We are always hearing women complain that they can’t find bras they like, that come in their size, or fit them properly. It’s one of the reasons we launched this website – to get the word out that pretty much whatever your size, shape or style preference, there’s something out there for you.
In the case of women who have had partial or full mastectomies as a result of breast cancer, we’ll admit that the choices are a little more limited. But they are not nearly as limited as many women think.
There are lots of specialist mastectomy lingerie retailers around the UK and Ireland, and many lingerie boutiques carry bras and swimwear designed for wear after breast surgery. The choices in terms of style are also much more wide ranging than they used to be, and technology developments mean mastectomy bras are becoming more supportive and more comfortable every year.
In this feature we have highlighted some of the latest styles on the market and provided links to where these can be purchased. However, even more so in this case, we recommend finding your nearest specialist retailer or lingerie boutique and going in for a fitting – it might make all the difference to how you feel. Have a read of our mastectomy bra fitting article for more information.
And don’t forget, if you buy a mastectomy bra for your own use, you are entitled to a VAT exemption. Ask your retailer for more information. These bras are often quite pricey because of the functionality involved, so you don’t want to pay more than you have to.
Finally, if you’re still really struggling to find something you like or somewhere to shop, please let us know and we’ll try to help. Email email@example.com.
And now here are the bras…
Amoena‘s philosophy is to develop unique products to enhance a woman’s well being and support, and the brand’s mastectomy lingerie collection follows suit. This Anna pocketed bra in cerise and grey definitely creates the feel-good factor with its lace and bow details. Pretty and feminine with a lower cut front, it’s finished off nicely with ruched straps and mesh pockets. Comfortable, light and a lovely colour! Available in sizes 32-36 A, 32-42 B-C; 34-44 D-E
Buy: Bra, £44.99, brief, £21.99 from Betty and Belle
German lingerie brand Susa specialises in comfort, and the Shimmer Bra aims to offer the ultimate in comfortable mastectomy lingerie. It has seamfree cups so it’s ideal for wearing under T-shirts or to give you confidence wearing close-fitting tops, and is made from luxurious microfibre. The bra has pockets both sides and has an elasticated finish to the top of the cups to ensure it fits snugly against the chest, which means you don’t need to worry when leaning forward or wearing a low cut top. It’s a great bra for everyday wear, and it comes in sizes 34-42 A-E.
Buy: £29.99, from Nicolajane.com.
New Zealand’s maternity bra brand Hotmilk has just launched a mastectomy bra after extensive testing. Hotmilk’s design team met with a local breast surgeon to research the sensitivity and discomfort experienced by women after breast surgery, as well as the various stages of each procedure. The bra was then tested for six months before being released.
The result is the pretty Sophia bra, which features delicate lace with soft microfibre and has a cotton lining for full cup comfort. We love the autumnal mocha and black colourway. The bra is sized from 32-38 C-F and is not yet stocked in the Uk but Hotmilk is offering international shopping.
Buy: Approximately £36, hotmilklingerie.com
Anita’s Care label specialises in mastectomy lingerie and this Versailles bra is a particular favourite with its contrasting print. The padded straps add much-needed comfort while the concealed internal structure gives the bust a good shape and support. Pockets are made from soft, semi-transparent microfibre and are flat in the bra to enhance comfort. There are also soft stretch fleecy bands on the side pocket opening. The bra comes in a number of colours including this gorgeous red and sizes range from 34-42 A-D.
Buy: Bra £49.99, brief, £19.99, from Envie4u.co.uk
Wirefree brand Royce Lingerie‘s specialist mastectomy line is called Caress, and as the name suggests it’s all about comfort and support. This sumptuous Champagne Velvet bra is designed to give you an attractive pick-me-up, and the pretty colour and lace detail gives it a lovely feminine look. The bra is pocketed on both sides to hold your prosthesis and has a comfy separation between cups, a secure neckline and four hook and eye adjustments. Available in sizes 32-40 B-DD.
Buy: Bra, £30, shorts, £12, Royce-lingerie.co.uk.
We love this mastectomy bra from Nicola Jane because it has multiway straps, making it ideal for the upcoming party season. Available in a number of colours including black and nude as well as bright pink, this seamless padded T-shirt bra is also a great everyday bra for smaller cup sizes, with moulded cups for an even, smooth look. It’s easy to see why this bra is a best-seller for Nicola Jane. Available in sizes 32-40 AA-C, 42 A-C.
Buy: £22.99, nicolajane.com.
This new post-surgery bra is designed for wear immediately after surgical procedures. It combines essential compression with comfort, support and the natural anti-bacterial properties of bamboo, which help the healing process by reducing swelling and fluid build up. It is wirefree and has a soft underband plus shock-absorbing compression cups to improve blood flow and help reduce the pain and tenderness. It comes in sizes XS-XL
Buy: £45, Hospitalbra.com