Anyone who has dealt with edema will be familiar with compression stockings (we used to call them TED hose). They were designed for function, not fashion, and were colored and styled to be as inobtrusive as possible. The only ones I ever remember seeing were either white or "flesh" colored (and the "flesh" was always Caucasian - though that may have changed in recent years).
Now a new product is available to breast cancer patients and others wishing to prevent or suppress lymphedema in the upper extremity.
It used to be that the only kind of sleeves available looked like big ugly bandages, but LympheDIVAs, a company started by two women with breast cancer in Philadelphia, was one of the first to change that. LympheDIVAs creates sleeves and gauntlets so funky and pretty, you could imagine wearing them just because they look cool. I wear their product regularly, and have found them to be pretty great. When I put on my "Lotus Dragon" one, people think I have an actual sleeve tattoo, which cracks me up.Further details at Boing Boing.