For most people the words ‘summer wedding’ conjure up joyful images of sunshine, Pimms, champagne, light breezy dresses and a general aura of happiness. For those of us with psoriaisis? Hah! Not so much! For us, the words ‘summer wedding’ are up there with the likes of ‘Christmas party’ and ‘black tie’ as events that are guaranteed to strike fear into our hearts. Because when your skin is red, flaking, inflamed or sore, then what on earth can you wear to ensure that you a) look good and b) feel comfortable? Well, fret no longer! I am here with some suggestions that will hopefully help you to find the perfect outfit.
The re-emergence of the jumpsuit onto the catwalk has been a gift from the fashion gods for the flaky skinned amongst us. The perfect cover-up, it can be dressed up or down and is now a very acceptable alternative to the more formal dress for special occasions. This Off-The-Shoulder Jumpsuit from H&M ticks so many boxes. The chiffon is patterned and although the legs aren’t fully lined, the pattern will confuse the eye and so cleverly camouflages any plaques lying beneath. The off-the-shoulder top is a wonderfully current look and should work for most people, given the infrequency of psoriasis occurring on the shoulder blades. This is such a stand-out piece that minimal accessorising is needed, so just add heels and a small clutch or shoulder bag and you are good to go!
Alternatively for a more structured look there is the Tailored Wrap and Tie Belt Jumpsuit from Asos which is a very chic look that combines style with full coverage. The grey shade should mask any rogue flakes if scalp psoriasis is a problem, and the wrap effect at the front definitely gives it a dressier edge. Add a sequin clutch and some strappy heels for the perfect wedding guest look!
For a more formal wedding, I have chosen a PussyBow Silk Blouse from Me & Em which is quite simply a classic piece that you will have forever in your wardrobe. For a special event such as a wedding, this can be teamed with a wide legged trouser such as this Navy Boy Trouser also from Me & Em. Some killer heels, a glitzy clutch and (if you dare!) a ‘70s style floppy fedora will turn this into a really individual look that will be stylish and comfortable whilst concealing your skin. For lunch with the girls, or a more casual evening out, this blouse would look fabulous with a pair of coated skinnies or some boyfriend jeans. Definitely a blouse that would earn its keep!
Clearly I couldn’t forget the maxi dress when looking for wedding outfit suggestions. Asos has a huge selection and with handy filters including ‘with long sleeves’ it makes the search that bit easier. For a summer wedding however you need to be sure that the dress you choose doesn’t have a slit – whilst this can be easily overcome in the winter with a pair of opaques or knee high boots, for summer you will want to stay cool. This Pimkie Mixed Print Maxi ticks all the boxes. It’s light, fresh, colourful and summery yet still conceals so well. Like the jumpsuit above, this wouldn’t need a huge amount of accessorising as the vibrant pattern is statement enough. This is a perfect dress for more casual events also – pair with Converse and a denim jacket for the ideal BBQ outfit, or just add flip-flops for a beach holiday evening look. Such a great dress offering so many options.
And finally, looking good is often about the little details. So for a special occasion, why not treat yourself to a manicure or blow-dry to ensure you look really polished? In fact, you could even have your make-up professionally done which is always such a treat! For those of you who like to go the fake tan route, try to find one that is paraben-free to minimise any irritation to your skin. I would suggest however that you do a trial run beforehand as quite often fake tan can cause plaques to turn purple, which is never an attractive look!
Remember that weddings are happy occasions, so don’t stress out about your skin or your outfit. The happy couple just want you to be there to share in their Big Day (and the reality is that the only outfit anyone is really concerned about is the bride’s dress) … so go forth and have fun!
This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.
UK/IE MAT-02977. Date of preparation: April 2016