Flat Friends Flatter Fashion Blog – Spring/Summer 2021 4

This blog is dedicated to good friends. May we be them, know them, and always hold them close.

A year after the first lockdown and we are getting used to shopping again. I for one am out of practice; so, thank goodness for my Flat Friends…and supermarkets who make it easy to dress flat whilst doing your essential grocery shop!

First up is my beautiful friend Sally Anne in a red dress from Hush. Flat Friends have a saying, ‘In your pocket’. We say it to each other when we want someone to know that they are not alone; we are in their pocket ready to virtually squeeze their hand when they need support, strength or comfort. Sally Anne’s dress has pockets for those days, whilst being a fabulous colour to face any day in.

A woman wearing a red calf length cotton jersey dress. The dress has a collar, 3/4 length sleeves, and pockets. The top is loose fitting, and the skirt is lightly gathered at the waist band.
Hush dress with pockets

Next up is more proof that dungarees and pinafores should be a staple in every flat wardrobe. Tanya bought her new cropped denim dungaree from Fat Face, and Sarah bought her plum pinafore dress in the Trespass sale!

A woman wearing blue 3/4 length denim dungarees over a pink t-shirt and layered with a blue cardigan.
Fat Face
A woman wearing plum coloured corduroy pinafore dress over a pale pink top.

Tanya also shared this brilliant chevron top from Morrisons! Cool cotton, flattering V-Neck, and a pattern which creates the illusion of shape means it ticks all the boxes (and it’s a great price too!).

Pat found a great range of tops in Marks and Spencer. Pat says, “I was expecting to take it back but when I tried it on it fits well, no gaping round the armholes and the neck fits well too. Also comes in other colours.”

A woman wearing a floaty v-neck sleeveless top with a delicate grey and white pattern.
M&S sleeveless tops

Gill calls this her ‘2021 Dress’. Gill says, “It is soft denim and has big wide sleeves and pockets, and the all important belt. No softie or prosthesis and the remainder is still an E cup but I don’t think you can tell.” Gill’s gorgeous dress is from M&S (and reminds me of the ‘buffet’ dresses they mad on Great British Sewin Bee this season…I need one!)

A woman wearing a denim shirt dress which has a tiered floaty skirt.
M&S Buffet Dress

Another little find in M&S by Gill is this pretty floral dress also available in lemon which Gill says it fits well over a flat chest as well as a larger middle.

A woman wearing a blue ditsy floral dress with gathered elbow length sleeves, and a floaty hem.
M&S Floral frills

If there was an award for ‘Contributor of the Season’ it would probably have to go to Gill! Gill says, “Here are 4 dresses from Next Clearance section online…total cost £47.50! They are all floaty little numbers to suit my tummy and remaining breast. I’m mostly not convinced trainers are the right thing to wear with them but my daughter says they look cool!”

A woman wearing a navy ditsy floral dress with small collar, gathered elbow length sleeves, and a floaty skirt.
A woman wearing a pink ditsy floral dress with small collar, gathered elbow length sleeves, and a floaty skirt.

A woman wearing a pink and black patterned knee length dress. It has a gathered waistband, full length sleeves and floaty skirt.
A woman wearing a knee length blue floral dress with frilled collar. It has gathered full length sleeves and a frilled hem.

Mary found this great cotton blouse in Tesco! Mary says, “It is cotton and button through. Very comfy and works really well completely flat. Wear with or without a vest or t-shirt underneath.”. I love the gathered seams to add volume – and keep you cool when the warm weather finally arrives.

A woman wearing a pale yellow cotton blouse with 3/4 length sleeves. The blouse is button-through with a notch neckline.
Tesco Cotton blouse

Janet has been spoiled for choice in Sainsburys! Janet was bought this lovely butterfly top by a friend; Janet says, “It is very soft and I love butterflies. I am wearing it without my prosthesis but it looks fine. I can recommend it!”. From butterflies to zebras with Janet’s t-shirt also from Sainsburys, which I absolutely love!

