The clocks have ‘sprung forward’ to British Summer Time, the bulbs are flowering, and we are wondering we put out sunglasses last October…so it must be time for this year’s Spring/Summer blog brought to you by the amazing women in the Flat Friends Private Facebook!
First up is Louise who says, “My new purchase from Next – I’ve wanted dungarees for a while but didn;t think I’d suit them. Now I love them!!
Teamed with a contrasting colour or bold print, dungaree looks great on Flat.
Claire teamed this fab dress with chunky boots and looks amazing! Claire says, “First night out getting dressed up after my mastectomy, going to a Rugby Club dinner. I searched for ‘ruffle wriggle dress’ and found this by Wallis.”
Ruffles decorate flat perfectly, and smaller ones like this are perfect if you don’t like the deeper Bardot style ruffles.
Another stunning black evening dress, this one is modelled by Isla who was performing in a concert with her choir for the first time in 2 years – and her first since her mastectomy. Isla says, “I had to get rid of all my concert dresses because they weren’t suitable cuts for either with or without a mastectomy bra filled with Boost breast forms. One of my fellow sopranos had a few cast offs – this one by Alex & Co is perfect for Flat. It has a gentle cowl neck under the embellished lacy bit, so no-one would ever know (not that I really care anyway, I just want things to fit).”
Time for some colour…thanks to Caroline for sharing this jacket she found in a little shop in Brighton. Caroline says “this would not have suited the 32L boobs I used to have!” – it’s amazing when you start experimenting and realise that you now suit styles you never would have worn before, and this lush patchwork jacket is a great example!
Jessie looks stunning in this fuchsia pink top from Next. Jessie says, “I’m so pleased with my top. It’s perfect for flatties and it hides tummies too! It comes in white, and blue as well.” The broderie anglais and gathered yoke create depth, texture and movement – and the cotton fabric means its hang loosely over the tummy area.
I started a new job at the start of April – which involves leaving the house! I found these two ‘new to me’ items in my local charity shop which still had their tags on.
A tiered dress (also called a Buffet dress) by Dorothy Perkins which hangs perfectly on my chest thanks to floaty fabric and no darts. I also love the v-neck which isn’t too deep.
Anyone like me who bloats after lunch, or has a waist larger than their chest will love tiered items! This light cotton top is by New Look and would look great teamed with chinos, black trousers, or pencil skirt.
Wedding Season is here…
For Isla’s Civil Partnership she wore this stunning outfit from La Redoute. The broderie anglais overlay on the shift dress adds a delicate all-over pattern, and it has no darts so hangs perfectly. The jacket has a clean classic shape – again with no darts – to create a chic silhouette. The addition of gingham slingbacks adds some fun detailing!
Sue has a wonderful time at her grandson’s wedding in this pretty outfit from LightintheBox. This layered embroidery and chiffon dress hangs and moves beautifully – and the lilac blue colour suits Sue perfectly!
Ann celebrated her Granddaughter’s 21st birthday party in this stylish layered shawl sweater she found in a small boutique. If you feel most comfortable wearing a scarf to decorate your flatness then this style would be perfect if you are looking for a change. I also love the addition of the statement silver necklace to accessorise Ann’s outfit.
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.
Michele found this denim boiler suit in Matalan – a bargain at only £25! Michele says, “I think it works well for Flatties and not too bad on the belly!”
Mary went away at the start of April and had packed cold weather clothes…cue sudden spell of hot weather! Mary went to Marks and Spencer and found this lovely cheesecloth dress. Mary says, “Perfect for Flatties, downside is no pockets! That’s me sorted for the summer.”
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.
Natasha found a range of swimwear by Hunza G. Natasha says, “Not cheap unfortunately, but super comfortable and I actually feel quite nice wearing it so it’s worth the extra spend for me. I’m wearing mine with my prosthesis but it would just as well without. This bikini is the Helena style.”
Don’t worry if you don’t have spare money for a brand new outfit this season; Kerry found this dress by Sainsbury’s ‘from some years ago’ amongst her pre-mastectomy clothes. Kerry says, “my Grecian style dress looks as fab as before – with no bra and no breast form at all! Left side flat, right side C/D cup.”
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!”
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