Shopping for a mastectomy bra can be a daunting prospect - but it doesn't have to be. From comfortable T-shirt bras to something a little fancier, there's something to suit everyone. See our picks...
Shopping for the perfect bra can be daunting for all women – finding something that is comfortable, supportive and the right style for your needs is never easy. The added stress of finding a mastectomy bra can make the task seem downright impossible. But it doesn’t have to be such an ordeal.
Whether you’re looking for your first post-op bra, or have already bought them in the past but want to see what else you could try, there’s a vast and impressive range of mastectomy bras available to you.
Spend some time getting the perfect bra for you. Firstly – don’t forget to start with the basics. The best advice we can give to anyone looking for the perfect mastectomy bra is to get fitted. Lingerie stores and departments across the country have fabulous bra fit advisors who can spend time making you feel at ease. You’ll be able to relax while they search for the right style and fit for you, and an expert eye will be able to spot any small problems that could result in an uncomfortable and ill-fitting bra. If you’re nervous about revealing so much to a stranger, just remember that they’re experts who work with different women every day. And even if it takes a couple of hours out of your day to find the perfect one, remember that you deserve to spend time on making yourself look and feel fabulous.
We’ve picked our edit of the best mastectomy bras available now, along with guidance on how to choose one to suit your needs…
If the thought of stripping down to your swimwear post-op leaves you feeling terrified, a swimsuit that caters to your needs will give you that much-needed confidence boost.
Stores everywhere are now beginning to cater to those looking for mastectomy swimwear, and we particularly love the styles from Lands’ End. Not only do they come available in shelf bra, sewn-in cups or no bra, they’ve also got all your other body worries fixed. This one piece has lower leg openings for extra coverage, and UPF 50 protection. A great summer buy.
Good old M&S! This tropical print tankini is the perfect colour and design to get you in the mood for a relaxing break. Wear with matching bottoms or try plain black to minimise a pear shape. Ruched detailing around the bust gives you a confidence boost.
A high neck and scoop back allows you to show a little skin – and we like it! A gorgeous design and easy-to-wear style, this swimsuit from Nicola Jane is guaranteed to go a go-to for years to come.
Amoena have great styles that flatter, smooth and lift. The unique halterneck style of the mastectomy swimsuit means you don’t have to stick to the classic swimsuit design, and red is an instant mood lifter! Snap it up from Figleaves now.
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For tight-fitting clothes, a smooth T-shirt bra like this Nicole Jane Beth Essential Non-Padded Smooth Mastectomy Bra is perfect. Make sure you don’t wear it with a low-cut shirt – the bra is full-cupped, so will sit quite high on the chest.
Reaching around to fasten your bra can be uncomfortable, but a front-fastening one will solve your problems. That, coupled with the wide straps on this Amoena White ‘Francis’ Cotton Front Fastening Post-Surgery Bra, will help to make this your everyday go-to bra.
This is particularly great for women who prefer a non-padded bra for their protheses. The thin material will make you feel as though you aren’t being strapped in. In fact, you won’t even notice you’re wearing a bra.
Unusually for mastectomy bras, these M&S 2 Pack Post Surgery Floral Embroidered Underwired Non-Padded Bras have an underwire. Great for women who don’t feel entirely comfortable wearing a bra with no wire in, these are comfortable, stylish, and won’t stand out amongst pre-op bras.
The handy black and white 2-pack means they’ll go with everything in your wardrobe, and also makes them cheaper. Result!
This Debenhams Ivory Embroidered Non-Padded Mastectomy Bra gives comfort, support and a great fit. It’s comfortable enough to wear all day, and the floral embroidery gives it a pretty, delicate look. The flattering and unique style will give you confidence on the days when you feel like you need it most.
Perfect to wear with low-cut tops, the balcony shape is flattering and often difficult to find in a mastectomy bra. Save this for special occasions though – the shape and thinner straps mean it won’t be quite as supportive as something with a fuller cup.
Royce are well-known for making comfortable and supportive mastectomy bras. This Royce Georgia 886 Caress Bra is a handy nude colour that will be invisible under everything – even white shirts.
The lace-wing underband and back strap add a delicate feel to the bra. And here’s a little insiders tip: a lace-back bra will generally have more stretch in it. Perfect if your weight is fluctuating and you want your bra to be supportive but still last as long as possible.
Looking for something a little bit different? This Royce 1109 Antoinette Mastectomy Bra is just the ticket. An unusual colour, with stunning lace and made from super-soft cotton, this is a bra that looks and feels great.
A full-cup bra is perfect for fitting in prosthetics, and this Royce Chloe Grey Marl Mastectomy Bra also looks stylish.
A little lace never did anyone any harm! This Amoena Johanna Non Wired Mastectomy Bra will do wonders for your confidence, so save it in your underwear drawer for thise days when you need a boost.