If you are looking for a costume for swimming please have a look at this. I am only focusing on the tops of the tankinis and bikinis and am wearing them with black leggings.
Finding bikinis, tankinis and one pieces for your holiday, when you have had a mastectomy and chosen not to have reconstruction nor wear foobs is tricky; mainly because catalogues are rubbish at descriptions and designers feel the need to put support, cups, underwire or foam lining in almost every top.
Having said that I did find quite a few that worked from Next, Debenhams, Simply Be and La Redoute; some just had removable inserts and some had foam lining which wasn’t noticeable once it was on. If you were feeling brave those with built in support or linings could be adapted by cutting these out although you should definitely practice first on an old cozzie!
Since posting I have also found a few suitable bikini and tankini tops at Matalan. These styles seem to come in a range of colors and print so these are just a guide as to how the different cuts work on a flat chest.
This bikini top has a foam insert (blue flap on second photo) which could easily be cut out if you wanted to, however I don’t think that it created any unsightly bulk.
Verdict: Nice fit with flattering crossover design.
There are lots of these frilled bikinis about this year which are perfect for both bilaterally flat and uniboobers alike.
Below is a tankini top I tried on in a size 12; I am a size 10 around my chestwith a size 12 tummy. I thought that might be a problem but this tankini fitted securely across my chest (removable foam inserts removed) and the gathers sat nicely over my tummy.
Bikinis, a tankini and swimsuit in my local Sainsburys. All of the bikini tops had removable inserts which I removed for the photos except the last one. It hadn’t crossed my mind to leave them on the previous bikini I had tried on; I was just getting bored in the changing room pulling them out then fighting to get them back in afterwards! But they weren’t noticable nor uncomforatble and did not create a funny silhouette.
Bikini tops with removable foam inserts:
Bikini shown with foam inserts left in:
Tankini with built-in foam cups:
Swimsuit with integral foam cups:
Red Stripe Bandeau (Item Number: 906711145) – Removable foam inserts
Coral Bikini Top (Item Number: 967763145) – Removable foam inserts (more styles and colours available – see Black Frill Swimsuit below)
Navy Floral Swimsuit (Item Number: 971033144) – Foam Lining/Cups
Black Frill Swimsuit (Item Number: 901257143) (See Coral Bikini Top above)
Teal Frill Swimsuit (Item Number: 903356143) – Underwired, but not noticable once on.
Mono Optic Tanksuit (Item Number: 900108145) Foam Lining
Pineapple Bandeau (Item Number: 957560149) – Foam lining creates sligtly odd shape but could possibly be altered?
AN Polka Dot Swim (Item Number: 978649142) – Inserts which may be removable
Navy Frill Swimsuit (Item Number: 985024149) – short in the body
Blue Aztec Swimsuit (Item Number: L30678143)
Ben De Lisi Black Zig Zag Keyhole Swimsuit (Item Number: 7744671) – Foam Lining
Principles by Ben De Lisi Zig Zag Print Halter Bikini Top (Item Number: 7744762) – foam lining
Blue Tropical Floral Triangle Bikini Top (Itme Number: 7745777) – foam cups
Maine Grey V Neck Crop Top (Item Number: 7741204) – Foam lining
Coral Plain Bandeau (Item Number: 0620051610) – foam inserts removed
Simply Be – Items below are a Simply Be size 12 (I am a usually a size 10) and these fitted nicely
Black Ruffle Front Swimsuit (Item Number: VP981CM)
Black Bikini Set (Item Number: HN071JF) – Foam Cup/Lining
Multiprint Bandeau Swimsuit (Item Number: HN181JF) – foam cups attached to lining creat odd shape so would need alterations
Coral Spot Blouson Tankini (Item Number: HN082JF)
Black and White Spot Bandeau (Item Number: HN067JX) – foam inserts removed
Black and White Swimsuit (Item Number: 7077203) elasticated support section not noticable once on. Quite short in the body (it barely covered my scars) so probably need a size larger.