Since I did a post on Penneys (Primark). Usually I’m quite scathing! This is the store where really bad polyester goes to die. But never let it be said that I’m inflexible (stop snorting down the back!), so in the interests of research – and because I saw a blouse that appealed– I decided to go in on a quiet weekday morning and see if I could find any bargains worth reporting. And the result wasn’t that bad at all!
Let’s start with the aforementioned blouse. Those of you who follow me on Facebook (see link on side panel of this blog) will have seen me talk about these over the weekend. At only €11, this blouse would be ideal for wearing under a blazer for work, or indeed paired with pleather skinnies, heels and some delicate necklaces for an evening outfit. Complete coverage of skin; a decent standard of polyester (it varies, trust me!); and wonderful draping at the front which covers a multitude of sins. I tried on the navy … oh, how I love these clear scalp days!
Sold! This will work with denim; in summer with white skinnies; it will look good now teamed with my black pleather jeans – in fact, there’s a multitude of ways that I could wear this. There are four other shades available. A rather vibrant yellow, a bright scarlet, a muted khaki and a white. Sadly, the white one was very disappointing. I did my usual test to check just how see-through it was. Very! is the answer. No chance of concealing psoriasis plaques or the odd muffin-tastic moment in this blouse!
On the other hand, the khaki is a very elegant shade. Does absolutely nothing for me, but if this is your colour, then I suggest you buy one immediately!
Buoyed by my success, I ventured further in-store and I came upon these little cardigan-come-jackets. I really liked these, and with a composition of acrylic and cotton, there is no danger that they will irritate the skin. I tried on the navy one with a chain detail. At only €15, this would be a perfect little cardi to have in the summer. Ideal for pulling on over a tee-shirt in the evening and stylish enough to wear on a night out.
|Note to Self: Wear lipstick next time!|
There is also a black version with a pleather detail, but for me the navy was the winner. Both however, ideal for anyone with scalp psoriasis as this is a completely forgiving pattern.
I like a nice slouchy jumper so I tried this on out of interest. At €11, it certainly won’t break the bank, although the mix of acrylic, polyester and elastane wouldn’t make it the warmest sweater that you’ll find. Good for layering however and again, zero irritation to my skin.
I was also pretty impressed by their statement jewellery collection. Quite often the metals on these can be very bright and shiny and just scream ‘cheap’, but to be fair to Primark, these looked good, and at just over a fiver, a complete bargain
Taupe boots are a winner for the spring and early summer months. Personally I can’t do shoes or boots that aren’t leather. This is not just a snobbery issue, it’s also based on the fact that my feet start to burn if I spend any length of time in cheap shoes. For those of you not similarly afflicted, this version at only €20 would be a great addition to your wardrobe.
The final item that impressed me was this jersey blazer for only €13. The rails will be awash with these as we head into the warmer weather and quite honestly, the quality of this was equal to anything I’ve seen in H&M or Zara (I accept that I don’t rate these shops too highly either, but I’m simply comparing like with like on a cost basis).
So there you go! Either I have mellowed with age, or Primark have (slightly) upped their game! This time I was impressed. Certainly for anyone who suffers with psoriasis, or indeed any sort of sensitive skin, there are lots of clothing options here at really fantastic prices. Way to go, Primark! (I can’t believe I typed that. I think I may have to go lie down …)