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As much as those of us with psoriasis claim that summer can be a difficult month to navigate from a fashion viewpoint, I think it’s fair to say that winter can bring its fair share of problems also. Let me just mention one word … knitwear! We’ve all been there. That cute little sweater; the cardigan with the interesting detail; the slouchy knit that would be perfect with your faux leather leggings. Who amongst us has not felt their heart soar at the prospect of a glorious new knit, only to be defeated by an instant squirming itch as soon as you try it on. It can be a soul destroying experience, let me tell you!
In time honoured tradition, let us start with Marks & Spencer, the first port of call for so many when it comes to a cosy knit. And bless them, they haven’t failed, with their Cotton Blend Cable Knit Button Sleeve sweater. Available in a range of colours, I’ve chosen the cream and the grey as options that would be particularly good for concealing flakes from scalp psoriasis. How cosy would this be with fleecy joggers, puffa jacket and trainers for Bonfire Night?
I’ve mentioned Uniqlo many times before as a great place to stock up on basics and also on knitwear. For a knit that shouldn’t cause any irritation, I’ve chosen an Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater, which also comes in a wide range of colours. Sling on over a tee or a shirt (gingham could be an interesting pop under this) or add some interest with a lariat style necklace or an armful of bling!
A similar knit but a different style now with the Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Cardigan, which can be worn loosely over a tee (keep it current and make it a slogan tee) or button up to create a sweater with a twist!
An Instagram favourite for some time now, Hush often have an interesting selection of knitwear. The Stella Jumper is a cotton, bamboo and wool blend which, fingers crossed, should be gentle enough not to irritate your skin. Wear, as it is styled here, with some slouchy joggers and trainers, or for a more polished look, accessorise with some silver jewellery and wear with coated skinnies or black wide crops, opaques and a high shoe boot. A good versatile piece for your wardrobe.
In a way, the high street is going to be your best bet when shopping for knitwear, as the cheaper options will usually mean that synthetic fibres rather than wool will be used. Concerns about quality will always be secondary to ensuring the comfort of our skin. With this in mind I had a look in Zara and ta dah! May I present the Chenille Sweater! Oversized, soft, ecru colour. Also available in a range of colours.
To completely prove my point this Sweater with Contrasting Detail doesn’t have a single stitch of wool, alpaca or mohair to distress you. It’s basically acrylic with a bit of nylon and elastane, so again, you can tick the box on the oversized trend whilst being confident that you won’t irritate your skin.
As ever, I tend to keep the fuss and decoration to a minimum when choosing basics such as knitwear, preferring to allow my accessories do the talking. A case in point is this gorgeous Paisley Print Silk Foulard from Massimo Dutti. Just look at those stunning colours? With this one item you have covered the A/W2107 red obsession and the paisley pattern will mean you can wear this happily without any fear of flakes ruining your look.
Knitwear doesn’t have to strike fear into your heart this winter. As you can see, there are still plenty of options in stores to ensure you will be warm and toasty without playing havoc with your skin. See you next month when we’ll be on the Christmas countdown, and I’ll be talking all things party!
UK/IE MAT-12761. Date of preparation: October 2017