The stresses and strains of everyday life at work can be quite enough without the additional worry of wondering what to wear and how to ensure that you look as polished and professional as everyone else, despite a flaky skin disorder. In fact, let’s be honest – the last thing anyone needs in the morning is the hassle of trying to figure out what to wear, but by investing in a few good basics, your working wardrobe can become a stress free zone.
Unless you work in a particularly conservative industry, trousers should be an acceptable form of dress. (If not, then the following can be substituted with a long midi skirt and some mid-calf or knee high boots to ensure full skin coverage). This year the culotte has been big news and with it, a variation on the theme of a wider, shorter trouser. This does not need to be cause for concern however, as we are coming into the season of boots and tights. The Trousers with Oversized Turn-up from Cos are a perfect example. The width will ensure that fabric will merely skim your legs (great news if the skin on your legs is affected), whilst this modern shape will look great with brogues, ankle boots or knee high boots and indeed trainers, at the weekend. Pair with opaque tights or knee-highs (we won’t tell if you don’t!) or if the weather is good but you still have psoriasis on your ankle that you need to conceal, a sneaky pair of tan knee-highs will give the illusion of bare skin whilst keeping your skin covered.
A more voluminous trouser such as this usually looks better with a more fitted top half. I’ve slightly pushed the boat out here, by suggesting a leather jacket. Again, by pairing this with the correct outfit, this is a perfectly acceptable look for the office. The neat, collarless cut of this Zip Leather Jacket from Mango is sleek and stylish and for those of you who love to wear black, this will allow you to do so as any rogue flakes will simply slide off the leather. Great with wider trousers and a simple round neck silk knit, or long sleeved silk wrap shirt.
A true investment however, is a blazer and although the standard corporate look is usually black or navy, this won’t always work if scalp psoriasis is a problem. Instead, opt for paler colours that can be paired with a darker bottom half. This Arya Longline Tailored Jacket from LK Bennett is ideal. It has the modern longer length and would work beautifully with black, navy, brown or even khaki. Pair with fitted trousers or a long pencil skirt and opaques. Whilst a little more expensive than many other blazers, this would certainly earn its keep as it would look just as good at the weekend with jeans and a tee.
This Cobham Wrap Front Top in Finery London caught my eye. Not every office demands that a jacket is always worn and I thought this would look really well with most shape of trousers. Add to culottes with some knee high boots; pair with some looser, ankle grazing trousers and brogues; or team with skinnies and ankle boots for a relaxed Friday feel!
Cos has always been one of my favourite stores to shop in, as so many of their clothes have a looser structure that works well for people with skin problems. No surprise then, that a newer store from the same stable, is fast becoming one of my favourites. This Pastel Paradise Blouse from & Other Stories is just one of the many suitable blouses and tops that they stock, all of which are so easy to wear and most of which come in paler colours or patterns that work perfectly when trying to distract the eye from flaking. Perfect for the work environment, but again, just as fab with a pair of jeans and trainers at the weekend.
Finally, for those of you who love a dress, I present the White Dress with Sateen Detail from Massimo Dutti. Such a simple and classic dress shape that would look stunning whether dressed up with heeled shoe boots and a clutch, or dressed down with flats and a large leather hobo bag. Either way, some opaques are a must.
With these basics to hand, it’s merely a case of ringing the changes with a few different tops. A striped Breton, a silk wrap blouse, a long sleeved cotton tee or a crisp white shirt will all help to mix up your look and get full wear out of your basics. Add in some colourful scarves and a great handbag or two and you’ll find you have every work wear occasion covered.
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-04207. Date of preparation: July 2016