Frequently Asked Questions

 

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1. Why should I choose Clover Lewis Swimwear over other post-surgery or mastectomy swimwear?

Clover Lewis Swimwear has evolved in response to what many women shared they want; it is the first designer swimwear brand that also has all the functionality you need after a mastectomy or other breast surgery.

Founded by Clover Lewis, a designer who, having been through breast cancer surgery herself, struggled to find swimwear that wasn’t purely functional or frumpy. Her collections have been created to help women look good on the outside as well as feel great on the inside. Read more about our swimwear.

Clover firmly believes that for the numerous youthful, glamorous and stylish women diagnosed with breast cancer each year,  a wider choice of post-surgery swimwear is necessary.  In particular, swimwear designed to help them to feel better about themselves and their bodies. Clover Lewis Swimwear is a real treat to wear. The label offers prettier,  youthful and more glamorous designs than many other mastectomy swimwear brands, without compromising on the essential functionality you need as is often the case with designer swimwear. As Clover herself says, ‘After creating and wearing my first bikini, I achieved learning how scuba dive in Bali, but more importantly, I felt like myself again. I realised I could help other women post cancer to feel the same!’. Read more about our story.


2. It does not look like post-surgery swimwear – how can I be confident it will work for me?

Clover Lewis Swimwear is glamorous, stylish, youthful and feminine - and just happens to be suitable for women post–surgery too. Clover believes that her collections cannot be defined as just ‘post-surgery’ or ‘mastectomy’ swimwear, in the same way that she and other women cannot be defined simply as ‘cancer survivors’. However, rest assured each piece offers the utmost in post-surgery functionality and superior quality.  As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Care, Clover has met and worked closely with women in her community to develop and meticulously fit each piece.  

The collections do not just offer a ‘one style suits all’ approach. Instead Clover Lewis Swimwear features a range of options for different sizes, shapes, tastes and ages, all incorporating critical features for comfort and security such as: 

  1. Higher cut arms and neck
  2. Wider, adjustable, gathered straps for the perfect fit even with a prosthesis
  3. In-built bust support
  4. Wire-free soft side boning to maintain shape
  5. Discreet pockets
  6. Discreet, secure foam cups for extra security and to balance out differences in breast size or shape
  7. Wire-free soft side boning to maintain shape, and support prosthesis
  8. Chafe-free seams
  9. Flattering ruching and gathering
  10. Super soft, opaque lining
  11. Tummy control and body sculpting
  12. The finest quick drying Italian fabrics incorporating UV protection

3. Why should I choose Clover Lewis Swimwear if I have not had surgery?

Clover Lewis Swimwear is glamorous, stylish, youthful and feminine, and it just happens to be suitable for women post–surgery too. First and foremost, Clover Lewis Swimwear is a designer label inspired by a firm belief that feeling gorgeous on the outside can make all the difference to your confidence and happiness inside. What’s more, the post-surgery features are so discreet that if you do not need to use them, you will not even notice them!

The collections features a range of options for different sizes, shapes, tastes and ages as well as feel-good features that will appeal not just to post-surgery customers, but to those of us who are that little bit body conscious such as: 

  1. Wider, adjustable straps for the perfect fit
  2. In-built bust support
  3. Wire-free soft side boning
  4. Discreet foam cups for extra security
  5. Medium leg height to flatter all figures
  6. Flattering ruching and gathering
  7. Tummy control and body sculpting
  8. Super soft, opaque lining
  9. The finest quick drying Italian fabrics incorporating UV protection

4. Why do I have to pay much more money for designer swimwear just because I’ve had cancer/surgery?

You do not! Clover Lewis Swimwear has been created to offer a new choice in swimwear to the thousands of often youthful, glamorous and stylish women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In particular, a designer-looking swimwear brand that is functionally superb and will also help them to feel better about themselves and their bodies and to enjoy life and social activities again.

Clover Lewis Swimwear is a real treat to wear, and gives women the opportunity to indulge in a designer swimwear piece even after surgery – it is premium swimwear. Of course, that means superior design, excellent quality, and superior functionality – a worthwhile investment in you.

