what to wear when your clothing causes pain

What to wear when your clothing causes pain

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One of the hallmarks of Fibromyalgia and chronic pain is skin so sensitive that even the slightest touch causes pain. Many people can develop such hypersensitive skin that it’s difficult to find the right clothing to wear. While ideally we could all accommodate our bodies by walking around in just a fluffy robe (or nothing!) that’s not very realistic. Here’s a few things that I’ve learned over the years about wearing clothing with Fibromyalgia.

Seams cause a lot of sensitivity

Seams are the bane of my existence. My husband thinks I’m crazy but when I’m wearing something with seams I can feel them digging into me and irritating my skin. They cause both rashes and pain and so I avoid them if at all possible. Thank goodness for the invention of seamless undergarments and clothing.

Bras have basically become evil torture devices so I almost never wear a bra when I’m home. However, I still feel like I need need to wear one outside my house. I used to go bra-less to pick up my kids from school, but after I had an experience where I unexpectedly had to get out of my car and go into the school office I changed my bra policy. Since then I have been on the hunt for a bra that doesn’t make me insane. My favorite discovery so far has been this bra.


It’s not perfect (there’s basically no support) but it meet’s society’s standards without me feeling like every minute is torture. For a little more support but slightly less comfort I like this bra. It is seamless and doesn’t have an underwire.

Pants are another clothing item that can sometimes have irritating seams. It’s taken me a while to find some, but there has been some recent development in seamless pants.

I wear a lot of leggings and yoga pants that are designed for people who want to look good while they work out, but happen to benefit me for my everyday wear. Seamless shirts are a little harder to find, but there are usually some with the athletic wear.

Sometimes loose is best

The downside to seamless clothing is that it is often tight, so depending on what pains me the most I might switch to something lose with seams that don’t constantly touch my skin. This is were Maxi dresses come in because they are loose fitting and very cool for those of us who live in hot climates. If you’re looking for straight up comfort you can get something like this, extremely loose but still acceptable to wear in public.

Comfort has always been a big priority for me (I once told my mother I wanted a flannel wedding dress because lace was too itchy), so generally I could care less what I look like when I leave the house. However, I’ve noticed that I feel more confident in myself when I occasionally dress up a little. If you want something a little more stylish,  but still comfortable I love this dress. I wear it on occasions I’m not feeling anti-seam.


Clothing that sits on your waist may cause discomfort

Many people don’t like clothing that sits at their waist. In that case low-waisted pants may be a good option, or possibly drawstring pants. For several months after I had a c-section I had to wear scrubs because I couldn’t stand anything tight on my waist and there weren’t a lot of other options.  These days I’ve found a different option in maternity pants because they are designed to fit below the waist. I have some pants that fold over like these ones and they are incredibly comfortable.


Other clothing suggestions from my readers:

Buy shirts a few sizes bigger than you need for a loser more comfortable fit

For some comfortable but affordable leggings a reader suggested Leggings Depot on Amazon.

A reader recommended Agnes and Dora clothing. I’ve never tried them but everything looks both cute and comfortable.

For comfortable bras a reader recommended Genie Bras which are seamless, but also provide support.

If you have to wear jeans one reader suggested Next.


What clothing options have worked for you?


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