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Nicola Jane has been providing post mastectomy fashion for over 30 years. As the UK's leading specialist we have always believed in using the best designers and latest fabrics to create flattering, fashionable mastectomy bras and mastectomy swimwear to suit your style and individual post-surgery needs.

If you ever need any help, from fitting advice to product information do not hesitate to call us on 0845 265 7595.

18 December 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Solutions to feeling confident and making the most out of your wardrobe this party season!

Clothing can be a great way to boost self-confidence and at Nicola Jane, we believe the perfect underwear is a great place to start!

Here we offer 4 solutions to boost your confidence and achieve perfection this party season…

1) I’m looking for a bra that I can wear with all my dresses during the party season, what would you suggest?

Lucy Smoothing, Padded T-Shirt Mastectomy Bra (7001)Lucy – Smoothing, Padded T-shirt Bra (7001) in colour nude by Nicola Jane 

When deciding which outfit to wear for that special occasion, it is essential that you have the right bra you can rely on. Whether you decide to wear this multi-strap bra: regular, halterneck, crossover or with the clear straps this nude multi-way bra is so versatile it can be worn with all your gorgeous party dresses. It is important to feel confident and secrecy is a strong point with this bra, the moulded foam shell is perfectly designed for disguising any difference between your prosthesis and natural breast.

2) I have a new dress to wear for a special occasion and I am looking for a pretty underwear set, do you have anything that would be suitable?

6043_2Elise – Embroidered Floral Elegance Bra (7043) and Matching Briefs (6043) in colour black by Nicola Jane 

There is nothing like a new set of matching pretty lingerie to boost your self-confidence. This stunning lingerie set is intricately designed with exquisite berry red embroidery, perfect for a special occasion. Wear this bra with confidence knowing the scalloped upper cup edge is elasticated which will keep it close to the chest wall.



3) Quite a few of my favourite dresses have a low neckline, I now have quite a bit of high scarring and I can’t wear them. Do you have anything that might help me?

7005_7Lucy – Smoothing Padded Camisole Bra (7005) in colour black by Nicola Jane 

This camisole bra is a similar product to the Smoothing Padded T-shirt Bra (7001). With its multi-way strap options and moulded foam cups this bra is brilliant for giving that even flawless look. This bra is perfect to wear with lower necklines as the delicate camisole lace adds a touch of femininity as well as providing higher coverage, so you can feel secure and confident when wearing your favourite dress.


4) I prefer to wear a tummy control brief under my party dress, but would really like a matching lingerie set. Do you have any suggestions?

6013_3Daisy – Soft Lace Comfort Bra (7013) and Matching Control Brief (6013) in colour black by Nicola Jane 

Earlier this year we introduced these brilliant control briefs to match our super-comfy Daisy bra. Both the bra and brief combine luxury with comfort and support. The bra is pocketed and has a clever elasticated cup edge that makes sure the bra stays against the chest wall. The high waisted control brief matches the bra lace and cleverly pulls in and flattens the tummy, perfect for creating a smooth silhouette in that special party dress.

04 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Nicola Jane Attend UK Lingerie Awards 2014

Thphoto 1e UK Lingerie Awards is one of the most anticipated events within the lingerie industry calendar and this year appeared to be the most successful awards ceremony yet. With over 500 people attending the event, everyone who was anyone was there; industry experts, high profile retailers, bloggers and celebrities. Members of the general public were also able to buy tickets to see the highly anticipated awards ceremony.

In addition to the awards presentation, for the first time since the UK Lingerie Awards began a catwalk show took place featuring stunning lingerie styles by Maison Close.

Asphoto 16 2013 finalists, we certainly had high hopes that 2014 would be our year! Melissa (Customer Service Manager) and Emily (Online Marketing Assistant) attended the event on behalf of Nicola Jane. Having already watched many high profile retailers collect their awards, it was time for the judges to announce the winner of the Post-Surgery Brand of the Year.

Unfortunately we were not named as a 2014 UK Lingerie Award Winner. The winner of the 2014 Post-Surgery Brand of the Year went to our friends and well-deserved winner Vanilla Blush!

