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    No.11: Finding Your New Fit

    We know finding a bra after breast surgery can be overwhelming. That's why we do what we do. AnaOno is always here to help make you feel comfortable in a bra that fits and is made just for you. When it comes to fit, the needs for those of us who've had a mastectomy, reconstruction, radiation, lumpectomy, or other breast surgeries are very different than the standard underwire and molded cups often found in most bras. This can also limit options for sport bras, other types of lingerie that do not fit or aren't comfortable, and even wearing nothing at all. We know we deserve better. That's why our entire collection is designed with your needs in mind.

    SOLUTIONS AND SUPPORT

    AnaOno believes no one should have to face this alone. We know because we've been there. Our styles were designed to help all survivors, thrivers and previvors because we believe that beauty and comfort should not be a compromise. We all deserve pretty things. No matter your surgery or if you're feeling discomfort or pain, we're here to help you find something that is comfortable, makes you feel beautiful and helps you to focus on healing. To be able to put someone in a bra that helps them not only feel comfortable again, but feel beautiful, is why we love what we do.

    Our lingerie, swimwear and loungewear options are specifically made for those affected by breast cancer, breast surgeries, breast pain, recovery, and beyond. The collection includes a variety of specific features just for you, like underwire-free bras, non-molded cups, super-soft modal fabric for comfort, adjustable straps, and customizable hook closures. You'll find thoughtful designs, like front closure bras for when your range of motion is limited after surgery and bras that can be put on by stepping into them instead pulling them down over your head. We truly believe (and know from firsthand experience) that matter who you are, you can feel comfortable, beautiful, and empowered.

    FINDING YOUR NEW FIT AND FEELING COMFY AND SEXY, TOO

    When trying to find your new fit for bras after a breast surgery or treatment, these few easy questions can help determine the best size and styles for you:

    1) Do you remember your band size before your surgery?

    2) What would you say is your most accurate dress size?

    3) If you had to "guess" your cup size, what would you say is most relatable?

    Since AnaOno is made without the boundaries of structured cups, each style will have flexibility on each body type and surgery outcome, so band and dress size will really steer you in the right direction for our fit. Reference this super easy AnaOno size chart below to determine which answers lead to the right AnaOno size. From there, depending on your surgery, there may be many variables to which recommendations are made, but the sizing should remain consistent from style to style.

    USE OUR BRA FITTING QUIZ

    Now that you've found your size in our bra fit guide, what styles are right for you? We're here to help! We designed our new fun fit guide quiz as another tool to help you even more to find your size, with specific style suggestions made just for you based on your body. All it takes is answering a few easy questions, and along with your size, we can help you find what to wear! Here's how it works.

    THE ANAONO FIT GUIDE

    TELL US ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SURGERY

    Knowing what surgery, treatment, or discomfort you've had helps to narrow down products specifically made with the changes to your body in mind. Whether you've had reconstruction, a bilateral or unilateralmastectomy, lumpectomy, wear breast forms, are flat and fabulous, had radiation, or you're au naturel, we have styles designed specifically for you so you can feel confident, comfortable, and sexy, too!

    Which of the following surgeries did you have?

    TELL US ABOUT YOUR SURGERY:

    1. Bilateral Mastectomy with Reconstruction

    2. Bilateral Mastectomy without Reconstruction

    3. Unilateral Mastectomy with Reconstruction

    4. Unilateral Mastectomy without Reconstruction 

    5. Mastectomy with Breast Form 

    6. Lumpectomy 

    7. Au Naturel

    NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND YOUR SIZE

    Next, we need to determine your size. Unlike traditional lingerie, our sizes include small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large. Similar to the above and based on your surgery, we will ask for your band size, dress size and, if needed, cup size to determine our suggestion.

    HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BRA SIZE

    Measuring your band and cup size is important when shopping for any kind of bra and can help ensure that you buy bras made to fit during recovery and beyond. Be sure to measure your regular band size and don't worry about swelling or a change in sizing after surgery. Our sizes are specifically designed to be more accommodating than your typical bras, and that's by design. Post-surgery fluctuation and swelling is normal, but our soft, stretchy fabrics and accommodating sizes make that significantly less of an issue.

    You will need a rough idea of your band size and cup size to properly fit your AnaOno bra. To get your cup size, you will need to know your band and bust measurements.

    Here's how to properly measure for bra size:

    • Put on your favorite or best-fitting bra and stand up straight in front of a mirror.
    • Using a flexible tape measure, measure around your back and beneath your ribcage, bringing the tape measurer to a close directly under your bust.
    • Record your tape size with the tape snug but not too tight. This is your band size.
    • To get your bust size, wrap the tape loosely around the fullest part of your chest and record the closest whole number.
    Here's how to properly calculate your cup size:
    • Subtract your band size from your bust size to find the difference in inches. Every inch equals one cup size. A difference of 1 inch = A, 2 inches = B and so on. From there, use the AnaOno size chart to find your size.

     

    STYLE SUGGESTIONS

    Want to skip the quiz and go right to shopping? We suggest checking out these top three picks first since they're versatile enough to work for anyone who has gone through the various breast cancer surgeries or treatments:

    POCKETED FRONT CLOSURE BRA


    POCKETED FRONT CLOSURE BRA

    This is a must-have if you're dealing with sensitive breasts or limited range of motion. Since it's hooked in the front, the Pocketed Front Closure Bra is easy to put on. It's also made of ultra-soft fabric, provides gentle support and has pockets that can accommodate a breast prosthesis or breast form insert.

    GLORIA POCKETED WIRE-FREE BRA


    GLORIA POCKETED WIRE-FREE BRA

    Part of feeling like yourself again after breast cancer treatment and once you have recovered is wearing bras that are just as fun and sexy as the ones you wore before your surgery or treatment. The Gloria is beautiful lace bra that has all the features you need with the added benefit of an enticing look.

    MIENA ROBE WITH DRAIN MANAGEMENT BELT


    MIENA ROBE WITH DRAIN MANAGEMENT BELT

    With the Miena Robe, you get to experience a little bit of comforting luxury as you recover. The built-in drain management belt is incredibly convenient after surgery and can be detached after you heal so you can continue to wrap up in this wonderfully soft robe after recovery.

    WE'RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP

    If you're unsure or want some extra tips, we're here for you, which is why we offer personalized fitting consultations. The AnaOno team, trained by founder and breast cancer thriver, Dana Donofree, is always here to help make you feel comfortable in a bra that fits and is made just for you. Feel free to talk to a fit specialist for some extra help.

    No matter what you choose, our easy exchanges and returns policy makes it convenient for you to find your new go-tos without any hassle! So, go on and shop and find your new comfort and sexy!

    Have you tried the quiz or our fit tips? Tell us what you think below! Share with us how you found your new favorite styles and any tips you have to share!