9 Adaptive Clothing Brands for Kids That Don’t Sacrifice Style

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Children with disabilities like to wear on-trend, comfortable clothing just as much as their able-bodied peers. And while this used to be a challenge, it’s becoming easier thanks to advocates who raised the need for adaptive clothing that works for different needs without sacrificing style.

Tommy Hilfiger made history when it became the first major designer to launch an adaptive line less than a decade ago. In the years that followed, adaptive fashion exploded. Kids with disabilities (such as sensory needs, limb differences, feeding tubes and wheelchairs) can now choose from a range of styles at different price points. They no longer have to settle for clothing that’s functional but not fashionable.

“I’m excited that brands are recognizing the need, and business opportunity, for adaptive to be in their plan,” says Mindy Scheier, CEO of GAMUT Management and Runway of Dreams, a consulting and talent management company working exclusively with and for people with disabilities. “As a parent of a son with muscular dystrophy, I’m so happy that children will grow up in a world where clothing and footwear options are becoming available to support all disabilities, making them feel like any one of their peers when they get dressed for school each morning,” she adds.

We’ve rounded up some of the best adaptive clothing for children and teens below. Whether you’re shopping for a kid that doesn’t like tight fabrics and itchy tags or you want clothing that will fit over a brace or wheelchair, check out these inclusive brands, plus some of our favorite items from each one.

1. Primary


  • Why We Love It: gender-neutral clothing that works for kids and teens with sensory needs, super comfortable, versatile pieces
  • Size Range: 0 to 24 months, 2T to 14Y

Primary ticks many boxes when it comes to being sensory-friendly for children. This gender-neutral clothing doesn’t have tags, flat seams, or difficult closures—all of which can bother children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory differences. It also doesn’t feature any logos, slogans or gendered prescriptions. Plus, all of Primary’s items are made from 100 percent GOTS organic certified cotton to ensure soft, irritant-free, fabrics. “These shirts are perfect and so soft! My kiddo won't wear any other brand of long sleeve shirt, because the fit is so nice and the fabric so comfortable,” raves one buyer.

Adaptive Clothing for Kids - A young white girl with strawberry blond hair wears a light blue dress with adaptive snaps. She has one arm and hand that does not have fingers. She stands in front of a white background.
Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive

2. Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive

  • Why We Love It: classic Tommy Hilfiger styles with useful adaptive features, great for special occasions
  • Size Range: XS to XXL

Tommy Hilfiger has cleverly hidden adaptive features in several of their signature styles. The adaptive kids’ range includes features like easy-open magnetic closures on tops and dresses, elastic loops to make pulling bottoms up easier, and leggings and pants in seated fits for wheelchair users. With a variety of upscale items to choose from, this brand is a great option for dress-up occasions and everyday wear. “My son has autism and Parkinson’s syndrome, so him getting on pants is not an easy task. He usually wears sweatpants. He feels so confident in these pants. He can fasten them all by himself! Love that he has confidence!” writes one happy customer.

3. Kizik


  • Why We Love It: shoes can be put on hands-free, super comfortable, colorful styles
  • Size Range: Kids’ 10C to 7Y

Kizik shoes can but put on hands-free just by stepping on the back, an empowering feature for kids who have trouble putting their shoes on without assistance. And they’re made from soft material which makes them great for kids with sensory needs. “These shoes are fantastic. My child most of the time has a sensitivity to clothes or shoes. The moment they put these on there was not a word except ‘look how fast these make me!’ This is an insanely huge accomplishment in our household! Please do yourself a favor whether your kid has sensitivity issues or not, add them to your cart and buy!!,” writes one parent.

4. Kohl’s Adaptive

Kohl’s Adaptive

  • Why We Love It: huge range of adaptive clothing, on-trend styles, great for wheelchair users
  • Size Range: kids 0 to 24 months, XS to XXL; teens XS to XXL

Kohl’s understands that kids with disabilities want to look good too. Their adaptive line includes clothing with easy-to-use closures, larger neck openings, sensory-friendly fabrics, and strategically placed openings to access medical equipment. Some styles are also specially adapted for wheelchair users to look and feel good while seated. And several parents note that the adaptive features of Kohl’s adaptive line for kids are camouflaged well. “You cannot tell which is important to me,” writes one customer.

