Image credit: Kat Jayne
When it comes to dressing, there are two types of people with skin conditions: those who don’t really care what other people say and dress the way they want even on bad skin days, and those who prefer to keep their disease for themselves and hide their patches.
Neither of them is better nor worse. They are simply different.
Personally, I belong to the second group. I guess it’s because when I was little girl covered with eczema my mom was wrapping me in long sleeves and pants repeating over’n’over again that nobody needs to know about my skin condition. That was her way to protect me from bullying and discrimination, and I am very grateful to her for that.
Today I'm a grown-up woman and I could show my patches to everyone if I want to, but I chose not to. And no, no, it’s not because I care what other people will say, because I don’t.
I do it mostly because when I cover my patches with nice, luxurious fabrics, I feel like I have no skin problems whatsoever. For this short moment, I can feel like I’m a normal person (whatever that means) and rest my mind.
If you are seasoned Skin Warrior like me, I'm sure, you have invented and learnt tons of tricks to hide your eczema without looking like a mummy. Share them with us so we can add them to our toolbox.
Here are my favourite dressing tricks that became my signature look :
DRESSING TRICK # 1: MAXI IS CHIC
If you want to "consciously camouflage" the patches on your legs and still feel comfy and chic, wear maxi skirts and dresses.
I do it constantly not because I'm ashamed of my legs but to protect them. Over the years the skin inflammation decreased the amount of tan pigment in my skin + the steroid creams caused thinning of my skin. Because of that, I get sunburnt very easily, which is neither aesthetically pleasing nor good for health.
Choose airy maxi dresses made of natural fabrics when it's hot. They will keep your skin happy and cool and make you stand out in the sea of girls in shorts and mini skirts. And if you also want to cover eczema on your arms, simply choose the maxi dress with long sleeves. They are so chic!
DRESSING TRICK # 2 - HEADWEAR
Whenever you have bad hair day or itchy scalp, a hat is a great solution to effortlessly elevate your look without stress. Before you tell me that hats don’t suit you, I want to encourage you to try your own hand at the classics. You never know which one might suit your fancy.
I started wearing the baseball and sailor caps to cover all the bald patches during my last episode of alopecia. Now my hair grew back, but I still wear my caps because they are such a great and practical addition to my look.
DRESSING TRICK # 3 – SILKY SCARVES
Oh boy, there are so many things you can do with scarves!
You can tie them around your neck to cover the rash on your neckline, make a stylish bracelet to cover the patches on your wrists or use them as a headband to hide the imperfections on your forehead. And there are unlimited ways to tie the scarves so you will never get bored.
DRESSING TRICK # 4 - EXTRA LONG SLEEVES
Hands up who uses this trick to hide the hand's eczema? This is an easy yet super effective way to hide the patches and still look stylish.
Appearing oversized, these extra-long sleeves make a cool statement for casual-chic outfits.
And they are super practical in winter when you forget your gloves (this happens to me all the time).
DRESSING TRICK # 5 – FLOWY LONG PANTS
I absolutely adore long flowy pants. They are stylish, super comfortable, and so versatile.
Their wonderfully loose cut, which allows the legs to swirl around you as you walk and gives a graceful flair to your figure, are perfect for eczema-prone skin.
Plus they can elegantly camouflage the "post-confinement" extra weight. Tested.
DRESSING TRICK # 6 - NEUTRAL PALETTE
This one is useful and foolproof to make the "human glitter" invisible when your skin flakes. Depending on your skin tone, choose the top in colour similar to your skin and you won’t need to worry any longer that everybody will notice the snowflakes on your shoulders.
I love wearing white shirts not only when my skin flakes but also when my face is decorated with eczema. There is something magical about white shirts. They instantly make you look fresh and polished and makes your face visually less red.
DRESSING TRICK # 7 -STATEMENT ACCESSORIES
This one works like a miracle when you want to divert the attention from your facial eczema.
Simply put a statement necklace, bracelet, or shoes and nobody even notices that there is something wrong with your face. The craziest the accessories the better the result. I use this trick quite often and it has never let me down.
Voilà! Now you are fully equipped with dressing tricks that really work.
The bottom line though is that no matter which group you belong to, dressing well that makes you feel comfy and happy is what really counts.
Now your turn! Tell me what is your favourite fashion trick that you're never tired of?