Category: Clothing

May 1

Eileen is a Chicago “Trend Spotter” who’s still working while thinking about retirement. She’s reached the point where comfort is a priority, especially when it comes to dealing with her arthritis.

She speaks for many of us when she writes about adjusting for comfort at home, including what her comfort-level demands in the way of clothing:

“It’s making me pickier and pickier in terms of clothes. Clothes that stretch and don’t get in the way when I need to bend my knees or reach over my head.  Coats and jackets that are light in weight so they don’t drag on my shoulders when I’m driving or walking, especially walking quickly.   Sweaters that keep me warm but aren’t itchy, especially around the neck.  (I just decided to give away a super-warm Missoni sweater meant to wear at some ski lodge that is knit beautifully but out of scratchy mohair).  Shoes that don’t pinch my toes or have too low or high a heel; boots that let my ankles bend and have rubber soles to help keep me from slipping on snow or ice.”

(via Life Meets Work)

Mar 1

We don’t believe these are going to catch fire, so to speak, and appear in many homes, but it’s good to know you can, if you wish, warm your breasts with a computer attachment. (Did we really just write that?)

On the one hand, just the idea of booties and our hands had mittens.

Where would you use these? Maybe plugged into your laptop computer in the stands at a Green Bay Packers Football game? Not likely, though the Japanese-based firm Thanko seems to think they will sell somewhere.

Eds. Note: We can’t imagine they would be very comfortable, and comfort is what we are all about. At the end of a long day, our favorite saying is “Time to let the girls out.”

(via BoingBoing)

Oct 19

We like to take beautiful or unusual buttons and swap them in place of the cheesy and cheap buttons that often come on a blouse or coat.

Here’s a couple of tips to safeguard precious buttons during cleaning:

1) If dry cleaning, ask your cleaner to put your garment in a net bag. That way, if a button falls off it won’t get lost and you can later reattach it.

2) Use Velcro to pad the buttons so they don’t break or chip:

vecro.jpgCut both pieces of Velcro to a size slightly larger than the button. Cut one of the pieces up the center to the middle and slip it over the button so the button is resting on the Velcro, as seen here.


Take the other piece and press it on the piece with the button and you then have the padded button protector, seen right.

Jan 17

Our friend Tom Lowy of Philadelphia maintains there’s only one way to store T-shirts - carefully roll each one up and stack them together in a drawer.

It’s quick, space efficient and, surprisingly, they come out fairly wrinkle free. And if you exercise as much as Tom, and go through T-shirts as quickly as Tom, it’s definitely the way to go.

If, however, you like taking better care of your shirts than Tom, here’s three other ways to fold them by buying something, making something or just using your pinkies.

The Flip-Fold comes in several sizes, is sturdy and would be easy to use if you have limited coordination and strength.

If you’re crafty, here’s a do-it-yourself flip fold made from cardboard, and if you’re fingers are nimble, here’s the way to fold it yourself using just your pinkies.

Dec 20

Misty Lamb, of Nashville, Tenn., gave us the following tip about an easier way to wear jewelry:

“This may not be a big deal to you but I love magnetic attachments for jewelry. You (or someone else if you have MS fingers) attach the magnets to the clasps of a necklace and then you can just snap the jewelry on and off.” will take you to a site where magnetic clasps are sold. (Apparently, this one has a safety clasp so if the magnet inadvertently pops open, the safety clasp will keep the necklace from falling. Reviewers also say this one works better with heavy necklaces than some other magnetic clasps.)

For a top-of-the-line magnetic clasp, see your local jewelry store.

In closing her note to us, Misty left us with this, “I have a big Mary Poppins-style purse so I can keep my fold-a-cane with me all the time.”

Eds. Note: MS fingers in the 2nd paragraph refers to someone with Multiple Sclerosis. Or in Marty’s case, someone who’s just naturally clumsy.

Nov 13

Designed by an occupational therapist, the Buckingham Bra Angel aids women with upper arm restrictions who find it difficult putting on a bra.

The Bra Angel holds one end of the bra securely while the other end is brought around the body for fastening.

Its makers says the Bra Angel works with most types of brassieres and is easily adjusted for size.

It’s latex free and can be shortened for storage and travel. The packaging contains directions for use.

Aug 5

Christine Concannon started Raspberry Bee Patient Gowns when her parents began to fail and it saddened her to see them wearing old faded hospital gowns everyday.

lilly-gown.pngChristine grew up in New Orleans, where her grandparents and parents tailored costumes for Mardi Gras Krewes, who rode the floats in the city’s celebrated parades.gowns-piled.png

With a family that valued fine tailoring, Christine and her husband, Michael,
decided to start a small company that would make patient gowns that look and feel as wonderful as fine pajamas or a nice nightgown.

They offer several styles, including limited edition designer gowns from Lilly Pulitzer prints. The material from each gown is pre-washed for extra softness and minimal shrinkage.

Jul 8

Cait highly recommends Bionic Gloves - made by the people who make gloves for baseball players.

bionic.pngThese well-made gloves - the only ones endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation - support your hands with layers of stitching and padding. They come in styles for gardening, driving, tennis, horseback riding and golf.

Cait uses them more as utility gloves than down-and-dirty gardening gloves. The gloves make it easier for her to grip and hold shovels and rakes and to handle the vibration from the lawn mower. And she finds they lessen her hand fatigue when she’s paddling a canoe or kayaking.

For just plain old messy jobs like transplanting seedlings and filling containers with soil she uses cheapo Dollar Store gloves to spare her Bionics from getting soggy and dirty.

As for fitting properly, Cait says they do stretch out a bit and need to fit snugly in order to perform properly. So buy the size that JUST fits.

May 23

We recently had our duplex reroofed and saw this Gemplers cap on the roofers - all of whom also wore No. 30 sun block.

shade-cap.pngYou’re not likely to see it among the latest fashions for garden hats but it does offer excellent protection for your head, neck and ears and the back flap can be folded into the crown of the cap when you don’t need

This cap fits like a size-adjustable baseball cap and is made of a material that feels and breathes like soft cotton but dries quickly and repels water and stains.

Mar 30

This button hooker and zipper puller could ride to the rescue if you have arthritic fingers, a broken arm or a stroke that limits movement and dexterity.

picture-2.pngThe fastener secures difficult buttons, be they tight buttonholes on new clothing or even tiny buttons on children’s clothing and it makes gripping zippers much easier.

It looks a little odd until you watch the accompanying video and realize how clever it is. (Though, of course, EVERYTHING looks easy when a trained video model is selling it on a shopping channel.)

Click here to see the manufacturer’s Web site

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