More and more, women are choosing to forego permanent reconstruction after a mastectomy in favor of “going flat.” Some women go flat because they don’t like the idea of having a foreign object surgically implanted under their skin. Others want to avoid having breast implants block doctors’ view of cancer in future mammograms. Still others like to have the option to change the size and shape of their breasts using prostheses.
Even if you choose to wear breast prostheses most of the time, there may still be days when you want to feel a little freer. Or maybe it’s just too hot out to wear one more item of clothing than required by law. Whatever your reason for going flat—whether you do it all the time or just on certain occasions—you still deserve to look fabulous.
Luckily, there are lots of options out there for outfits that look amazing on flat-chested women. From blouses with ruching or lace at the neckline for extra volume to tight-fitting tops that hug every curve (and lack thereof), there’s a style for everyone who wants to go flat and own their body shape. You can pick something that either distracts from the absence of your breasts or draws attention to your body exactly as it is. It’s up to you!
In the video below, a cancer survivor shares her three favorite tops to wear when it’s too hot out to wear her breast forms. Picking tops that have some serious personality and fun details helps her feel like she’s still got plenty of style and femininity despite her shape being a little less stereotypically female than usual. Check it out!
What’s your favorite outfit for going flat? We’d love to hear what you think!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?