How to look good sitting down: My experience as a wheelchair user.

I started this piece with the intention of giving fashion and style tips, and I quickly stopped myself. First things first, I am no Gok. Although I could give him a run for his money on the groovy glasses front, I only wish I knew how to look as good naked… but, I do have a little experience of making sitting down stylish.

So, the best way to write this is to probably say GO FOR IT first of all. Wear whatever makes you feel foxy, and who is anyone else to tell you otherwise? But I will share a few of my own personal faux pas. Sit back; there’s plenty to go around.


1. Low rise may as well not rise at all.

Up until my mid-teens, jeans weren’t a problem as I didn’t wear them. Instead, I had three very memorable, and equally delightful pairs of trousers to choose from. Khaki, baggy, army

pants, banana yellow tracksuit bottoms with the added bonus of navy blue poppers up the side that gave me enough self-esteem to think I was Sporty Spice, and, my personal

favourites, fluorescent pink trousers with huge tassles coming from every inch of them… classy, I know. Looking back, it’s no wonder I found the dating game a bit of a drag. I did eventually find the Holy Grail that was a good pair of jeans, but they were all low rise. Never great when you’re sitting down with them digging into your hips, deciding to slide down just as you need to transfer or crawl up a flight of stairs. Not good at all. I stick to maxi dresses and high-rise pencil skirts now. A tucked-in tummy and no builders bum. Result!

2. Dresses with zips and painful beauty.

I recently bought an incredible 1950s circle dress that I just HAD to have. This was stupid for two reasons. Firstly, it broke the bank and secondly it zips all the way up the back and I can’t

fasten the bloody thing without some help. And the cherry on top is that, although it gives me hourglass curves, I struggle to breath when sat down in it. As a result, it comes out on extremely special occasions, aka never. The only advice I can give in this situation is that, if your arms are pretty limited like mine and you struggle to use hidden zips, just go for comfy over-your-head dresses that you’ll look just as gorgeous in as you’ll be able to relax and smile.

3. Making the best bits sparkle.

I am relatively unfortunate that, unlike the familiar phrase, I actually look like I have two right feet. No matter how many times I tell them, they just won’t keep straight! So more

often than not I wear a comfy pair of converse and a long dress that will not draw attention to them. I also wear tights and dolly shoes because I couldn’t really care less what my feet

look like most of the time, but my fool proof method is there if ever I’m having a self- conscious day. I also try to go bright with my hair, make up and top or dress, so that the

attention is drawn up my body, instead of down to the rubbish bits. This tip applies to everyone: know what your good bits are and flaunt them (but ladies in chairs, watch out if

you have a killer cleavage; that 6ft guy will be able to see three times as much of it as you can…. But maybe that’s a good thing?!)




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