It’s good to change things up a little and try something new every now and then. That’s exactly what I did recently by
stepping rolling out of my fashion comfort zone for my friend’s wedding day. The hunt for finding the perfect dress for wheelchair users began.
For months leading up to the wedding, all I did was worry about what I would wear for her special day. I wanted to look really nice and feel good about myself. Most days I’m skinny jeans, a casual top and converse kinda gal. So the thought of dressing up was daunting. Even though I always wear trousers I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibility of wearing a dress for the occasion.
Finding a dress if you’re a wheelchair user
I have to admit, before my friend’s wedding, the last time I wore a dress I was around 3 years old. I had never worn a dress as an adult or as a wheelchair user for that matter. So many thoughts ran through my mind. Will I look silly wearing a dress? Will the dress look ok while sitting down? Which style is best for sitting in my wheelchair? and so on.
I wanted the dress to:
- Look flattering sitting down
- Feel comfortable
- Pretty with a hint of glamour
After looking online at hundreds (literally) of dresses and ordering a handful of contenders, I eventually whittled it down and chose this stunning Tahnee Metallic Pleated Maxi-dress and I’m so glad I did.
From the moment I tried it on I knew it was “the one”. It felt comfortable which is so important when I’m sitting down all day in my wheelchair. It looked flattering for my body and I loved the style of the dress.
“Full-on fashion starts with a floor-sweeping maxi dress” was the description on the website and although the dress wasn’t floor-sweeping for me, I still feel it was a good length while sitting.
Footwear was my next dilemma. Since I don’t wear heels, I opted for silver flat sandals to complement the silver metallic in my dress. Much like the dress, the sandals were something I’ve never worn since I was about 3 years old. So it was a little strange, to begin with, but I absolutely loved the finished outcome and feel like everything came together nicely.
Although the sun was shining on the day of the wedding I decided to wear a black pointelle knit shrug as it got a little windy throughout parts of the day. I finished the outfit off with a delicate multi-row necklace and soft wavy hair.
It can be difficult finding comfortable clothes if you are a wheelchair user, so it’s great when you find something that works and feels good while sitting. I’m really happy I found this dress for my friend’s wedding and now feel confident to start wearing dresses more often.
Tips on finding the perfect dress
If you are a wheelchair user looking for a dress but feel a little worried that it won’t look good, I have some advice that helped me find the perfect dress.
- Have a few ideas of styles you’d like to try, but also remain open to other options while dress shopping.
- They might not necessarily have been what you originally had in mind, but they may surprise you.
- Don’t rule any out until you try them on.
- Make little tweaks and alterations if necessary until you are happy with how it looks on your body while sitting in your wheelchair.
- Lastly, have fun and take some risks.