It’s hard to imagine thinking about Back to School shopping when we’re immersed in the dog days of summer. However, stores have already started advertising for Fall specials. This means it’s time to search again for seamless socks and comfortable clothing for our kids.
The first time I heard the word “seamless” related to clothing was in an ad for seamless bras. This conjures up an image of Jane Russell in the 1980’s wearing the 18-hour Playtex bra (18 hours, really?). Here’s an interesting history of the bra, including the first seamless bra:
And now we have Spanx, designed to give the illusion of a smaller waistline and tighter butt, much like the corset of the late 1800’s, or the girdles used by women from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. The open-bottom girdle was then replaced in the 1960’s with the panty girdle, which is more like a pair of athletic shorts. Thankfully, undergarments have evolved towards increasing comfort for women.
Children (and adults) with tactile defensiveness will often be sensitive to seams of clothing, tags of shirts, etc., and finding comfortable options can be challenging. When my daughter started complaining that the seams of her underwear were bothering her (which had never occurred to me), I set off on a search for seamless underwear. There are only a couple of options that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I finally landed on a pair of Hanes boy shorts for girls, which I purchased on Amazon. They are made of the softest cotton, in pretty prints, and with no side seams. This sufficed only for a couple of weeks, before she decided that going commando was the only solution.
For seamless socks, many companies are now making them for kids and adults. We found some Asics brand seamless socks at Academy, which the kids have said are really comfortable. I’ve also found some on Amazon and at Therawear:
Please feel free to post comments with resources you’d like to share with other parents on the search for seamless items. Here’s to a comfortable, seamless summer and Fall shopping experience!