I’m pretty sure fall gets the ”favorite season” award for people living with chronic conditions and disabilities. Personally, my body just works better with pumpkin spice lattes, crisp, not too hot & not too cold air, and the return of my favorite tv shows.
But, the best best best part about fall as a leg brace (afo) wearer, is that there are way more fashion and shoe options to choose from. I love that after a hot summer in maxi dresses, I can finally show some leg by pairing short dresses (not too short) with tights and a great pair of tall leather boots. In a future post, I will show how this look works on different body types and give a few outfit suggestions. But, for now, if you’re new here, or want to revisit my post on how to wear boots with orthotics, you can check it out here: Boots are a Bi$#!.
This fall, I’m loving the cropped frayed hem jeans with booties style. I look for mid or high rise jeans in a super stretchy poly, cotton and lycra fabric. I like my jeans to feel as soft as leggings. When choosing jeans to wear with booties, I pick a slim, straight leg style that can easily stretch over and conceal my leg braces. If you’re feeling crafty and have an extra pair of jeans lying around, you can always check out my Tweak of The Week called, DIY your own frayed jeans.
I love accessories as they add personality to any outfit. Since my fingers have little to no muscle or pincher grip ability, it’s not easy (a total understatement) for me to put on earrings with backings or manipulate bracelet clasps. I was excited to find a cool bracelet with a magnetic clasp and an awesome pair of earrings with an easy to insert long post.
During the daytime and on weekends, I pair the cropped jeans with tees and cardigans. At night, I love silky camis with a blazer over them or a stand alone, cute and colorful long sleeve top.
Now for the fun part, or not so fun part, if the act of trying on shoes gets your heart rate well into the cardio zone. I typically look for a flat or flatform bootie (ankle high boot) in a wide or extra wide width with a non skid sole. Some regular width booties work when they have removable footbeds and a wide enough opening. I look for ones with zippers or adjustable velcro.
What do you think? Would you wear any of the items above? What is your style? I would love hear from you in the comments below.