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Breast Cancer Clothing: Bras, Scarves, Accessories, and More

Women with breast cancer today have a mind-boggling array of options, from wigs and scarves to specialty bras and swimsuits.
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In addition to wigs, you can also buy several styles of "hat hair." Those are hairpieces that don't cover the whole scalp, but are designed to be worn under a hat, giving you bangs or a ponytail to frame your face. "These too have become a lot more sophisticated," says Kelly. "The hair may be on a headband, so you can switch it with different hats. We're strongly focused on having the patient not look like a cancer patient, so these styles make more of a fashion statement."

Many women end up wearing their wigs out in public, but relaxing in a hat or scarf (or no head covering at all) at home. "Hats can be a big accessory," says McLeod. "You can wear formal, dressy, velvet ones with pins, or wear a baseball cap all day, all summer long. We have everything from solid turbans to ready-wear caps with a short bandanna attached." Most hats for women undergoing chemotherapy are soft, to be gentle on sensitive bare skin, and have drawstrings inside to resize and accommodate wearing with or without a wig.

"I lived in my scarves," says Rubien, a four-year breast cancer survivor herself. There are long scarves you can wrap up, standard squares you can tie in a triangle, and even ready-mades that pop on your head and adjust with a cord. Worried that your scarf will slide off your bald head? Most cancer boutiques sell light "sleep caps" or padded "scarf filler" caps that keep even slippery silk scarves in place.

Breast Cancer Awareness Accessories

And of course, no guide to breast cancer accessories would be complete without a look at awareness accessories. Today, you can literally buy almost anything with the famous pink ribbon on it, from hats and socks to bookmarks, dog collars, and eyeglass cases. But the perennial favorites, says Kelly, are pink ribbon lapel pins and silicone bracelets a la Lance Armstrong, along with baseball caps and sweatshirts. "I do believe that women who've had breast cancer are on a mission for awareness, and rightfully so. And this can be their way of advertising it."

 

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Reviewed on September 25, 2008
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