Fashion For Caregivers
Posted on September 01, 2015
in Family Caregivers
Caregiving is a hard job. Cleaning, bending, getting dirty,
reaching, and lifting are all part of your everyday routine. But just because
you’re a caregiver doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish and feel great.
Alert1 knows you want
to be comfortable and able to help your loved one whenever they need it. We are
here to help. Alert1 looked to the
runway to find fashion-forward yet practical pieces that are ideal for caregiving. Here are some of the
top fall fashion trends that you can rock while staying comfortable and agile,
so you can be there for the people you love.
- A Black
Jacket. You can never go wrong with this classic wardrobe staple! Whether
it’s leather, cotton or wool, there is nothing better than a jacket that looks
chic, but is also comfy and cozy during the winter months. A black jacket is
the definition functional and stylish. Search for one that hits you at the hips. This length makes it easier for you to bend, twist and move when taking care of your elderly loved one.
Jeans. A pair of polished jeans will update your look and keep you looking
youthful, while giving you the freedom to move and be active. When shopping for
jeans, avoid super-stretch fabric. Look for dark jeans with 2 percent elastic
fiber. This will give you enough stretch to feel comfortable and move freely,
without looking frumpy. Mid-rise, boot cut and straight leg cuts are good
choices for staying comfortable while caregiving.
handbags - Keep in mind your daily caregiving activities when choosing a
handbag. Choose one that is big enough
to fit all of the things you need for caregiving.
Over-the-shoulder bags are great because you'll always have your hands free to help your loved one.
- Thin Belts. Thin belts are hot accessories this season! Use it to cinch in your waist
when wearing flowy tops or full dresses.
Defining your waist will make you look thinner and give you shape,
rather than looking like a rectangle in loose tops or dresses. A belt will keep loose fabric closer to your body, so there's nothing that will get in the way as you are bending
or lifting to assist your loved one.
booties. Ankle booties are a comfier, yet just-as-fashionable alternative
to heels for this fall. Ankle booties come in a variety of heel heights to fit
everyone’s needs. The heels on these booties are thicker than your standard
heel. They allow you to move easier and faster than normal heels would, so you
can be up on your feet if your elderly loved one needs you.
Trends to Try
- Minimalism. This simply means don’t overdo it on the accessories! Staying simple and clean will
help you to look younger and trendier. Too many accessories can get in the way
of your daily activities as a caregiver. You don’t want your dangly earrings,
heavy necklace and hundreds of bracelets to get in the way of helping your
loved one get dressed! If you love jewelry, try to stick to one or two
- Plaid. Get ready to pile on the print this fall! Plaid is versatile and youthful while
still looking pulled together and classic. Try a nice A-line midi-dress in a
plaid print, or even wear a plaid coat to give a little pop of color to a classic all-black ensemble. Prints like plaid are great for hiding
stains, so you won’t have to worry if you need to get a little dirty while
Hemlines. Midi-dresses and skirts are flattering for women of all ages. Midi-length
skirts and dresses have hemlines that end right above or right below your
knee. Mid-length hemlines still look
feminine, but you won’t have to worry about them creeping up or showing too
much skin when you bend and move while taking care of your loved one. You
shouldn’t have to worry about your hemline when you are busy caregiving.
One Last Tip
- Go to a
tailor. Clothing fits everyone differently. When you get your clothes made
to fit you, they will ultimately be much more flattering and feel like a second
skin. Say goodbye to pants that slip down as the day goes on, or dresses that
don’t fit your shoulders properly. Getting
your clothes tailored will keep your clothes from distracting you while you are running errands, preparing food, or cleaning the house. That leaves your mind free to focus your full attention on your caregiving.
Don’t Forget About Yourself
Alert1 knows the
challenges you face as a caregiver. We know that it’s a hard job. We want you
to remember, in the midst of taking care of others, you should also take care
of yourself. Being a caregiver doesn’t mean you have to throw your love of
fashion out the window. There are plenty of ways to stay stylish and
comfortable this fall, while still being able to succeed at your hard, yet rewarding
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