I have had my mastectomy and I quite literally am single-breasted. I know that everyone approaches these issues differently but, perhaps as predicted in my earlier post No more bras?, I have decided to fully embrace the new asymmetrical look! I am not interested in reconstruction as it is more surgery and I hate bras to start with and don’t want to add the hassle of a breast form. What will this look like?
I did some Google searching. Not surprisingly, most of the things I found about dressing post-mastectomy involved breast forms and bra options. There is also a fair amount online about the choice to “go flat” being made by many bi-lateral mastectomy survivors. The difference comes with the difference in the contour of one regular breast and the concave remains of a unilateral modified radical mastectomy, or the smaller change from a lumpectomy etc.
A few tips I have found;
- Avoid tight fitting tops.
- Fairly large patterns, like paisley, tend to work better than small patterns or solid light colours.
- Asymmetrical tops may draw attention away from the difference.
- Ruffles, frills, and draping fabric are helpful.
- Wrap tops and dresses are good (though I have discovered that most wraps go in the wrong direction to minimize the loss of the right breast).
- dark colors, especially black, camouflage the lack of shadow underneath the flat part of your chest
- crisp shirts with breast pockets mask your contours
- jackets and sweaters layered over form-fitting t-shirts draw attention away from your chest and hide any unevenness
- scarves and shawls can be used to cover part of your chest
After a few days with trips to various shops in my area, I have a nice selection of short and long sleeved tops. I have yet to find a dress but that is less of an issue for me. Where did I shop?
Winners at Corbett Centre
I also found some great possibilities at Marksworkwearhouse.ca but haven’t gone in to try anything on. I started a board on Pinterest for pics of things that fit the single breasted look. Single Breasted Fashion
Some of the tips are from http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/reconstruction/no-reconstruction