A woman wearing a grey long-sleeved top with a large blue sequined butterfly decorating the front.
A woman wearing a dark t-shirt with an all over zebra pattern,

Janet found this lovely patterned cotton top at an Edinburgh Woollen Mills outlet. Janet says its flatters her ‘uniboob’ and tummy area. I love its smart pleats and long-line style!

A woman wearing a blue [patterned blouse with pleats down the front and a notch neckline.
Edinburgh Wool Mill

Heather got this Mistral top online in a sale for only £10! Heather says, “It’s a heavy cheesecloth fabric, and lined. It sits really well, hides my concave areas, and flatter my upper arms and tummy.”. I love the perfectly placed decoration.

A white top with multi-coloured stitched stripes running across the yolk and hems.
Mistral cheesecloth

Whoever said ‘blue and green should never be seen’ needs to take a look at this gorgeous dress from M&Co! Caroline says, “It is available up to a size 24. It has no darts and I think it would suit uniboobers as well as double flat”. The lush tropical pattern is perfect for decorating flat.

A short-sleeved dress on a hanger. The dress is dark with an all-over pattern of tropical blue flowers and green palm leaves.
M&Co Tropical Dress

If you are looking for a classic summer dress check out Susanna’s cotton dress from Weird Fish. Susanna says, “it totally works as a uniboober.”

A woman wearing a sleeveless navy and white patterned dress.
Weird Fish classic

Or go bold like Sarah! Sarah says, “I had my double mastectomy 10 days ago and have been browsing the internet whilst I heal for bargain new clothes to make me feel confident. First find (and not sure of it yet) £17 from H&M online, 100% cotton, only in this colour, elasticated top under the frills and adjustable spaghetti straps. Part of this oversized fashion thing that’s going on- it’s a size XS and really I’m a pear shaped 12. Definitely hides the belly.”

A woman wearing a sleeveless bright pink knee-length dress with a ruffle across the neckline.
H&M oversize dress

Sarah quite rightly says shopping for your new chest is ‘a learning curve’, but here’s another great find. This time Sarah is modelling a floaty strappy linen and viscose top from H&M. Sarah says, ” I have a few different colours and patters. I’ve sixed down one size to an XS. I have a vest on underneath at the moment because my scars are sore whilst they are healing. Vest is organic cotton from John Lewis and lots of different colours. I like them because they are high under my armpits so cover my scars completely.”

A woman wearing a pale blue vest top underneath a floaty white, pale grey and pale blue wavy patterned top.
H&M and John Lewis vest camisole combo

More great finds in H&M by Barbara … a smart sleeveless top in a light cotton which means that the darts won’t affect how it hangs on flat areas, and a knee length dress with pleats at the neck to create volume and movement.

A grey striped sleeveless top with a notch neckline hanging on a hanger.
A sleeveless pale yellow floral dress hanging on a hanger. The dress is knee-length and floaty as it has pleats sewn into the neckline.

Three weeks after her mastectomy Donna is modelling this fab geometric/floral pattern dress. Donna says, “Next have this dress in a few colours/patterns. Covers my scars and sits nice on the flat bit. And it goes over my tummy.”

A woman wearing a shift dress with small orange, yellow and white geometric pattern on the body with large yellow and white flowers around the hem.
Next shift dress

May, found this gorgeous on trend tie-dye dress with shirring across the chest area. May says, “I love this dress, easy to wear flat and I’m sure would suit uniboobers too. Tesco, a snip at £16.”

A woman wearing a blue and white tie-dye, off-the-shoulder dress with a gathered Bardot neckline..
Tesco tie-dye

Flat Friends Founder, Gilly bought these two tops from an independent shop local to where she lives. The clothing brand is ‘Anna Rose’. I love the beautiful lace/broderie anglaise decoration on the white top, and the delicate blue tie-dye pattern.

A woman wearing a floaty blue top with a gathered round neckline tied with a thin bow.

Gilly also found this pretty linen top in TK Maxx. Linen and cotton fabrics are great as they hang beautifully (darts shouldn’t affect the fit), and they will keep you cool if you are experiencing hot flushes.

