If you have a disability, or difficulty getting clothes on and off for any reason, the fashion industry used to give you pretty uninspiring choices, which weren’t exactly fashion forward. Thankfully, that has changed, as you’ll see from the adaptive clothing for women choices below.

What is adaptive clothing?

To start with, what is adaptive clothing? Well, it’s any clothing specifically designed for those who need extra help in fitting into their clothes or getting their clothes on. That might mean making it easier to fasten, easier to get on, and/or easier to move in.

Why you might need adaptive clothing

There are so many reasons that you might want to look at adaptive clothing. Maybe you find using a zipper or buttons tricky and you prefer magnetic fastenings. Perhaps you want clothing that is easy to get into while sitting down.

Maybe you have a condition which means you really can’t wear certain fabrics. Or perhaps you’ve had a fall or injury that means you temporarily need adaptive clothing.

The key to the best adaptive clothing is that it caters to different needs while keeping style in mind.

Or could you look at other options?

Depending on your needs, you don’t necessarily need to look for specialist clothing. It may be, for example, that a loose tunic top with drapes, like the ones featured below, is what you need to hide a colostomy bag. Or you might simply want to look at clothes with elastic and stretch to enable easy dressing and undressing.

You can try the draped tunic (below), which comes in a huge choice of colors. Reviewers say they love the way the material feels and drapes.

LARACE V-Neck Tunic Top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE V-Neck Tunic Top

Another option could be the cardigan (below). The drapes could help to disguise any medical equipment, such as a stoma, for example. Reviewers say the fabric is lightweight, and they get compliments when they wear it.

ACEVOG Lightweight Draped Cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

ACEVOG Lightweight Draped Cardigan

Examples of adaptive clothing

You might want to look for skirts or pants that close at the side with magnets, shoes that are easy to step into, pants cut higher at the back for wheelchair users, clothes designed with sensory processing in mind, or those with easy access points if you have medical equipment.

Where to find the best adaptive clothing for women

If you do think that your clothing you give you a little extra help, some of the best places to look for your next outfit are:


Perhaps you are looking for clothing to disguise a medical device, such as a colostomy bag, for example. In which case, clothing with drapes may work for you. Looking at this article on how to hide a belly and tops to hide a belly may also provide inspiration.

Nandashe Irregular Hem Tunic Top | 40plusstyle.com

Nandashe Irregular Hem Tunic Top

zappos Adaptives

You can find Tommy Hilfiger, along with other choices at Zappos adaptives, including options with buttons that are easier to fasten, and clothing designed for surgical recovery.

Adaptive clothing for women - Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Logo Stripe Shift Dress | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Logo Stripe Shift Dress


You’ll find a good choice of adaptive brands at Target, including the Universal Thread shirt (below), which has raglan armholes for a greater range of motion, and an adjusted length at the front for the seated wearer.

Adaptive clothing for women - Universal Thread™ Plaid Flannel Adaptive Button-Down Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Universal Thread™ Plaid Flannel Adaptive Button-Down Shirt

Seven7 jeans

Jeans are typically created to look their best while the wearer is standing up. However, Seven7 Jeans has designed a range of denim with a lower cut at the front, and a higher back to ensure their jeans are more flattering for wheelchair users.

Asaptive clothing for women - Seven7 Jeans Adaptive Tummy-less Bootcut Seated Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Seven7 Jeans Adaptive Tummy-less Bootcut Seated Jeans

Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing & Footwear

Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing & Footwear has a range of adaptive clothing available on Amazon, including tops which fasten at the shoulders, rather than having to pull them over your head, front-fastening bras, and easy-to-get-on slippers.

Asaptive clothing for women - Silvert's Adaptive Clothing & Footwear Open Back Adaptive Active Crew Neck Top | 40plusstyle.com

Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing & Footwear Open Back Active Crew Neck Top

MAI We Care

MAI We Care has been designed with different needs in mind. Clothes are designed to help if you have limited mobility, you’ve had surgery, or are undergoing chemotherapy. Reviewers say they are great after wrist or shoulder surgery, or to access a chemotherapy port without undressing.

Asaptive clothing for women - MAI We Care Post Shoulder Surgery Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

MAI We Care Post Shoulder Surgery Shirt

Tommy Hilfiger

When Tommy Hilfiger launched a range of adaptive clothing, it was largely at a time when adaptive clothing wasn’t exactly stylish. Thankfully, that has changed, and you really wouldn’t know that its designs have practicality in mind.

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Signature Stripe T-Shirt with Magnetic Buttons | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Signature Stripe T-Shirt with Magnetic Buttons


Obviously Nike is renowned for athletic wear, but it can be tricky to get sneakers on and off. Its Flyease range is designed to be easy to get on so you don’t have to miss out on exercise, or just to wear for day-to-day comfort.

Nike Revolution 6 FlyEase Next Nature | 40plusstyle.com

Nike Revolution 6 FlyEase Next Nature

Fruit of the Loom

If you have limited mobility, then a back-fastening bra can be tricky. You might want to think about a front closure bra, like the Fruit of the Loom choice (below). Reviewers say it is easy to put on after surgery.

Fruit of the Loom Front Closure Cotton Bras | 40plusstyle.com

Fruit of the Loom Front Closure Cotton Bras


Care+Wear has useful tops if you need port access during chemotherapy. There is also a good choice of bras for post-surgery.

Care+Wear Chest Port Access Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Care+Wear Chest Port Access Shirt


Ovidis is designed with senior women in mind, and may be one to consider for those with dementia. It is created to be easy to wear, while providing dignity, and looking like separates.

Ovidis Daytime Jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Ovidis Daytime Jumpsuit


With two-way zippers, the Reboundwear pants (below) are easy to get on and off. Reviewers say they are good looking, and functional.

Reboundwear Easy Pants | 40plusstyle.com

Reboundwear Easy Pants


Another choice if you want pants that are easy to get on and off, but you don’t necessarily want adaptive clothing is a pair of drawstring pants. The capri pants (below) have good reviews from women who say they are super comfy, and perfect after surgery such as a knee replacement.

You could also take a look at the most comfortable pants for women.

DIBAOLONG Drawstring Capri Pants | 40plusstyle.com

DIBAOLONG Drawstring Capri Pants

Lands’ End

Lands’ End is also a good go-to for pull-on pants. Reviewers say the pull-on pants (below) are made from heavier material that is ideal for cooler months.

Lands' End Elastic Waist Pull-On Pants | 40plusstyle.com

Lands’ End Elastic Waist Pull-On Pants

Friendly Shoes

If you find it tricky to get your shoes on and off, Friendly Shoes could be a good place to look. The mid-top sneakers (below) open at the side and back.

Friendly Shoes Excursion Mid-Top Sneakers | 40plusstyle.com

Friendly Shoes Excursion Mid-Top Sneakers

Slick Chicks

The Slick Chicks underwear, below, fastens at the sides, which makes these panties easier to get on while sitting down.

Slick Chicks Side Fastening Adaptive High Cut Briefs | 40plusstyle.com

Slick Chicks Side Fastening Adaptive High Cut Briefs


If you are a wheelchair user, you may not want a tote or crossbody bag. To keep your hands free, you could look for a bag that fits over the arm of your chair like this one from FINPAC.

FINPAC Wheelchair Side Storage Bag

I’d love to hear your own recommendations for adaptive clothing, so we can make this article a great resource for other women? Let me know in the comments below.

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