(Well, I did my best...here is the article and I hope you enjoy it!)
Always In Motion
51 years old and I've always been fascinated by fashion; classic, elegant, funky, eclectic...I love it all and, although I'm not society's beauty ideal, fashion has loved me back. My style has evolved over the years: simpler lines, bolder colours, fabrics chosen for how they feel against my skin as much as how they look. Now it has evolved even more to include dressing for my health or, I should say, because of my health.
A few years ago my body began moving. Uncontrollably, unpredictably, and not small movements. I have Parkinson's Disease as well as severe hereditary Essential Tremour. Because of the Parkinson's I have problems with balance, some minor tremouring, and muscle rigidity...particularly of the trunk at this time but it may eventually encompass my limbs as well. The Essential Tremour? Because it is severe I could enter breakdancing contests and win just by standing there if I didn't have medication to control it and sometimes, even with meds, I have breakthrough tremours.
Woe was me when all this fun stuff started, amongst all the other concerns (since no one knew what was wrong at first) were the occasional visions of me sitting around in flowered house dress and scruffy slippers. Not an appealing vision. (photo source)
Like many women who deal with health issues, it was up to me to adjust my expectations and find out what I could wear to make daily life easier and still leave me feeling confident, beautiful and stylish. Things like a front-closure bra so I no longer had to do the 'brassiere twist'. Clothing that wasn't too tight in case I started thrashing about. Shoes I wouldn't fall off of. Okay, so where did that leave me? With a lot of research, that's where it left me. Fortunately you can now type 'your disease - clothing' into your favourite search engine and come up with myriad possibilities. Have arthritis? Type in arthritis clothing, same with nearly anything you can imagine and some you probably haven't. Unfortunately, most of what you find appears to be made from industrial-strength polyestre, in dull colours, and lacking a certain.....imagination. Still, for me at least, it gave me a place to begin working on my own fashion/health compromises.
So I can't wear skinny leather pants and heels, I can wear leggings and funky flats: (photo source 1, photo source 2)
A skintight pencil skirt? Nope, but updating a slightly looser retro style? Bring it on! (photo source 1, photo source 2)
High heels obviously don't work for me, as much as I would love for them to: (photo source 1, photo source)
But there are lots of attractive options which are stylish without the potential risk of falls: ( photo source 1, photo source 2, photo source 3)
Bright colours in clothing, hair and makeup...fun jewelry...a sassy 'take no prisoners' attitude, a bit of imagination and a whole lot of intestinal fortitude: that is my style these days and you know what? I like it. A lot.