Armery (i.e. Mary Portas's strange looking shrug/arm-tights things)

(42 Posts)
ElectricMonk Sat 03-Nov-12 21:30:04

Hi, I just thought I'd post to ask if anybody has tried/seen those armery things worn with an actual outfit. I'm graduating soon and have to wear a dress with cap sleeves, but I want my arms covered so I don't look mad/hypothermic and the lines of the dress mean that a jacket won't look great (it's a DVF wrap-style dress with a slightly Japanese looking collar). The promo pictures I've seen of armery worn with vest tops suggest that it's likely to look a bit funny with the cap sleeves, but I'd be really grateful if somebody could please tell me from experience whether I'm being pessimistic or not!

MushroomSoup Sat 03-Nov-12 21:56:03

I love armery for all the reasons you just said! However you need a proper 'short sleeve' rather than a cap sleeve because you'll see your armpit!

ElectricMonk Sat 03-Nov-12 23:23:31

Oh buggrit, that's a nuisance! Thank you for warning me, MushroomSoup - that would have been an expensive mistake smile.

I like the idea of armery very much (especially the lacy anthracite ones), but all of my non-winter tops/dresses are completely sleeveless so I wish they would make a version that goes across the bust...

LightTheGooTouchpaper Sun 04-Nov-12 09:54:31

I am intrigued, please can someone link me some armery?

MushroomSoup Sun 04-Nov-12 15:21:07

Don't know how to link blush but if you google 'Mary Portas armery' you will find it easily!

here Goo.

I have 2 pairs (sets?) and I do like them but wish they were more compatible with sleeveless stuff, they'd be much more practical. There's a lot of armpit-baring unless the sleeves are the right length and sort of tight, if that makes sense?

I do like them though, as negative as the above sounds!

Wearsuncream Sun 04-Nov-12 16:09:28

Just googled - these things look brilliant - but would need them large as Im an 18 - so not sure if they'd fit... (quite tempted to try and doctor a pair of tights)

CaroleService Sun 04-Nov-12 16:22:15

When they came out, they were rumoured to come up small.

MaureenLove Sun 04-Nov-12 16:32:19

they are vile arent they? ID say lose some weight rather than wearing one of those

marks sell one attached to support wear too

MaureenLove Sun 04-Nov-12 16:33:05
MaureenLove Sun 04-Nov-12 16:33:51

PLus they seem to gape under the arms in the pics

MaureenLove Sun 04-Nov-12 16:35:18
shopalot Sun 04-Nov-12 16:36:45

Ballet dancers have been doing this with tights for years. You just cut off the feet and cut the crutch out of the tights. Start cutting the hole smaller than you think as the hole stretches and obviously you can always make it bigger. HTH.

ElectricMonk Sun 04-Nov-12 18:17:57

Wow MaureenLove - the M&S version would go perfectly under my dress! Thank you so, so much for the link, I'd never have found that on my own. Do you (or anybody else) by any chance know whether they come up big or small? I have a small frame but large bust, so I'm not sure whether to risk baggy sleeves or the dreaded quadroboob effect...

Also, Shopalot - thank you very much for the tights tip, I'm going to give that a go for some of the slightly-longer-sleeved summer dresses that I'm trying to pass off as winter clothing :D.

LightTheGooTouchpaper Sun 04-Nov-12 19:05:57

electric could you not cut it so it fit under your boobs? I wouldn't risk baggy sleeves.

And when I was a greebo youth I used to to this with tights grin

ElectricMonk Sun 04-Nov-12 19:56:01

Oooh good point, LightTheGooTouchpaper - I forgot that stretch-lace won't fray! (My last attempt at hemming stretchy fabric with the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine has made me somewhat phobic of playing seamstress...)

I wish I'd heard about the arm-tights trick back in my goth period, I imagine that I'd have enjoyed that since my early teens coincided with the ubiquitous lacy tights trend... grin

RememberMumsTheWord Sun 04-Nov-12 20:41:13

Can someone explain in really simple terms how I would do this with a pair of tights?

I really feel the cold and would love a secret extra layer on my arms under clothes to keep me that bit warmer, but having read and re-read the description of what you would do with tights I am still utterly confused!

SavoyCabbage Sun 04-Nov-12 20:51:37

I wonder if it's on YouTube Remember. That's where I found out how to do a sock bun and scrub a mussel.

