Welcome to the second Flat Friends Flatter Fashion Blog!
As you know, I am an incredibly proud member of Flat Friends UK, and now some of my Flat Friends are contributing to Flatter Fashion each season. There are now well over 600 members of the closed Flat Friends UK group, which means there’s an enormous amount of knowledge and experience of finding clothes when you have had a single or double mastectomy.
This first blog post will run from March 2017 til June 2017, and we will add to it with our shopping tips throughout the spring, as well as sharing general tips and style advice.
As I post this it isn’t quite March, but it is getting a little warmer and florals are everywhere in the shops so it seems time to launch the Spring blog!
I’m kicking it off with some lovely pieces from River Island.
This shirt combines two key trends this season: khaki utility, and embroidered florals. This shirt is great for single and double flat chests because it also has double breast pockets and no darts (it also has a really pretty design on the back which you can see in the reflection).
This next shirt would be great officewear, but also looks great with jeans. Again, this does not have darts so hangs really cleanly on a flat chest. There were a few different colours in this style.
If you’re looking for something a bit special, this pretty cream and gold top hangs beautifully with frills adding depth and interest and a slightly flared style creating movement over the hips. You can see I had a dark vest on underneath, but actually the sheer fabric is double layered so
Another top perfect for a special occasion is this Bardot-style top. This sits now ce and high up on the chest so it doesn’t gape when you lean over. The bold pattern, layered collar, and central pleat should work well on single and double flat chests.
And here it is under the perfect waterfall jacket.
This khaki floral top is in a similar bold fabric, and has integral waterfall layers which drape like a cardigan over the chest. The only downside is the v-neck is a little low so you may want to wear this with a vest underneath.
And lastly, a cold shoulder top…which I think are really flattering for us as they show a little flesh, proving you don’t need to flash a cleavage! This one also picks up on the embroidery trend, and the decoration is perfectly placed over the chest area. It also has Broderie Anglais detailing above the chest creating the illusion of a sweetheart neckline. I wonder if the sleeves are wide enough to fit if you had lymphoedema, but if not I think this style is something to look out for if you wear compression sleeves and want them to blend in with your outfit.
The following two tops are both from Next. This floaty top works well because it has contrast frills which fall over the chest, as well as pleats at the neckline which create lots of movement and mean this top skins flatteringly over the tummy area. And
this next one would suit a single-flat chest, as there is a dart on the Left side and a frill on the Right to add depth to a flat side. It is made from crisp cotton so is smart enough for the office, or perfect for a hot day! I have included a couple of shots so you can see it from different angles.
Flat Friend Carol has bought two tankinis from M&Co. Carol says, “M&Co blouson tankini’s tick every box for me this year! Now I’m flat. Don’t want to wear a prosthesis but removable pads mean you could pop in one if you wanted. Loving the bottoms high waisted with tummy control!!! Well happy😎”.
FFUK mermaid, Rachel found this gorgeous post-surgery swimsuit for £14 in Asda! (I love the classic Breton stripe and contrast modesty panel). Rachel says, “It’s very comfy, flat and tight and I don’t think you can see scars. The cups are pretty big. But apart from that it’s great.”
FFUK Admin Clare – who has been incredibly busy with new member requests recently!- found these items in Sainsbury’s. Clare says, “I like the pattern and love the bell shape sleeve on this top, great for helping to cover up say a lymphodema sleeve, from Sainsbury for £16. Nice soft t-shirt type material – to wear with jeans or leggings.”
(I love this pattern so much!)
Clare also did really well in the sale. “Pop into Sainsbury and pick up these bargains on sale, paid £9.50 for this lovely light flower printed top, again with bell sleeve in soft t shirt material – ideal for wearing with blue jeans.”
“And …. picked these 2 tops up for half price for £8 each, again soft t shirt material.”
Clare, also found this lovely slouchy top from Tilletts “Everyone loves a bit of sparkle! Navy blue and the sleeves are a bat wing design.”Flat Friends are loving all the ruffles and frills around this season. Sue bought this gorgeous summery top in Monsoon. Sue says, “It looks great on but I had to shorten the straps, they kept slipping off!” Flat Friends Trustee Sally-Anne grabbed this fab blue Bardot top by Monsoon at the airport as she departed on holiday. Sally-Anne says, “The fashion for off the shoulder is really good for flatties.”
