Have you booked your holidays yet? Here are some great tips if you are worrying about what to wear in warm weather when layering isn’t an option.
Since going double flat last autumn Amanda has been hunting for a swimsuit. She says, “I think this works as the ruching distracts the eye.” Amanda’s swimsuit is from John Lewis and is available in black, and orange/pink.
Or, how about making your own clothes?! Catherine (who is clearly very talented!) knitted this cardigan which she teamed with a top she already owned – designed to flatter her uniboob. Catherine says, “Cotton Merion mix is so comfortable – not too warm and not prickly. The free pattern is available from www.garnstudio.com”
For anyone like Kerry who is flat after a single mastectomy and looking for a comfy bralette for those ‘no foob’ days then Kerry recommends this pretty non-wired comfort bra from George at Asda. Kerry says, “The band underneath is not too wide, so doesn’t roll up when I sit down. The lace panel over the top is low enough not to sit above teeshirts, and doesn’t gape when I lean forward. The lace is really soft, it’s reasonable on the cut around the arms, and it sits completely flat on my flat side while not pulling a funny shape with my remaining side! I’ve taken the padding out as the fabric is thick enough on it’s own. I wear a 40C/D and a size 16 and the Large fits really nicely – not too tight on my ribs, but doesn’t drift up if I stretch up!”
Susan found this gorgeous bra/bralette by Anaono from the Nicola Jane website. Susan says, “It’s just so nice and really delicate fabric with a stretchy band. It lies completely flat if you have either one boob or none with no padding, which when you have a smaller breast always comes up too big and sticks out – especially as my middle is broad. I also think it’s a bit more young and sexy.”
If you are looking for some ‘everyday bra’ then you may like these from Asda. Rachel says, “These gorgeous and super comfy bras are in sets of three. Not labelled as mastectomy, simply non-wired. They have pockets and deep side panels that are soft and stretchy – if anyone has dog ears like me. £21 for set of 3 available in different colour groups.”
Louise found this bikini in Matalan. Louise says, “It’s perfect as I have a right-sided single mastectomy and scarring pretty high up, so I couldn’t resist it.”
Emma said there are a lot of nice tunics in Next at the moment. Emma says, “No foob in either picture, just lopsided but I don’t think you can tell.”
Helen is sharing her new top from Sainsbury’s – a style and colour Helens says she wouldn’t normally have chosen. I love the gathered puff ball sleeves!
Another great supermarket find, from another Helen…Helen says, “Just bought this lovely navy and white dress from Tesco (£19). It’s not too low and doesn’t gape when you lean forward so covers my scar. I’m a uniboober so I have taken a few photos, some of them with my foob in and one of them without.”
Sue went out to the theatre for the first time since her double mastectomy. Sue said “I wanted to wear something nice, and didn’t want to wear my falsies.” Hopefully Sue’s photo will inspire you to always be comfortable with who you are and what you wear – and get out and enjoy life!
Elizabeth shared holiday snaps from her recent holiday, “Having a lovely time, no prosthesis, and content to walk around without.”
More inspiring holiday shots from Michaela who says, “A couple of Asda bikinis – these have pockets in. I wear an Amoena prosthesis on my left side for a single mastectomy.”
The amazing Suzanne shared her holiday wardrobe with daily posts! An inspiring mix of new, pre-loved, with prosthesis and without…
Katy bought this pretty batwing sleeveless top in New Look. Katy says, “Great shape for flatties and the panel in the side covers scars and any lumps.”
Angie bought this fab apron from Etsy. Angie says, “There is no way I would consider wearing a prosthetic on my allotment so I bought this nice Japanese apron. It’s nice and stiff, and evens out my lopsided ness – and it has excellent handy pockets!”.
Bex has been going through her Pre-Mastectomy clothes. Bex says, “I haven’t actually worn my Goth clothes for 8+ years. There’s plenty of stuff with cups or bodices that needs to go, but I was surprised by these! I’m almost entirely flat on both sides, I don’t wear prostheses and these are skin tight – I’m properly happy with this!”
o’s face says it all, when you find ‘an old dress’ still looks amazing on you! Gathered waistband and bold pattern is always going to be a winner. Add in some Knitted Knockers and Jo had a winning outfit!
Possibly as exciting as discovering your pre-mastectomy clothes still suit you, is realising you can find amazing bargains that flatter you in your local charity shop! Below is Wendy’s fab haul. A classic chambray shirt with no darts, and a flattering buttoned open neck to allow you to choose the depth of v-neck to suit you. Second is a batwing top – batwing sleeves create the illusion of width across the chest, and the excess fabric creates movement and depth. I also love the slightly sheer fabric on top with the shape of the vest underneath visible which also created the illusion of depth. Wendy’s third photo is of a snake skin print wrap front blouse; wrap fronts suit both those who are double and single flat as this style will naturally fit to your contours – I love this unusual animal print too!
Rachel wore these three bikinis from Shein on her recent holiday. Rachel says, “I’m a 34DD uniboober and I never once felt uncomfortable, and wasn’t doing what I normally do: tugging and positioning my softie!”