Every now and then you get news that stops you in your tracks… more often than not, it’s bad. Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of bad news over the years, but the month of October seems to hit home hard. It is Breast Cancer awareness month in Australia and having seen some amazing women in my life affected, still fighting or who have lost the battle, it’s still hard to believe that 1 in 8 women will hear those words muttered – you have breast cancer.
For those who have won the battle, scars physical and emotional remain and this month will forever be a hard reminder.
Just a few days ago, an old colleague contacted me asking for some help … her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and was about to undergo a double mastectomy. Her simple request was how to dress post surgery – the only natural answer was yes!
So to all those beautiful and courageous women who are/have fought this battle, here are just a few hints and tips I hope help
- Firstly – Remember your breasts and scars will be more noticeable to you than to anyone else. So try not to rule out items of clothing because of their neckline, you may be pleasantly surprised.
- Accessories are a great way to hide, distract or draw the eyes to another focal point. Bright shoes will draw the eyes down, a looped scarf will disguise and add volume to the bust area, whilst statement earrings or a hat will create focus around your face.
- Avoid tops in skintight or clingy fabrics.
- Textured, heavy or woven fabrics are great to add volume.
- Draping, cowl necks, asymmetric designs, ruffles, ruching, flounces and layers are all a great way of disguising, whilst adding volume to the bust area.
- Bold or busy prints demand attention and add extra volume, therefore actually detracting focus from the chest area itself. Horizontal stripes add extra perceived weight by making your chest look wider.
- Capped sleeves, shoulder pads and mid-upper arm T-shirts draw a wide focus across the chest area, which also adds perceived weight around the chest area.
- Higher necklines draw attention toward your neck and face.
- Layering is a great way to disguise the breast area – Try a camisole (with inbuilt soft padding) under a cowl neck top, and add a cropped sleeveless vest to add width to the breast area.
- If you choose to wear a plain top – choose light bright colours (they reflect light making the area look larger).
Below are a couple of great examples currently available:
- Chikara Design Olivia Top
- Merlot and Behold Top
- Chikara Design Jennifer Dress
- Sesame Chic Cardigan
- Linea Weekend Cowl Neck Stripe Top
- Witchery Snake border scarf
- Chikara Design Jillian Swimwear
- Chikara Design Mary Jane Top
- Airport Greeting Cardigan in Oatmeal
- David Szeto Lucy Cowl Neck Top also available in a dress here
- Michael Kors Cowl Neck Top