such comfort feeling, and I personally think that there is a kind of freedom in wearing something that can become something else in 2 minutes. Or less.
That is the reason I chose this blue dress and a bunch of accessories to play with. Guess what I ended up with? 4 different outfits! Amazingly, all of them very comfortable and stylish. Yay!
In compositions like this, we can add accessories to improve the look and change it up. Or just decide that is better off to go out just with the dress. Simple, beautiful, perfect.
The best and maybe the cheapest way to change an entire set is to play with the accessories. Go crazy with your imagination, babe. Why not? The sky is the limit, and in this case, the sentence fits perfectly. Like the clothes, haha.
You cannot go wrong getting something bigger and more sparkling for the night, and something lighter and chic – or hippie – for the day.
Shoes are mandatory and make all the difference no matter what kind of vibe moves you. From boots to sandals, from flats to flip-flops. See? I could also have played with colours and try red or yellow ones. That would work perfectly with the blue, making a lovely contrast. And I love contrasts.
Whatever your style is, nude or black is always austere and both goes well with everything. Check my metal belt over the shirt on photo #2. I tried to play safe here but, at the same time, keep the not-so-distinct aura. Mission accomplished.
Jeans is another thing that makes an outfit more fun and casual, and also fits extremely well with the colour blue. Talking directly to wheelchair users, but not excluding anyone, dresses are the most friendly piece you can have because of their easy to put in and go out characteristics of them. You can always wear more than 1 pair of tights under. Or none, if you prefer in the summertime.
Just remember not to wear extremely long dresses with the fabric touching the floor. You really do not want your beautiful clothes to clean the floor all around when you pass by.
For the third look, I wore the dress with a hippie style waistcoat, what turned the dress into a long skirt.In the near future, I will make a post wearing the same dress with different colours and accessories, so you guys will have an idea of how dynamic it can be. So much fun! Stay tuned.
Again, remember to not be afraid to play and take the most out of your closet. Fashion is about feeling comfortable and empowered, and showing your style and mood for the day. Keep that in mind and you’ll never regret.
Finally, the fourth picture is the dress itself. No accessories, no components, no nothing to compete with the piece. The main reason I like this kind of dress is the fact that it does not need to be ironed, thanks to the fabric material. Top notch choice to travel, take a note on this!
Now it’s your turn to tell me what’s on your mind. Go to the comments and express your opinion on the clothes, the accessories, what you want me to try for the next posts… I am willing to bring other styles, trends and looks for you to check out and try yourself. After all, fashion is for everyone. See you soon, babe! 😉
I often undertake talks on various aspects of life as a wheelchair user. One of these talks was to a group of students at the University of Arts in London who was studying fashion. I was invited by one of the students (Saskia Rowlands) that wanted to explore further making fashion more inclusive of everybody.
The tutor and the students were surprised to learn that 20% of the population has a disability and that there is a large market that is not being catered for by fashion designers and retailers. Sam shared ideas on how clothes could be designed in an inclusive way so that fashion can be accessed by people with a range of impairments.
We discussed ideas to how clothes could be designed for wheelchair users, amputees and the visually impaired. For example, wheelchair users do not need back pockets on jeans and trousers need to be designed for people who are in seated position. Tactile labels could be used to inform people with visual impairments of the colour and patterns of clothes.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts and ideas with a group of young designers and hope that they will embrace some of the thinking into their work.