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  1. #1
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    Sep 2003
    Hanover, MA

    Welcome to "Dressing Your Curves"

    Welcome to this new topic titled, “Dressing Your Curves”. I am pleased to introduce Moira Lion, a young woman from California who wore a brace for her scoliosis. Moira’s struggles with her brace, her clothes and her self image resulted in the writing and publication of her brochure, “Fashion Rescue”. Moira will moderate this topic which we hope will be a great way for all teenagers, braced and un-braced, to talk about their fears, concerns, and needs regarding their body image and their clothing and share their fashion ideas to make life a little easier for everyone living with scoliosis.
    Best Regards,


  2. #2
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    Oct 2005
    Here's a couple of links that might interest some, it gives more info on the types of braces (especially the older ones) and also has various stories The main site
    These are a couple of pictures of four girls wearing two different braces, on top of their clothes. I don't know if the braces were for any of them, but check out the wild patterns in the molded plastic girdles - a good incentive to show off the brace! Open the window to full size and you'll get larger images that are easier to see the details.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2005

    Hi! I'm Moira...

    *** Hey...I'm Moira and I'm 16 years old from California and have scoliosis.*
    ** I heard about my aggressive scoliosis when I was a freshman in high
    school which proved to be highly emotional for me.* When I first started
    at my high school, I did not know anyone. As hard as it was, I
    managed to make new friends.* I met many new people because I played
    volleyball.* Toward the end of the volleyball season, I was hit with the
    news that I had to wear a back brace.* I could not believe it.* I was just
    starting to find my place at school, and now I had to worry about
    wearing an uncomfortable and indiscreet brace.* This news completely
    affected me from an emotional standpoint.* I was not playing volleyball
    very well because the only thing on my mind was how to react to the
    news:* How could this happen to me?* Would I have to have surgery if
    my spine keeps changing so aggressively?* How will people react to
    this? Would I have to quit volleyball? And, what was I going to wear? I
    felt like I was on the verge of tears every second of the day.
    * ** A huge part of my day to day feelings had to do with what I was
    going to wear.* Ever since I was little, I had always been interested in
    fashion.* I have always loved wearing clothes, shopping for clothes, and
    even designing clothes.* Because of this brace, I could not wear certain
    clothes while keeping the brace hidden.*Although it was quite a
    challenge, I was determined to find clothes that would make me look the
    same as everyone else in school.* These feelings are what inspired me to
    write a "Fashion Rescue" booklet to help other girls that might have
    similar feelings to me. The first day I started wearing my brace to
    school, no one even noticed.* I was wearing a sweatshirt and pants.*
    Luckily, I had all of winter to get used to wearing my brace at school.*
    I was so worried about what I would wear in hot weather, though, because
    the brace traps in body heat.* How was I going to hide my brace while
    staying cool in the hot weather we receive in California?* In the
    booklet "Fashion Rescue" I have explained some tips for clothing choices
    to girls who must wear back braces in hot or all weather.
    * ** I decided not to tell very many people about what I was going
    through.* The few close friends that I did tell did not even go to my
    high school.* I did not want people to treat me differently, whether it
    be in a positive way or negative way.* I wanted to convince myself and others that I was as regular as any other high school girl.* Eventually, people found out about my brace because they touched me and I would tell them.* I grew to be more open about it and in a particular situation would tell people about it.* Many friends that I told already knew someone who had to wear a back brace, too.* Some people I had heard of, in this same
    situation, did tell their friends and were very open about the whole
    thing, but everyone is different in what they decide to do.
    * ** Now that I have stopped wearing my brace, although I prepared
    myself for a longer amount of time, I feel relieved because my back
    seems to be stable at the moment. Throughout the time that I wore my
    brace, I was always searching for answers about why this
    happened. Whenever I was talking to friends, family, or even strangers
    about their personal problems, I would compare my situation to theirs.*
    I came to the conclusion that everyone has great challenges at some time
    in their lives, some much harder than this and others easier.* This was
    mine.* I have always had such a strong interest in fashion and this
    situation has made my interest stronger.* I have learned how to be more
    creative with clothes and accessories.* My hope that wearing the brace
    would soon be over and creativity got me through my challenging experience.
    * ** All teenage girls and even "tweens" are interested in looking
    presentable, whether they are obsessive about clothes or just want to
    look normal.* I found that girls like us are put into this kind of
    situation for various reasons, but we are young women who can handle the
    challenge and should not give up.* Wearing this brace has helped me become confident in handling life's challenges and even more passionate about pursuing my interests.* My best advice: be strong, get creative and
    don't lose hope!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005