I am loving the armery or whatever it's called.

Sunnywithachanceofshowers Sun 04-Nov-12 20:54:39

Thanks for the tip and the M&S link - I have loads of old tights. smile

RememberMumsTheWord Sun 04-Nov-12 20:57:49

Found it on a blog, isn't the internet a wonderful think. Here but you have to scroll down a fair bit. Makes sense now I can see it!

HellonHeels Mon 05-Nov-12 09:59:08

Thanks for that link. I've got opaque tights in perfect condition except for a hole in the toes, will try this out.

Abzs Mon 05-Nov-12 11:27:57

I have this one from Terry (cycling brand). It's more bolero-ish, but covers the armpits properly. And is actually warm.

101handbags Mon 05-Nov-12 12:29:24

I've known people doing the tights thing in the goth scene for years. It's quite a good way to do it

ClaudiaCutie Mon 05-Nov-12 12:50:42

I was filled with hope when I first heard about the Armery things, but the reality is so different: in one glance, we can all the glaring design fault in them (exposed armpit). Gross. Why then, were they sent into production and into retailers like that? MP pours scorn on others in retailing, but her own garment designs are either hideous or flawed. Pffft.

Anyway, I have seen an alternative product which looks miles better but (crucially) haven't ordered any yet or seen them in real life. However, on design and choice alone, this company seems to have the best choices by far, and their models look like real people, not size 6 waifs with stick arms.

Hopefully these'll help someone and I must get sorted and at least order one of them to see what they are like!

Oh those were on Dragon's Den! They look really good

Wearsuncream Mon 05-Nov-12 13:03:06

Ive just done the tights thing!! Its brilliant!! My advice is not to cut too big a hole -really good fit plus because the tights Ive used are hold you in type my arms are feeling snug and firm and warm -love it! They also cover my arm pits. Thanks everyone !!

Mandy2003 Mon 05-Nov-12 15:05:33

I'm really afraid the Armery things would be like the surgical garment my friend has to wear for her lymphedema confused

I'd like to wear tattoo sleeves with a sleeveless dress if I had the balls!

The video keeps freezing at the same spot- just as she cuts the top off the tights. So, can anyone tell me how you actually wear them? If you stick an arm in each leg, and put your head through a whole in the gusset, then what do you do with them? Presumably you don't wear them round you neck - do you pull them down to your bust? <confused>

WitchesTit Mon 05-Nov-12 16:26:26

Bloody hell, blast from the past!

I used to cut the crotch and feet out of glittery fishnets in the 90's and wear as a top over a lime green satin wonder bra to go clubbing! ( teamed with white lycra hotpants and fake fur legwarmers) I looked the bomb, obviously grin

baroness I usually pulled them down under my boobs, held them in place better.

Ahem I invented these years ago. Bloody cheating idea-stealing Mary Portas angry grin

MurderofGoths Your boobs or the tights? grin

ValentineWiggins Mon 05-Nov-12 16:39:13

Marisota (I think) do a mesh long sleeve top to go under short sleeves dresses...

Haha, bit of both! grin

PosieParker Mon 05-Nov-12 16:42:32

A woman did go on Dragons den some time ago with this.

Pinot Mon 05-Nov-12 16:54:30


marjproops Mon 05-Nov-12 17:49:11

Ive done this for a few years now with legwarmers. you need to pin them on the sleeve tho othewrwise they fall down!!!

patterned tights are always good too, they just look like lacy sleeves.

thenightsky Mon 05-Nov-12 18:18:39

The cutting the waist band off and wearing like a shrug looks a lot better than the cutting out the crotch version.

I used to do this all the time when I was a student with cheap tights - neon pink fishnets a particular fave... Portas has nothing on me smile

moonshine Tue 06-Nov-12 19:23:29

I often wear a sleeved body under dresses - there's quite a few around atm (even on Amazon!) including lace ones which I've worn under long evening dresses - definitely widens your evening/party wear options if you want arm coverage.

The advantage of bodies is that quite a few have scooped fronts and backs.

The disadavantage is that after a few drinks they become more tricky to do up (but I just leave them undone at that stage!)

CMOTDibbler Tue 06-Nov-12 19:34:37

Thanks for the M&S link - I've got big scars on one arm, and though I'm not ashamed of them, I don't always want to have it as the first thing people notice. And I don't want to wear cardigans with a smart dress

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