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   Posted 11/12/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am going on a little vacation with family in about 2 weeks.  Here is my dilema:  I will be renting a wheelchair for two days and I want to look cute and be comfortable!
I don't know the weather yet, but will probably need to layer,
I want pants or a skirt that are comfy in the wheelchair, but do not look like sweats and are not specifically for wheelchairs because I want to wear them after.
I want to be cute!  Being cute is a must.
Ok all you beautiful ladies - send forth your ideas!! wink

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   Posted 11/13/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
How about a velour sweats outfit. I've been looking at those for myself. They are kinda cute.
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   Posted 11/13/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue, not knowing what the weather is you could do a layered look and take off a layer
if it gets too warm. I have zipped cardigan sweaters some with hoods others with collars,
they are cute, casual and comfortable. You can wear them with turtlenecks, knit tops or
blouses paired with light weight cordorouy pants or jeans.
Have a great time!

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   Posted 11/13/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Those are some good ideas. It is such fun to talk about clothes.

I have been thinking of leggings, a medium length comfy skirt, a long shirt and a cardigan. I could wear the leggings with short flat boots or little flat shoes. I am over 40 an wondered if I was too old for leggings, but a check on the Internet revealed that age does not matter!

The weather in the area for the next ten days ranges from 45 to 81! We are not leaving for a couple of weeks yet.

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   Posted 11/13/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Up to 81 that is pretty hot.  Yes leggings might be nice topped with a sundress of some type or knit casual dress and shawl or cardigan.  So then when the day wears on and it gets warm you can ditch the cardigan and leggings and be comfy and look stylish in either outfit.
3 pieces you can mix and match very easily.
Also they have those cargo pants that have the zip off legs topped with a tank top and camp shirt that is always nice for fluctuating weather.  My friend used them on a trip to Germany she loved them. 
Have a safe and fun trip!
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   Posted 11/13/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am not really the best at fashion, but if you want to be comfy and cute at the same time, then there are some things you could go for. Cashmere sweaters are comfy and cute. You can wear them with jeans or you can wear them with skirts. There are these sweat outfits that look and feel velvety, and they are really cute and comfy. Dusters are cute and warm and comfy, and you can put cute shirts on underneath them. Like I said, I am not a big fashion person, but these are my ideas for you.
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   Posted 11/13/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
What is a duster???

I was trying to stay away from jeans because I heard someone say they were uncomfortable when in a wheelchair. It is not like I will be in a wheelchair forever, so maybe it does not matter. . .


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   Posted 11/13/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
If your jeans are uncomfortable when you sit for a while they will be uncomfortable in a wheelchair. If you have that perfect pair that fit like a glove, you should be fine. I think it depends on your waist comfort. Anything tight around the waist will bother you more. Leggings are fine when you are over 40 (cause I'm over 40 and love them) just don't go with the 80's leggings, baggy t-shirt, reebok look. Use them like they are tights or pantyhose.

I would think broomstick skirts, those long wrinkled ones, would be great for a wheelchair. They are already wrinkled so you don't have to worry about that, they cover your legs, have an elastic waist, and you can wear them with and without leggings.

Layers are the way to go. I used to work with kids that used wheelchairs and I found that it's easier if your outer layers buttoned or zippered to make removal easier. Also, the layer closest to your body (t-shirt, tank top) should be long enough to tuck in. Even if you don't like to tuck it in, it's more comfortable if your back stays covered. Comfort is the main thing, make sure everything is comfortable when you sit for a while. Hoods are sometimes a bother because they bunch up behind your upper back and get uncomfortable after a while.

Have a great time.

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   Posted 11/13/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Great ideas! I have tried a few things on and have decided on leggings, a skirt, tank top, sweater and an additional sweater and scarf for warmth when it gets cold. I can take off the sweater or sweaters and even the leggings if necessary.

It has taken some time to figure out how to incorporate my new style (comfortable clothing, flat shoes, etc.) into something that looks cute, too. We already feel terrible. We often hobble around with grimaces on our faces. Some of us walk with canes, walkers or wheelchairs/scooters. All of those things can make us feel less beautiful. I don't think we should have to give up feeling beautiful and go around looking dowdy. A lot of women with disabilities and talents in fashion design have decided the same thing and have created cute fashions for women like us.

I am really excited about the vacation.
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