'Could I wear that tho?' - BRIT Awards Edition

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'Could I wear that tho?' - BRIT Awards Edition

Hello, and welcome to the inaugural installment of 'Could I wear that tho?', a series where we look at looks from the worlds of both celebrity and mainstream fashion and ask how suitable it would be for a disabled person to wear.

It's not a completely cynical exercise; sometimes designs have inherent features or utilities that would suit a disabled fashionista, but we want to hear your thoughts either way! What might work well and what would go into the sea immediately?

As you probably know, the BRIT Awards took place recently and, as fashion lovers, we're all over those photos like BoJo on a glass of Merlot at a party work meeting.

Olivia Rodrigo on a red carpet at the BRIT Awards, wearing a shimmering silver dressLet's start with Olivia Rodrigo. The breakthrough singer wore a stunning, shimmering silver gown with slinky straps, combined with strappy, open-toe heels. She had her long, dark hair down, flowing over her shoulders and looked - in our opinion - incredible.
The dress, from designer Alexandre Vauthier, is fairly spectacular and, depending on your impairment, might actually work pretty well because of both the cut and material used. We can't locate any points at which the material might billow or puff out in the seated position. The only concern for wheelchair users might be that bottom section, but it looks heavy enough to stay put, potentially reducing the risk of getting it caught up in the wheels.
The strappy shoes are most likely a no-go for anyone who wears splints/AFOs, but lower leg prosthetics would likely have enough space. The look might not be suitable for those with scoliosis, especially those wearing a brace, but would probably be fine for those with ostomy bags (no sheer, no silk). 

All in all, I guess good 4 u, Olivia!

Adele on the red carpet, wearing a V-neck black ballgown with long sleeves

Next, onto the national treasure that is Adele. Not a great one for wheelchair users in terms of the free flowing mass of fabric at the bottom (that's getting ripped, for sure) but the tight sleeves wouldn't get caught at least, and the fit of the top half would look great, flattering the figure. Velvet is a good material.

Fashion-lovers with ostomy or catheter bags would be fine with this one - there's no way you're seeing either of those things with the length, fit and colour of this dress. Stick users might find it tricky not to place their stick on this dress though, given how long it is and how much ground it covers around you. 

So not a great shout for wheelchair or stick users, perhaps, but perhaps if we lost some of that excess fabric from the bottom half, it could be workable. 

Maya Jama, on the red carpet, wearing a black co-ord - the top is a jagged crop top and the bottom is a tight black skirt

Maya Jama looked absolutely beautiful at the BRITS but this co-ord from designer Mônot is not easy to pull off. First and foremost, it completely bares the torso, which you probably don't want to do in the seated position unless you've got washboard abs or are a fan of holding your breath all night.

For the same reason, this isn't a great choice for anyone with an ostomy bag or a feeding tube, and those tight pointed heels aren't going to be great if you've got a condition like Marfan Syndrome. In terms of accessories, we're not sure those arm bracelets (that's probably not the right way of describing them) would be particularly fibro-friendly, either. 

Finally, let's take a look at Mollie King's cute neon yellow dress. This one, with its straps around the neck, not on the shoulders, could work pretty well if you're an amputee. Halter tops are coming back into fashion, which is good news if straps slipping down is a problem for you. 

Mollie King, on the red carpet, wearing a neon yellow halterneck dress

The ruching might disguise and ostomy bag, and - although there's not much fabric to get caught in wheelchair wheels, there's a high risk of flashing your knicks if you're sitting down, especially as that very bottom panel appears to flare out slightly. 

The shoes, as is so often the case, aren't that useful if you have an AFO. The straps and fastenings on these are likely quite fiddly, as well, making life hard if you have dexterity challenges. There's no reason a pair of pumps or flats couldn't be teamed with an outfit like this, though, especially if they had some embellishment that matched that on the top half of the dress, or provided a bold pop of contrasting colour to it. 

So, which outfit is your favourite and which ones work/don't work for you? Let us know in the comments!

*Main image by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash.

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