These first dresses are by South and are from Littlewoods. I could not see from the photos online that they had darts from the side seam, otherwise I may not have ordered them as several of my dresses from my pre mastectomy wardrobe which had darts no longer fitted properly.
Item Numbers: 4NHEF13 (Left), 2A2KE5K (Centre and Right)
The A-Line shape of these dresses suits my flat chest (and new pear shape) really well. The crochet bib adds nice detail, as do the pleats below. The pleated neckline also helps to ‘absorb’ the dart (if that makes sense!). The down side of the white linen material is that the darts are very visible, which I didn’t like. I would recommend all three dresses; the one on the left is now hanging in my wardrobe.
Also from Littlewoods is this Girls on Film dress on the left below. It fitted really well and I liked the pattern but the material was thick and I didn’t like the feel of it. The oriental tea dress on the right has no darts; the shape is created by the light fabric and the gathered waist.
Item Numbers: 4V9NJ14 (Left) and 4KHHF1Y (Right)
Something I hadn’t considered (having just been wearing soft pyjamas since my mastectomy) is how important the feel of a fabric is. With no undergarment protecting scars and nerve endings, choosing clothing which feels comfortable against the skin will be as important as how well it fits. The tea dress did both and I have worn twice this week already. I would recommend both of these dresses.
Lastly from Littlewoods is this crochet yoke jumper. The contrasting crochet adds a bustier silhouette across the chest and fits nicely, I only sent it back because it didn’t suit me personally, it suited my flat chest.
Item Number 4MAVK13
I ordered quite a lot from La Redoute, I find flicking through a catalogue is much easier than looking online.
A grey shirt and a grey shirt dress (they are both available in other colours!). The shirt works well on a flat chest due to the double breast pockets – just not on me in this colour. I think I will try classic denim next time. The shirt dress has a lovely pin tuck bib and is really comfortable (although being linen is a pain to iron), I wore this last weekend with leggings but will probably team it with tights and pumps for work too.
Catalogue Numbers: 847 6683 (Left) and 716 4530 (Right)
Below is a lovely camisole nightie from La Redoute with pin tuck detail and gathered waist.
Catalogue Number: 781 6340
I have grouped these next three items together because they all have a draping cowl neckline which I really liked. The navy dress and black top are made from a light jersey fabric, and the black dress has a crepe outer layer but a soft lining. Unfortunately the navy dress didn’t suit my bottom; the black top probably needs to be ordered a size larger than your actual size as it is quite clingy, and the black dress may need a couple of stitches in the neckline as the material has been cut to drape over a bust so there is a slight excess of fabric that leaves the lining visible. Other than that, all three of these items could easily work for someone else.
Catalogue Numbers: 707 8153 (Left), 715 2760 (Centre), 768 7028 (Right)
Below are two really nice evening dresses; I could have kept both of them, and only sent the one on the left back because there was a very small hole in the net detail. This one (like the jumper above) created the illusion of a bodice outline with the net and gold detailing. It had a similar shape to the South dresses, at the top of this page – A-Line with a pleat in the centre of the neckline. The right-hand dress was a heavily pleated fabric which skimmed down across my chest from the neckband, and over my stomach; it would look great with some statement jewellery.
My next blogs will be A couple of dresses which I have ordered from Mango, and possibly something from M&S as I have a money off voucher for donating my unwanted clothes to Oxfam (there was an M&S belt in the bag and apparently that counts!) which runs out this month.
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Below: Two Laura Clement dresses, both from La Redoute
Catalogue Number: 997 6809 (Left) and 997 1670 (Right)