Making paler colours work

Pale colours

If you suffer from psoriasis, then chances are that one of the areas affected will be your scalp. It is estimated that about 60% of sufferers will have scalp psoriasis, which is why one of my top tips for dressing around this disease is to steer clear of black and other dark colours. Constant flaking onto shoulders is both irritating and unsightly, so wearing pale colours on your upper half will help to conceal this evidence of your disease.

However, as practical as this advice is, it may not necessarily work for everyone. It’s all very well to airily announce that one should embrace pale grey, taupe or cream as the new black, but what if such pale colours just don’t suit your skin tone? It’s bad enough having psoriasis without looking washed out as well! Fret not! I am now going to tackle this very issue with various suggestions on how to master wearing a paler shade.

The most obvious solution is the addition of a scarf. The weight and texture of this can vary according to the seasons – a gorgeous cashmere or silk knit in the colder months, and a cooler cotton mix for the warmer ones. The key is to ensure that whatever colour or pattern you choose also incorporates some element of a white or cream pattern. This is essential if you want to conceal any scalp flaking. The Pure Cotton Graphic Geometric Print scarf from Marks & Spencer is a perfect example. The rich pink tones will lift a paler jacket or tee, whilst the thread of white running through the pattern will provide the perfect cover

MS scarf

If however, you have the good fortune to live in a hotter climate where scarves are not an option, then why try a colourful necklace instead? Contrary to many predictions, the statement necklace is still very much a fashion item, and a burst of colour close to your face will be the perfect foil if paler colours don’t normally suit you. There are so many different colours and styles available now, that this is often a cheap and easy way of making your outfits work. A necklace such as the Beautiful Bloom Charm Statement Necklace from Accessorize would be perfect with a shirt, a simple tee or a plain sweater.


A great little item that has become a favourite in the fashion world is the kimono and this is especially useful for anyone with psoriasis. Pull on over a vest top or tee on hot days to ensure that your skin is covered yet still remains cool. This look works with casual jeans, it is great with a more formal trouser for the office, and can be pulled on over a vest top, heels and skinnies for a dressier evening look. The same rule of ensuring that the pattern contains some element of white, still applies but this is a great way of mixing up colours and tones to find a paler shade that works for you. The Green Zig Zag Print Kimono from River Island gives a definite nod to Missoni and is a perfect example of how lighter colours can be incorporated successfully into your look.


However, if you have been wedded to your darker colours and cannot bring yourself to totally abandon them, the answer is pattern! I know many women who would quite simply cry if asked to exchange their navy or black jackets for a white or cream one! (But don’t knock it ‘til you try it … even now with a clear scalp, a white jacket will always be my favourite choice.) The Embroidered Jacket from Zara is just gorgeous. This little box style jacket is a real wardrobe winner and would look just as fab with jeans, as over a long navy or white maxi dress during summer evenings.

Zara jacket

But if it’s black and nothing but black for you, then this may well be your answer. The Black Floral Bomber from Miss Selfridge gives the required black but with the current on-trend floral pattern, complete with an element of white. Can you hear that? Yes, that’s the sound of many boxes being ticked! Like the Zara jacket above, this statement jacket would work for so many occasions and would be one you’d return to, season after season.

Miss Selfridge Bomber

I hope I’ve given you some ideas of how to make your paler colours work for you. If you have any questions or indeed some other suggestions, please do leave a comment below.

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-03708. Date of preparation: June 2016

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