Our lingerie industry has come a long way in recent years, including expanding options of bras for women with a disability. Wearing a bra is an easy task for healthy and young women. However, it can turn out to be a nightmare for older women and ones with disabilities. The needs of women with disabilities are different from other. Disability does not mean that women should not look beautiful and feel comfortable.
Let’s take a look at some bras and other support solutions that will make life a little easier for people with a disability. I have chosen to review products that are easy to use, comfortable and of course still offer some support.
5 Best Bras for Disabled Women
Wacoal Women’s B-Smooth Front Close Bralette
If you’re among the strong women who have undergone a breast surgery recently, you know that it can be hard finding that bra that will fit you well and give you the comfort you need. This B smooth bralette is everything you will need to transform your life post-surgery.
This comfortable wire-free bra offers great comfort and shaping. It is designed in a way that the sides and band have no stitches to irritate you. Also, it has a front closure that makes it easy to put it on and take it off.
B-Smooth Front Close Bralette Features
Sizes available in this bra for women with a disability
The Wacoal B-Smooth is available in sizes 32 – 42.. Which translates approximately to a S – XXL. It is best suited to B-D cups.
Overall rating of this style for disabled women
Based on my experience fitting this style on hundreds of happy customers of varying shapes and sizes; many with limited mobility.
This Silverts bras for seniors is the best front opening bra for women living with arthritis. It is designed in a manner that is easy throw on and off. It also has a hook and loop or “velcro” tab fastening system which is the real stand out feature for those with reduced mobility in their fingers.
This style also features wide pressure distributing shoulder straps, which I love to see on support bras.
Best features of this bra for disabled
Sizes available in this front closure for arthritic patients.
This Silverts Arthritic front closing bra is not designed with cup sizes. However, it can accommodate women with A to D cup sizes. It is available in sizes Small – XXLarge.
Overall rating of the Silverts Arthritis Easy Closure Adaptive Bra
A near perfect option for those looking to avoid the hook and eye system and move to an easier velcro fastening system.
Camisole with built-in padded bra
This versatile camisole with built in padded bra for women looks great without the added bulk of a separate camisole and bra and removed the need to fuss with hook and eye clasps.
This camisole padded bra has a shelf bra inside. It doesn’t compress your bust, giving you a flattering shape and support. The padding isn’t removable and is made of thin, breathable and comfortable material. The straps of this camisole are also adjustable, giving flexibility in size if you want to adjust the straps.
This really is a great bra alternative for senior women; it can be worn on it’s own or under a jacket, blouse, or blazer. Also, you can wear it with your favorite set of leggings, jeans or drawstring pants.
Benefits of a Camisole bra alternative
Sizes available in this bra for women with a disability
In the style I have recommended these range from size S – 3XL. The 3XL is equivalent to a size 42. However for those who fall outside of these sizes, you will surely be able to find an alternative brand that services other sizes.
I feel like this style works best for A-D cups.
My rating on this option
You can expect this sort of style to be less supportive than a traditional bra. But it really is a great alternative for those who can’t fasten hooks or those who have sensitivities to fabrics in bras.
Playtex Women’s 18 Hour Front Close Wire-free Back Support Posture Bra
For those having back problems, this Playtex 18-hour support bra may be what you need. This innovative bra improves posture and gives you back support. The bra also has a wire-free frame that helps smooth your sides and back.
They have specifically designed the cups of this style to give some side support and lift which leaves you with a pleasant and flawless silhouette.
The front fastening and soft slightly stretchy fabric makes this a great bra for those who struggle with clasps behind their back and/or don’t appreciate irritating fabrics in their daily living.
Playtex Front Closure Bra for Disabled women
Sizes available in this front fastening bra
36B, 36C, 36D
38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD
40B, 40C, 40D, 40DD
42B, 42C, 42D, 42DD
Overall rating of the Playtex comfort front fastening bra
A GREAT (and highly rated by online reviewers!) style. Because of the slightly stretchy fabrics you may expect a shorter lifespan for this style than others mentioned above, hence why it only got the 4 stars.
The Breast Nest
There are days when you don’t feel like wearing a bra. Breast nest bra is your best choice for such days. Breast nest is different from the everyday bras in that it does not lift your breasts. Instead, it holds them in their natural position giving your that braless feeling. This is the best bra for the days when you feel like relaxing at home.
These bras for seniors or women with a disability can be worn by sensitive skin people who are undergoing breast cancer chemotherapy and fibromyalgia. It has a patterned non-constrictive design that allows each breast to be held in an individual stretchy nest.
Additionally, it is made with a soft modal fabric that reduces skin to skin irritation between your breasts and torso. It also reduces bra sweat and makes you stay dry and fresh all day long.
Breast Nest features perfect for women with a disability
Available in two cup sizes “D-DD” and “F-H”. In sizes Medium – 3XL.
Overall rating of the Breast Nest
A very different take on a bra solution for the disabled. Really this style garment is an improvement on not wearing a bra at all and is really useful for those seeking to fix (or avoid) issues with that prolonged skin on skin contact can cause like yeast infections or dermatitis.
My final thoughts on finding bras for women with a disability.
Being a woman with a disability or a senior woman presents enough challenges in any day. That is why it’s essential to find the perfect bra that is easy to get on and off, offers great comfort and fits you well. If you don’t know your bra size, you can go through the steps in our article on how to measure your bra size.
It’s may also be necessary to first talk to an occupational therapist who will guide you in knowing what challenges your body may endure in the near future and how you can quickly adapt to your body’s limitations. Besides, the OT will guide you in choosing the best bras for disabled you can use for your particular condition.
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