Why is mastectomy swimwear so expensive?

This is a question we hear a lot at Clover Lewis Swimwear! Some women quite rightly point out that adding two extra pockets to support breast forms shouldn't make a mastectomy bathing costume costlier than standard high street swimwear.

However, this overlooks the sheer amount of craft, design, time (and in our case love!) which goes into making truly comfortable, confidence-boosting swimwear for women of all shapes, sizes and experiences who have undergone breast surgery.

 Look for flexible support for breast forms or breast tissue - instead of wires

Look for flexible support for breast forms or breast tissue - instead of wires

The reasons why more work and design goes into mastectomy swimwear can be found in our inbox.

We receive many, many emails from women looking for the perfect post surgery swimsuit or bikini to suit their new bodies and personal taste after breast surgery. And being an independent brand, we listen to these comment, compliments or complaints. 

Many of the stories we read feature common complaints and problems including:

  • Too high-cut suits which chafe under the arms

  • Long, unsupportive straps which expose tender scars to the sun's UV rays

  • High necklines which felt unflattering and frumpy

And that’s just for starters. Unflattering prints, ageing designs...the list of issues, niggles and hurdles is a long one. Everybody is different, so customer’s needs vary very widely. That’s why our swimsuits feature supportive, completely adjustable straps for bodies, treatment scars and styles of all types.

Issues and needs like these - and many others- are what Clover Lewis Swimwear works hard to address – all while working to achieve an affordable price.

There are services out there which offer to sew breast form pockets into regular swimwear. This is a good temporary, low-cost fix, but once wet, these adapted swimsuits are likely to sag and lose symmetry.

This is a common complaint we read about everywhere.  is that their breast forms (prothesis) sag and move around in this customised swimwear, especially when wet. So when Clover designs our mastectomy swimwear, she intentionally developed extra support for prosthetics in the cup area, and has been designed to achieve perfect symmetry - even when wet. Some of our customers have written to tell us that they even go wild swimming in our bathing suits! Clover Lewis herself puts each design through its paces by scuba diving in every new look.

 Our specially-made bras in our swimwear for softness, symmetry and support 

Our specially-made bras in our swimwear for softness, symmetry and support 

Many of the stories we read, forums we are in and emails we open feature complaints about straps and necklines. From high-cut suits which chafe under the arms, to long, unsupportive straps which expose tender scars to the risk of sunburn, high necklines which some find unflattering. In response to this, we have designed swimsuits with supportive, adjustable straps for women to perfecti the fit for different women's body shapes.

To resolve these issues for the many women affected by cancer who long to swim again, there is a lot of engineering and design work which must go into creating mastectomy swimwear that suits a very diverse range of bodies, preferences and needs.


With all this in mind, it's not surprising that well designed, high-quality mastectomy swimwear costs a bit more than an average high street swimsuit. However, if you pop into leading department stores, such as Fenwicks or John Lewis, you'll see that many quality swimwear brands including Seafolly or Ted Baker are a similarly price to our own gorgeous, designed mastectomy swimwear.

Ultimately, our swimwear isn’t just specialist – it’s special.
And if it makes our customers feel special too, that’s a wonderful investment in poolside happiness!

Do you have any questions about mastectomy swimwear you'd like us to answer?

We love to hear your thoughts, learn about your experiences and answer your questions. Leave a question for Clover and the team below, or contact us directly with your query.