I think at this stage it’s probably very obvious to everyone that I am Irish. I am fiercely proud of being Irish and have always done my bit to support and buy Irish where I can. For this reason, I am very rarely in Tesco. However, when Kat (Does my bum look 40 in this) mentioned the tremendous quality and value to be had in the F&F range of Tesco tops, my interest was piqued. When Sue (Susie So So), a lady who can spot value a mile off, commented that the quality was far superior to Zara, I was definitely interested. So demonstrating an appalling fickleness of character where my national pride is concerned, I immediately took myself off to check out the tops for myself.
Well, hello! Who knew that lurking behind the tins of baked beans, such a treasure trove of quality yet cost-effective (sounds so much better than cheap) clothing existed? I was positively excited. After a two year break, incorporating some time in college, I have re-entered the workforce (hence the pale faced exhaustion in the photos below) and so need to stock up on appropriate tops that will work in an office environment. And hey! If they work in a casual environment, then that’s even better!
Starting with my absolute favourite; the Wrap Hem Blouse. I quite simply love this. If it doesn’t sound like a complete oxymoron, it’s made from a good quality polyester (yes, I realise that sounds ridiculous, but I mean the type of fabric that doesn’t reveal your underwear!) And joy of joys, it perfectly matches my controversial Zara necklace. This top is going to be worn a lot … works perfectly for the office with my tartan trousers (although admittedly I chickened out of wearing it with the necklace) and looks equally good with my recently purchased pair of coated skinnies from Vero Moda. Result! And all this happiness for the measly sum of €17! (Note: Due to ark type weather, pics were taken indoors, but in reality, the green is a far richer shade than in these photos)
Oh lets have another close up of the necklace, shall we?!
This top is also available in cream, but was not in store when I was there. I shall be hunting it down however, as the shape, fabric, sleeve length and forgiving draping makes this a serious winner in my book.
Secondly, and more unusually, I went for a patterned top, the Floral Sheer Sweatshirt. Definitely not my usual style and I stupidly pulled up the sleeves in the photo, so you can’t admire the cuffed wrist (I mentioned I was tired, didn’t I?) This top appealed because of the fabric, the sleeves and the fact that the mix of colours means it will work with a pink, grey or navy jacket. For another €17, it was just too good a bargain to leave behind. And just think how useful it will be in the warmer months next year?
Also available in a darker shade, although I didn’t see this in the store when I was there
The F&F range in the Tesco I visited wasn’t huge, so I plan to venture further afield to see if I can find more. This quality at these prices really isn’t to be sneezed at, particularly for office wear. Let's face it; I think we’d all rather save our money for non-work clothes. (Just me?) Some other tops that I think would work beautifully for those wishing to conceal psoriasis include;
Wrap Hem Chiffon Blouse – I know the colours in this are dark, but as my scalp is behaving very well right now, I reckon it’s worth the risk.**
Limited Edition Checked Mock Wrap – this could be a very useful little top to wear with black trousers and the pattern ensures that it will be forgiving of any scalp psoriasis.
Lace Yoke Blouse – this looks utterly stunning on Kat and utterly vile on me. Shame!
Signature Wrap Shirt - I do like a top that pulls everything in!
So what do you think? Have I inspired you to take a look in your local supermarket? In the past, I had consigned supermarket clothes to the realm of Primark … but the quality here is far superior. I have long since decided that although Zara jackets are a good buy, their tops are generally very poorly made (and just look at what they charge for such tat!) so it was quite a revelation to find such well-made tops at such bargain prices. Thank you Kat and Sue!
**I’m not entirely sure which treatment has caused my scalp to clear up so well recently, but if anyone is interested, for the past six weeks, I have (i) washed my hair daily with Barefoot SOS shampoo (ii) have conditioned with Jason Aloe Vera conditioner (iii) have applied Betamousse (prescription) each night to my scalp and (iv) have been taking Skin Marvel supplements each day.