Fashion after a mastectomy or lumpectomy
Front Closure – Step In – Easy Sleeves – Soft – Loose – Feminine
Limited Range Of Motion – Drains – Post Op Swelling – Feeling Weak Car Rides – Visitors & Doctor Appointments
What do you do when you come home from the hospital with no breasts, just one or with part of one missing? This isn’t a question anyone can really wrap their head around. The answer is, you do your best. You’re still you. You still have your spirit. You are still the same beautiful woman who was rolled into the operating room and now that big chunk of cancer is out of your body. You are a warrior.
Unfortunately, you are also under construction, but fashion is on your side and you’re in charge. You may have to accommodate a drain, or two. You may be in a post op camisole or bra. You probably will not be able to lift your arm from the lymphnode dissection portion of the surgery for quite some time or engage your chest muscles. Your breasts will most likely be two different sizes and not exactly even on your landscape. It’s all a process. Brave it with beauty.
Post-op Cancer Fashion – Practical Elements
Soft fabrics that breathe.
Loose fitting tops.
Easy to get on-and-off.
Something you feel comfortable and confident in.
Dresses, Slip-Ons, Zip-ups, Sweats, Comfort
Your upper body is going to be delicate for quite a few weeks after surgery and getting dressed when you don’t feel like yourself is no fun. In terms of fashion, think open.
Pull on a pair of comfortable pants and a soft zip up or slip on shirt.
Dresses that you can step into are great.
Sweatpants can be made fashion forward with a stylish zip up shirt and a pair of fun, comfortable shoes.
Make a lanyard part of your wardrobe if that’s ok with your doctor. Getting in and out of clothes and taking a shower is tricky with a drain. A sturdy lanyard is a great way to help manage everything.