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    Clothes & Scoliosis Question

    One big, really big question, really big problem is wearing clothes. I know you have a section called Dressing Your CurvesTips about clothing choices for adolescents with scoliosis. I wish there was a section for dressing your curves for ADULTS.

    Buying clothes, finding clothes, wearing clothes is just torture. Nothing fits! Are there any stores that make clothes for people with scoliosis and kyphosis?

    The standard shirt sizes of small, medium, large, extra large don't apply when the space between your neck and your waist require a little bit of each because everything is out of proportion.

    Are there stores that sell clothes (or companies that make clothes) for people with our conditions? It's simply torture trying to wear clothes!


    I'm adding here to what I originally wrote above:

    I'm editing this to be more specific and I'll probably edit again some time in the future as I try to make clear what seems so hard to explain. So this is just one aspect regarding clothes I'm going to address. (There are others but I'll start with this one. Emotionally, I feel overwhelmed, it's so hard to address the different aspects of this one particular issue -- CLOTHES). I tend to repeat things when I get nervous so please bare with me.

    So here goes with this first of what will be other aspects regarding the CLOTHES ISSUES.

    OK, aspect number one is necklines. It's easier to cover up my condition during the winter when I get to wear coats, jackets, hooded shirts. But during the summer and spring it becomes almost torture.

    Men's Tee-shirts simply "hug" my back. I wonder if that makes sense to you. Men's necklines on tee shirts go right up to the neck with no space. (see the pic of the man's shirt below). Whereas women's necklines are so varied, as shown in the pic below. Some neclkines on women's shirts go all the way out to the shoulders, some three-quarters, some half way, well you get the idea. And from the back, when the neckline is wider, more skin shows, I mean, more of the back is seen, so the shirt doesn't ride high, doesn't ride up, and so you look less hunched over. It helps distract from the roundness when the shirt neckline is wider.

    (in this PICTURE below -- see the link -- the first two show women's shirts, the third shows the traditional men's tee-shirt ... again, notice how much space around the neck the women's shirts offer, yet there's NO space in the men's ... it's right up to the neckline, no space, just "choking" the neckline)


    http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...00hshaccc2.jpg


    I wish men's shirts, tee shirts, had those differing neckline widths. I can't go out and buy women's shirts. That's why I was hoping someone out there might have taken this into consideration and created men's tee shirts with women's neckline widths, particulary the wider ones. It just seems like a wider neckline, exposing more of the back, and the more loose or baggy the upper part of the shirt, would help distract attention away, create the illusion that I'm not as hunched over as I am.

    Please tell me if this is making any sense. I can see in my head what I'm saying but I'm so afraid typing this now I wonder if it's coming out as jusy crazy talk to those reading this.

    So that's my first clothes question. Can anyone help. (I so wish I had the choices women have in clothes and I keep thinking someone else out there must have stumbled on this as a way to help guys with scoliois/kyphosis. If only I could go into a store and find such tee-shirts with wider necklines. If only there were a brand of such shirts made for people with my/our conditions).

    I apologize if I've babbled. I am very sad writing this. Feeling guilty.
    Last edited by so_shy; 07-01-2011 at 12:24 PM. Reason: trying to be more clear in what I'm asking for

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    Hello So Shy. I can't help with any stores, but have you considered looking around for a good tailor? Someone who really knows what they are doing and who is used to making clothing to fit a shape, and to hide certain flaws. We all have flaws, even those who don't have scoliosis.

    Good luck!
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    please see i revised my original post

    i edited the post I started to try to be more specific

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    SoShy, I'm assuming from your post that you are male.

    What you need is a tailor. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a custom tailor who can make bespoke shirts for you that will fit you personally at a reasonable price.

    Also, if you are near a large city and have the means (I don't know if you wear suits to work or if you're a college kid or what), call ahead to an upper end store and invest in a brief trip with a personal shopper at a Barneys, Nordstrom, or even a smaller men's store will help you (skip Men's Wearhouse, think Jos A Banks or Brooks Bros). You need to try on different things and see what fits best for you. I suspect that for casual men's shirts you would be better served in a V-neck vice a crewneck. For casual weekend shirts, try a polo in a solid color that can be tailored on one side. Button downs by nature are structure and therefore they will give *you* structure, so it may be that you change your "casual going out look" from t-shirts and jeans, to a button down with rolled up sleeves and jeans and a black or brown shoe. An "athletic fit" or "fitted" dress shirt will be wider in the shoulders and thinner at the waist and may be what you need. Again, depending on the severity of your curvature, you may still need a tailor.

