Psoriasis Pfashion Police - Do's and Don'ts
Let's face it…having psoriasis can put a serious damper on your personal style. For men and women alike, trying to find fashionable clothes that you are comfortable in can be a daunting task. I remember dreading going shopping for school clothes, summer clothes, prom, homecoming, and other special events. I've learned a few tricks of the trade with respect to dressing while having this disease. I'm not sure about you but I had to overthink EVERYTHING when it came to selecting the right outfits.
Despite being a psoriasis advocate, the main thing I still struggle with is displaying my disease to strangers. if you can relate to that then this blog post is definitely for you. Showing your spots and having to explain it to strangers can make you feel particularly vulnerable.
As always, I would like to clarify that I am not encouraging you to cover up. Instead, I believe you should wear the things that make you feel the most comfortable and confident. Check out these possible ideas for quick psoriasis style do's and don'ts.
DON'T Wear a Traditional Tie
If you have psoriasis on your neck, wearing a traditional tie can be irritating and possibly trigger flares, redness, or have itchiness. Instead of wearing a traditional tie which wraps around your neck, try a clip-on tie instead.
DO Wear Undergarments
If you have psoriasis, undergarments will be your best friend. Undergarments such as under shirts will help soak up any topical ointments you apply to your skin as opposed to them staining your clothes.
DON'T Wear Dark Colors
If you have scalp psoriasis and you don't want your flakes to appear on your clothing, it's best not to wear dark colors. The white flakes from psoriasis are very noticeable on darker clothes.
DO Wear Light Colors or Prints
By that same token, wearing light colors will help minimize the appearance of flakes during flare up periods. Prints can also aid in camouflaging fallen flakes.
DON'T Wear Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex
Try to avoid the above materials if you have psoriasis. These fabrics stain very easily if you are using ointments. They also make it hard for the skin to “breath” causing the chance for more sweat, which for some can cause a psoriasis flare.
DO Wear Stockings with Skirts
If you fear wearing a skirt due to psoriasis on your legs, try pairing up a skirt with opaque flesh tone stockings. I used to layer mine to ensure no plaques would be seen. This method can be a bit uncomfortable but will cover up the plaques.
Wearing items like scarves, large necklaces, watches, long socks, crazy tights can help you be stylish while covering up areas that have flared.
Finding ideal items for your wardrobe may seem stressful at times but it doesn't have to be. Buy pieces like jackets, scarves, ties, skirts, and pants that you can alternate with different outfits. You can also check Pinterest for ideas. If budget is a concern, you may want to find a local thrift shop. For instance, I shop at Goodwill for trendy vintage clothing.
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.