This blog is the first in a series we here at HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll Bags for Mobility Devices call The Art of Self Expression. Over the year, we’ll cover a range of topics regarding different styles, helpful tips, and anything else we think assist our customers and visitors in their self expression especially related to their mobility devices and accessories like our stylish mobility bags. So what is Self Expression?
Defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “the expression of one's own personality; an assertion of one's individual traits,” self expression can be illustrated through art, writing, career choice, passions and hobbies, and perhaps most of all, through one’s overall style. Clothing, accessories, make-up, hair style and any other aspect of a person’s appearance can be a strong manifestation of individuality, personal taste and unique style.
When one is constantly using a mobility such as a wheelchair, walker, power chair, medical scooter, etc., there’s an additional challenge to incorporate its appearance into your self expression and personal style.
When we started HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll Bags for Mobility Devices five years ago, only a few walkers and scooters were available in colors other than black and gray. Now, you can find red, green, lavender, pink, blue, yellow and even an occasional pattern. When we began, wheelchairs and power chairs were black and chrome. It took nearly three years before we began to regularly see colors, prints and interesting new chair styles becoming commonplace. And, no matter what the device itself looked like, almost every bag on these devices seemed to be black canvas, unisex, and always ugly. For those needing adaptive clothing, their choices were sparse and not particularly stylish.
Thankfully this drab world has changed. Now, as Vogue Editor Anna Wintour put so well, you can “create your own style…..let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
We have now seen hundreds of women and girls at the events where we exhibit with very distinctive styles, ranging from Bohemian to Classic and back. Visual Therapy has a fun quiz to identify your style according to some luxury stylists who claim everyone fits in five style types. We included their descriptions here, along with which HDS Medallion bags would fit best. What style are you?
The Chic Style Type is known for wearing monochromatic ensembles and pieces with sleek clean lines—she exudes power and has an innate sense of fashion. As the Chic Style Type, she often chooses clothing in black, white, and neutrals, saving color for a bold statement accessory such as a bag or red lipstick. Relative to HDS Medallion’s fabulously functional walker bags and wheelchair bags, she might select the Zebra Party Animal or the Premier Black Damask as her stylish mobility bag.
Whimsical Style Types adore color and have a natural ability to mix and match colors, patterns, and textures. A Whimsical type is rarely seen in black, instead she favors bright blues, pinks, and greens, with the occasional neutral such as a taupe or brown. In the Whimsical style type’s closet, you’ll find loads of playful prints and accessories. One of our favorite “whimsical type” customers selected the Demi-Premier Mulberry Criss Cross bag.
The Bohemian Style Type is the most casual and carefree of the style types. They mostly stick with an earth tone palette—steering towards browns, camel tones, denim, and pieces in rich burgundy and hunter green. Never one to shy away from a print, Bohemian style types love a classic paisley or animal print—especially in the form of a blouse or a flowing dress. Needless to say, our Leopard and Reptile Metro bags would be a hit, as well as any of the several paisley bags we offer.
The Classic Style Type is safe, clean and traditional. She knows what works for her and she tends to stick with it because it is timeless and flattering with a smart flair. In the Classic Style Type’s wardrobe, you’ll mostly find neutral colors with the occasional pop of red or green. A white blouse or a crisp white shirt is a staple. Accessories are simple—a strand of pearls, diamond studs, but nothing ever over the top. The subtle elegance of our Black Suede Scroll bag or one of the Imperial Blue bags suit this style perfectly.
Avant-garde Style Type is an ultramodern style that uses fashion as an extension of her creativity. It often seeks to make a dramatic statement. Typically, the foundation for this wardrobe is black, but the avant-garde woman is not one to shy away from whites, bright colors, or even metallics. Arguably the most adventurous of the style types, she doesn’t skimp on accessories either. Most of her handbags and jewelry are statement-making and fashion-forward, but she has a keen awareness of how to create a balanced look. Our Jeweled Ribbons, or the Royal Blue Lumina Bags would each provide the perfect statement bag for this type.
Take the quiz here, and then take a look at our LookBook, The Art of Self Expression, to get some ideas of how your HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll Bag could be your go-to fashion accessory. Plus they’re fabulously functional on mobility devices. Not sure which bag will fit on your device? Check out our tips on which HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll Bag will work best on your device.
TIP OF THE DAY: If you could only wear one item of make-up or you don’t like to wear make-up at all, at least wear lipstick. Doesn’t matter which color you choose, it will brighten your face and enhance your smile.