Mastectomy bras are a topic that has been covered a few times on The Breast Life. It’s a niche but (finally) growing area of the lingerie market. Even luxury brands are beginning to realize that not all women have two full breasts.
Mastectomy swimwear, however, still lags behind. It’s not that it’s hard to find; Google and you’ll see plenty. The problem is finding stylish mastectomy swimwear. It seems that the brands who are making it have yet to wake up to the fact that not everyone who gets breast cancer is forty-plus. Or that not all forty-plus women are okay with looking dowdy.
Mastectomy bikinis are especially hard to find, as are styles that aren’t high-necked. But after a lot of searching, I did manage to pull together some chic and fashion-forward options. There’s a little bit of everything here: florals, leopard print, and minimalism. I hope you find your perfect mastectomy swimwear for the summer ahead.
Everything in this section has pockets to hold breast prostheses. The wrap bikini by Ana Ono, however, is designed to fit equally well even if you’re flat on one or both sides.
Miami V-Neck BikiniAvailable in US sizes 10-18via Nicola Jane
Singapore Molded Cup Swim Bra & Full Bottom by AmoenaAvailable in US sizes 8C-16B & 8-16via Swim City
La Victoire Ruched Mastectomy BikiniAvailable in US sizes 6-12via Clover Lewis
Esther Bikini Top & Low-Rise BottomsAvailable in US sizes 4-18via Garance Paris
Cassis Wrap Pocketed Swim Top & BottomAvailable in sizes S-XLvia Ana Ono
Tiger Pink BikiniAvailable in sizes 32A-48C & Made to Measurevia Woman Zone
Buenos Aires Non-Wired Top & Briefs by AmoenaAvailable in US sizes 8C-16C & 6-16via The Pink Boutique
Prosthesis Bikini Bra & Midi Bikini BriefsAvailable in sizes 34B-36C & US 4-20via Lindex
Precious Mastectomy Bikini Set by SunflairAvailable in US sizes 6B-14Cvia South Beach Swimsuits
Muse Twist Bikini Top & Regular BottomAvailable in sizes XS-2X (top) & XS-3X (bottoms)via Hapari
Barcelona One-Piece Swimsuit by AmoenaAvailable in US sizes 8B-18Cvia The Pink Boutique
Geo Stripe Zip Front One PieceAvailable in US sizes 6-18via Sequins and Sand
Sevilla Mastectomy Swimsuit by AnitaAvailable in sizes 32B-40Cvia Oncovia
Pink Peonies Off-Shoulder SwimsuitAvailable in US sizes 10-22via Sequins and Sand
Northern Lights Mastectomy High Neck One Piece SwimsuitAvailable in US sizes 6-16via Gottex
Bruna Mastectomy One Piece Swimsuit by Nuria FerrerAvailable in US sizes 6B-16Cvia South Beach Swimsuits
Dolfin Aquashape Lotus Zip-Front One Piece SwimsuitAvailable in US sizes 6-14via Swim and SweatBlack Floral Print High-Neck SwimsuitAvailable in US sizes 4-16via ASDA
Jardin Harper Tankini Top & High WaistAvailable in sizes XS-1Xvia Jessica Rey
Do you have a flat or uneven chest to which you don’t want to draw attention? Wearing breast forms isn’t your only option. Only one of the ultra ruffly styles below is explicitly designed as mastectomy wear. But they will all help to camouflage asymmetry or flatness.
Cassis Ruffle SwimsuitAvailable in sizes S-XLvia Ana Ono
Sollier SwimsuitAvailable in sizes XS-XLvia Paper London
Asymmetric Cut-Out Ruffle Swimsuit by Derek Lam 10 CrosbyAvailable in sizes XS-Lvia Zappos
Ruffle Bikini by Jaxon Swimwear DesignsAvailable in sizes XS-XLvia Etsy
Malika Off The Shoulder Ruffle Swimsuit by PaolitaAvailable in sizes XS-Lvia Simply Beach
Mastectomy swimwear still has a long way to go. The pocketed styles above may be more fashion-forward than most. But notably, they still lack most of 2019’s significant swimwear trends. Even last year’s.
I’d also love to see more like Monokini 2.0, a brand designed to flaunt rather than disguise mastectomy-related flatness. Unfortunately, that seems to have been a concept project only. Their shop has been ‘coming soon’ now for quite some time.
Is any of the above the type of mastectomy swimwear you’ve been hoping to find? Or are there styles you love that aren't available as pocketed garments?
Estelle is a twenty-something mum who recently emigrated from the UK to sunny Spain. She launched her online boutique, Esty Lingerie, in 2009 while at university, and after adding a blog to the site realized that writing is really where her passion lies. She now spends her days waxing lyrical about bras and knickers for a living, as a full-time blogger and a freelance copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie industry.