Breast Cancer and Mastectomy – Choosing your clothes [video]

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I want to go back to Topaz because of what she's wearing. When you wear a bra, will you wear an underwire bra? I haven't gone back to underwire yet. I have a few bras, sports bras mainly. But obviously, when I wear a dress like this, I'm wearing a bra. But it has no underwire. It's very clever. It's just in a sort of triangle, more like a bikini bra.

There's a lot of controversy about the underwire, and I know there are special places one can go to have themselves fitted, and there are places actually now that specialize even with people who have had mastectomies and reconstruction. I always think that those are your first ports of call.

If your breast is of a size that really you do feel that an underwire gives you that more support, it's just in moderation. Wear it when you feel you need it. I'm a firm believer that really you should have yourself remeasured every 6 months if you've got a sizable breast because your body is constantly changing.

I didn't want to change the person I was just because I got cancer.

I've always been someone that has been proud of my body, and I didn't want to start to feel conscious just because--I mean, I'm fortunate my scarring is improving very well. It's only 3 weeks after my last radio. But I didn't think that suddenly I should become more conservative in my design of clothes. I'm still young.

But if you've got any cleavage at all, obviously, a deep V or if you have a little cami underneath is sensible or wide scoops, which is also good because it helps to open you up in this area, which many times is the big area that most women do question, "How do you address?"

If you don't have a very big chest, yes, of course you can wear slash necklines and more squared neckline.

Things that are ruched are fantastic for the upper body because if you've got any lumps and bumps that you don't like or if you're trying to elongate the body, having a ruching coming up the front can just take away any lumps and bumps there. Same thing along the sides. If you have any ruching along the sides, many times it can be much more flattering to a woman's body than something that is shapeless. And having a well-cut jacket is an essential to every woman's wardrobe.

I hope you've enjoyed this session. It's been really inspirational, I think, what people have learned today and have something to take away, because really, this is an opportunity to reinvent yourself and to look at yourself in a new way. Enjoy it.

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