You already know how much I’m behind Wingz – the Dragons’ Den-approved, add-to-any-outfit sleeves. Last summer, I wrote about them in the context of covering up without getting too hot, so that I didn’t have to wear a cardigan in the middle of a heatwave if I didn’t fancy baring my arms. But this clever little fashion hack is just as useful when it’s miserable out, but you don’t want to spoil the line of a favourite top or dress by wearing something over it.
This was exactly the issue I faced on Monday, when I wanted to get dressed up to take Charlotte for a belated birthday afternoon tea at Malmaison Glasgow. I’d picked out a cute top and the lemon yellow tulle skirt that my sister somehow managed to track down when I told her it was all I wanted for my own birthday, but the weather was awful and I knew I would freeze. Solution? Some stretchy black 3/4 length sleeve fitted Wingz*. Job done.
Here’s a quick reminder of the Wingz concept to save you clicking through to last year’s post. They were invented by entrepreneur Michelle Ellis, who was looking for a product that would help her to feel at her stylish best when she was dealing with a particularly bad flare-up of her lipodema – a genetic condition which can cause painful swelling in the arms and legs. Her signature product lets you add sleeves to tops and dresses without the bulk or discomfort of an extra layer, and it’s beloved by all sorts of customers, whether they’re seeking more confidence in their favourite outfits or are looking to dress more modestly for religious reasons.
Wingz are worn over your bra: under the bust at the front and then along the back strap. A lycra or viscose component means they’re quite form-fitting, so you can wear whatever you like over them with very little hassle.
I assume you already follow Charlotte on Twitter, so you’ll know she was in a car accident recently – and so a boozy afternoon tea was essential. Malmaison’s cocktail afternoon tea – featuring a cute Hendricks G&Tea teapot, as well as unlimited hot drinks – is usually £25 a head, but thanks to a well-timed itison promotion we got it for around half that.
Even not on promotion though, the price is a fair one for what you get: a generous cocktail teapot (we each got two cups out of it, and the elderflower and lemon concoction within was deliciously refreshing); unlimited hot drinks; a “savouries” tier including a mini cheeseburger, smoked salmon and creme fraiche and chipotle chicken and avocado wraps; and a “sweets” tier with a berry smoothie, lemon and pistachio polenta cake, strawberry and vanilla meringue, rhubarb creme dessert and one of the best brownies I have ever tasted. Oh, and as we got stuck into/picking apart for fear of mayonnaise the sandwiches, a little plate of mini scones with jam and clotted cream arrived. Absolutely. Marvellous.
I spent my wedding night at the Glasgow Mal so I have a real soft spot for the place, but I always forget about it as just a place to pop in – a shame, really, because it’s a gorgeous hotel and the bright, airy bar, with its eclectic selection of modern art is just a lovely place to hang out. The food has always been top notch when I have visited and the cocktail menu is full of intriguing-sounding combinations. Definitely one to visit more regularly, although I can already hear myself saying the same thing another couple of years down the line.
Also, can we have a round of applause for the wee marvel that is Charlotte? All the pictures of me in this post are by her, and they were all taken one-handed. Get well soon my little love, and let’s do this again soon.
Oh, by the way: you can currently take 20% off your Wingz order in their Summer Madness sale. Just use the code summer at checkout!
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.