Welcome to Summer 2017! Here are this seasons’ top tips brought to you by a few of the 675+ members of the Flat Friends UK closed Facebook Support group. If you are a woman living with, or facing, mastectomy without reconstruction, and you’re from the UK, please join us!
First up, is regular contributor Kim 🙂
Kim bought this gorgeous tankini from Primark. Kim said, “It is stomach hugging, and is slightly padded so looks like I have a small chest. Can even wear it strapless too.”
Jo is a uniboober. She bought this tankini from Debenhams, but it is actually by Lands End and is part of their post-surgery range.
I love the polka dots!
Kim tried Bardot style tops for the first time during a trip to Tesco, and said she wished she had tried them before as they are “perfect for flatties”. Kim found the yellow one slightly see through so wears a vest top underneath so that her scars aren’t visible. Bardot tops are perfect as they either a gathered neckline, or a ruffle which both add volume and movement across a single or double flat chest.
Flat Friends UK founder, trustee, and Parkrun Queen, Gilly is looking fantastic and has found lots of tops to flatter her. Each of these were also under £20!
The Broderick Anglais neckline of this white Falmer blouse adds gorgeous detail across Gilly’s chest, and the wide sleeves also make this a lovely summer top for those with lymphoedema.
Gilly shows with this shirt how fab breast pockets are for us, particularly when they slightly contrast like these with a staggered pattern.
These next three tops show that you don’t have to find tops that are baggy or frilly to flatter a flat chest. Here Gilly uses pattern to decorate hers.
Like the look of Bardot tops but don’t want to wear ‘off the shoulder’? Try wearing them as a t-shirt to get the same effect. Floral patterns also add the illusion of movement and volume.
Karen always looks incredible (and always causes me hair envy!). Here are her holiday pics showing her latest buys.
I love these as they really show how to try different necklines to make the most of not wearing a bra!
This next top is Italian and from a small boutique, however it shows that the perfect V-neck top is out there! One which accentuates your neck but isn’t so low that you feel it gapes. This one is lovely as it also has gathering along the neckline to add volume.
And here are a few more from Karen’s wardrobe:
This pink top is from Next, and I love the key-hole detail on the back of this as this is a nice way to show some flesh.
And two classic Bardot tops from Mango; I really like the navy floral, chiffon fabric and vest straps which would make this easy to dress up.
Maureen spotted these ruffles and overlays in Marks and Spencer and thought they would be perfect for us. (I definitely agree!)
Julie found this striking Bardot top in Debenhams, and shows how versatile they are as they can also be worn on the shoulder (when you’re feeling less risqué!) which creates even more frills!
FFUK Trustee Sue has been shopping for a ‘wedding in the woods’ in June. The dilemma of what to wear was solved by a trip to Monsoon (and a sale on). Sue says, “I’m loving these and won’t be bothering with bra or foobs.”
I love this jumpsuit!
I love how Sue uses a bold skirt, and statement necklace (+/- a belt) with a plain black top to flatter her flat chest.
Sharon bought this beautiful dress for £15 from Apricot in Beales. Sharon says, “I bought it 5 weeks ago pre 2nd mastectomy, so was unsure how it would look. Wish I’d bought more now!”
I like how you can cinch your waist in with a belt to create an hourglass figure, or go For the floaty option to accentuate the movement of a light fabric.
Next up is Flat Friend sea swimmer Alison. Alison says, “My inner mermaid is back! I have a new swimsuit from Brave Ladies. A small independent company set up by someone who couldn’t find any swimwear that she liked after surgery for breast cancer.”
And here is Caroline in a swimsuit from Debenhams. Caroline says, “I bought this last year from Debenhams when I was a uniboober, but not used it yet. Hospital put pockets in for me but rather than order another knitted aqua knocker now that I’m flat, I took the shower crunchie stuff out, cut it in half and put it in the pockets as it was.”
Brilliant idea, and I love the patterned bodice.
To be continued…