After a freezing spring, and a boiling summer, who knows what autumn has in store! But with almost 1000 members in the Flat Friends UK Facebook group we are bound to have every style, occasion and weather forecast covered…
If you have a wedding or party coming up this season this Kaleidoscope dress from the Freemans catalogue would be perfect with its bold floral pattern and textured fabric decorating the bodice and sleeves. Lynda says, “I was so nervous about choosing an outfit for my friend’s wedding but just wanted to show you can wear off the shoulder with no boobs.”
Wandering around the shops as the new autumn stock was unveiled it seems the key item is pinafore dresses and dungarees. There is a huge selection in denim, velvet and cord in gorgeous autumn shades. These are the perfect transition for summer into autumn, and are great for us as they help add depth and interest on the chest.
These are my new gorgeous Benetton light denim dungarees from TK Maxx with a striped top from Dorothy Perkins.
This maroon bardot blouse is by New Look (I bought it on eBay for £1.75), and I’m wearing it with a black dungaree dress I bought last year in Asda.
This pink cord pinafore dress is from New Look a couple of years ago, which I have teamed with a light khaki top from Dorothy Perkins. I know I talk a lot about adding volume and shape but some days I wear ‘flat’ clothes too. It’s whatever you feel comfortable in on any given day that matters 🙂
Last item from Dorothy Perkins (they had a sale on!) is this soft jersey khaki maxi dress with a gathered waistband. It’s from the petite range but as I have short legs it fits a treat. I have added a black Topshop denim biker jacket which I got on eBay.
Besides pinafores and dungarees, there seems to be a lot of blouses in bold prints, with lots of movement in pleats, folds and ties – perfect for double and single flat chests. These three are all from Primark:
This polka dot blouse looks great worn loose and when tucked in (and at £8 I had to buy it!)
I layered this brown wrap blouse with a contrasting blue vest. For more ‘drape’ on the blouse try going a size larger.
This gorgeous black, floral blouse with gathered waistband is from River Island.
When the weather gets cooler this stylish sweater is perfect with loose fit across the chest and fitted deep hem. The asymmetrical design also works well if you have had a single mastectomy as contrasting panels can add balance.
Last up from me is a great cheeky slogan tee from River Island which sums up why I wanted a mastectomy without reconstruction…
Hannah decided to wear this pintuck dress from Boden (currently in the sale for less than £40!) without her ‘softy’ Breast forms. The contrasting panels either side of the bodice and the contrasting sleeves add decoration and the illusion of depth and width to flat chests. This would also work well on single-flat chests as the contrasting panels create balance.
Lynda bought this red floral bardot dress from Groupon! Lynda says, “On holiday and ventured out without my foobs. Shoulders are the new boobs!”
(I love the bold colour and tulip-style skirt)
Kerry wore this dress from Wallis to the races. This dress is perfect for us, and it’s all down to that floaty layer which works so well for a few reasons:
*the fabric adds movement;
*the shape adds width;
*layering adds the illusion of depth – especially adding contrasting colours or patterns;
*the pattern adds decoration across the chest and,
*the fading above and below the pattern adds a sense of movement and depth.
Teresa bought this classic denim dungaree dress from Fat Face. Teresa says, “I’ve just bought a similar dungaree dress as my daughter who is 30 years younger than me – I like the way it hangs straight not emphasising boob bit!”
Angela’s top tip: Try on things you think won’t suit you! Angela was sorting through her pre-mastectomy wardrobe and tried on this dress that she knew would no longer suit her…and it looked amazing!
Floaty fabrics are always forgiving, especially when they are pleated.
I went to an autumn wedding this weekend and chose a saffron coloured kimono wrap dress from La Redoute. The V neck created by the wrapover front amazingly does not gape so I did not need to pin or stitch it at all. The dress is in the sale and they did not have this colour in my size, so I am wearing it in a size larger than normal but you can’t tell.
I teamed it with a grey coatigan from Next which does not have darts or princess cuts, and it’s also in a lovely soft fabric so it hangs perfectly on a flat chest.