Glamour “Don’ts”

clothes for disabled people cover

Clothes for Disabled People

This is one of those “where are they now” discussions. Or we can call it a #throwbackthursday type of post.

Back in 2009 when we started this little dog and pony show, we just put up covers and didn’t really look to deep into some of the titles. I started looking at a few of these early titles and was a bit curious if they were still hanging out in libraries. It’s still around, but it looks like it is mostly in university libraries.

For the most part, this book is about clothing construction with a few modifications that make it easier for the user to dress themselves. When we originally posted this book, we didn’t have any interior pages. Looking at it now, I am almost shocked this was a 1981 publication. The pictures make it look much older.

I had few chuckles of the use of “attractive and fashionable clothing” from the back cover blurb. Most amusing to me was the corset discussion. I don’t think I have heard the word corset in a modern context since my great-grandmother was alive. Since this is a UK publication, maybe that was the word most commonly used. (UK people, please weigh in!)

The topic is still important, but certainly the cover art and the interior pictures make this weed-worthy for a public library.

You can read the original post from 2009 here: Does this make my butt look fat?


back cover

adapting bought clothes

fashion examples



  1. Corsets are back in fashion nowadays… The Kardashian sisters use them for waist training so they can achieve hourglass figures.

  2. I don’t think (outside cosplay and waist training Kardashian-style) anyone has worn corsets in the UK since the early eighties at the latest, and even then they were specialist old-lady garments. Only found in catalogues and strange dusty shops!

  3. I think maybe “corsets” is being used for what we’d call “girdles”. But I can just barely remember my grandmother having one in the early-mid 1960s, and even she ditched them not long after that (She was born in 1898).

    I would have guessed this to be a mid-70’s book at the latest. I wonder if it was a reprint. Girdles and garter belts in 1981?

    His trousers are too short, they should be tailored properly for someone who spends most of their time sitting down. Yet the sweater vest is too long for him.

    The gloves and slippers look like generic ones for anybody.

    Really puzzling if this was in an American library — all the stores and sources would have been useless. Most of them are probably hopelessly outdated even in the UK. There are basic clothes that work for people with various disabilities at Target nowadays.

    Psst, Mary: check your spelling in your penultimate sentence — your inner 12 year old boy took over.

    1. OMG I did it. LAMO. Corrected now. I have always lived in fear of the public vs pubic mistake. I have heard of stories where someone did this on a flyer to the local public schools. Thank God it was here and not on a official document. – Mary

      1. If it is any consolation, a professor of a technical subject I took mistypeset a subscript “cont” (continuity) as “cunt”. I let him know on the quiet after the lecture. If public / pubic is a real hazard, you can set autocorrect to change pubic to public. You will have to change it back when you really want to write pubic but that may be worth the protection.

  4. Just had a laugh…I had to zoom in on the guy in the quilted jacket photo because it looks like he has an extremely long nose like Steve Martin in “Roxanne”

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