One-Handed Fashion

After living this one-handed life since the day I was born, I have finally started to bring a bit more style and swank to my expression of fashion. Blog #38 of my “40 Blogs in 40 Days about 40 Podcasts” campaign of coolness shares the story of my personal fashion. I have always been into fashion. I love shoes and socks and dressing up as much as possible. However, since I do not have two hands I have always had an issue with long sleeves. T-shirts and short-sleeved button downs are not an issue and I love wearing them. However, when it comes to hoodies, long sleeved dress shirts, suit jackets, French cuffs and cuff links, dress coats, and coats in general I have always had a lifetime quirk. The “old school” function I have seen in old war movies of veterans having their sleeve folded over their amputated arm and pinned onto itself is something I have never been fan of doing for myself. Most of the time I would just push back as much sleeve as I could to allow my left arm to articulate. But even this has it’s functional limits and quite frankly it does not look good or feel good.

So much of my clothing concerns are two fold in nature. I was mostly looking for better functionality and the ability to use my left arm without all this sleeve in the way. At the same time I have a desire to look good in my clothes and feel good in my body. The main functional qualities arose while snowboarding and being a martial artist. I just noticed my sleeve would be very thick and bunched-up while I was snowboarding. It was difficult to do much with my left arm. Plus, wearing a glove/mitten on my right hand only added to my limited ability to do what needed to be done. As a martial artist and martial art instructor I found my sleeve was not only getting in my way, it was also getting in my students way. We were constantly moving my sleeve around just to practice techniques. Then one day I had enough! I was getting dressed for class and looking in the mirror at the sleeve that is always in the way. I did not like how it looked or how it impeded my movements and function. The next day I took my uniforms to a local tailor.

It has only been in the last few years that I started to get my clothes custom cut to fit my body. It all started with custom fitting my martial art uniform tops to fit my body. This was mostly to be more efficient and to move more naturally. Not to mention that is looked very cool and felt great. Then I started to get my suit jackets custom tailored to fit my “short side.” Once I started to get my jackets tailored I could really notice the difference both in style and in function. I started a personal revolution of disabled fashion with a one-handed overtone and I ain’t looking back! Not only do I feel and look better in clothes that are actually designed for my body, it also inspires other people. People can see by the clothes I wear I like who I am and feel good about myself. There are so many benefits to living life with one hand!! 

To hear the story of my one-handed fashion revolution I invite you to click on the link and enjoy my One Hand Speaks Storytelling Podcast Episode OHS014.

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