Dressing the Part for Psoriasis
Fashion is a part of my life and I love to dress with style. But, at times, having psoriasis can make it difficult to dress cutely and feel comfortable. There were many times I dreaded the process of shopping because I knew, for me, it would be a long one. Years ago I could not imagine showing off my spots. Now, I’m a bit more comfortable but it’s still a process. I love those who can embrace their psoriasis spots without regret but I empathize and can relate to those who cannot. For a lot of psoriasis patients, summertime is usually the hardest. It is a true challenge to “look cute” and cover up, all while trying not to overheat.
While a lot of us are self-conscious about our disease, some of you can flaunt your psoriasis just as well as you can your clothes! Sometimes confidence is the best outfit, but for those who have not reached that point in their journey, please keep reading! Here are some tips that have helped me be fashion-forward while comfortable in my own skin.
Choose Light Colors
Have you ever worn a black shirt, only to look over at your shoulders and see flakes? For a lot of psoriasis sufferers, flaking is a huge issue. To help minimize the appearance of flakes, an option to consider is wearing light colored apparel; doing this will help conceal your psoriasis flakes. Unfortunately, when you wear dark colors those little white flakes can stick out like a sore thumb. Light colors will also help to keep you cool in the summer! During times you do decide to wear dark colors keep a lint roller on hand to help eliminate some of the flakes. I suggest keeping a roller at home and one in the car or at work. Also make sure to moisturize as much as possible to eliminate some of the dry skin.
Fabrics to wear
There was a point in my disease journey where I was uncomfortable showing off my plaques. Although I have come a long way, I understand the anxiety some people face related to putting their psoriasis plaques on display. If you are at a stage where you still feel very uncomfortable showing off your skin, there are various lightweight fabrics that can come in handy while staying covered such as polyester, nylon, and spandex. Unfortunately, the downside to these fabrics is that they do not really allow the skin to breath. Another specific disadvantage of polyester and nylon is that they stain very easily; when you are using creams and ointments this can be quite problematic. To alleviate this issue, I usually apply my topical products approximately 30 minutes before I get dressed, and I wipe away the excess with a towel. In some cases, if you have “thick” psoriasis, the imprint of the plaques can be seen through spandex. The most breathable fabric is cotton. Although some of these materials have disadvantages, incorporating a combination of all of these fabrics will give your wardrobe a good balance of lightweight, breathable, and fashionable options. If you are unsure about an item’s fabric composition, the clothing tag will typically contain this information.
Great accessories can help you camouflage your plaques in different areas. Here are a few tips that can help you showcase your personal style while concealing your psoriasis plaques:
Wear open-toe shoes which will cover your feet but also allow you to show off your toes - this makes for a great summer look. Also, try calf or thigh-high boots with a cute shirt.
When I used to have plaques on my chest and neck, I would cover up the spots with a scarf or a really large necklace.
If this is a problem area for you, try using bracelets and bangles to dress your plaques up with style. People will be so intrigued by your style that may not even notice your spots.
At the end of the day, it is about wearing clothes that will allow you to feel as confident as possible. While you may not feel 100% comfortable wearing clothes that may reveal your psoriasis plaques, please know that there are many options that can keep you in style.
I hope you enjoyed these psoriasis style tips. Spread the word!
Any suggestions made are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your treatment, exercise or diet routine.