McCartney hopes the bra will help support recovering patients through the next phase of their journey.

By Faith Brar
October 09, 2019
Adidas by Stella McCartney

It's been more than two decades since Stella McCartney lost her mother to breast cancer. Now, to honor her memory and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the English fashion designer has released an Adidas by Stella McCartney Post Mastectomy Sports Bra, specifically designed for post-op women who want to feel both comfortable and supported when they're ready to start exercising.

"I really wanted to encourage women to take care of their health through wellness and self-care," McCartney said in a press release. "This bra allows us to support recovering patients through the next phase of their journey, and hopefully give them the confidence to get back into training. It has a cool and modern look that will help motivate the wearer, as well as assuring them they are not the odd one out in the gym."

Given McCartney's personal connection to the illness, a lot of thought went into creating this one-of-a-kind bra. For starters, it was designed in partnership with Monica Harrington, a lingerie stylist and consultant who works with teens, post-natal women, transgender women, and women who have had mastectomy surgery. Her years of experience working with these individuals gave her a valuable edge when it came to the innovation and design behind this product. "Being able to share these insights and create a performance product that enables [post-op women] to get back into fitness and sport has been highly rewarding," Harrington said in the press release. (Related: Athleta's Post-Mastectomy Bras Are a Game-Changer for Breast Cancer Survivors)

The bra itself was built with four unique features, tailored specifically for women who've undergone surgery for breast cancer. Its front zip closure makes it easier for women to dress and undress since movement is usually restricted post-mastectomy. The bra also has front pockets with removable pads that work to keep implants and other prosthetics in place, providing optimal comfort during workouts.

Even the placement of the bra's seams is purposeful. Rather than on the sides, they're placed around the arms to reduce discomfort and irritation to areas of the skin that tend to be sensitive post-surgery. The bra also features adjustable straps and a wide under-band, which help to provide added support and a controlled fit. (Related: What I Wish I Knew About Breast Cancer In My 20s)

The credibility of these features was put to the test by British professional boxer and breast cancer survivor, Michele Aboro. The star of the campaign says the new product has transformed her life post-cancer. "After my surgery, I felt lost," Aboro said in a statement. "As a professional athlete, I was used to relying on my body but after my mastectomy, I started to lose belief in myself and how my body would react."

What Aboro felt isn't uncommon. Breast cancer treatments, including mastectomies, can have some pretty brutal side effects and change your body in more ways than one. The swelling, menstrual changes, skin changes, and possible weight gain can often lead to body dysmorphia and feelings of disassociation with the physical self. That's why it's so important for post-op women to find ways to reintegrate into life as they knew it pre-cancer to feel a sense of normalcy—something Aboro found through fitness. (Related: Breast Cancer Changed My Entire Body Forever—But I'm Finally OK with It)

"When I was ready to get back into fitness, I couldn't find a sports bra that didn't require being pulled over my head or lacked in support," she said. "Now I wear the Post-Mastectomy Sports Bra every time I train—it is comfortable and supportive and has helped me build back my confidence to get back into the game."

The Adidas by Stella McCartney Post Mastectomy Sports Bra is now available for purchase in two different colors: pink and black. Shop it below:

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Mastectomy Bra, Buy It, $69, stellamccartney.com

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Mastectomy Bra, Buy It, $69, stellamccartney.com

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