Dear Izzy is an anonymous advice column that offers solutions to everyday challenges for people with vision loss.
I am having trouble identifying clothes in my wardrobe. I used to identify articles of clothing based on unique features such as fabric texture, pleats or buttons. For example, I know my only pair of corduroy pants is navy blue.
My wardrobe is larger now and I am no longer able to keep track of clothing items in this way. In addition, I often forget what colour lipstick or shoes match an outfit. Can you help me?
Fashion Faux Pas in Fredericton
Dear Fashion Faux Pas in Fredericton,
It can be difficult to identify clothing items in a large wardrobe based on unique features like fabric texture. I would recommend using the PenFriend audio labeler and self-adhesive PenFriend washable laundry labels. Once the laundry label is attached to the clothing item, you can make an audio recording that corresponds to the label. The recording can include: colour, pattern, washing directions and matching items (e.g. make-up, shoes and jewelry). When you touch the PenFriend audio labeler to the laundry label in the future, you will hear your audio recording.
The PenFriend laundry labels must be affixed to the clothing item seven days prior to washing for the first time in order to allow the glue to dry. The PenFriend laundry labels are sold separately to the PenFriend audio labeler. You may purchase these PenFriend products from Shop CNIB.
If you would like to learn additional clothing identification skills, please contact your local CNIB office. Happy labelling!
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