Belonging in Fashion

  • By Clay Chambers Springible Contributor
  • Reading Time About 2 minutes
  • PostedMarch 22, 2017
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Last month, Bustle, an online women’s magazine, wrote about fashion’s changing landscape, the misconceptions that exist surrounding people with disabilities, and what brands today are reaching out with alternatives for those who have additional needs. This piece surfaced, in part, because of a fashion blogger named Karin Hitselberger, who called out Kylie Jenner for posing in a wheelchair for an interview and photoshoot a magazine ran with her in it near the end of 2015. In her blog post, Hitselberger, who is in a wheelchair herself, questions the societal norm that people with special needs and disabilities do not have a place at the table when it concerns style, tastes, and preferences. Bustle contributor, Angela Almeida, disagrees, referencing Hitselberger’s perspective her article on this topic:

“‘Just because I’m physically disabled doesn’t mean I don’t have my own style, and fashion can’t be something that I care about.’ This is a common misconception, Hitselberger says, and it’s one that needs to first change from within the industry itself. But where to begin? Well, not using wheelchairs as a publicity stunt is a start…it’s about breaking down the societal perception that just because someone is physically disabled, fashion shouldn’t matter for them as much as function.” Bustle, Angela Almeida

Beyond dispelling the myth that tastes and preferences have to be categorized into “normal” and “not normal,” Almeida expressed that mainstream designers should create more “accessible, design-friendly, and stylish” clothing. A combination of good form and functionality. 

We agree. This is why we created Springible. We do not exist to diagnose, stereotype, and silo people who have special needs and disabilities. We exist to pull people out of those diagnoses, stereotypes, and silos to just belong.

This year at Springible we are partnering with brands that are dedicated to your interests. We want to see you thrive, not just survive.

NOTE: This feature references remarks made from an article Bustle.