I love Autistic Fashion & Divergent style. The Autistic and Divergent communities have a definite flair for expression from super colorful glam sparkle to casual but iconic t-shirts, muted colors and comfort wear.
Quite often Autistic and Divergent fashion doesn’t reflect today’s general population trends. The current ‘Autism Market’ demographic doesn’t include Autistic people, and doesn’t reflect any of our actual style trends. Unfortunately this market is directed at Neurotypical parents of Autistics and their fashion preferences.
This phenomenon is incredibly disappointing as an Autistic and disabled person, and even more so when most of the fashion marketed is to raise attention and donations to Autism charities that exclude Autistic people, have continuously attempted to silence Autistic people, and still promote therapies that harm us.
Fashion is a special interest of mine, and so is finding adaptations in fashion to help make the world more accessible with my sensory sensitivities that can trigger seizures. Over the years I’ve developed favorite fashion hacks to help manage potential sensory bombs while outside of my home. I’ve also had to learn to dress differently for various mobility supports like arm crutches and a wheelchair, when they’re needed.
I was never one to dress with the trends. My earliest fashion inspirations were Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, David Bowie and the like … well, not much has changed in that aspect of loving fashion that’s colorful and bursting with bling. My favorite shops as a teen were thrift stores. Now disabled and living many years on a fixed income, they still are — I love them.
On occasion when I need something spectacularly special, I visit BeBe O’s, a store in The Tower District of Fresno, California. There is also the occasion of buying new items directly, and that I do mostly through online storefronts. I also love fashion that includes advocacy and Autistic pride. Typically, I purchase these items from storefronts established by Autistic & Divergent creators. These include sites like Etsy, Red Bubble, Zazzle and similar.
I’m looking to share favorite styles and items by many Divergent & Autistic people, including clothes, fidgets, and adaptations that have worked for them. If you would like to submit your style for consideration to be featured, please submit photos and/or a video link with some info here.
I’m also seeking to collaborate with brands and companies that would like introduce their products to the true Autistic market that includes Autistic people, and give them honest Autistic reviews and feedback as well.
Inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.