Ask Laine ~ What to Wear After A Double Mastectomy

Happy Monday, Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you a question I received in a Facebook message.
Jackie wrote and said she sometimes has difficulty finding casual wear after having had a double mastectomy and choosing not to have reconstructive surgery, or as she called it, 'Living Flat'. 

I admittedly was (and am) ignorant about this particular wardrobe need.
I did some research and found some support groups online and discovered that a growing number of women are opting out of reconstructive surgery (sometimes it is not an option) and some, as Jackie mentioned, are choosing to Live Flat...it's a thing. 

I thought I would be the perfect person to dole out advice on this topic, since I'm very flat chested, but this is different.  Some women in these groups professed to feel freer and are embracing their new flat chested shape. Others are dealing with scar tissue or concave issues and so it can be very challenging to dress confidently.

Overall, the impression I got was a desire to be able to dress cute and not deny their flatness nor draw attention to it. It is what it is. 

So, here's a short video with my fashion advice:

Some general elements to look for:

1) Always wear a cami or slip as your starting point. We like ours, but any will do as long as it has a more silky hand rather than cotton-y hand. Not only will it feel better on your skin, it will help your clothes glide over your body and lay better.

2) When shopping for knits, go for ones with some body, thickness, or texture, which will prevent clingy-ness. I gave examples of knit boucles, jacquard knits, stretch crepe, and french terry loop. 

3) Look for fabrics with surface texture, prints, or both, like our lace trimmed Bridget Tunic or 7th Inning Lace Tee. 

4) Gathering or shirring around the neck and shoulders help fabrics fall away easily from the body. 

5) If you can do a ruffle, ruffles are a great camouflage. 

6) Embrace the ability to go bra-less (if you can) and wear some flattering off-shoulder styles in fabrics with more structure, like a lightweight chambray or seersucker. I showed a sneak peek of some upcoming styles that are currently in development.

I love helping women feel confident and beautiful and I hope my input is helpful.  
If you have any fashion questions or would like some wardrobe advice, please feel free to message us on our Facebook Page or leave a comment below!

XO,

Laine Sou