I was recently contacted by a reader who had a particular issue: she loved lingerie, but after her mastectomy was having a hard time finding pieces that flattered her and made her feel as amazing as she was. Given that I didn’t have much experience with mastectomies or post-mastectomy need, I have always hesitated to give advice on an issue that is so important to so many women.
Happily, by working with my reader and hearing about her needs and the concerns she had heard from her peers, I’ve compiled a list with some options for post-mastectomy lingerie that is beautiful rather than simply functional. I’ve split the categories into two groups: for prostheses and without protheses, so that I can capture the needs of both categories. The ‘Prostheses’ group includes lingerie made specifically for women who have had mastectomies and that allows for a prosthesis. The ‘Without Prostheses’ group mostly contains lingerie that is not specifically intended for women who have had mastectomies but accommodates those without reconstructed chests. Please enjoy this list and let me know what you think!
I loved this gorgeous set from Di Murini when I first saw it because of the beautiful materials, flattering shape and attention to detail. This bra includes special pockets to fit prostheses and a soothing lining of Aloe Vera infused cotton which sounds lovely. I am also so happy that this bra has a matching set of knickers and a suspender belt so that you can really show it off in a complete set. This bra also comes in black, pink and ivory if red isn’t your color and has a matching babydoll (that also includes pockets for prostheses).
Amoena is a brand whose name is already synonymous with post-mastectomy bras, but their venture into a prettier, sexier range is relatively recent. This pink camisole is one of my favorites– it’s simple, pretty, sophisticated and easy to wear.
Marlies Dekkers is a brand with a unique, strappy aesthetic that has spawned a whole new style of lingerie. Happily, they also have decided to expand their range to their ‘Care’ bras, specifically for women who have had mastectomies. I am especially excited about this brilliant green color (although it does come in black and white) because of the unique and festive feeling to it that stands out from the ‘usual’ post-surgery bras. Definitely a must-have for a sporty/sexy look.
Another lovely choice from Di Murini, this camisole is a pretty perfect loungewear piece. The shape is simple and sophisticated, but the lace appliqué makes it both luxurious and unique. Happily, if you love this piece, there are matching PJ bottoms to complete the look.
The muted color of this Royce bra is what sets it apart from its counterparts– pretty, yet subtle this is an everyday bra that makes you feel special from its little details, like the velvet bow and the all-over lace. It’s not the most original of all bras, but it is quite lovely and definitely a nice option to have.
This is more risky territory for me, as I am suggesting lingerie that is not specifically targeted to women who have undergone mastectomies, but is pieces that seem to me like they would be flattering.
I adore this babydoll from Betty Blue’s Loungerie and I think it might do just the trick. I love the sheerness and the vintage look of the piece– I also think that the bow is super flattering to any chest. Plus, I am always in favor of dressing up like a present if you are feeling special.
Angela Friedman is one of my favorite designers and I think that her pieces are some of the most attractive for flatter chests. This is not for the faint of heart– the lace is most definitely very revealing– but I love the peekaboo effect of beautiful, complicated lace on skin that I think highlights the body in the best possible way.
Between the Sheets is an excellent brand to choose for anyone for whom beauty is meaningless without comfort. They always have stylish and beautifully fitting pieces (especially this babydoll!) and every one is buttery soft and perfect for sleeping or lounging. The navy color combination is one of my favorites because I think it looks so sharp, but there are also plenty of other choices including some sweet pastels if that’s what you’re into. In fact, this brand as a whole has a website you should look into for comfy and flattering sleepwear, for all sorts of bodies.
This Honey Cooler Handmade top is simple and beautiful, easy to pair with any pair of white panties or even colored pajama bottoms. The criss cross detail at the front and the very slightly sheer mesh at the front are some of my favorite features that add a little bit of depth to the design.
This NOE Undergarments keyhole slip is strong and modern, making it one of the boldest on this list. For a certain type of woman, I think this is the perfect piece to show the beauty and power of her body in an unapologetic way.
For ladies looking specifically for plus size lingerie at a good price point, Hips and Curves is my go to spot, particularly because of sweet pieces like this georgette babydoll. The pink and red combination is fun and a little different (although all red is also available) and I love how it softly skins the body creating amazing flow and movement.
This second piece from Honey Cooler Handmade has a completely different look than the first– sleeker, sexier and darker, this piece is beautifully Art Deco in feel. The bias cut silk leaves room for easy movement and the inset lace is an amazing detail with beautiful workmanship.
This Eberjey Bralet is made of brilliant stretch lace and is an easy, beautiful fit. I think the racerback really highlights the beauty of the lace against the skin. The front is quite opaque for a little more coverage. There are a ton of different colors, but this deep, greenish blue is my favorite.
Agent Provocateur is a brand that is so closely associated with provocative luxury lingerie that I thought they really ought to get a mention here. The Birthday Suit Babydoll (shown above with the Birthday Suit playsuit) is such an easy, attractive shape for bodies who want a little bit of coverage and a lot of sex appeal (the shoulder straps can be shortened for more coverage also). This is not a cheap piece, but it’s got some undeniable ‘it’ factor going on.
This Angela Friedman bralette is another one I have personally worn and can attest to as being extremely beautiful and comfortable. The gathers are again very flattering to a flat chest and create visual interest even in a relatively simple garment. The color is rich and unusual and it is lined with a black mesh which feels amazing on the skin, making this one of the wireless bras that I most often turn to.
The delicate pleats of this slip by Flora Nikrooz are what first caught my eye, but I think that this is one of those pieces that gets more and more attractive the more you look at it. I love the little lace detail at the top and imagining the swishing of all those pleats makes this seem like a very fun garment to wear.
What do you think? What would YOU like to see?