A woman wearing a blue and white floral v-neck blouse.
TK Maxx

Louise proves that you can have success shopping online with this great selection from Matalan. Louise says, “I ordered all of these from Matalan and the sizes range from 14 to 16. With having to sit down all of the time I have found it difficult to buy clothes, as they hang differently to when someone is standing up. However, after 6 years of being double flat I think I’ve finally found what styles and sizes fit me.” Great choices of jersey fabrics, ruffles, gathers and prints!

A woman wearing a full-length black dress, off-the-shoulder with a Bardot ruffle. The woman is sitting in a wheelchair.
A woman wearing a full-length black dress, off-the-shoulder with a Bardot ruffle. The woman is sitting in a wheelchair.

A woman wearing a bright pink jersey vest top with gathered neckline.
A woman wearing a leopard print vest top with ruffled straps.

A woman wearing a white cotton top with small black polka dots. The top has gathered neckline and short sleeves, and is worn off-the-shoulder.
A woman wearing a peach coloured top with gathered neckline and short sleeves, and is worn off-the-shoulder.

A woman wearing a vest top with a gathered neckline which is narrow across the front under the neck. The top has blocks of stripes, at different angles. The stripes are in shades of blue, orange, pink, black and grey.
Matalan halter-neck top

What do you wear on your first night out after lockdown and after mastectomy? Suzanne chose this sheer paisley top with shirred yoke, from Next. Perfect choice!

A woman wearing a sheer pale pink paisley blouse with gathered neckline, worn with black jeans.
Next paisley top

This tip needs sharing regularly… don’t assume that none of your pre-mastectomy clothes will fit you well anymore! Here is Kate wearing a pre-op top from New Look that still looks fab flat!

A woman wearing a brown and pink paisley patterned blouse, worn with blue jeans.
Pre-op top!

When it’s your birthday and you should be treated like a queen take Michele’s advice and choose a slogan tea and statement skirt!

A woman wearing a floor length red skirt and a pink t-shirt with the word 'QUEEN' in red stitching across the chest.
Slogan tee

Or go for statement animal print like Naomi! Naomi says, “I’ve been hunting for a dress to wear for my 40th later in the month, found this from John Lewis,  the brand is Sosandar and its a lovely soft jersey material – its a keeper!”

A woman in a pale pink and black animal print dress. The dress is halter neck with a gathered waistband.
Sosander animal print

Debbie also went for animal print for a birthday party. Debbie says, “Marks and Spencer came to my last minute rescue and I found this linen dress. It was comfy and light and cool and I was confident going out flat. This is a size 16.”

A woman wearing a sleeveless black and white zebra patterned shift dress with a v-neck.
M&S animal print

Monique celebrates the UK heatwave with this gorgeous orange off-the-shoulder top. Monique says, “It’s a lovely top from River Island which conceals my tummy.”

A woman wearing an orange satin top with a deep ruffle and puffed sleeves. It is worn off the shoulder and with white jeans.
River Island

Naomi is loving her new denim playsuit from Hush. Naomi says, “It has just enough stretch to make it really comfortable and it looks great dressed up or down, could change the belt for a different one too.”

A woman wearing a blue denim short playsuit. It has a collar, breast pockets and a tie belt.

Helen bought this lovely top in Tesco. Helen says, “The v-neck isn’t too low and it has a tie belt to keep it in place. I am a uniboober (right mastectomy) and I am a 36DD. In one of the photos I’m wearing my Boost prosthesis and in one photo I’m not wearing a prosthesis at all – just a crop top. You can hardly tell the difference! I would be happy to go out without my prosthesis wearing this.”

A blue and white tie-dye zig-zag print short-sleeved long top with a small v-neck, hanging on a hanger.
A woman wearing a blue and white tie-dye zig-zag patterned top. She has gathered it around the waist by tying the belt. The curve of her left breast can be seen.
A woman wearing a blue and white tie-dye zig-zag patterned top. She has gathered it around the waist by tying the belt. The curve of her left breast can be seen.

Wendy says that H&M is a great place to go to find styles that flatter flat. Here she is modelling two recent purchases. A halterneck top and a full length sun dress.

A woman wearing a green halter neck top with a gathered neckline. Worn with cream trousers.
H&M top
A woman wearing a long, loose-fitting, sleeveless pale pink dress with a gathered shirred neckline.

