Shirts feature magnetized buttons for ease of dressing

11/24/2013 12:00 AM

11/23/2013 9:31 AM

The MagnaReady magnetized dress shirt was created for days when buttons seem impossible.

Designer Maura Horton of North Carolina, wife of Don Horton, a college football coach, designed the shirt in 2009. Her husband struggled with buttoning shirts when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

She replaced all the front buttons with an eight-button magnetized front. Styles are available for both men and women and cost $60.

Getting dressed in the morning can be a burden for people who have had a stroke or who have Alzheimer’s or arthritis or another finger-limiting condition.

The shirts are 100 percent cotton, stain resistant and wrinkle free. Each shirt is hand-sewn with a side-pleated back, and also has magnetic button cuffs. It’s available in sizes small through XXL. The men’s styles are pinpoint blue oxford, pinpoint white oxford and pinpoint plaid oxford. The women’s version is available in white or striped oxford.

Joe Bonwich, former food writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, sported the shirt for a day recently. “The shirt behaved exactly like a button shirt,” he reported. “No one had any idea that it was held together by magnets. It stayed tightly closed all day.”

The company says that if you have a pacemaker, you should consult your doctor before wearing the shirt.

To buy: $59.99 at magnaready.com or by calling 1-866-635-8866.

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