The Cat & Jack clothing line at Target carries apparel for children and babies. The designers of the clothing line asked parents and children for feedback on their designs and considered their ideas when developing their final products, reports Target. Since Target’s Cat & Jack apparel was launched, the clothing line expanded to include sensory-friendly pieces and adaptive apparel on October 22nd, 2017, according to Target’s corporate website. The 40  adaptive apparel pieces were developed for children with disabilities and have features that make getting dressed easier, states Target on their corporate website.

According to Target, the Cat & Jack adaptive apparel features include:

  •  Tops with hidden openings for abdominal access
  • No tags
  • Flat seams
  • Diaper-friendly clothing pieces
  • Elastic waistbands
  • Bottoms with wide and/or hidden leg openings
  • Outwear with zip-off sleeves
  • Footless sleepwear

Take a look at some of Cat & Jack’s adaptive pieces…

Image: Target

Image: Target

Target designer, Stacey Monser, told Target,

I have a 7-year-old daughter, Elinor, who has autism. She’s not potty-trained, which means finding clothes that fit is a challenge. For pants or shorts, I either size way up, or buy pieces that are all function, no style. I’ve met lots of other parents who face similar challenges, including many of our guests and team members.

Target’s Technical Designer Mari Anderson said this is the most meaningful project she has worked on. “Our team met with real kids to understand what their needs are in different types of apparel, then put our expertise to the test to create the products”,  Anderson told Target.

Target’s Cat & Jack clothing line provides children with disabilities with inclusive apparel that they can feel comfortable in. The clothing pieces are functional and aim to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Other designers, like Tommy Hilfiger, have adaptive clothing lines for children with disabilities. Tommy Hilfiger partnered with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for individuals with disabilities in the fashion industry, to create Tommy Adaptive, reports Elle.

Tommy Adaptive empowers people to express themselves though fashion…from the style and comfort of each piece to the inventive twists we’ve added, getting dressed is easier, states Tommy Hilfiger on their website.

The Tommy Adaptive clothing line features magnetic strips, rather than buttons and zippers, adjustable waist tabs in bottoms, and magnetic hems that accommodate for leg braces, and magnetic shoulder closures that make it easier to put on shirts, according to Tommy Hilfiger’s website.

Take a look at the Tommy Adaptive Tommy NYC Tee

According to the Special Olympics’ Facebook post below, Tommy Hilfiger featured Special Olympics athletes on their Tommy Adaptive summer campaign.

Image: Facebook

Clothing brands with adaptive apparel lines are not only helping parents and children enjoy getting dressed, they are also promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities by providing them with fashionable, functional, and comfortable clothes.

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