Psoriasis Fashion Do and Don'ts
Last updated: February 2019
Let’s face it, having psoriasis can put a serious damper on your personal style. For men and women alike trying to find fashionable clothes that you are comfortable in can be a daunting task. I remember dreading going shopping for school clothes, summer clothes, prom, homecoming, and other special events. I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade with dressing while having this disease. I’m not sure about you, but I had to overthink EVERYTHING when it came to dressing with this disease.
Psoriasis fashion tips
Even with being psoriasis advocate, the main thing I still struggle with is showing my disease to strangers who I don’t know, if you can relate this article is for you. Showing your spots and having to explain it to strangers can be a daunting task.
As always, I would like to say I am not encouraging you to cover up, but to wear what makes you feel the most comfortable. Check out these quick dos and don’ts tips if you have psoriasis!
Don’t wear a traditional tie
If you have psoriasis on your neck wearing a traditional tie can be irritating causing flares, redness, or itchiness. Instead of wearing a traditional tie which wraps around your neck, try a clip-on tie instead.
Do wear undergarments
If you have psoriasis, undergarments will be your best friend. Undergarments such as undershirts will help soak up any topical ointments you apply to your skin as opposed to them staining your clothes.
Don’t wear dark colors
Do wear light colors or prints
Since psoriasis flakes are white, wearing light colors will prevent flakes from being so noticeable. Prints will camouflage the fallen flakes.
Don’t wear Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex
Try to avoid the above materials if you have psoriasis. These fabrics stain very easily if you are using ointments. They also make it hard for the skin to “breath” causing the chance for more sweat, which for some can cause a psoriasis flare.
Do wear stockings with skirts
If you fear wearing a skirt due to your psoriasis, try pairing up a skirt with opaque flesh tone stockings. I used to layer mine to ensure no plaques would be seen. This method can be a bit uncomfortable but will cover up the plaques.
Fashion can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Buy pieces like jackets, scarfs, ties, skirts, and pants that you can alternate with different outfits. You can also check Pinterest for ideas. I also shop at Goodwill for trendy vintage clothing.
Does your psoriasis management change with the seasons?