(I really love the Broderie Anglais along the ruffle to add even more texture and decoration across the chest area.)
Janet is attending a wedding soon, and has chosen this dress from Bon Marche. Janet says, “The top has a delicate overlay, and when I put it on I felt great.”
*Top Tip* Don’t be put off if you see something has darts, like Janet’s dress. Because of the light, floaty material the darts shouldn’t affect how the bodice hangs on a flat chest/side.
Floaty fabrics are also great for skimming over hips and the tummy area.Flat Friends UK Trustee Sue bought these two tops from Tesco for £16 each. They are both on trend with a gingham Bardot, and an embroidered cold-shoulder. Both set off beautifully by Sue’s gorgeous hair!
Another bargain is this grey ruffle cold-shoulder top which Caroline found online for £14 at Peacocks. Caroline says, “It struck me that I would NEVER have worn ruffles or frills with my DDs!”
Here’s a great tip from another Flat Friend: “I am always looking for longish sleeves because of my compression sleeve, no low neck or back because of my compression corsettes. I chose this dress because I thought the pattern might distract from my boobs. It’s from Roman and I felt quite comfortable in it.”
This is such a clever use of pattern!Our gorgeous Kim has nailed the ‘Changing Room Selfie’! Kim says, “Sometimes I struggle finding tops that suit being flat but thought I’d try some frills as a lot of you ladies recommend this. I now realise I don’t do these kind of tops, I don’t think I’m girly enough! but Next had quite a few with frills on though if anyone is after any. I did love the colour of this one tho!”
**NEWSFLASH** Kim went back to Next the following day and bought this top after so many of her Flat Friends telling her how much it suited her!
My top tip, if you feel the frills and ruffles this season are too ‘girly’ for you, is to choose a bold colour or pattern. Such as Kim’s red top, or Sue’s large gingham print above.
If you’re looking for something to layer under tops, or a comfy and cheap alternative to mastectomy bras, Linda recommends crop tops from Asda. “Really comfy with pockets for prostheses, and the lace means there’s no gaping when you lean forward. Only £6!”
Or how about this one modelled by Lindsay who says, “Here’s my latest TKMaxx bargain – very comfy pull-on-bra-lette-thingy with ‘incidental’ pockets and a lacy back panel. Now all I have to do is MORE shopping for tops to make the most of the racer shape!”
Our beautiful Loo Loo is pictured in her new suede-effect biker jacket which is £35 from Asda. Loo Loo says, “No ‘shaping’ or darts, so perfect for us flatties!”
I love the eye-catching decoration (and Loo Loo’s hair, which always looks this beautiful!).
And here is Loo Loo in a pretty top from Sainsbury’s Tu range. Loo Loo says, “Lovely quality, soft and comfy, and perfect for flatties and uniboobers alike!”More Supermarket Chic… Rachel says, “This strapless dress £12 from George in Asda. Gorgeous and soft and easy to wear. Pretty frill and a nice pattern. Just above the knee, and roomy”
And here’s Tarn in a swimsuit which is also from Asda … and looks like it’s in the same pattern as Rachel’s dress. Tarn says, “I’m a uniboober and think it works”. Lots of Flat Friends agreed that the frilled costume is perfect for single-flat and double-flat chests! One Flat Friend who has the same costume thinks it would also be suitable to sew pockets in for foamies/Aqua Knockers.
Still in Asda, Mary got this top in the sale (as well as Rachel’s strapless dress above). The contrasting patterns on this top are great for creating the illusion of depth. And believe it or not, Mary is a Uniboober (single-flat) and is not wearing her prosthesis in this photo!
Claire bought this post-surgery tankini from the Lands End website. Claire says, “So chuffed with it with my prosthesis in, the pockets are lovely.”
And here’s our other Clare again who got this pretty, embroidered, Bardot frill top from Matalan for £16.
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