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Fashion Meets Function: 5 Stylish, Adaptive Accessories

Kelly Meehan Brown Mar 31, 2023

Fashion is a powerful tool for making everyone feel included, seen, and heard. And since more than a quarterof people in the U.S. have some kind of disability, there’s a louder cry for inclusive fashion than ever before. As part of this, adaptive fashion options have flourished, with the fashion industry making positive steps toward being more inclusive and accessible.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice functionality for fashion or vice versa. We know there are few better feelings when shopping than finding accessories that are actually made with you in mind—even better when these things are super cute too! So lean into your creative side and express yourself with some of these must-have adaptive fashion accessories —plus some other helpful accessories—and add a pop of practical cool to your every day. 


Adaptive Backpacks


Central Adaptive Crossbody

If you’re looking for a “set it and forget it” summer, this crossbody bag is effortlessly multifunctional for just that purpose. With several attachment points, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, and even tuck away loops with easy release buckles for mobility device attachment, this bag is perfect for whatever your situation. It comes in super cute colors like Misty Rose, Multi-Hippie (a tie-dye print), and timeless black. And, that’s not all. The Adaptive Crossbody also has a SaniStash™ pocket on the side for easy access to your hand sanitizer, easy grab zipper pullers, and side daisy chain attachment points. What’s not to love?

Central Adaptive Backpack

Pockets, compartments and (more) pockets, oh my! When you’re out and about living your busy life, you need a pack that can handle everything you need, from necessities to your favorite trinkets. With signature JanSport styling to start, a huge main compartment, tangle-proof shoulder straps, and a fumble-free release buckle, this adaptive backpack is putting the “ease” in breezy. The back panel is fully padded with a pocket to tuck away straps, and every compartment is equipped with easy-grab zippers. Plus, laptop and dual water bottle space.


Other Helpful Accessories


Restore Waistpack

A waistpack without the waste? Say no more.This fanny pack is not only incredibly stylish—especially in the minty shade, Loden Frost, but better for the planet, too, as it's made from RENU® recycled waste fabric. With an adjustable waist belt, it’s versatile enough that it can be worn in many ways. Try it around your chest instead so it’s not in the way as you go about your day. The side support wings help distribute weight more evenly and it’s super roomy, meaning more space for your essentials. 

Cinch Caddy

Tired of zips and depth hindering the speed at which you can reach your essentials? The Cinch Caddy makes quick access a cinch. This handy caddy sits at the top of your bag for a quick grab-and-go. The wide mouth cinch top folds over rather than zips up for both easy entry and stability, keeping your items safe while increasing ease of accessibility. It also comes in 10 different color ways, so you can match it to your own personal style.

The Essential Carryall

If hands-free is important to you, we’ve got just the bag to help. The Essential Carryall is aptly named, helping keep all of your essentials safe. The fully adjustable cord means you can wear it around your neck or cross body. It has one main compartment with a secure hook and loop closure, a front “quick stash” pocket (you never know when you’re gonna need that lip balm), and it has reinforced exterior edges for whatever life throws at you. Did we mention it comes in six colors, even Pale Banana? Lean into your color faves, whatever they may be.


Remember: Fashion is supposed to be fun. No matter your ability, there are many options out there that can help you be yourself, as loudly as you want, without sacrificing practicality. Happy styling.