This is not my idea; it’s my husband’s because fashion chic is not my forté. The color has to feel right. The fabric has to feel right. The fit of the clothing has to be right. Ten minutes or three hours later, I rip those clothes off because they don’t feel right, and my breathing slows down because I was frantic about the feeling. Matching clothing, which is the barest essential of fashion sense, gets ignored in favor of “feeling right.”
Right now, I am wearing a dark blue t-shirt with a complex art piece on it in yellow, red, mauve, and baby blue and my red, pink, and white plaid pajama pants and my pink and purple fuzzy socks. Today, when I went to work out, I wore that outfit with my brown and pink Etnies (fantastically comfortable skater shoes). Evidently, my color and pattern choices do not constitute an outfit. My daughter can attest to this when, as a teen, she started saying, “You’re going to wear that? Um, I think you had better change, Mummy.”
My husband joked that I need an adult version of Garanimals, which has animals on the tag so the wearer can easily identify which animal top goes with which animal bottom. Comfort and wearing the right-feeling color are huge issues. Maybe Garanimals and Soft Clothing need to collaborate to develop a line of adult Autti/Aspie clothing.
I will be an expert adviser for free clothing!
One last tip: Do get skater (skateboarding) shoes. I have a pair of black VANS and a pair of brown and pink Etnies, and both are über comfortable. Also, since with my sensory processing disorder, I wear the skater shoes because they are flat and stable on the bottom with good support on the inside so I don’t lose my balance as often. Mind you, I still never put my shoes on near the stairs.