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fashion choices limited by width of cast

I sorted out which t-shirts will go on over the cast this morning, and there's more than I hoped, so I can just layer up t-shirts for torso warmth. The next layer up is a headache, though. One of my tops (the Sigur Ros hoodie I ordered that was two sizes too big) can be worn one-sleeve, Napolean style, but even that won't do up across the front. Also it looks... strange in profile. Like a huge mutant bosom. I had odd memories of having seen female friends wearing cardigans with wrappy bits, bat wings and half sleeves, though, so I nipped into Primark on the way to my Doctor*'s with high hopes. Alas, all the unusually-shaped knitwear was the colour of muesli and tears (presumably some purchaser's overreaction to the credit crunch), making their saggy racks of swags, frills and fiddly buttons look even more piteous and idiotic. Little Orphan Annie with her problem places covered with distracting frills she couldn't afford to dye.

Back-up plan, then; goth arm warmers. Tiger Lily had replaced theirs with corset gloves, so I resorted to Claire's, eventually came out with a pair of sparkly children's legwarmers, long grey woollen fingerless gloves (more credit crunch chic I suppose) and tattoo sleeves. Yes, tattoo sleeves. Now I know it's the 80s.

I may be looking a little odd for the next month or so.

*Who gave me some trendy NSAIDs for the pain and a four-week sick note.

Comments

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mzdt
28th Jan, 2009 21:10 (UTC)
poncho/wrap/blanket thingies? I guess they come into the category of things that will look strange without actually explaining the situation.

Would a request for fashion pictures be somewhat insenstive? ;-)
cleanskies
28th Jan, 2009 22:33 (UTC)
photos, hmmm
It needs to be something I'm not getting tangled up in the cast or having to adjust all the time. Around the house I am, indeed, using a blanket and a ragamuffin scarf, but I don't have sufficient accessorising skills to cope with that sort of thing in a public place..
mzdt
28th Jan, 2009 22:51 (UTC)
Re: photos, hmmm
I wasn't serious, you know that, right? ;-)
juggzy
28th Jan, 2009 21:29 (UTC)
Oxfam, for cardigans that you can mutate.
cleanskies
28th Jan, 2009 22:34 (UTC)
I headed into Primark, with the thought of getting out a pair of scissors later. Not even good for raw materials, tho...

t__m__i
28th Jan, 2009 21:30 (UTC)
Poncho?
t__m__i
28th Jan, 2009 21:47 (UTC)
i.e. I have one you could borrow (b&w so reasonably easy on the eyes)
cleanskies
28th Jan, 2009 22:30 (UTC)
Oooh, might well help.
glittertigger
28th Jan, 2009 21:53 (UTC)
I've checked my wardrobe for ideas and I have a couple of big comfy cardis with quite wide sleeves - one is mid-green and was from Next and the other has green and white stripes and was from Rainbow and Spoon (near the station). Both are a year or two old so I'm not sure if they would currently have anything similar. I also have a stripey poncho in various vivid colours.

If you are interested in trying/borrowing any of them I can drop round sometime? I'm free either of the next two evenings, or on Friday morning.
cleanskies
28th Jan, 2009 22:29 (UTC)
Well, I'm not going anywhere, so any of those would suit! ... oh, do you know where the flat is? Let me know if not, I shalll direct. Possibly the problem is that I'm remembering garments from a couple of years ago....
cleanskies
29th Jan, 2009 07:17 (UTC)
ps
thanks for the sparkly paper
damiancugley
29th Jan, 2009 00:34 (UTC)
Maybe this is your opportunity to provide our crafty knitting friends with a project to sink their teeth in to. :-)
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2009 07:30 (UTC)
A button-up arm warmer would truly help...
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