Wendy got this Bardot top from JD Williams. Wendy says, “It’s floaty enough to cover the tummy”.

A woman wearing an off-the shoulder top which is navy with bunches of small orange flowers on. The top has a deep Bardot ruffle and 3/4 length sleeves.
JD WIlliams

If you are looking for a fun slogan tee how about this? May says, “I was out in town wearing my t-shirt that says ‘BOOBLESS’ on it in a font like when you were at school and would write words on your calculator. A man pointed at it, chuckled and said ‘Love it, I’m of that era too’. As we walked on my hubby and I agreed that the man had totally failed to notice that I was indeed boobless! Just goes to show, most people don’t notice our flatness, even when it’s really obvious! Hope this gives some confidence…and a chuckle.”

A woman smiling with her arms stretched out wide, she is wearing a grey tshirt with the word BOOBLESS in capital letters in a calculator font - so if you turned the tshirt upside down it would look like the number 55378008

This next tip is one I have not seen or heard before, but it makes great sense. Sonia says, “I have been struggling a bit wearing tight tops now it’s warm, my first summer as a total flattie. In principle, I’m all for it, but I do struggle a little when I’m out. So I came up with the idea of getting 2 metal pink ribbon pins and I wear one now with any tight top. And I cannot tell you what a difference it’s made!! I feel so much more relaxed and confident – and I have noticed a couple of people clocking it and making the connection. I’m not a huge fan of the pink ribbon thing, but it is a universal identifier for breast cancer so it works. And perhaps the whole thing about feeling better is in my head, but it works for me so thought I’d share it.”

A woman wearing a red and white striped vest top with a pink ribbon badge pinned where her left breast would have been.
Breast Cancer ribbon

As for me this season, I am mostly wearing a selection of high street jumpsuits all bought preloved on EBay.

A woman wearing a dark ditsy patterned playsuit, with vest straps and pockets in a light cotton fabric.
A woman wearing a green and pink torpical print playsuit with a v-neck and 3/4 culottes style leg
A woman wearing a black culottes playsuit, with v-neck, tie belt, and contrast buttons down the front.
A woman wearing a bright peach and white polka dot top underneath a black playsuit with a plunging neckline and straps tied at the shoulders.
A woman wearing a black and white geomteric print playsuit with capped sleeves, a gathered waistband and tapered legs.
A woman wearing a blue and white tie dye v-neck playsuit with 3/4 length cullotes leg and tie belt at the waist.

Next up…swimwear and lingerie!

Top Tip from Tina: Cut out the foam pads and padding in your bikini, keeping the outer edges of foam in the cup to maintain some shape. Here’s one she made earlier using an old bikini!

A woman wearing a bikini. The bottoms and burgundy and the top is a white floral bandeau style with no padding.
Bikini hack

And here is Tina modelling a leopard print crop top from M&S.

A woman wearing a grey khaki and black patterned crop top, worn with black leggings.
The back view of a woman wearing a grey khaki and black patterned crop top which is low cut at the back.

Teresa ordered this George at Asda swimsuit online. Teresa says, “Feels comfy and only £14!”. Who doesn;t love a frilly cozzie?!

A woman wearing a black swimming costume which has layers of ruffled fabric around the v-neckline.
George at Asda swimsuit

Sea swimmer Alison gave her new Sainsburys swimsuit an outing. Alison says, “I don’t know how robust it will be but for a beach holiday it would be perfect.”

A woman underwater wearing a patterned swimming costume.
A woman at the coast wearing a pink, white and black geometric patterned swimming costume. She has a right breast and is not wearing a prosthesis on her left side.

Another great swimwear tip from Alison, “I wanted to show this one as it is good for uniboober or double flatties. Ruffle hides any scar and distracts the eye and has a small pocket with slight padding which could take a shower scrunchie. It doesn’t ride up and is good to swim in. From SimplyBe and  was around £9 in a sale.”

A woman standing on rocks at the beach in a brightly patterned bikini. She has a right breast and is not wearing a prosthesis on her left side.
Simply Be swimwear

Judith has found that one empty bikini cup is an ideal place to stuff the halterneck strap!

