I receive a number of reader emails from women who have survived breast cancer. First and foremost, I’m awed and inspired by your emails. Soma, and our sister brands, White House Black Market and Chico’s, are supporters of Living Beyond Breast Cancer (lbbc.org), an organization that empowers all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. To date, our brands, with the help of our phenomenal customers, have donated over one million dollars to LBBC.
Recently a reader asked me why we don’t sell mastectomy bras. We currently do not offer mastectomy bras because they require specialized construction that requires equally specialized training to ensure proper fittings in our boutiques. While we don’t offer mastectomy bras, we do offer options for women who have had surgery as a result of breast cancer:
- Our wire-free styles, especially Agnes, offer softness, comfort and support. Women who’ve had a mastectomy may need a bra that can support a prosthetic breast form. A contour (or padded) cup may not allow the form to sit inside the cups in a way that provides an even, symmetrical profile.
- Brianna Cami Bra – Soma’s head of technical design once designed mastectomy bras. She told me that Cami Bras are an incredibly popular choice because they can support a prosthetic, hide unevenness and provide excellent coverage thereby helping to create a sense of security for women who have had surgery.
- While minimizing may not be what you need per se, a minimizer bra, like Emma or Verona, has a wider underwire to fit a breast form and lessen the degree to which the breast tissue is projected.
- For women who’ve had surgery and breast implants, and want to feel sensuous, our Selena Bra is also a good choice. It’s gorgeous, provides unlined, full-coverage and undergoes our 70-point test to ensure a great fit and comfort.