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

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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!

MurderOfGoths Mon 05-Nov-12 12:53:57

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!

BaronessBomburst Mon 05-Nov-12 16:18:36

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

MurderOfGoths Mon 05-Nov-12 16:29:57

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

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 05-Nov-12 16:33:49

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

BaronessBomburst Mon 05-Nov-12 16:38:28

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...

MurderOfGoths Mon 05-Nov-12 16:40:37

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.

littlemissstan Tue 06-Nov-12 09:44:57

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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