At some point in the midst of my psoriasis crusade, I became a hostage to misconceptions and stigmas about the condition. My sense of fashion was also constrained: in my mind, there were things I just couldn’t wear. An outfit that required me to show my skin didn’t get worn.
For me, summertime was the most difficult. In the winter, I could hide behind long sleeve shirts, pants, and boots, but this wasn't terribly reasonable in hot weather. I imagine that people around me stared at my choice of long sleeves in summer just as much as they would have if I had been more open to showing my psoriasis to strangers. But in the grand scheme of things, I was much more comfortable with questions concerning my style than questions about my disease.
Once I began advocating for patients living with psoriasis, it became clear to me I was not alone in my fashion woes. Men and women deal with fashion and the disease in similar ways. While some living with psoriasis are unashamed and can put on clothes showing their spots, there are plenty who have not reached this level of confidence. On a Facebook and Instagram post I asked the question: “Does psoriasis affect your fashion, and how?”
Here are some answers.
The fear of people staring: