I have enough problems finding swimwear that will fit me, and which doesn’t look like something more suited to a woman of, say, more advanced years, so I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like looking for mastectomy swimwear if your taste doesn’t run to traditional 1950s boarding school type bathing costumes.
Veronica Brett is the new US-based luxury swimwear collection for breast cancer survivors and women who have had risk reducing surgery. When the line’s founder Patricia Brett, an architect, couldn’t find a swimsuit that she, her sister and her niece, all carriers of the BRAC1 gene, wanted to wear she began to think, ‘If I can design a building, surely I can design a bra or swimsuit?’ With those words, and armed with inspiration from her sister and her niece, she set out to design a sexy, chic & flattering swimsuit that could be worn by mastectomy patients.
Cut a bit higher on the leg and scooped lower in the back than traditional mastectomy swimwear, Veronica Brett swimsuits are made from Italian fabrics, lined for comfort, are highly engineered for cut & support and have been designed to solve some of the issues that come about as a result of breast surgery. Each style is pocketed on both sides and is also ideal for women who may be naturally asymmetrical.
The line is named for Patricia’s aunt Veronica was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41, and Patricia explains her family background here. Suffice to say that with many BRAC1 carriers in her family, they knew what was needed from a mastectomy swimsuit.