It’s hard enough to get the kids up and ready for school most days, but when your morning routine also includes a lengthy struggle with buttons and zippers, it’s extra frustrating. This week, some of my friends and their fashionable tots who happen to have special needs got some very exciting news: The nonprofit group Runway of Dreams launched a cool collection of adaptive clothing from Tommy Hilfiger.
In this collection, magnets replace zippers and buckles, and hidden magnetic closures are literally a snap to get on, with faux buttons on the outside that won’t give it away. This way, kids with disabilities can dress themselves and won’t have to sacrifice style for comfort or ease.
Other notable features include three rows of buttons inside the hem of the tailored pants, and adjustable elastic at the hem of the leggings, to accommodate kids of all sizes. Plus none of the shirts need to be pulled on over head.
What teenage boy wants his mom dressing him in the morning? Um, none. That’s why a line like this is a big win for my friend FuXia who has arthrogryposis and struggles with this very thing.
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As for the designs themselves, the collection is true to Hilfiger’s signature preppy style with traditional polo shirts, oxfords in some classic patterns and colors, chinos and jeans. The girls line is not quite as robust — not everyone wants an “I love Tommy Hilfiger” heart tee — but you’ll still find a very cute Runway of Dreams Dress in two fun springy colors and affordable soft leggings.
Tommy Hilfiger, thanks for making sure all our kids feel fashionable. When you’re 13, that’s pretty important.
Check out the full line of adaptive clothing from Tommy Hilfiger, which is available for young kids up to size 20, at the designer’s website. Just note that some of the links are going down so try again if an item gives you an error message. CMP is an rstyle affiliate.
All photos: Richard Corman