A scoliosis brace is an adjustment.
Not only because of the tight fit, getting hot and feeling like you can't eat quite as much at the buffet as usual, but because of what every scoliosis fighter is worried about...
There are a lot of solutions to the scoliosis fashion conundrum and this post will give you a quick outline of them all!
First of all, there are lots of ways to dress in your brace! At Janzen and Janzen we have girls wearing their over dresses, under sweaters, with tanks tops, without tank tops and sometimes on top of it all. What is most important is being comfortable. When it comes to heat, a great solution to bracing is wearing a nice breathable tank top under the brace that will help wick away the moisture that comes with the summer. The seamless and comfortable tanks from Hope's Closet were designed by the mother of a scoliosis fighter who struggled to find a good fit for fashion with her own brace! You can check out their tanks and read Hope's story by clicking here.
With the European Rigo Cheneau Style braces that we use here at Janzen and Janzen and in our ScoliAcademy™ there is a specific design that allows for air passage through the brace. This lets you breath easy and stay cool; not to mention the plastic used for a Rigo Cheneau style brace is made to withstand a dip in the pool or the ocean for a swim!
- LAYERS - want to cover up your brace with a fashionable and fun look? Remember how awesome a summery look can be with a light cardigan or a patterned kimono!
- ACCESSORIZE - a bright fashionable scarf or a cute belt can draw the eye to your sense of fashion rather than your scoliosis brace
- DECORATE - a lot of JJHC's scoliosis fighters have decorated their brace to be a bold piece of their wardrobe with paint, stickers or a colorful design
- BE BOLD - adding a half jacket or a vest is a type of layering that can show of your style and cover up your brace
Delaney, shown in her sport brace to the left, has been wearing a Janzen and Janzen hard brace for almost a year now. She gave some great advice for patients who are just starting out with their brace and how to not care about what kind of limits you might have on your wardrobe.
"I usually wear sweatshirts (mainly because it's cold in the Pacific Northwest) or bigger shirts so it's not so obvious. How I don't care is by just accepting that the brace (and other exercises) are helping you and some kids who don't have the exposure to things like that like we do wish they could have the treatment. Be thankful!"
You can check out the cute miniature braces and bears that come from HiggyBears as well as their braces for American Girl dolls by clicking here!
Always here with support for all scoliosis fighters,
- Jocelyn -
Scoliosis Case Director