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How to Dress for Varicose Veins: Choosing Supportive Clothing

If you’ve recently developed varicose veins, you may not feel like wearing the shorts or dresses that you once loved. While various treatment options can help restore your legs’ health and appearance, it’s important to choose supportive varicose vein clothing in the meantime.

Supportive Varicose Vein Clothing

If you have varicose veins, make sure to follow these dressing tips:

  • Wear compression hose (also called support hose) to help protect against worsening symptoms. You can find compression hose at medical supply stores, pharmacies and through online retailers.
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes. Choose comfortable low-heeled shoes instead.
  • Tight clothes can worsen the symptoms of varicose veins. All clothing should be loose, making the job of circulation as easy as possible for the veins in your legs.

Dressing for Varicose Veins in the Summer

One of the most common concerns I hear from patients is about dressing for varicose veins in the summer. Many of my patients, especially women, don’t want to wear long pants or compression stockings during the hot summer months here in Arizona. Here are a few ways to keep cool and covered without worsening the symptoms of your varicose veins:

  • Try loose-fitting garments like maxi dresses that cover the legs but aren’t stifling.
  • Many of my female patients have found that wide-legged pants (sometimes called palazzo pants) provide a much cooler and stylish summertime alternative to jeans and heavier fabrics.
  • Choose light, breathable fabrics like linen.

Beyond Clothing: Treating Varicose Veins

While choosing the right clothing for varicose veins may help you make it through the summer, varicose veins ultimately require treatment. At Valley Vein Center, we’re proud to offer patients the revolutionary Venefit procedure, a simple outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. Learn more about Venefit, offered right here, in Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ.

For a free varicose vein screening, call 480-380-1404.


Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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