Parents and our braced patients are always searching for the best shirt to wear under a scoliosis brace. We offer our patients extensive instructions regarding scoliosis bracing, and the brace undershirt is no exception. However, we find that moms (and dads) usually want to be prepared and have a shirt or two with them when bringing their kids to be fit in their Chêneau-Gensingen brace.
For our patients, we always recommend an undershirt or tank top to wear underneath the scoliosis brace. The fit should be snug and without wrinkles. Seamless shirts are preferred but when that’s not possible we advise turning the shirt inside out so that the smooth side faces the body.
We find that patients usually prefer brace shirts that are a blend of cotton or bamboo (more breathable) and spandex which allows for some stretch (give and take). Some patients find that shirts that are 100% cotton tend to stretch out and may bunch up under the brace by the end of the day.
The bottom line is that what’s right for one person may not be right for another. It really comes down to personal preference, so the quest for the perfect scoliosis brace shirt continues.
When looking for a brace shirt, terms you may want to research are seamless, anti-bacterial, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial.
The following links will help to get you started in your search. They are in no special order. It’s been our experience that links to retail items can and do change frequently, so they become broken in time. You may need to perform your own search if that happens.
- “Sugar Lips” offers seamless t-shirts for kids and adults. Some of our patients really like these shirts: https://sugarlips.com/collections/seamless-kids
- Uniqlo offers shirts for both girls and guys though the sizing is categorized as women’s and men’s. We just fit a 16-year-old patient who bought one while here in Boston and really liked it! These may work for some teens but not so much for the little, little girls. Here are the links for both girl’s and boy’s shirts. The shirts are very lightweight and stretchable: https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/product/women-airism-seamless-short-sleeve-t-shirt-404438.html or https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/product/men-airism-seamless-v-neck-t-shirt-short-sleeve-182507COL32SMB006000.html?s=shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjw75HWBRAwEiwAdzefxFXBin9VSfrrl9DTy2-aJPNBF0RQAnxYrEtknWZnCpBFBsDM5mEQ6RoCCM0QAvD_BwE
- EmBraced in Comfort has sleeveless and short sleeved shirts. The company is run by a woman who–like us–has a personal connection to scoliosis: www.embracedincomfort.com.
- If you like the idea of bamboo, here’s a company to check out (shirts aren’t seamless): http://singlosport.com/products-page/
- www.bracebuddies.com offers long body socks
- Here’s a nice stretchy shirt on Amazon that some people like: https://www.amazon.com/Nikibiki-Capsleeve-Scoopneck-Spandex-Seamless/dp/B00I19PPRK#customerReviews
- Sporting-goods stores may have moisture-wicking shirts that are worn close to the body, but these aren’t always made of natural materials. For example, www.dickssportinggoods.com carries a Nike short sleeve shirt with flat seams.
- Another Amazon option is Rosette Seamless shirts. Here’s a link to their long sleeve version: https://www.amazon.com/Rosette-Womens-Sleeve-Undershirt-Seamless/dp/B00CYS2BDA.
- Some of the boys we have braced like the UnderArmour seamless shirts: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Armour-Threadborne-Seamless-T-Shirt/dp/B01N8TIE7O/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1522964191&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=seamless+t+shirt&psc=1
Cotton shirts are of course everywhere, and most have seams, but some people choose to do the inside-out trick under the brace. In general, if your child wants all cotton and doesn’t care about seams, a very reasonable option is Primark. Unfortunately, Primark does not yet offer online ordering so if you don’t have one in your area, you could also check out the Gap and their modern v-neck and crew neck t-shirt. Both are breathable.
A patient who came to us to learn the Schroth method, previously braced elsewhere, did a very useful review entitled “What to wear under your scoliosis brace” on her personal blog. To get her insights, click here: