I thought I’d kick off this blog with a shop I have been LOVING recently.. Next. Not somewhere I would have shopped that much when I was younger, but the recent summer collection is so lymphie friendly it has to be mentioned.
Firstly, I want to be clear that lymphedema isn’t embarrassing and you shouldn’t feel like you have to hide any of your beautiful self to the world if you do not want to.I don’t want to give the impression that lymphedema is something that needs to be hidden. The clothes I recommend make me feel beautiful and comfortable with my lymphedema. (Hiding vs Celebrating lymphedema – possible future blog post?)
Now for the fun part- Fashion!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll know the struggle of jeans. Finding the right colour / cut / fit / style can be a nightmare at the best of times, let alone trying to make legs look more even in the process. Before finding my dream jeans (soon to be mentioned) i generally stuck to black super stretchy skinny jeans from monsoon. I find black the best colour to make legs look the same in skinny jeans. However, my world has been turned upside down by Next this season. These jeans are so incredible, i think every lymphie should get them on the NHS!
Now don’t let the words ‘ankle length’ put you off, I’m 5’11’ and the ‘Long’ option on me sits lovely, plus there are petite, regular and extra long options. I love these jeans so much i have them in 3 colours (blue, khaki and white) and soon to be adding the black to my collection. They are snug and flattering in all the right places and loose on both legs! Hoorah!
Another key piece i have purchased this season from Next is this wonderful dungaree jumpsuit
I’ve been lusting after dungarees for months, but I haven’t ever found any that were lymphie friendly… until now. Again don’t be put off by the length on the model, I got the regular and its still comfortably long, with longer options on the website and in store. I can’t wait until my trip to Amsterdam to wear these beauties.
Other things I’ve seen and loved in Next this season:
Checked Jumpsuit £55
Blue Jumpsuit £48
Pink Maxi Skirt £30
Green Maxi Dress £22
Patterned Maxi Dress £35
Overall I think Next is killing it for summer lymphie fashion and certainly worth popping into to check out the wonderful pieces this season!