Greater love hath no blogger for her readers than she post up pictures of herself with little more than a light layer of CC cream on her face. (La Roche Posay Rosaliac if you must know … wonderful stuff! If you think I look bad here, you should see me without it) But I digress! On the upside, my hair looks good, as I had just emerged from the hairdressers.
So, while I was waiting for the bank to open, I decided to take a little foray into Dunnes Stores, as during the week I had spied these beauties; the arm cover-up. First we had Mary Portas Armery, then Canopi launched their version, but now Dunnes Stores have joined the party and for the far more reasonable price of €15. Apparently these cover ups are designed for the ‘more mature’ woman who doesn’t like to show her upper arms. Luckily for us psoriasis sufferers, they also do quite a nifty job at concealing psoriasis and so open up the wonderful world of sleeveless tops.
So, how do they work? Well, you wear the top over your bra and under your top, as demonstrated below. (Seriously? You didn’t think I was going to model this, did you?!)
In the interests of research, I grabbed a sleeveless top from the rail and armed with one navy and one white cover up, I headed for the fitting rooms. So how did I fare?
The answer is, I was pleasantly surprised. I own a set of the Mary Portas Armery, but I rarely use them as I find them too hot to wear. I have tried on the Canopi on a number of occasions (which are almost identical in design to these) but have always found them an extremely uncomfortable fit and so never purchased. But, at risk of sounding like Goldilocks, these were really just right!
The fastening is very secure, and they are so lightweight that you really don’t feel you are wearing anything extra. I tried on the white version first. There was only a Small size available in this, so the fit wasn’t ideal (I’m broad of back you know!) but I wanted to test how well it would conceal.
And sadly, the answer is, it didn’t! Every freckle and mark was completely visible, so psoriasis plaques would definitely be a step too far for the white cover-up. But don’t be disheartened! The navy one worked far, far better.
Right now thanks to the wonder of drugs, my arms are almost completely clear. But my elbows are not entirely free of psoriasis, yet you can’t tell this from the picture. Obviously there will be a conundrum if you also have scalp psoriasis and are trying to avoid dark colours on top, but this is where patterns will work beautifully. Sleeveless tops that include some navy in the colour palette would be ideal.
My verdict is that you should definitely give them a try! They are an alternative to the shrug or little jacket, and would be a great accessory for maxi dresses and vest tops. The range also includes black, both in a plain and lacy effect. To be honest, for €15, you can’t really go wrong. So hats off to Dunnes Stores … they’ve just helped us expand our wardrobe options without breaking the bank.
I'll be back on Wednesday but in the meantime enjoy the predicted heatwave!