Welcome to a blog where women from the Flat Friends private Facebook group share their photos and tips when shopping for clothes, swimwear, and underwear when you’re living without reconstruction after a single or double mastectomy.
What better way to kick off the Flat Friends Summer Blog than with some sunny holiday snaps!
Here’s Sally Anne wearing a Tesco playsuit bought earlier this year. Sally Anne says “This is very comfy & would work double flat or uniboob.”
“My new fave bikini from Next. Works well flat but I have some small knitted knockers in. Fine for swimming too & reversible!”
Sally-Anne also got this stylish frilled dress from Next, which is perfect for double or single flat chests and in cool cotton.
And here is Teresa in the perfect holiday Bardot frill maxi dress. Teresa says, “Really recommend this dress from Next. I’m a uniboober and it’s the first time I’ve gone out without a bra! I did pin my softie in and it didn’t move. Felt so good to be braless in this heat!”
Tamsin found two dresses in the White Stuff sale that work really well for Uniboobers as they both hang well without two breasts, and the bold prints add decoration:
Hannah says, “Primark have pulled through with the removable padding in their bikinis this year. I went a size up for more coverage and used the hole for padding to stuff a knitted knocker in!”
Here’s my new bikini, a bandeau style with foam inserts. Originally from Espirit (but bought brand new with tags on EBay for £5!). You can add structure to the cups using an aqua knocker or by adding an extra foam insert from another bikini – more photos on the Swimwear For The Beach page.
Davina has also gone for a bikini with a top that has ties that go round your neck. Davina’s tip (that I now use) is to tuck the ties in each cup to create enough for a bit of shape. Davina’s bikini is from Tu Sainsburys.
Caroline and Clare have both found great dresses with frills in summery prints. Caroline says, “This dress from Peacocks has a deep frill and no darts, so good for wearing flat.”
Clare’s dress is from Matalan.
Janine found a range of swimsuits in Primark. Janine says, “It comes up high enough to cover my prosthesis and any scarring. No hint of a non existent cleavage! It’s available in other colours too.”
If you prefer your swimwear lower cut then look for shapes which provide coverage/support/padding/pockets where you need it, but that also have an interesting neck line (or back). Steffi got this designer-look costume from Next. Steffi says, “I’m a bilateral flattie and it has soft padding that kept its shape so no knitted knockers worn.”
If your remaining breast is a larger cup size that doesn’t mean you will automatically need to wear a swimming prosthesis. Helen bought her first post-surgery costume from Marks and Spencer. Helen says, “My remaining breast is an E cup, and I am wearing this cossie without an knocker.” This swimsuit is the perfect mix of structure, pleats, and pattern.
I’ve left out which side Helen is flat to show how impossible it is to tell in this costume!
Perfect for a special night out, Rosemary is wearing a stunning black sparkly jumpsuit from Quiz that creates a flattering V-neck and fits beautifully across a flat chest.
If you’re looking for a comfy bra that can add gentle shape; that can support a remaining breast, and can hold light breast forms then try a bra top available at most high street lingerie departments and supermarkets. Christine has bought this bra from Avon for £8. Christine says, “It has pockets for softies and is so comfortable.”
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