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Saturday, July 05, 2008 Lee, Community Member, asks

Q: what does a woman wear now that she has a chest of a 12 yr old boy??

I had a double mastectomy and have opted not to wear any prothstetic devices at this time. What clothing would be good for me with my boyish chest?L

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/ 5/08 11:16pm

Lee, take this with a grain of salt, because I don't think I have the best fdashion sense in the world. But it depends on what kind of statement you want to make. If you want to blend in, I'd suggest a camisole or T-shirt with a loose-fitting over-blouse - you know, like a button-down-the-front Hawaiian-type shirt. Not necessarily those colors, but the loose fit.  Or in colder weather, turtleneck or other first layer, + bulky or loose-fitting sweater. On the other hand, if you want to make a statement—"I've had breast cancer and a double mastectomy and I think I look great!"—wear whatever you think makes you look the best.


FYI, I understand Lands End has the best bathing suits for women who've had a mastectomy without reconstruction...


Good luck - PJH

Laurie Kingston, Health Guide
7/ 6/08 10:08am

Hi Lee,

I had a single mastectomy and don't wear a prosthesis. Check out the Rebel 1 in 8 clothing line:


On Jacqueline (the designer's) personal blog she also has links to ideas on how to "clothe yourself"


I have purchased several items from Jacqueline. Here is a link to a post she wrote on renovating some sweaters for me (she no longer offers this service)


Good luck, have fun and do stay in touch!



Angi, Community Member
7/ 6/08 3:45pm

I came across some info from links I've saved over the years since my first cancer in 2005, and it's recurrence this past March.

There is a line of clothing by Hilary Boyajian's called the Chikara line.  It was in part inspired by the message of a nonprofit org whose mission is to help female survivors improve their self image and quality of life.

You can find this line at either Shop Well with You or Chikara Design.

The fashion industry has recongnized the need for high fashion, functional, flattering clothing dedicated to breast cancer survivors.

Hopefully you can find items there fitting to your style, and not feel like you must wear boxy cuts or men's style clothing.  I have found some great designs that appear to disguise the abscence of breast quite well.

Good luck!


Katherine, Community Member
8/19/09 11:35pm

Checkout This is a line of clothings designed to draw the eye away from the chest. It is very flattering to all body types and can be worn without a prosthesis and still be feminine.

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By Lee, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/28/13, First Published: 07/05/08