“Dresses comfortably due to sensory issues and practicality.” First off, if I could wear loose tops and look good in it every day and at every occasion, I would. Secondly, long tags are the bane of my existence; they literally feel like something is cutting my skin. Third, if I can get away with it […]
Buy only elastic, adjustable, and stretchy clothes. This zip-up dress, which I adore in terms of style, is an absolute sensory nightmare. Wearing it for more than a few hours gives me stomach aches!
Unapologetically myself. There’s a beautiful authenticity that comes with being an autistic person. We reject norms so often and want our individualism to shine. However, I often have meltdowns when choosing my clothes for the day, simply because I’m caught in the crossfire between who I am and what society wants me to look like. […]
Even my feet have sensory issues! I’m really sensitive to change in temperature, from head-to-toe, so house slippers are a big help when it comes to regulation and comfort.
If you want to try high-waisted skirts or pants, be sure to buy them with just a little bit of room at the waist. This helps me avoid sensory disasters as my body changes throughout day.
Buy multiples of the things you like: multiple flowers, pillows, clothes, even toothpaste in multiples! Having the repetition in your environment, as well as the knowledge that you have backups of your everyday favorites alleviates stress.
Make clothes shopping lists before tackling the mall or department store. Also, try a hooded cloak for fall fashion. They are warm, loose, non-itchy, and turn into a thick scarf when needed!
For autistic women, getting ready will often be more fun than the event itself. Remember this, and you can put a more positive spin on nights out by making the preparations the highlight.
Avoid buttons and zippers! Try for clothes that are all flow with stretch waistbands. These outfits are perfect for all day outings.
No matter how much you like a clothing item, make sure it fits. It look me around five stores and multiple try-one to find white sneakers that fit and were in my price range, but now I know that my new shoes won’t set off any sensory issues for me in the long run.