Women with Arthritis and CMT Buttoning Shirt

A great fitted white shirt is a staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe. But, when you have fine motor issues, all fasteners are a pain in the a##; especially buttons. You see, I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, a hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, characterized by progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation. To put it simple, I have hand weakness (among other symptoms) and buttons are not my friend! You can read more about CMT and me in this post here.

Luckily, I have find ways around hand weakness and my disease to do a variety of things. Fashion is important to me and I’m not going to let a few stubborn buttons get in my way! For some of my other hacks and tips click here.

When you have an outfit that has buttons that shouldn’t stop you from wearing it! A girl’s fashion is important! Instead of putting it back in the closet, try using a button helper. Most of them are a button helper on one end and a zipper puller on the other which is perfect for killing two birds with one stone!

To be 100% transparent, I will say, even with this tool, I have found it can be time-consuming. I now have most of my button-downs sewn up permanently by a local seamstress. I always leave a few open at the top and buy shirts with plenty of stretch in the fabric so that I can easily slip them over my head.

I have many more diy adaptive fashion ideas throughout the site so have a look and let me know which ones are your favorites!

What are your favorite Tweaks?


  1. Love your blog. Inspirational
    Really intrigued by your sandals and whether i can wear them as well. Do you wear them with your AFO ? I only wear ankle braces so far.
    Keep the blog coming please?1+

    • Thanks so my much! I really appreciate your comment ? So, I cannot walk without AFOs outside of my home so every photo you see me in, I am in leg braces. The afos I wear are by Allard & they are called the Blue Rocker.

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