Layering, and chunky knits look great on us so winter brings endless opportunities when it comes to finding outfits we feel comfortable and confident in. On the flip side, there is something daunting about finding something for special occasions such as New Years Eve or the work Christmas Do!
Here, women who are living without reconstruction after single or double mastectomy from the Flat Friends Facebook group share what they are wearing this winter.
I will kick us off with a random selection of pieces from Next.
As you know, I do not benefit financially from this site (no ads or sponsorships, and receive no gifted items in exchange for advertising), and I’m sure coatigans are available from all good clothing stores! I bought a grey coatigan from Next last winter and it’s one of my favourite pieces. Coatigans are, as the name suggests, a cross between a longline coat and fleecy cardigan. They are also the perfect mix of stylish yet relaxed, so work equally brilliantly with sweater and jeans as they do a smart dress.
Next has coatigans in a range of colours this year; I teamed this blush pink one with a floral print dress.
The dress has pleats mirrored above and below the waist which creates an hourglass shape with a full skirt and bodice.
A classic ditsy print top with gathers at the yoke to create volume and movement.
This delicate top is available is perfect for Christmas Day, or office party. It has narrow pleats across the chest and wider pleats across the tummy and hips, all in a light chiffon fabric. The loose lace sleeves add interest either side the chest. This top is more fitted across the chest, and floaty over the hips, so perfect if you like A-Line styles.
This heavy ribbed top is also available in red. The frill comes over the left shoulder, but as the frill is so deep and the fabric is heavy I think this would work whether you are double-Flat, or single-Flat on either side.
Sequins are everywhere, and I particularly like the vertical ombré colouring of this sweater. Again I think this would work for any of us as the ombré would balance out asymmetry.
I couldn’t resist the placement of these antlers! The reversible sequins can be swept up/down for pink or gold, I’ve gone for a combo to create the illusion of a gold shadow around my chest.
Full on Christmas sweater to end from me! Fair-isle patterns, slogans, sparkle, and contrast colours over the chest and yoke work perfectly for us as they add interest, decoration, and detailing.
Sally-Anne found a beautiful play on the classic white shirt from Arket.com. Sally-Anne says, ” The gathers on the shoulders mean it works really well flat.”
Lynn got her Christmas dress sorted thanks to this stunning Bardot frill dress from Very.co.uk. Bardot frills are a staple in our wardrobes as they create volume and width across the chest, and balance out asymmetry. They are also fun and show off skin without needing a cleavage. I love this gorgeous, bold rose print.
Wonder Woman Rachel says, “Mine was from outfit and I loved wearing it, but it went back because the chiffon sleeves snagged on the sequins (poor design).”
My dress below is by La Redoute (bought on eBay). It was backless and I ended up having to sew a ribbon across the back to keep it on my shoulders – it was that or Tit Tape!
Julie (left) says, “The top was from River Island (a present from my daughter). Skirt was from Asda. I love dressing up in sparkles!”
Sally-Anne (right) says, “Mine was from ASOS about 4 years ago, bought for a disco NYE party & perfect for sparkles. Worn with Snag tights and Adidas Hamburg trabs.”
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