Full Figured and Fabulous

Full Figured & Fabulous (Thanks to Chemo)

A chemotherapy myth that I have personally debunked is that cancer treatment makes you loose weight.

For certain types of cancers & treatments this is true, but I’d like to "weigh in" on my experience with chemo to treat breast cancer.

When I began my chemotherapy , I stepped on the scale at a reasonable weight. Over the course of four months the needle kept gliding higher and higher. It finally got stuck at a figure twenty five pounds heavier than when I started. Steroids, certain medications, chemo induced menopause, and lack of exercise were the culprits.

Getting dressed to go out (and stay in) became a challenge. Over time I developed a new "full figured & fabulous" approach to dressing. Refusing to give in to the lure of sweatpants and loose, baggy tops, I relied on these style tips.

1. Clothing should skim your body. While it is tempting to wear large, loose clothes, it actually makes you look heavier. Tunic styles like this flatter because they have length but style and shape as well.

2. Choose fabrics and patterns that flatter. For example, diagonal stripes are a better choice than horizontal ones. For pants, avoid front pleats and opt for a jean with a little spandex in the material for stretch.

3. Glam accessories like great scarves, pashiminas and jewelry add color, style, and draw attention to the areas you want to highlight like your face and eyes.

4. Layering is key, (particularly if have chemo induced hot flashes!) A stylish blazer, long button down top, sweater or wrap can change-up any outfit instantly. The length should hit mid thigh. Clothes that stop at the waist, visually cut your body in half. (Youch!)

One of the companies we like that carries name brand active and outer wear for women sizes 14+ is Sportif. A Canadian company; they ship to the US.

Share your “Full Figured & Fabulous” fashion tips with us.

About the Author

Hi, my name is Lisa Lurie, Co-founder of Cancer Be Glammed. Cancer Be Glammed was born from my own struggle to hang onto my confidence & self-esteem following a double mastectomy and chemotherapy for breast cancer. I am passionate about providing women (with all forms of cancer) with easy access to great recovery products, style options and solutions. I found that looking better on the outside, helped me feel better on the inside.