Adapt Your Clothing to Make it Easier to Get Dressed

Adapt Your Clothing to Make it Easier to Get Dressed

If you are a person living with limited mobility or low vision, getting dressed can be a real challenge. ILA understands how vexing it can be and we would like to give you a few ideas of ways to make this feat a little bit easier each day.

Let’s Talk Buttons

To begin, let’s talk buttons. While those tiny little things are necessary to many items of clothing, there are a few adjustments or aids that can be used to make them a bit easier to use.

First, without having to make any alterations to your clothing, you can try a zipper pull/button loop, like this one, to button your shirt. You simply place the pull through the buttonhole on your shirt and also around the button you want to have go through the buttonhole. Pull the aid and wa-la; your shirt is buttoned.

Secondly, if you would want to have your shirts altered, you could “sew cuff buttons on with elastic thread; keep them buttoned all the time and simply slide your hand through” according to Northern Arizona University.

Another option would be to remove the buttons from the front of the shirt, sew them onto the side with the button hole and then sew velcro onto the two inside sections of the shirt where the button and buttonhole meet. This will make the shirt super easy to put on and close!  

Finally, if you’re looking to keep your shirt or blouse tucked in, consider either purchasing pants or skirts with rubber strips in the waistband or you can have them sewn in.

What About Pants?

If you’re struggling with getting your pants on, there are options! One idea would be to sew loops or tabs of ribbon, or seam binding into your clothing. This will help give you a little extra leverage to pull them up and take them off.

If sewing is not your thing, an Adjustable Length Telescopic reacher could be just what you need. We have seen them promoted on TV as a great tool to get things from high shelves or to pick items like mail up off of the floor, but why not take this gadget into the bedroom and use it as a dressing aid? The ergonomic handle and grip will allow you to place your pants on the floor and help raise them up your legs with ease.

This item actually makes it safer for you to get dressed because may not need to bend or stretch as much to put your pants on.

Maybe putting your pants on isn’t a problem. Maybe you struggle to see the small zipper on your pants or maybe you have a hard time getting a good grip to pull your zipper up. The zipper pull can help you to pull up your zipper with ease so that you will be dressed in no time.


Choosing the right pair of footwear can make any outing more comfortable. Several types of shoes are available for anyone who struggles to get their shoes on.

For the simplest of shoes to wear, check out the different slip-on styles. They are available in both casual and dressy fashions. These are my personal favorites!  

You can /also check out elastic shoelaces. These are pretty cool because they stay tied, and will stretch open when you want to put your shoe on or take it off.

While I am talking about shoes, I want to make sure that I mention the Telescopic shoe horn. This aid is amazing because not only adjustable, but it can also be used to help you wear any type of shoe with ease.

Finally, many shoes today, including dressier styles come with Velcro tab fasteners that make wearing any kind of shoe much easier.

Getting dressed shouldn’t be a vexing experience. There are many dressing aids and workarounds that you can use to make getting dressed easier.

“A Well-designed dressing aid should be lightweight but sturdy and will help you to put on the article without straining your back, shoulders, or arms.” Keep this in mind as you are getting dressed and undressed. If you find that you are really struggling, you may consider checking out some of these aids to make life easier.

ILA has a variety of dressing aids to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, a stay-at-home mom turned business owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.