Recently, the mum-of-three brilliantly a picture of herself sporting a bikini for the first time since the operation whilst holidaying in Mauritius – proving that having a mastectomy needn’t get in the way of looking and feeling great in swimwear.
In the photo, Julia could be seen adjusting her ponytail while wearing a stunning blue paisley print bikini from Melissa Odabash which is paired with a matching pink print wrap-around dress.
Next to the snap, the 51 year old said: “I had no idea what life after a #mastectomy would be like.”
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She continued: “I feel incredibly grateful that some things have gone my way during my #breastcancer diagnosis. Each of our stories is different… I was fortunate to be able to have immediate recon after my breast was removed containing a 6cm tumour.
“Nothing prepares you for the shock & impact…& yet but here I am in a bikini again. Didn’t think this would happen. Wearing wraps helps too.”
Many women who have undergone mastectomies and breast reduction surgeries say they prefer pocketed styles, which are designed to offer chest support and discreetly keep everything in place.
And there are plenty of brands on the high street and online which offer stunning post-mastectomy swimwear, from bikinis to swimsuits.
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Navy post-surgery swimsuit, Next, £42 here
High street brand Next has a range of swimsuits and bikinis specially designed for those who have undergone surgery.
We’re big fans of this simple navy option as it’s made with creora technology which makes it extra-durable. It’s non-wired and non-padded to cater for post surgery swimming, and finished with pockets for optional prostheses.
Navy is one of the most flattering shades you can wear, and it’s also perfect for showing off your tan due to the dark tone.
Be Attractive twopiece bikini top, Amoena, Was £40.83, Now £24.50 here
Amoena swimwear might just be some of the best on the market as there are countless designs, from plain colours to playful prints. The have special features such as bilateral pockets, which hold breast forms securely in place, and adjustable straps for the perfect fit.
We love this paisley print bikini top, which is similar to Julia’s, and can be paired with whatever bottoms or briefs you wish.
Zambezi multi-way bikini, Nicola Jane, £39 here
We love this bikini from Nicola Jan,e not only for the high-waist briefs and Aztec-inspired pattern, but for the fact it can be worn in multiple ways.
This versatile style features detachable, multi-way straps to transform the top into a strapless bandeau style or even a halter neck, so you can avoid any awkward tan lines whilst catching the rays.
If you’re someone who loves to stand out in a punchy print then Nicola Jane is absolutely the brand for you.
Rose cut-out swimsuit, Woman Zone, £48 here
Woman Zone is a fantastic brand if you’re looking for that perfect fit, as all of their items are made to measure for the individual customer.
You can chose your favourite style, neckline, length, back and leg style so you can feel as confident as you deserve to be.
We’re wild about this gorgeous cut-out rose print swimsuit that also comes with an open back for that extra touch of fabulousness.
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