    One more thing about Fashion Rescue Booklet

    If you want a copy of the Fashion Rescue Booklet you can download it from the Homepage under "Resources". ATTENTION: I noticed a couple of pages are missing from the posted booklet. You can ALSO download the entire booklet from the website It is on that website too!
    Write to me any time if you have any questions or just need to talk!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    i dont see the point of this thread... no ones posting hello
    Age: 18
    40TL curve pre op
    Posterior Spinal Fusion with Dr. Pablo Marrero
    San Jorge Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico
    June 7, 2006
    post op curve: 16

  6. #6
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    Jan 2006
    I think most teens are acutely aware of the fashion issues they face. Have you looked at the pamphlet? It is excellent. I plan to have my ten year old look at it before we shop for summer clothes. Even she is very self concious about her brace showing.
    I haven't posted before, but I have read the material and am grateful for it.
    Thank you Joe and Moira.
    God has used scoliosis to strengthen and mold us. He's good all the time!On this forum these larger curves have not held forever in Spinecor,with an initial positive response followed by deterioration. With deterioration, change treatment.The first year she gained 4 or 5 inches and was stable at around 20/20 in brace, followed by rapid progression the next year.She is now 51/40 (Jan2008)out of brace (40/30 in Spinecor) and started at 38/27 out of brace(Jan2006.) Now in Cheneau.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Thank you for your kind compliment. I am glad you are finding this thread useful. Tell your daughter that if she has any questions about clothing or anything to do with the brace, I would be happy to answer them. It might be helpful considering I responded to the brace in a similar, self-conscious way.

    ScoliGal: I'm sorry you do not see the point in this thread, but as long as it is helping some people I feel that it is a necessity.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    A teeny tiny town in new hampshire

    Question clothes for the winter

    since i live in nh and fall and winter is coming i have been thinkin about what i should where. i got my boston brace this june and have been wearing a lot of skirts and shorts this summer but i don't really want to just wear sweat pants all winter. should i try some jeans? i tried on some and they don't look that bad but u can see my butt being squeezed at the bottom the brace really well. i'm normally a 0 but in my brace im a 3.

    14 yrs old
    28 t
    29 L before brace
    right now: 21 L
    now i'm doing basketball, ballet, and piano

  9. #9
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    Sep 2006

    Red face

    Now its getting colder im wearing jeans n 3 quarter lengths. You have 2 choose the type carefulli just try on loads! At least one pair will look good. If you wear a chunky belt around your hips it does draw the attention away from the way the brace 'squashes' your bum lol. Hope dis helped mayb a lil bit...mayb.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Hi I am just new to the forum and my 11 yo daughter has recently started wearing the tlso brace which she will wear 23/7. We are from Australia and it is coming up to summer which will be very hot. I have also realised that none of her clothes such as jeans, fitted t shirts and dresses will fit so we will have to work out what to wear that is fashionable and also hides the brace a bit as she is conscious of it naturally. She wears a uniform to school and thankfully that seems to be okay. I will definitely be reading your book and thank you very much for the effort and advice,
    all the best to everyone...Melinda.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Hi all!

    Libby: For me, winter was the best time of year for clothes. I first got my brace in the winter time so it was nice to get used to it then (instead of the hot spring and summer we receive out here in California) because being able to wear layers hid my brace well. For pants, I found that if the back of them had pockets with flaps, they often covered where the brace squeezed and creased my butt, which disguised it to look rounder. Also, longer jackets, sweatshirts, and shirts help cover it if they go below where the brace ends. I hope these tips help!

    Melinda: Welcome to the forum! I hope all of the tips from everyone on the site will help you and your daughter get through this challenging time. If you or your daughter ever have any questions especially about clothes or need advice on anything don't hesitate to ask!

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Unhappy Help!!

    Hi my name is katya and i wear the bosten brace ive been wearing it since last decmber and i got a new one yester day. i live in florida so it is really hot i also have a school uniform and because i dont want everyone to know i have a brace i end up wearing an undershirt under my brace, my brace, another undershirt to keep the straps down and hide the bottom of it, then my school shirt, and then a sweeter or sweetshirt i need help!!

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