    You mentioned wearing baggy shirts. Avoid this. It doesn't make you look less hunched, but it will make you look more rounded forward in fact. It reduces definition in the rest of your body and if you are reasonably in shape, you will look heavier than you are. It's a rookie mistake that a lot of men (and women) make.

    Hope this helps. If you need more info let me know.
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    Lilysaidwhat

    yes I'm a male

    thank you so much for offering possible solutions, but I must admit, I don't understand a lot of the clothing/fashion terms you use. I simply don't know much about the names of things that apply to clothes. For me, Target and K-Mart have been the places I've looked all my life, and the brands are usually hanes or fruit-of-the-loom and other simple basic shirts.

    But you're right about wearing oversized shirts. I've tried wearing baggy shirts, that is shirts larger size then what "should" be my natural size, and they just make me look awful, heavier. I mean it's obvious wearing an extra large with my smaller frame shows I'm trying to hide something.

    So perhaps I didn't do a good job explaining what I'm looking for and here I think I can do a better job. What I've done is I tried just now putting together another image, two shirts, one male and one female, side by side, to express my point. Maybe this picture below will explain it better:

    Click on this link and you will see what I'm talking about.

    The picture on the LEFT is a male wearing the typical male Tee shirt, with the shirt goes right up the back to the neckline.

    The picture on the RIGHT is of a woman's shirt, and notice how much more SPACE it provides, how much more leeway it gives around the neck in the back. What I'm saying is I wish I could wear a men's t-shirt like the one on the left but with neck space closer to the kind the shirt worn by the girl on the right. (If you see, I draw an arrow pointing from the girls neckline space to the man's neckline space.)

    LINK WITH TWO PICS DISCUSSED ABOVE:
    http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...000hshabbb.jpg



    If only they made men's shirts like that. With more circumference. And that's what I was hoping, that there are some brands out there that have that feature. a man's short-sleeve t shirt with a woman's wider neclkine circumference. hope that made sense. I fear I'm coming across as a real loon when I'm just a very pained, deeply saddened, self-loathing nice person, really.
    Last edited by so_shy; 06-30-2011 at 11:26 PM.

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    Unhappy

    Maybe I'm just too longwinded. Perhaps I should delete all I wrote above in all my posts and just say:

    DOES ANYONE KNOW:

    1. OF ANY BRAND NAMES OF MEN's T-SHIRTS WHERE THE NECKLINES ARE WIDER THAN NORMAL, WHERE THEY DON'T HUG THE NECK SO CLOSELY AND THEREFORE THE SHIRT DOESN"T RIDE UP THE BACK SO TIGHTLY AND MAKE A PERSON WITH VERY ROUNDED SHOULDERS LOOK SO HUNCHED OVER

    or

    2. THE NAME OF ANY STORES OR COMPANIES THAT SELL THESE KINDS OF SHIRTS

    or

    3. THE NAME OF STORES OR COMPANIES THAT DESIGN CLOTHES SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH KYPYHOSIS, SCOLIOSIS, LORDOSIS?



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    Hi so_shy,

    I am gad to see you posting. We all feel your pain and want to help you.

    Have you tried wearing hoodies (I have even seen light-weight hoodies made out of t-shirt material)? These at least take the focus off your upper back.

    Are button-down shirts (casual ones even) any better?

    I am a 44 y/o female, but I have always been self-conscious about my (formerly) crooked back. I tend to wear loose t-shirts, never any type of form-fitting shirt.

    Good luck, and I hope you find some comfort being among others who share your situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leahdragonfly View Post
    Hi so_shy,

    I am gad to see you posting. We all feel your pain and want to help you.

    Have you tried wearing hoodies (I have even seen light-weight hoodies made out of t-shirt material)? These at least take the focus off your upper back.

    Are button-down shirts (casual ones even) any better?

    I am a 44 y/o female, but I have always been self-conscious about my (formerly) crooked back. I tend to wear loose t-shirts, never any type of form-fitting shirt.

    Good luck, and I hope you find some comfort being among others who share your situation.

    Gayle

    Thank you Gayle for responding, it means so much to me. Took me years before I had the guts to even join this message forum.

    Yes, during the winter months, hooded shirts, hooded jackets, and off course jackets and coats in general make it easier to conceal. And yes button down shirts I find better too.

    It's the summer clothes where I run into trouble. I simply DREAD summer and spring. When it's 80 degrees, like everyone else, I want to be able to wear a simple T shirt. But I can't. In addition to scoliosis I have kyphosis and my shoulders are very rounded.

