Okay, here goes, so please bear with me thru the intro as I get into the 'meat' of this below the emoji.
With summer and warm weather approaching, once again the thought of wearing foobs in the heat and humidity is not a friendly thought. I have nerve issues that are exacerbated in the summer and I'm finding it really hard to find attractive, comfortable and affordable summer tops for my now flat chest. It's easy enough to hide under bulky layers in cooler weather, but there's nowhere to hide when the temps rise and wearing only one layer is comfortable.
I applaud the women who are not bothered by going flat, whatever your shape. I'm still working on getting to that place, regardless of the friends who tell me they don't notice any difference since my BMX nearly 3 summers. ago; I do!!! And I suspect that there might be more women who would go flat if they could readily find fashionable clothing that makes them feel attractive and unselfconscious. I guess I'm still a recovering social worker wanting to be a part of changing this fashion vacuum.
So, I'm hoping to find a way to stimulate manufacturers to include our growing demographic. It would be helpful to have numbers so I/we can show these companies that we are an untapped market as unfortunately, it seems that only money speaks. Any official figures and sources anyone has access to would be gratefully accepted.
Once that information is in hand, those of us interested can contact media outlets and companies to let them know that we are an important and growing group of women, with specific fashion needs, that have yet to be specifically addressed. Even though there have been media stories about our flat sisters, nothing seems to have changed. There are no actresses who are flat on screen nor are there ads with flat women. Other body types are getting attention. It's our turn now!
There are clothing lines for petite, mature, tall, teen, curvy and pregnant women. Where are the flattering styles for those of us with uni or bi-lateral mastectomies who don't or can't wear foobs? I, for one, think it is past time we were heard and our specific needs addressed. There have been many great dressing ideas posted here, but it's not always easy to shop for what each of us needs or likes or can afford.
Your ideas and thoughts are very welcome. We are all of us in this together, regardless of what choices we make for our bodies as we heal.
Many thanks to all of you for your postings that share your feelings, experiences, guidance and love. (Hope I haven't gone on too long and/or blathered too much. Thanks to the mods for this opportunity and for all they do for us!)
Love and grateful hugs,
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