How to find clothes with your back brace
How to Cover up a Boston Brace for Girls
Having a back brace can be very painful at times, both emotionally and physically. Wearing clothes that make you feel your best and help camouflage your brace will help you feel less self-conscious. If you're worried about your brace being noticeable to others, there are techniques you can use to make your brace less noticeable.
Choosing the Right Clothes
Buy flowing shirts.Tight clothing will make the brace more noticeable. To cover the brace, buy larger shirts and dresses that will show fewer of the details of the brace through the fabric.
- Baby doll t-shirts are perfect, as they're very loose and cover up the brace.
- Tunic tops paired with leggings are a good choice because the top will flow over the brace instead of clinging to it.
- Empire waist tops and shift dresses are also good choices because they give plenty of space around your torso.
Shop for patterned tops.Patterns can hide the details of the brace by drawing the eye to the pattern itself rather than what's underneath. Some good patterns for this include floral, stripes, plaid, or polka dots.
Layer your clothing.Layering is a great technique for covering up a brace. Wear a T-shirt or tank top as the bottom layer. For the top layer try cardigans, blazers, or jackets, depending on the weather.
- When you layer your tops, choose an undershirt in a similar color to your brace so it blends in. Avoid contrasting colors that won't show as well under other tops.
Wear oversized hoodies and sweatshirts.For casual days, loungewear, or workouts, oversized hoodies or sweatshirts are great choices because they are comfortable and will hide your brace well. Pair them with fitted pants or jeans for a polished look and to balance out the oversized top.
Choose breathable fabrics.If you live in a warm climate, wearing a brace under your clothes can make you uncomfortably hot and sweaty. Buy clothing made of cotton or a cotton-blend, so you can stay cool.
Drawing Attention Away From the Brace
Use scarves.Scarves are great to cover any part of the brace that may show over the neckline of your shirt. You can also tie a scarf around pants to keep the brace from showing when you walk. See this article for tips on how to Tie a Scarf Around the Neck.
Wear jewelry.Bangle bracelets, chunky necklaces, big rings, and other fun jewelry are great for calling attention away from the brace area. Have fun with this and play around with different styles of jewelry.
Wear bright shoes.These can help draw attention away from the brace. Choose styles that won’t cause you back pain, and avoid painful styles like stilettos. Wedges and heels under three inches are great choices.
Wear your hair down.If you have long hair that falls past your shoulders, wearing it down can help camouflage your brace. Avoid ponytails and other updos that can draw attention to the brace,
Make sure the brace’s straps are concealed.If you want to hide your brace, be sure that regardless of what you decide to wear, your brace straps are fastened. If they are loose or sticking out under your clothes or accessories, secure them out of sight.
Embracing Your Brace
Make your brace a fashion statement.Many girls who wear Boston braces decide that they want to wear their brace over their clothes, rather than hide it all the time. Stores like Nordstroms and Macy’s sell cute, trendy covers for Boston braces.
Decorate your brace.If a cloth cover for your brace isn’t your style, you can still decorate your brace. Stickers and permanent markers for writing or drawing on it are great options. Be careful not to do any decorating that might accidentally damage your brace.
Invest in clothes that make you feel confident.The Boston braces themselves are far less bulky than they used to be. Many girls choose to wear regular clothes and put their brace over their clothes. The choice is yours, and you should do whatever makes you most comfortable.
Don’t feel pressured to hide your brace.Your brace is nothing to be embarrassed about. Between six and nine million people have scoliosis. You aren’t alone or weird for having this condition.
Remember that this isn’t permanent.Many teens have braces on their teeth temporarily, and your brace is temporary, too. Regardless of whether you show off your brace or cover it, know that it isn’t permanent, and you only have to deal with its inconvenience for a little while.
- Don’t worry if your brace shows or people notice your brace. Remember that it is there to help you and make your body stronger.
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Apr 11, 2019
Dec 21, 2019
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