(D) Dressing Up (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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Yes, a person who is blind or has low vision is fully able to dress themselves independently. The only exception would be in the task of identifying colors accurately. Yes, a person who is blind or has low vision can be into fashion and jewelry and makeup. The lack of sight is not an obstacle when it comes to enjoying this aspect of life. There are several tips, hacks and tools that make it possible to enjoy all of these things without eyesight. 

Clothing

Clothing is distinguishable by touch, by the style and texture. There are various apps available that are able to identify colors. The apps may not always be accurate so some sighted assistance may be needed for a new piece of clothing but this information could be obtained at the store. Clothing can be labeled with braille labels as well as other methods such as using puff paint to make dots instead of braille. 

Organization is important and someone that is blind or visually impaired is usually very organized as it makes it much easier to find items. I have shared more on this topic here.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a very tactile item in many cases and sight is not needed to appreciate the item. If you are looking for jewelry with an accessible touch check out  Elegant Insights.

All of the items they offer can be engraved with braille. 

Makeup

A person who is blind or has low vision is able to apply makeup independently. Yes it takes practice, and there are tips and hacks to make it easier but it is not an impossible task. 

This video may help you understand.

My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired. I share some of my experiences along the way as well as examples from others.

Spotlight: The Fashionability Channel Podcast

Fashionability channel podcast

Fashion and accessibility definitely go together and there has recently been a push to make the fashion scene more inclusive when it comes to people with disabilities. Today I want to tell you about a podcast that will be your guide to accessible style.

The Fashionability Channel podcast is hosted by Emily Davison and Laura Legendary.

You will get helpful advice and inspiration on fashion and accessories with a focus on accessibility. You will get great insights into how the two worlds come together in a fun and fashionable way.

Spotlight: Bold Blind Beauty

Today I want to put a spotlight on the blog Bold Blind Beauty founded by Stephanae McCoy. She seeks to bring awareness to the fact that “real beauty transcends barriers”. She is visually impaired herself but that has not stopped her from building this amazing platform. On her blog you will find encouragement and tips regarding all aspects of life as a blind or visually impaired person.

She brings a spotlight to women on the move who are blind or visually impaired shining a light on there lives and talents. I know you will be encouraged when you read their stories.

On the site you will also find helpful tips when it comes to fashion and beauty. Here you will learn that vision loss or blindness does not stop someone from enjoying fashion and makeup. There are tips on how to put on makeup as well as how to find your style when it comes to fashion.

This blog also shines a spotlight on the white cane, working to remove the stigma that comes with this mobility tool. Abby makes the white cane a fashionable tool. She represents all blind and visually impaired woman that use a white cane. (Abby is an silhouette of a woman walking confidently with her cane)

Get your own Abby swag!

Below is a photo of a cool bag I purchased and I love it. It is a great way to educate people. This blog has been a blessing to me and I hope it will encourage you as well.

Silhouette of a woman walking with a white cane with the words relax it's only a cane printed underneath