A woman wearing a pink and blue striped bikini top which has formed cups.
Mantaray bikini

And Tracey’s top tip is to tie your sarong on your ‘non-boob side’ to balance out with a single breast.

A woman wearing a blue sarong with a knot tied on one side of her chest.

Alanna loves this lac trimmed body that she has it in more than one colour. Alanna says, “George at Asda have beautiful, no seams, no darts, no pads bodies and they are so comfy and feminine.”

A woman wearing a nevy camisole top. The top has a lace edged v-neck.
Asda bodysuit

Mary bought a couple of great camisole tops from Primark. Mary says, “I bought this and a pale blue with white spots today. By shortening the adjustable shoulder straps they ride up over my scars and look fine. They don’t cling, and have a double layer where breasts once were, thus hiding unevenness of scars.”

A woman wearing a v-neck camisole top in a pastel coloured ditsy floral pattern.
Primark camisole

Jackie found some great cropped tops in Tesco. Jackie says, “I bought this packet of two cropped tops from Tesco and you don’t need softie or prosthesis in them. They don’t make you look massive, just a nice small size.”

A bright pink crop-top laying on a bed. It has a shaped cup on one side, and an empty cup on the other with a shaped foam cup in the same colour laying next to it.
Tesco crop top

And here is Alison modelling a similar style crop top from Amazon. Alison says, “It gives me enough support and comes in bright colours.”

A woman wearing a bright pink crop top. She has a right breast and is not wearing a prosthesis on her left side.
Amazon crop top

Joanna has a great tip for anyone who wears a bra after a mastectomy without reconstruction. Joanna says, “Like many of you I have struggled with underwear as a uniboober. More often than not I’ll wear a crop top and no prosthetic. But this summer I want to wear more strappy things, so I need something prettier if it’s going to peek out. Also, after trying loads of fake boobs I’ve settled on a Boost Large to match my 38DD remainder. I couldn’t find anything strappy and pretty with a pocket, and my /boost moves around a lot in a crop top, so I decided to get creative.

I bought this bralette from Sainsbury’s Tu, Cut out the padding on my flat side and sewed in a piece of cotton fabric to stop the Boost peeking out up my cleavage.

A white lacy bralette laying on a bed.
The inside of a bralette cup where an oval shaped peice of fabric has been stiched along the top inner curve of the cup.
A blue Boost prosthesis inside the cup of a bralette underneath an oval piece of fabric which has been handstitched onto the top inner curve of the cup.
A woman wearing a white lacy bralette. She has a left breast and is wearing a prosthesis on her right side.
A woman wearing a white lacy bralette. She has a left breast and is wearing a prosthesis on her right side.

Check back for more top seasonal tips soon! For more information about living flat check out the Flat Friends UK website

4 thoughts on “Flat Friends Flatter Fashion Blog – Spring/Summer 2021

  • Lisa

    Thank goodness I found your website, I’m just two weeks from surgery and I’m already frustrated with ‘You have time to change your mind” Going flat was my choice, but flat chest is sore and I resort to walking about in baggy Chechen shirt and bottoms. Today I got dressed as had family coming to take me out for lunch, nothing in my wardrobe fitted me, and I broke down in tears wanting to cancel lunch. Thank you for your web site, not only do I realise I can find cloths. You all look so happy, which gives me great hope.

  • Renee Ann Lange

    I am not upset, depressed or fearful. What I am is madder a hornet. Why can’t someone out there make clothes for those of us that made the choice to be flat chested. T Shirt type tops are about the only of the rack type clothes that I have found that look good. I don’t care what others think about me be flat chested. I want to look good in my cloths in my own eyes. Doesn’t help that I’m over weight, working on that. Can find dresses that work. I am going to have to start sewing my own clothes I guess. That’s to your fashion tips I’ll be able to make things that will look good. Thanks for doing this blog. After 5 years post surgery your’s is the first web site/blog that I have found that gives good advice. Once again thank you and bless you for what you are doing.

    • Sarah Post author

      Thank you Renee Ann – that’s very kind of you to say. I am also hoping to be brave enough to get the sewing machine out and start making some of my own clothes for a bit of challenge! Best wishes x

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