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Wheelchair Adaptive Clothing

Clothes that have been specifically adapted for wheelchairs can make dressing easier without sacrificing personal style.

Different adaptions for wheelchair clothing

Let's take a look at the different ways clothing can be adapted to comfortably accommodate the restrictions of a wheelchair.

Seamless and Flat Stitching

Seamless construction and flat stitching are essential features in wheelchair adaptive clothing. These design elements help reduce friction and discomfort, minimising the risk of pressure sores for individuals who spend extended periods in a seated position.

Strategically Placed Pockets

Wheelchair adaptive clothing often includes strategically placed pockets, allowing easy access for wheelchair users. These pockets are typically found on the front or sides of garments, ensuring convenience and functionality.

Moisture-Wicking and Breathable Fabrics

Comfort is a top priority in wheelchair adaptive clothing. Moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics, such as bamboo, cotton, and performance polyester, help regulate body temperature and keep the skin dry, reducing the risk of irritation and discomfort.

Extended Length and Custom Tailoring

Wheelchair users often require garments with extended length or custom tailoring to accommodate their seated posture. Adaptive clothing brands offer extended lengths in pants, skirts, and outerwear, providing optimal coverage and comfort.

Specialised Wheelchair Adaptive Clothing Options

Drop-Seat Pants

Drop-seat pants are a popular choice among wheelchair users, as they feature a discreet flap or opening in the back for easy access to the body during personal care or medical procedures.

Open-Back Shirts and Dresses

Open-back shirts and dresses offer a comfortable and stylish solution for wheelchair users. The open-back design allows for easy dressing and undressing, while still providing ample coverage.

Wrap-Around Skirts and Dresses

Wrap-around skirts and dresses are a fashionable option for wheelchair users, featuring adjustable waistbands and a design that can be easily put on or removed without standing up.

Adaptive Outerwear with Rear Flaps

Adaptive outerwear, such as jackets and coats, often come with rear flaps that provide extra coverage for wheelchair users while allowing for easy access to the back of the wheelchair.

Choosing the right wheelchair clothing

When selecting wheelchair adaptive clothing, consider the following factors:

  1. Specific Needs: Identify your unique needs, such as pressure sore prevention, ease of dressing, or medical device accessibility, and look for clothing that addresses those requirements.

  2. Comfort: Opt for garments made of moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics and designed with seamless construction or flat stitching for maximum comfort.

  3. Style: Choose clothing that reflects your personal style and preferences, ensuring that you feel confident and comfortable in your attire.

  4. Fit: Select adaptive clothing with appropriate lengths and fits, taking into account your seated posture and body shape.

  5. Quality: Prioritise clothing made from high-quality materials and featuring durable construction to ensure long-lasting wear.

Our team is here to help!

If you have any questions or need further guidance on wheelchair clothing, don't hesitate to contact our caring and experienced team at Adaptive Clothing Australia. We're here to help you find the best solutions for your specific needs and preferences, please contact us on 07 3410 8788 or


About Adaptive Clothing Australia

We are a Brisbane-based, family run business with more than 22 years' experience working with aged care mobility products and clothing. We pride ourselves on delivering quality services with a caring, personal touch. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing you with the most accurate and reliable information to help you make informed decisions about your adaptive clothing needs.

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