Last week the nice people at Charnos sent me a sample of the black lacy Mary Portas Armery to wear test. I wore them solidly for two days and showed them to as many over 40 year olds as I could, to get a good spread of comment.
To recap, the idea behind Armery is that as we get older we tend to fret about our bingo-wing arm flesh. The armery acts like a pair of high denier tights and both covers the flabby arm skin and holds it firmly in place, offering us a new way to cover up when wearing short sleeve or sleeveless dresses.
I was really excited about this idea, it seemed so simple and I am not keen on my top arm area so I was super keen to try them out. Here’s what we thought.
Good things about them
They are a lovely quality fabric, I tried the lacy ones and they are soft, thick and beautifully smooth. I liked the lace design too.
If you like layering, you’ll love the idea of having another fabric/colour to play with. think of it as tights for the arms and all that offers in terms of colour and texture addition to your outfit.
They keep you warm, slightly too warm last week when we did get a sunny moment or two and I got all menopausally flushy. However in the winter I see this will be a good thing.
Flabby upper arm skin is kept in check completely, they offer a nice firm grip on wiggly skin.
Disappointing things about them
They are only one size. I am a 12 and they are pretty snug on me. I feel two sizes would be better and apparently if they sell well, another size might be introduced.
They don’t cover your underarms. Although they fit over your shoulders, there’s not enough fabric to cover your armpit, which may not worry you, but I think arm pits are a very unattractive area, so I was disappointed they didn’t offer me a way to wear my sleeveless dresses without a cardigan. I did wonder if this was just me looking at the underarm gap as a problem, but all the 40plus-ers I asked said they would prefer them if they did cover the armpit.
What do you think? Are they the answer to sleeveless-ness?
Armery comes in two styles, Lace in black or charcoal) at £22.00 and plain 140 denier (Indigo, magenta and black) at £18.00. To pre order Armery, which are due in very soon check the Mary Portas website here