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The 10 Essential Pieces in My 'Chronic Illness Closet'

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I have several chronic illnesses, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I adore fashion, but I find I have to adapt my wardrobe to accommodate my chronic illnesses.

Who says a girl can’t be both fashionably dressed and chronically ill at the same time?

The 10 essential pieces and accessories in my wardrobe with having a chronic illness are:

1.) Bras. Bras with underwire and MRIs do not mix. I find sport bras tend to be soft, comfortable and contain no metal parts. There are an array of colors and styles to pick from.

2.) Cardigans. I am always freezing due to my body’s inability to regulate temperature, so these are a must. I live in an oversized oatmeal colored one from American Eagle Outfitters.

3.) Headbands. The stretchy kind of headband, since the plastic ones tend to give me a tension headache.

4.) Jewelry. I tend to stick the basics when it comes to jewelry. I wear small diamond stud earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet in a color or style that comments my outfit.

5.) Leggings. A dressier version of yoga pants. Black, of course.

6.) Scarves. I tend to wear the infinity kind, these make so easy to hide my soft or hard cervical collar with little effort on my part.

7.) Socks. Fuzzy, soft, colorful, patterns. I own multiple pairs of socks. I even carry a pair in my bag in case of emergencies. That’s right, a sock emergency! It’s real!

8.) Sunglasses. I’ve had multiple eye surgeries, so wearing sunglasses with UV protection is a must. Pick a frame that doesn’t overwhelm the shape and size of your face.

9.) T-shirts. Shirts that flow away from the body work best for me. I also love a longer back to the shirt, such as a tunic.

10.) Yoga pants. I will be the first one to say I own a lot of yoga pants. Black yoga pants are my go to staple.

Well, this is the end of my list of staples to wear when a girl has a chronic illness. What are the staples in your chronic illness closet?

Originally published: August 24, 2016
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