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Born Anxious is a homegrown clothing label with two objectives, to make the clothes as comfortable as possible, whilst also remaining planet friendly, and to hold important information that will aim to help not only the child, but also the caregiver as well when required. As an autism mum myself, I have thought about what could help me and other caregivers whilst trying to be as generic as possible within the designs, alongside giving those the opportunity to personalise their products as well.


GUEST BLOG POST BY LYDIA WILKINS JOURNALIST AND AUTISM BLOGGER

GUEST BLOG POST BY LYDIA WILKINS JOURNALIST AND AUTISM BLOGGER

We have been lucky enough to collaborate with an Autism blogger , Lydia is also a journalist and write for many publications, Lydia is also on the spectrum herself and has reviewed our products on a guest post below

“Lydia Wilkins is a freelance, NCTJ qualified journalist with bylines in The Independent, Readers Digest, The Metro, and more. She documents life on the Autistic spectrum at mademoisellewomen.com ; here she takes us through the problem of conventional clothing and sensory issues.”

The problem with conventional clothing for me 

 

 

For as long as I can remember, I have dressed very differently from what is considered to be “normal”. (Because just what is that anyway?) While growing up, I preferred skirts or a dress, to the sometimes required trousers - and I still do. Oversized labels still make me twinge at the way they feel. Anything with sequins is a no-no, as well as other particular fabrics. I also go for particular sorts of socks - simply because of the way it feels on the instep. And my relatives noticed early on my perception to temperature was odd - with thick hoodies worn in summer, leggings in the snow. 

 

Retrospectively, it should have been very obvious that I was on the Autistic spectrum. Along with these issues, there was a lot of other hallmarks - special interests, the tendency to “fact dump”, and not having many friends being some of them. I think, however, that the bias against women on the spectrum being diagnosed played a part in having to wait so long (!) For a label. 

 

With the awareness comes greater awareness of sartorial choices. While I tend to avoid shopping - due to not being able to filter noise, a conversation for another day - I tend to be more aware of what clothing is appropriate for sensory needs. These days, I usually go for flat shoes - lace up trainers, anyone? - and looser clothing. Anything patterned too brightly is generally avoided, along with slogan ‘tees’ and anything without lining. But a band merchandise T-shirt? Sign me up! The baggier the better. For networking events - a requirement for my job as a freelance journalist - I tend to go for anything plain, loosely fitted. But the labels of conventional brands can sometimes still be a problem.

 

Added to this, I also nearly always have a sensory aide in my handbag. (Think along the lines of a Fidget Spinner…) However, I would love to see a brand incorporate the same kind of principle into their clothing. (Maybe making reversiblesequins more Autism friendly in clothing?) 

 

This is why I support Born Anxious, and the aim of the brand. For someone like me, the material used is so soft and comfy; I also love the lack of clothing labels. (At last, at last!) The message of Autism acceptance is also something I am a huge supporter of - and I’m glad that we finally have a clothing brand that’s diverse and for people like me.

Lydia WilkinsT: @Journo_LydiaMademoisellewomen.comFreelance journalist / Autism Blogger / NCTJ qualified 

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