    Believe me, I've looked and looked and all men's T-shirts, from Hanes to Fruit-of-the-loom to other brand named brand t-shirts, they're all so tight around the neck. (Whereas women's T shirts have different widths when it comes to the neckline. I posted a couple of pictues I put together to show the difference I'm talking about in case my words aren't making it clear what I'm referring to when I talk about width of necklines. see links below).

    http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...00hshaccc2.jpg

    http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...000hshabbb.jpg

    I see woman's t-shirts have so many various neckline widths but men's t shirts are all the same, they go right up to the base of the neck. I need space around my neck, space around the back of my neck so the shirt doesn't ride up my back.

    I wish had the choices women had. I'm trying to find out if someone knows of any brand of a man's t shirt that has the wider neckline, that would give me that space I need in the back so I look less hunched over.

    Again, thank you Gayle for responding. Just that someone would take the time to address what I'm going thru really helps emotionally.
    Last edited by so_shy; 07-01-2011 at 12:24 PM.

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    so_shy,

    You might try LLBean's website and look at women's T shirts that have a lower neckline. They have T shirts that are very basic and some in colors that a man might like. Just a thought. Clothing manufacturers definitely do not cater to fringe sizes or anything that is not popular. I hope you can find something that works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loves to skate View Post
    so_shy,

    You might try LLBean's website and look at women's T shirts that have a lower neckline. They have T shirts that are very basic and some in colors that a man might like. Just a thought. Clothing manufacturers definitely do not cater to fringe sizes or anything that is not popular. I hope you can find something that works for you.

    Sally
    Sally, thank you. I went to that site and looked at the men's Tees, then the women's tees and ...

    Wow, what a difference, there it is, exactly what I've been talking about.


    Here are the men's Tees: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/504193?page=t-shirts


    Here are the women's Tees: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/50420...tees-knit-tops



    BUT to buy women's shirts? I want the wider neckline but I don't want the other female attributes (breasts, curves, etc.) that those shirts obviously have, being that they are made for women. In other words, I don't think I could get away with wearing women's tee shirts. Is that what you think is my only choice at this point?

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    I was so happy when I read you'd found some t shirts that might be suitable and though you are concerned about them being made strictly to the female form, I still think you might be on to something here. Some women's t-shirts are not shaped in to the waist or have darts for the bust. I know this because I was just looking for some shirts to have printed with my business logo and was disappointed to find the shirts are straight up and down, the mens' and women's the same. But this is Australia. I wonder if you keep searching for plain shirts, if you might not find what you're after. Perhaps try a t-shirt printer, someone who prints logos onto t-shirts. That's where I found the t-shirts that were the same for men and women. Best of luck with your search.
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    Thanks Jennifer. Thats so thoughtful of you to research that info for me.

    Most of the shirts were muscle shirts/tank tops. "Muscle shirts" are the only men's shirt that actually does have a wide neck but they have no sleeves.

    But THIS ONE SHIRT you posted: http://www.surfstitch.com/product/bi...e-ls-tee-black

    ... that one is exactly like the kind I've been trying to find ... the neckline is much wider than normal and would probably give me room to breathe in the back.

    That does give me hope, really. It's a rarity, but if there's one shirt like that out there there could be more, its just a matter of tracking them down, kind of like finding a needle in a haystack.

    I have to see if that shirt or ones like it are available in America. Perhaps I could print out a picture of that shirt and go to stores and ask if they know of any brands like that here.

    I really appreciate all that you and the others are doing to help me, from the kind encouraging words to actual recommendations and all the info for me to further explore.

    Thank you SO much!
    Last edited by so_shy; 07-02-2011 at 07:26 AM.

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    Here's one I found on Amazon, available from Gap:

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do...r&kwid=1&ap=14

    If the link doesn't work, I typed in "Men's wide neck t shirt" in the Amazon search window and that came up.

    I remember shopping for a friend who wanted to bring some Abercrombie T's to her grandkids in France a couple years ago, and they had a whole line of wide-neck T's for men. You might want to make some calls!

    I think you will find what you are looking for. I actually think those types of t's look better on men. They show the neck and clavicle. You could single-handedly bring this style into the forefront. Please do!
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    Good morning So Shy (it's 5.50am Sunday here!) I am glad that my links have given you hope that you'll likely be able to find what you're looking for. That particular site sells an expensive brand but I am sure you can get that same style in the States at a more reasonable price. Best of luck!
    Jen


    I just checked Amy's link and it looks like she's found something similar at a far more reasonable price!
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