I always thought this season was the preserve of the Irish, but in recent years I’ve discovered that this is almost as big a deal in the UK too. Well, who knew? I am talking of course about the First Holy Communion! A day that is allegedly all about the child, but who are we kidding? It’s also about the mother and what on earth we should wear on a day that is most definitely an occasion, when the sun will (fingers crossed) be shining, when we will celebrating with family and friends and when we need to look like we’ve made a serious effort .
All sounds wonderful but not quite so joyful if you have to tick the above criteria and conceal psoriasis at the same time. Fear not! I come bearing options. When it was my turn (a staggering six years ago now – where does the time go?) I was in the lucky position that my skin was behaving and the arms were good enough to go on show. (There may have been a sneaky week in the sun involved, that’s all I’m saying.) But if that is not the case for you, do not panic. I was pleasantly surprised by the options available. But word to the wise … shop now! There will be little if anything left if you leave it too close to May.
So, guess what? I’m not going to bore you with the predictable selection of wide legged trousers/skinnies and blazers. Instead I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone and this is what I’ve found.
Breaking you in gently, how about a trouser suit? But one in a soft yellow twill that will look completely in vogue during the warmer months yet will keep you fully covered. Pair with a drape neck white blouse (Primark and River Island both have long sleeved versions at the moment) and some caged sandals and you’re good to go. Accessorise with navy, grey, metallic or white – there are more options that you think.
It took me a while but I finally managed to track down some jumpsuits that are not black and actually have sleeves. Result! Combining glamour and comfort, these are beloved of the fashion pack (although I still struggle with the whole bathroom issue!) and are so easy to accessorise. First up this Glamorous Long Sleeved Jumpusit from Asos
This looks so easy to wear, yet is perfect for a dressy occasion. Just add a blazer if it’s chilly and if feet are an issue, there is a wide range of my beloved peep toe boots in most shoe shops this season. On a cost per wear basis, this could be a winner as it’s a perfect for an night out and then next year, when you’ve moved onto a different look for evenings, this would still be ideal with a pair of converse for everyday wear.
Another option is this teal belted wrap jumpsuit from Warehouse. Probably more suited to those without a scalp psoriasis issue however, due to the colour.
I even (deep breath, I’m going in…) took a look at dresses. This is a tricky area! You could go down the route of a fabulous maxi dress with a little shrug, but again I was trying to be a little less predictable today. As most of the Communions take place in May, the option of black opaque tights is just not a viable one. Frankly, you’d look ridiculous! (Unless it’s lashing rain, which let’s face it, is not improbable) However, some time ago I was given the genius tip of wearing dance tights, so this is the idea behind this next choice.
This printed oversized lace dress from Next is just the perfect dress for such an occasion. And usually I would look, sigh and move on. But I really do think that this could work with the dance tights. Just remember the advice to pull the tights up on your arm to get a correctly matching skin tone. This could be accessorised with grey, yellow or coral. Lots of choice to have lots of fun!
Another dress, although more muted this time, is the Boat Neck dress from Next. Although this would work well with dark opaques right now, I still think that the dance tights are the best option for May
Finally, old habits die hard, so just one little quick blazer that I wanted to share. This is just so ideal for anyone with scalp psoriasis who is longing to wear something dark. The small white dots on this Kallisti Blazer from Reiss will provide the perfect camouflage. A little on the pricier side, but without doubt, this is an investment piece that you’d have in your wardrobe for years. Pair with wide legged trousers and a white silk pussy bow blouse for a seventies dressy vibe, or wear with denims and flats after the Big Event.
Summer is always a little more difficult when it comes to concealing your skin, but I think all of these options could work. Also perfect if you have a wedding or christening in the diary this summer.
And now I must fly ... literally … London is beckoning this weekend for a meet-up with some fabulously stylish bloggers. Dear Lord! What on earth am I going to wear?