Formal wear for the party season

We’ve all been there. That heart-dropping moment when you open your wardrobe, gaze at its over-stuffed contents and declare ‘I’ve nothing to wear!’ But to really compound the problem, add in a black tie event, a chronic skin disorder and suddenly it all seems so much more daunting. As other ladies discuss their backless, strapless, glittering options, the task of dressing for a formal occasion when you have psoriasis, can be truly overwhelming. But fret not! There are answers to this dilemma; in fact today I bring you three very different looks, all of which will conceal your skin whilst still ensuring that you are the Belle of the Ball!

In previous posts, I’ve discussed what fabrics to avoid and indeed what colours we can use to our advantage when trying to dress around our psoriasis.  These basics still hold true when dressing for a more formal event, but the good news is that we can now add sequins to our list.

As a staunch believer that sparkle is for life and not just for Christmas, I love to embrace the bling as often as possible.

Nothing beats a vest top, distressed denim jeans and a little sequin jacket for a night out with the girls.  Full coverage of your skin and should you suffer a ‘bad scalp day’, the flakes will simply glide off the sequins.  Happy days!  However, for a more formal event, obviously jeans are not the answer, but instead what about this gorgeous full length Geo Sequin maxi dress from River Island at Asos?

Long sleeves, round neckline and to the ground.  Add some 100 denier opaque tights, a pair of killer black heels and prepare to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Sequin maxi dress

Get some comfort

If however, full on sequins are just a tad too flamboyant, let me point you in the direction of a wonderfully comfortable option. With a more than a nod to the continuing popularity of the ‘70s craze, this Paisley Print Jumpsuit from Mango is both stylish and practical.  The wide legs and draped fabric would be so easy to wear on skin that is sore or irritated. The sequin panel on the sleeves makes this a definite party piece, whilst the long sleeves and high neckline will ensure that your skin is fully concealed. To really embrace the comfort of this, wear with a pair of metallic ballet flats and enjoy your party in comfort. A great way to be on-trend yet kind to your skin during the party season.

Paisley jumpsuit

The final option is one that I’ve worn many times. A white tuxedo jacket is a timeless classic and one that you will have in your wardrobe for years to come. Some jackets come with a black trim, whilst others are plain white – both work equally well. This is where you get your chance to channel your inner Olivia Palermo! For a formal event, wear with a black silk tee and black cigarette pants. Accessorise with a sparkly clutch and killer heels for a stylish evening look. Sleek hair and red lip optional!

Tuxedo jacket

For parties that are less formal, this same jacket can be paired with a pair of faux leather or coated skinnies. These are just that bit dressier for the party season and are surprisingly comfortable to wear.  The lining is often made with a soft jersey type of fabric which won’t aggravate your psoriasis, so you are guaranteed both style and comfort; a combination that can be quite difficult, in fact almost impossible, to find.

Coated skinnies

The party season is usually a time when we can go a little bit crazy with accessories.   A great statement necklace like this one from Limited Edition in M&S will certainly add a celebratory vibe to any top.


Equally, a fun clutch like this Biba animal print pouchette will set off a plainer outfit really well.   In fact it would be the perfect addition to the white tuxedo jacket!

Animal print pouchette

The important thing to remember is that the party season is supposed to be fun.  Don’t allow your skin to stress you out.  Instead, resolve to enjoy yourself despite it. You now know the rules for colour and fabric, and hopefully the few suggestions I’ve given here of three very different looks will inspire you to find the perfect party outfit this season.   All that remains is for you to go out and have some fun!

UK/IE 2013b/00057h. Date of preparation: September 2015

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