Textures are everywhere and sometimes I can’t help myself and I just have to touch them all. Very dramatic or intense textures can often provide sensory input for understimulated children. Although when you’re on the side of the spectrum that easily becomes overstimulated, neutral and plain textures are a better option. This plays a big factor when it comes to clothing. As a teenager in middle school, I often wanted to wear clothes that were popular and fashionable so clothing became a big struggle. The problem was much bigger than whether or not the clothing had a tag. It consisted of material, seams, buttons, zippers, pockets, and additional textures that determine the shape or design of the clothes. So I may love the look of a glitter lace dress but when I try it on and feel itchy, uncomfortable, and quite almost in pain. Then it’s just not for me. That doesn’t mean that I can’t dress fashionably anymore due to my sensory issues. But instead, I look and experiment with clothing that just might meet my needs. I enjoy wearing jeggings which are particularly leggings but look like jeans. I like these because they have no buttons, no zippers are made out of cotton, and sometimes may have back pockets. My shirts are often made out of cotton or have a silky feel to them. They are plain t-shirts that don’t include any zippers, lace, beads, tags, buttons, or anything that I don’t consider soft. I know that may not seem fancy but my priorities have changed since middle school and I now choose comfort over fashion. 

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