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Fashion for the elderly

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Fashion for the elderly is about good looks, comfort and ease of movement

An elderly person wears whatever he wants, of course; however, many experience certain physical limitations which make dressing, undressing and even putting on shoes challenging. Fashion for the elderly hinges more on what is comfortable and convenient for them, as well as safe, rather than what's trendy.


Some elderly people find buttons and zipper hard to manipulate. If clothing does feature a zipper, zipper pulls are available. They are attached to the zipper and make it easier to move the zipper up or down. The pulls are laundry-safe. You do not have to remove them when washing the item of clothing. This is a wonderful convenience for the person who is encountering problems with those darn zippers.


Snap front clothing is easier to manage particularly when hands are crippled by arthritis. Wearing a snap-front duster is a good option. A duster is a light, loose-fitting dress. Originally, dusters were full length, worn by cowboys to protect their clothes from trail dust. Eventually, both men and women started wearing them when riding in open motorcars. Today's duster is a shorter version and intended for indoor wear.

A duster is sometimes referred to as a housecoat. Women used to wear dusters over their clothing when cleaning and dusting the house. The duster is roomy and usually has pockets. You can wear it by itself or as a robe.

Prevent falls

Non-skid socks are vitally important, particularly if the older person doesn't like wearing shoes in his home. This type of sock prevents falls and provides warmth.

Compression socks

Some elderly experience issues with circulation. They need to wear compression stockings, designed to prevent swelling and which enhance circulation, and relieve tired, achy legs. The graduated hose puts pressure on the ankle. This results in better blood flow to the feet and legs.


Your elderly mother may have worn dress shoes her entire life; however, she might now find slip-on shoes, such as Crocs, are easier to maneuver and far more comfortable. Comfort is the key.

Crocs were created to eliminate achy feet and stop plantar pain. They are ideal for those who have diabetes-related foot problems, bunions and injured feet. Crocs provide massage heel nubs, heel cups, arch support and inner support.

They are light-weight and are perfect for the person who has bone deformities in his feet. Crocs have a spacious toe area and provide added protection for the diabetic because of the spacious room inside the shoe.

Rx Crocs have an antibacterial component in the shoe's lining, which lessens the chance of wounds and sores becoming infected.

Long underwear

Everyone is concerned about heat bills during the winter months, especially those on a fixed income. Tell your parents they can keep their heat bill down by wearing long underwear. Layering is the best way to protect against cold. Thermal underwear not only keeps the individual warm and cozy but it's comfortable. You can wear it all day long under your regular clothes and sleep in it at night.


When venturing outside, the older person can keep herself warm by wrapping her neck in a brightly colored and cozy scarf or pashmina. She will look very stylish.

Sleeve blanket

What about a cozy sleeve blanket? Some may argue the fashion status of this article but it certainly keeps the wearer toasty warm while he is reading or watching TV on a cold winter night.  It's nice to be fashionable but sometimes it's more important to be warm.

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