Looking at Autumn

I was full of plans to write a blog post all about holidays, summer and what I wore, etc. etc. but as we’re now suddenly in full ‘back to school’ mode, it seemed unnecessarily cruel to devote a post to sunshine and loveliness when faced with early mornings, uniforms and lunch boxes!
However, if you will indulge me slightly I do want to draw your attention to two items that I think you all need to be aware of. I have often talked about the usefulness of a maxi dress to conceal psoriasis in the summer, but the truth is, I had never worn one. That all changed last month, when I was heading to the South of France to 30 degree heat and was genuinely panicking as to what I would wear. Next came to the rescue with this Monochrome Stripe Maxi Dress! This is current stock … below you can see how it looks on a stick thin size 6 model and on a normal size 12 moi! It was genuinely the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn and kept me cool in the heat. It also has pockets which as we all know is the sign of the perfect dress. Even if you do have psoriasis I would strongly recommend this as a perfect holiday dress as it will keep you well covered, your skin won’t get too hot, and even though your arms are exposed, it’s good for them to get some sunshine which has a healing effect for over 90% of us. The ideal dress for sight-seeing, going out to lunch, down for breakfast or even as an evening outfit. Wear with trainers and a denim jacket when you get home. And for €31, it’s a bargain to boot!

The second item is even more of a bargain, and was such a success that I mayhave picked up a few more in different colours when I got home. This little blouse/jacket is from Primark and I adore it! It’s a very light faux silk top, which buttons like a jacket and has a satin-look lapel to give a tuxedo effect. Again this is current stock and is available in black, red, coral and white as well as this silver/blue shade. It has the advantage of looking dressy whilst providing lots of coverage, yet keeping you cool. A mere €18 people! I wore this with white tailored crops, but it would also work with skinnies, with jeans or with palazzo pants. If scalp psoriasis is not an issue, the black or red options would be gorgeous coming into the winter months.
And while I’m at it, a quick collage of the beauty that surrounded us on our trip to St Paul de Vence!

But now I’m back to reality and my attention has turned to all things Autumn. Last week I happened to be in Grafton Street and took myself into Massimo Dutti for a quick browse. It struck me that it is currently a mecca for all things psoriasis-friendly, so I thought I’d share a few of them here.
Going with my newfound enthusiasm for dresses, I loved this midi length Floral Print Shirt Dress (€99.95). So feminine and ideal to wear right through the winter months – just add black, navy or blush sock boots!
The perfect little jacket for the office and just as cute with a tee, jeans and trainers on the weekend, this Embellished Cardigan with Frayed Detail (79.95) is a real wardrobe workhorse that is the perfect shade to camouflage any psoriasis detritus. How fab is the styling on this?
I have already seen this Knit Sweater with Openwork Detail (€79.95) doing the rounds on Instagram. It looks gorgeous and it feels soft and cosy, but be warned! Whilst it is mainly cotton, this knit does contain a small percentage of wool and alpaca which might cause irritation. I know for me, that even the merest hint of alpaca is enough to set my skin on fire!
And hello 1994! The trouser suit is back … I’m not going to lie; this fills me with joy! I’ve always loved a good trouser suit and Massimo Dutti have come up trumps with this tailored number. Slim Fit Grey Wool Blazer (€169) and Slim Fit Grey Wool Trousers (€79.95). Perfect for the office, for important meetings, and even for casual lunches or midweek travel – just add a plain white tee, some trainers and scarf and you’re good to go! Love this! Wear to dinner with a silky vest or velvet cami underneath. Honestly this is an outfit that you will definitely get your money’s worth from!

And that’s my lot for today! I know I’ve been a bit remiss on keeping Flaky updated over the summer, but we’re back into routine again this week, so I promise to try harder and get back on track! Having eaten and drunk ALL the food and wine this summer, I am now on a complete spending ban until I can fit back into my clothes again … this could be a very looooong Autumn!


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