My Fibromyalgia Wardrobe: Finding Clothing to Fit My Criteria

My Fibromyalgia Wardrobe: Finding Clothing to Fit My Criteria
Unaccustomed to the unusually cold temperatures we’ve experienced recently in Southern California, I found myself with a shortage of warm clothing to wear. For someone like me who is always cold, that problem needed to be addressed. With after-Christmas sales in every store, one would expect that even with my limited budget, the issue would be easily corrected. However, shopping presents major challenges for me. First and foremost is overcoming pain and fatigue. Even on my best days, I have roughly four hours — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — when I might feel capable of taking on this task. Of equal importance are the strict criteria I’ve established for articles of clothing that I buy. Failure to adhere to any one of them guarantees that the item purchased will grow old in my closet without seeing the light of day. Following are the criteria for my fibromyalgia wardrobe:

Comfortable

My physical symptoms cause enough discomfort in my life. Why add more? I only wear items like shoes, belts, and bras outside the home. Elastic waists also are intolerable. They are a substitute for even less comfortable buttons, but not if they’re too tight. Sadly, suitability cannot be judged in a fitting room. They feel fine when I try them on, but after wearing the item for an hour or more, the feeling of being cut in half starts to reach my brain. I have a drawer full of pajamas that once had elastic waists but now have safety pins to hold them up, placed several inches below the dissected (by me) waistline. Am I the only one bothered by neck labels on clothing? I once took a steak knife into
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2 comments

  1. Christelle Verrier says:

    Hence my sudden urge to learn sewing 6 months ago…I make my own clothes now, slowly for sure, but they fit my fibromyalgia criteria (no more of those pesky labels!!!). Thank you for this post :-)!

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