When I first started blogging it was all about professorial fashion–well, my professorial fashion mostly. I called my blog “What Professors Wear”–a riff on “What Not to Wear” (TLC show). I wanted to show people that you can wear stylish, fun, comfortable clothing and shoes to work. No stuffy suits. No lame khakis.
But the pandemic threw a wrench in my desire to blog. I posted here and there over the course of last year and part of this year, but I abandoned my blog this fall. I simply couldn’t find the energy to write the blog posts. I kept taking pics and posting them on Facebook and Instagram. I enjoyed putting together outfits and trying out new things. I just couldn’t seem to motivate myself to write.
And I have felt terrible about not writing because I love writing.
So, I’m back and ready to share an update. I decided last month to share some of my fashion tips for women who have gone “flat” through cancer-related mastectomies to a group I am a member of on Facebook. It’s called “Fantastic Flat Fashions.” Thousands of women are in the group, and many post pictures of their outfits or clothing they find on the internet that they believe would be good for “flatties”–that’s the word we call ourselves because we are breastless.
Here are two posts I shared recently:
I heard from a lot of women that they had not considered buttoning the top button and wearing a brooch in the center. Most people wear them on the side (left or right) of their chest. The women in this group also enjoyed the boxy vest idea. A lot of vests accentuate the torso and chest. This one hides them.
It made me happy to share these ideas with my fellow flatties. We have been through so much, and many of us have felt like a lot of styles of clothing have been taken away from us unless we wear prosthetics, which I did in January 2019-March 2020, even though they were uncomfortable. I didn’t want to draw attention to my flatness and make people feel uncomfortable by wondering what was going on with my body. Silly, I know, and I’ve moved beyond that. Finding the right clothes for me helped with that.
So to all of you reading this post, just know that you should dress for yourself and no one else. Yes, you should expect others to look at you no matter your body type. But your priority should be to feel comfortable in your own body. Body positivity for the win!