It is worth remembering that if you purchase Clover Lewis swimwear for your personal use after breast cancer surgery, including full and partial mastectomy surgery, lumpectomy surgery and reconstructive surgery, then we will not charge you any VAT on your purchase. Further details are found on our VAT exemption page


5. How can I wear a mastectomy swimsuit or mastectomy bikini if I have not had a mastectomy?

First and foremost, Clover Lewis is a designer swimwear collection that makes women feel gorgeous on the outside and more confident when wearing. It just happens to be designer mastectomy swimwear too.

The post-surgery features are so discreet that if you do not need to use them, you will not even notice them! In fact, many characteristics of the collection have broad appeal because they are designed to please not only post-surgery customers but to those of us who are that little bit body conscious. Features such as:

  1. Wider, adjustable, gathered straps for the perfect fit 
  2. In-built bust support
  3. Discreet  foam cups for extra security
  4. Medium leg height to flatter all figures
  5. Flattering ruching and gathering
  6. Tummy control and body sculpting
  7. Super soft, opaque lining
  8. The finest quick drying Italian fabrics incorporating UV protection

6. How do I work out which size to buy?

All Clover Lewis Swimwear is available in dress sizes 10-16 and in C cup fitting, which can fit from B to D cup sizes. Just choose your normal dress size closest to the one you wear. If you need more guidance, please see our size guide.


7. Do you have any shops where I can try before I buy?

Clover Lewis Swimwear is available in-store in independent boutiques around the UK. Please see our stockists page for retailers near you. 

If you cannot locate one our stockists near you, simply give us a call or drop us an email with any questions, and we aim to get back to you within 24 hours. Our no hassle returns guarantee means you can order and try on in the comfort of your home and send anything back that doesn’t work for you. 


8. How can I be sure my prosthesis stays in place in Clover Lewis Swimwear?

As a woman who has been through breast cancer surgeries herself,  Clover knows how critical it is for her swimwear to be functionally perfect. You can be confident that your prosthesis will stay firmly in place, whether you are sunbathing or swimming, thanks to signature features such as:

  1. Higher cut arms and neck
  2. Wider, adjustable, gathered straps for the perfect fit
  3. Inbuilt bust support
  4. Wire-free soft side boning to maintain shape
  5. Discreet, secure pockets
  6. Discreet  foam cups for extra security and to balance out differences in breast  size or shape

Clover has worked closely with women who have undergone lumpectomy, mastectomy, and wear prostheses, to rigorously test her collections. Each piece has been tried and tested to ensure it offers all the support and security you need.


9. I have had a mastectomy and reconstruction. Will Clover Lewis Swimwear work for me?

Yes. As a woman who has been through breast reconstruction herself,  Clover knows how critical it is for her swimwear to be functionally perfect.  Clover has designed her collection to meet all the different needs of women post-surgery, including evening out imbalances that may occur during and after breast reconstruction. Clover has also considered the possible scarring that occurs with reconstruction surgery and has included necklines which can conceal these.

First and foremost, Clover Lewis Swimwear is a designer swimwear collection that makes women, whether they have had a full or partial a lumpectomy, mastectomy,  reconstruction and to be worn while they wearing a prosthesis.

The inbuilt pockets are so discreet that if you don’t need to use them, you will not even notice them! 


10. How do I know if I have to pay VAT or not?

If you purchase Clover Lewis Swimwear for your personal use after breast cancer surgery, including full and partial mastectomy surgery, lumpectomy and reconstructive surgery, then we will not charge you any VAT on your purchase. Please see our VAT exemption page for further explanation. 


11. Will you automatically take the VAT off or add it on for me?

We need some information to prove you are eligible. Please see our VAT exemption page.


12. How quickly will my order arrive?

Most orders are dispatched within 24 hours however occasionally there may be a delay if we need to review your order or during busy periods. Orders will be shipped from our London warehouse and sent by Royal Mail first class recorded post. Occasionally, an item may be temporarily out of stock, in which case we will notify you of the expected delivery date within 24 hours of receiving your order. Please see our delivery and returns page for more details.