5 Top Tips for Shopping for Sensory Friendly Clothing.

5 Top Tips for Shopping for Sensory Friendly Clothing.

When shopping for sensory-friendly clothing,
it's important to consider their unique sensory needs and preferences.
 Here are 5 top tips to help you find the right sensory-friendly clothing.


1. It starts with the fabric

Look for clothing made from soft, non-irritating materials such as cotton or bamboo blends with at least 5% Elastin. This creates a gentle fabric on the skin that feels soft and stretchy.

Some fabrics may have strong chemical odours, which can be overwhelming. It's best to choose clothing with minimal or no chemical treatments. So always do the sniff test first!

Fabrics that are stiff or have limited stretch, such as denim or starched fabrics, can restrict movement and be uncomfortable for children who prefer looser, more flexible clothing.



2. Take a closer look at the seams

Seek out clothing with a flat seam construction. These features minimise sensory irritations and prevent scratchiness, allowing for a more comfortable wearing experience.

Unlike traditional seams, which have raised edges, flat seams lie flat against the fabric, creating a smoother and flatter surface. This construction technique ensures that there are no bulky or irritating seams that could cause friction against the skin. Instead, the seams are stitched in a way that prevents them from rubbing or digging into sensitive areas, reducing the likelihood of irritation and discomfort.



3. Flexible and Non-Restrictive Fit

Opt for clothing that provides a relaxed and non-restrictive fit. Look for items with elastic waistbands, adjustable closures, or loose-fitting styles that offer freedom of movement. Avoid tight or constricting clothing.

Elastic waistbands are particularly beneficial as they provide flexibility and adaptability to different body shapes and sizes. They offer a comfortable and secure fit without digging into the skin or causing discomfort.

Avoid clothing that fits tightly around the ankles and wrists. Pressure in these areas can create pressure points, which may result in sensory overload and lead to feelings of irritation or discomfort.



4. The extra details are important! 

Look for features like reversible clothing, clothing without buttons or zippers, or clothing with hidden seams to provide a smooth sensory experience.

Avoid embellishments and thick heavy printing. These decorative features often involve added textures, raised surfaces, or rough materials.

For individuals who are particularly sensitive to touch or have tactile sensitivities, the presence of embellishments such as sequins, beads, or appliqués can feel abrasive or irritating against the skin.



5. Everyone is different

Each person's sensory needs and preferences are as unique as they are, and that's something truly special. So, if you have the opportunity, involving the individual in the shopping process is more than just a good idea—it's a wonderful one. By including them, you're not only making sure they have a say in what they wear, but you're also showing them that their needs and preferences matter. It's a chance to create a caring and inclusive experience where their voice is heard, and their comfort is prioritised.

Together, you can explore different options, and find clothing that makes them pheel amazing in their own skin.


Happy Shopping!

We're thrilled to share these tips with you to make your journey of finding sensory-friendly clothing a little bit easier. And hey, while you're at it, don't forget to explore our fantastic collection of sensory-friendly clothing

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