I wore button up blouses and shirts for the first week. These were light and baggy. The last thing you want it something tight around you, your surgical bra has that department well covered, don’t add to it! I did not splash out, I just bought stuff in the sale in a size bigger than I usually would. H&M had plenty of things. I went shopping for clothes once my date had been set. I won’t lie, I ended up being in a savage bad mood by the end of the first shopping trip because shopping for post mastectomy clothes was not fun. It was one of those situations where it became it bit more real than it had been. However, second time round a week or so later was more successful and strop free! I found lots of nice button up tops in Marks and Spencer too, once again I did raid the sale rack and bought tops a size bigger to account for swelling and wanting to be comfortable.
I had read that loose trousers were also recommended as pulling up jeans etc was not very easy. I ignored this, however for several weeks after my surgery I was most put out that I had developed a pot belly and was bizarrely very bloated. I googled and apparently this is quite normal- it could have been antibiotics (they don’t mess around; any infection will stay well away as you pretty much radiate antibiotics for the first week). Or the bloat could be due to disruption of the lymph nodes. I am not a doctor and these are google conclusions, however it is something to just be aware of! Luckily I had some stretchy jeans that did the job!
A week later I was able to put on t-shirts that had a wide neck and were quite baggy. Arms first and then chuck it over your head, it didn’t require much wriggling so it worked out well. Just remember to take your arms out first when taking it off, do not default to crossing your arms over and lifting it completely over your head, I tried and failed!
Flips flops or slip ons. I lived in flip flops, come rain or shine as they were easy to slip on and off.
You will be given a super sexy surgical bra to wear at all times. However, you will want to swap and change your support bra to allow or washing and airing of said item! I would highly recommend Marks and Spencer. They do a great and wide range of post surgery bras, but also sport bras which are ideal due to the level of support they give.