One of my good friends has the worst luck when it comes to her legs. In the past two years, she has had two deep vein thromboses (DVTs or clots). DVTs are serious and if ignored or not treated properly, they can kill someone. My friend’s DVTs both occurred in her legs (where they are most common) but they can occur in any deep vein. They can happen to anybody but are especially common in people who have to stay still for very long periods of time, pregnant women (scary, right?) and people whose blood pressure is elevated (source: MayoClinic).
The good news is that, when caught, a DVT is almost always treatable. Treatment involves specific types of medication that are used to break up the clot, filters to keep any clots that do break free from entering your lungs and the use of compression clothing–typically socks or stockings.
This is where things get tricky. Filters and medication aren’t readily visible to others (though their side effects can be). Compression socks and stockings, though, they can cause some issues. The ones issued by your doctor are almost always going to be strictly utilitarian and, sadly, kind of ugly. They are best hidden under pants and behind boots.
This is fine if you’re happiest in boots and jeans (or other pants) but not everybody likes that look. My friend, for example, prefers skirts and dresses. Thankfully, just because your doctor gives you compression wear, you are not required to limit your compression wear that is issued by medical facilities!
There are lots of really cute options for compression clothing out there now. Even better, there are designers who offer compression clothing that is built specifically for the “type” of person who will be wearing it. Athletes, for example, can buy special sweat wicking and other types of compression gear that is meant to be worn during a workout. The compression hose ruPreggers.com offers pregnant women helps with leg-based DVTs while also providing non-constrictive support for their bellies.
Really, the problem isn’t that there isn’t any cute compression wear available. The problem is finding the right compression socks, tights, whatevers for you. How do you do that? How do you narrow down your options?
What Will You Be Doing In It?
What are you most likely to be doing while wearing your compression gear? For example, if you work in a very formal office you will want to choose wear that reflects the dress code (tights and socks in muted colors, for example). If you’re going to be working out, you’ll want something that wicks sweat and still allows your skin to breathe. Choose tights, socks, sleeves, etc that are designed for your activities.
Consider Your Existing Wardrobe
Yes, compression tights in bright green leopard print might be fun, but if they’re going to clash with everything you already own, maybe go for the leopard print in a different bright color. You don’t want to have to design a whole new wardrobe around this stuff, you want it to blend in with what you already have.
That said, sometimes getting the bright green leopard print tights just because they cheer you up and make you happy when you wear them–clashing be darned–is a good enough reason to buy one of the sillier or more fun options you find.
Will It Last?
All compression wear tends to relax over time–it’s like regular clothing that way. Compression clothing, though, is designed to resist that relaxation for a longer than regular clothing. Still, there are some manufacturers out there who like to cut corners on their fabrics and stitching. Make sure you read the reviews before you buy! The last thing you need is the expense of replacing something made cheaply!
The point is: you have options. You can be cute and fashionable even while wearing something that is supposed to be strictly utilitarian. Working them into your fall wardrobe should be really easy to do!