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Back in the day when I was young, I went through a slightly gothy phase. I didn’t line my eyes with red lipliner, nor did I buy a black lipstick (at the time. Did the other day though! More on that some other time..), but I did deck myself out fully in black, with accents of midnight black and deepest darkest charcoal black.
And we all love a throwback, eh?
Black is still my colour of choice, and I will forever hold a space in my heart for the style oh-so important to me during those formative years.
So, it should be no surprise that when I received a pair of Wingz™ in the post (received in exchange for an honest review), my mind immediately went to “these will go great with that (p)leather skirt I have…”
For those of you not in the know, Wingz™ are essentially sleeves on a band. For someone who lives in cardigans all through the year, they’re really a godsend. Sometimes cardigans are just too warm, or ruin the wonderful line of a peplum top, but if you’re at all like me, you’ll still wear them because, well, wobbly underarms. So to have something you can easily wear underneath a top that complements a top (rather than adds bulk to the top, like those wrap/shrug things so popular in the 90s), it’s great.
I got given these ones in size 2 (for reference, I vary from 18 to 22, depending on the stretchyness of the fabric).
The actual sleeves themselves are 3/4 length, made from a lace-like material that has some stretch to it, but it’s not going to do wonders and fit ten pounds of sausage in a five pound bag. The band is made of comfortable, very stretchy cotton that could easily stretch to a bigger chest size than required. (So measure to your arms, not to your chest!) The cotton band goes underneath your boobs on top of your bra where it stays, held down by your boobs. It might require a bit of wiggling to get it to that optimum spot for you, but once it’s there, you won’t notice it. I wouldn’t recommend wearing a super-tight top on top if you don’t want it to be seen, but I wore the Wingz with just a regular tank top, and couldn’t see anything beyond the usual bra line.
Wingz is a bit of a weird concept for me. At first I put them on upside down and was about to write a really confused review about the fit. Until I realized that I was just being a pleb. Once I got them the right way round, they sat under my boobs comfortably, providing me with the coverage I need for my mental health, and surprisingly enough, some warmth? I mean, lace isn’t known for its’ warming qualities, is it? But as a permanent block of ice, I actually didn’t feel cold, so there must be some heat-creating magic there. In all honesty, if I hadn’t been specifically told of these in the context of the review, I wouldn’t have gone out to buy them, simply because I had never heard of them. I didn’t know that this was an option, and thus wouldn’t have sought them out. Now that I do know? Imma spread the good word for all to hear. Because my dressing just got a heck of a lot easier.
I digress, back to the outfit. I took inspiration from the below. (I wish I was one of those people who can leave the house with a clutch only, but as you never know when you might need a kitchen sink, I shall forever be known as the bag lady…)
Leather Skirt for a grand total of £17.99 – runs a tad small with very little give, so look at your sizing and go a size up. They go up to 5xl so there’s a good range of sizes even in plus sizes! I’m wearing a 2XL and should have gone a size up. Or just not sit. Ever.
Wingz for £18.99 in size 2. A size 2 according to Wingz runs in UK sizes between 18 and 22, so I personally find it true to size.
Tank top from god knows where. If you’re going to buy a top from anywhere, go with Matalan long line tops. I still have a bundle from years ago and they’re as good as new. And they’re not see-through.
I think I did an alright version of my de-gothified, or adultified teenage angst outfit. It’s not something I can wear to work, but I can now comfortably say that I have a go-to outfit for nights out. And Wingz will get their second outing tomorrow. Because they’re now one of my favourite parts of my wardrobe.
Bonus picture of me falling off the chair I tried to use as a prop.