Autumn Styling For Chronic Illness – Blogtober 2018 – Day 19

Hello and welcome to day 19 of Blogtober. Today I’m going to share some tips I’ve found helpful when putting together outfits that are functional tional and comfortable for my life as a fibromyalgia warrior or spoonie.

Many spoonies can be sensitive to heat. Many illnesses may affect the bodies ability to regulate heat which means we can be freezing cold one minute and burning up next. It can happen so suddenly and without warning that we feel we need to take off our clothes or put on the thickest jumper lined with hot water bottles.

Not knowing how our bodies are going to react to an environment means that we need to be prepared for all instances.

Layering Is Your Friend

I’ve learned over time that multiple thin layers is key for when it is colder weather.  I tend to wear two or three thinner layers, so that if I get too hot I can easily remove a layer rather than be stuck sweltering in a big chunky sweater (I do love chunk knits though but don’t normally wear them when I am leaving the house).  Base layers type clothing is perfect for this.

I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve been out in winter where I’ve had to take my jacket off whilst out shopping.  All the other shoppers are wrapped up snug and warm in their winter coats, hats and scarves and I’m walking about carrying my jacket and sweltering. 

One outfit I would reach for if I need to leave the house. Is a pair of comfortable trousers. One or maybe two thin vest tops, a checked shirt or sweater or if it’s really cold a sweater and a shirt. All items that can easily be removed if needed, or put back on again.

It is always best to carry (where possible) an extra cardigan or jumper in case of emergencies. Even socks just in case your feet get cold and feel like blocks of ice.  A good pair of gloves, hat and scarf are also items I take when going out. My hands can get really cold very quickly, which causes significant pain in my fingers.

How do you find dressing for your chronic illness? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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