5. City Threads

City Threads

  • Why We Love It: soft, breathable clothing; made in the USA; sensory-friendly
  • Size Range: 12 to 24 months, 2T to 16Y

Most City Threads styles are sensory-friendly; the majority of their styles don’t use hard fasteners like zippers or snaps that are irritating to some kids. All bottoms are made with pull-up elastic waistbands, which are covered in soft fabric. And City Thread’s sensory-friendly line is made from 100 percent cotton fabric that is hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial. “These are PERFECT for my son who has severe eczema and needs cotton pants to wear everywhere. They fit perfectly, they’re comfy, he loves them and that’s huge. Going to order more soon!!,” one customer raves.

6. JC Penney

JC Penney

  • Why We Love It: adorable styles that work for all kids, user-friendly website
  • Size Range: 2T to 5T and 7 to 16Y

JC Penney’s adaptive line for kids includes shirts with wideneck openings, clothing with adaptive closures like Velcro closures under traditional-looking buttons, and hidden openings for access to medical equipment. And many of the items in this line have flat seams and are tag-free making them a great choice for kids with sensory issues. Whatever your child needs, the handy search bar makes it easy to select the adaptive features that are important to you.

7. Zappos


  • Why We Love It: free returns, large variety of styles
  • Size Range: 0 to 3 (Infant), 3.5 to 10 (Toddler), 10.5 to 3 (Little Kid), 3.5 to 9 (Big Kid)

Zappos carries a wide range of adaptive shoes, including kids' sizes. Here you’ll find styles that work for kids who wear braces and orthotics along with styles that work well for kids who need shoes that are easy to get on and off. And Zappos also boasts a large selection; it carries on-trend brands like Uggs in adaptive styles along with specialty brands like BILLY Footwear. “If your child wears AFOs or any kind of bulky orthotic this is the best thing since sliced bread!! Buy them now and in different colors as I’m doing. What a gift to us special needs parents… at 16 my son can finally get his braces AND shoes on himself. Ty Billy Shoes!!,” one customer wrote about a brand available on Zappos.

8. Cat & Jack

Cat & Jack

  • Why We Love It: cute pieces, affordable styles, budget-friendly
  • Size Range: Toddler, 2T to 5T, Kids XS to XL

Target’s popular Cat & Jack clothing line features on-trend styles with features like side and back snaps, zip closures, hidden openings for accessing medical equipment, and adaptations that work for older kids who wear diapers. Cat & Jack also has a sensory-friendly line that does not have tags or embellishments that some kids find irritating. One five-star reviewer especially likes the “pockets on side to access ports. Zips to top of hip. And has buttons along leg to leg for diaper change/bathroom use.” Another one says: “These are so great for persons with disabilities! Thank you for making clothing at accessible prices!”

Adaptive Clothing for Kids - A young white girl with brown hair reaches behind her neck to snap secure the fasteners on her adaptive pink floral dress.
Magnetic Me

9. Magnetic Me

Magnetic Me

  • Why We Love It: magnets make it easy for kids to get dressed themselves, cute pieces 
  • Size Range: babies, newborn to 24M, Kids 2T to 8Y, Adult XS to XXL

The superpower of Magnetic Me clothing is durable, hidden magnets hidden in garments. This makes it easy to take Magnetic Me dresses, PJs, and raincoats on and off with more independence and ease. On many garments, magnets are hidden in the shoulders so that neck openings can be enlarged. This makes getting clothing on and off easier. It’s also a great design for caregivers with disabilities who may struggle to dress their young children in traditional clothing.  All items are made from modal, a silky-soft fabric that breathes in warmer temperatures and keeps kids cozy when the temperature drops, which makes Magnetic Me a great choice for children with sensory needs.

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