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Shopping for the right clothes to conceal your brace and keep you comfortable and confident can be the hardest part about having a back brace. Hopefully these tips can help you find clothes that fit your style and your brace!

  • Wear a cami or brace underneath your brace! (See Tip 1 of Discomfort & Pain for more detail)
  • Shopping for a white or light colored shirt can be tough because it’s easier to see the brace through the shirt. Try searching for thicker materials or more opaque colors to conceal your brace.
  • Look for longer shirts- they hide your brace easier!
  • If you have a brace that is shorter in front and longer in the back, then it can be helpful to look for shirts like that too. There are plenty of cute shirts in this style!
  • To give the ‘tucked-in-shirt’ effect, tuck the loose ends of your shirt into the bottom of your brace.
  • Depending on your brace, you can wear your pants over or under the brace. Personally, I wear mine underneath my brace because it’s more comfortable with my brace.
  • If you wear your pants underneath your brace like I do, avoid belts- they can press into your skin because of the brace and cause a lot of pain. Instead, make sure to find pants that fit you well around the waist.
  • Leggings are great to wear under the brace. There are no uncomfortable buttons or edges that poke into your skin.
  • Don’t get too frustrated in shopping for brace clothes. It will take time for you to get a grasp of what types of clothes do and don’t work with your own brace.
  • Bringing a friend or family member can help make shopping trips a lot less frustrating and draining.
  • Certain types of materials or clothing lengths won’t work with your brace. Learn what these are and remember them for your next shopping trips.
  • Don’t let your mentality turn completely negative. You’ll start to reject every article of clothing without even trying it on. Be patient and try them anyways, you may be surprised with what you can wear.
  • Accessories are key. They can easily brighten up a dull outfit.
  • Scarves hide any bulkiness or ridges of your brace that show through your shirt.
  • Find clothes that make you confident despite your brace. Otherwise, you’ll always be too self conscious to fully embrace your brace.
  • Rompers! Rompers are fantastic with back braces. They are loose enough to conceal the brace and yet beat the heat.
  • If the front of your shirt looks fine with your brace, but the back either doesn’t totally cover your brace or it shows through the fabric, cardigans are your best friend. They can conceal expertly.
  • Crop tops or shorter tops can be paired with a shirt if the skirt is worn over your brace.

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