It is impossible to look neat with crutches.
I usually wear suits to work – both skirt and trouser types.
The day I went to the doctor I was not expecting to walk out with a cast and so I had gone in trousers. As I was lying on my stomach having the cast "applied" I suddenly became very worried – will I be able to get my trousers off over the cast! There I was, with a 2" tendon tear and, I'm stressing about tearing my trousers getting them off!! LOL. I think this shows how totally in denial I was that there was anything seriously wrong with my foot.
I am of the "old school" which was taught that business attire included panty hose if you wear a skirt; you never wear sleeveless tops and showing cleavage just isn't an option.
So… believe me I really did consider cutting some off one leg of the panty hose and just tucking it into the cast!!. The only thing that saved me from this bizarre act was that actually getting it over the cast looked problematic.
It is very hot moving on crutches so the fewer clothes I have on the better! Jackets are only for wearing when sitting now and somehow crutches destroy the line of all tops so that everything gapes at the front or skews lopsidedly across me. I only have one pair of trousers which fit over the cast – and it is too much struggling to bother – so suit skirts & bare legs it is! If I wear a more casual skirt I just look really untidy – a la Annie Hall.
Even worse – I have turned into a bag lady! Where-as my local bag ladies have shopping trolleys full of their plastic-bagged possessions I think plastic bags were really invented for crutch users. Plastic bags can be slipped over the frame, tied around the hand grip or looped around fingers!
I move around the office in a storm of rustling noises – bags of things hanging everywhere. I am now pretty talented at moving my stuff around in plastic bags but I have not figured out how to safely carry a cup of coffee!!
Note: I did work out the vitally important step of carrying wine at home though! … pour a glass worth into this funky sloping 4-cup measuring jug with an open ended handle which just fits over the hand grip of the crutches! Swing slowly!