Although Nicola Jane werephoto 20 not named as Post-Surgery Brand of the Year we are proud to have been named as a finalist for the 2nd year in a row. Over the last 30 years our dedicated design team have worked hard to create post-surgery lingerie and swimwear designs suitable for ladies after breast surgery due to breast cancer. At Nicola Jane we understand that great fitting lingerie really can make a difference to a woman’s confidence. Each of our designs have been tailored to fit post-surgery needs with higher fronts, camisole laces, higher underarms and fitted pockets to hold a prosthesis. As well as being practical our designs are also extremely feminine and are aimed to restore confidence with luxurious laces and pretty designs. It is a privilege to have been recognized by industry experts and to have been selected as a 2014 finalist.

01 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Nicola Jane Calls In on Cambridge

The Nicola Jane Fitting Team return from their recent stop off in Cambridge

Cambridge Fitting ClinicAs part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations the Nicola Jane Fitting Team have been touring the UK, helping customers who do not live near one of our shops with any sizing or fitting queries. Having already visited a number of locations across the UK, the Nicola Jane Team were excited to visit Cambridge, the next top on the Fitting Clinic Tour.

Held at the Maggie’s Wallace (Cambridge), the fitting clinic was as popular as ever, with many ladies excited to view the Nicola Jane Mastectomy Lingerie and Swimwear Collection. Cambridge customers were also given the exclusive opportunity to preview our brand new 2015 Mastectomy Swimwear Collection. To request your own early Swimwear Launch Catalogue please email our customer service team: customerservice@nicolajane.com or call one of our customer service advisors on 0845 265 7595.

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With such a buzz surrounding The Nicola Jane Fitting Clinic Tour, we expected a popular response to our invitations and we certainly weren’t wrong. Within a couple of days all fitting appointments were filled, however those who were unable to get an appointment were still able to attend our drop-in service to speak to one of our Fitting Team members and to see the Nicola Jane Collection for themselves.

Located on the impressive Addenbrooke’s Hospital site in the centre of Cambridge, Maggie’s Wallace was the perfect location for our fitting clinic. The Maggie’s Wallace was as expected a calm, peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. With many complementary services such as Look Good Feel Better, exercise classes, managing stress courses and advice on eating well, Maggie’s has something to offer whatever your need.

Throughout the day the Nicola Jane Fitting Team Melissa, Katie and Emily had the pleasure to fit over 25 ladies and offer expert mastectomy lingerie, swimwear and prosthesis fitting advice. With over 30 years’ experience Nicola Jane understand that great fitting lingerie is the foundation to any outfit and can help restore your confidence post-surgery. We hope to visit more locations and continue our fitting clinics in the New Year.

26 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Nicola Jane Shines in the Stars Underlines Shop Awards as a Special Care Recognition Award Winner

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If you regularly keep up with what’s going on in the world of Nicola Jane, you will know that we were recently revealed as finalists for the Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards. As 1 of 86 specialist shop finalists, we knew we were up against several excellent retailers. However at Nicola Jane it is always our aim to go the extra mile and provide first class customer service at all times, so we were hopeful we would be revealed as an award winner.

As the award winners were announced the Nicola Jane London Shop Team sat with baited breath, hoping to hear our name! Unfortunately we narrowly missed out on the Best Concept Shop Award to Petits Bisous, a very worthy winner.

This however was not the end of the evening for Nicola Jane, as the awards ceremony drew to a close and almost all the award winners were announced, Underlines revealed they had one more winner to announce…

Nicola Jane, winners of the Special Care Recognition Award   

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This was so unexpected as this award was created for this years awards ceremony. The award is aimed at acknowledging the contribution specialist stores make in the marketplace, the judges felt that our work and achievements over the past 30 years deserved recognition.

It is a fantastic achievement to be recognized by industry experts Underlines and we are extremely honoured to have been named for this award. 2014 has been a fantastic milestone for Nicola Jane, as this year we celebrate our 30th Anniversary of providing mastectomy fashion. Throughout the last 30 years our priority has been and will continue to be restoring confidence after surgery and to provide the best possible service for our customers.

11 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Breast Cancer Survivors Take to Catwalk for Bosom Friends Bradford 22nd Annual Fashion Show

Breast 7043 and 6043 - croppedCancer Awareness Month would not be the same without Bosom Friends Bradford Annual Fashion Show. On Tuesday 28th October our Leeds Shop Staff attended the Fashion Show at Bradford Grammar School. Over 250 people attended the event, hoping to help raise money for Bosom Friends Bradford, a local self-funding organisation based in Bradford, offering help and support to breast cancer patients. Bosom Friends Bradford rely entirely on fundraising and voluntary donations and all proceeds are used to assist the women in the Bradford area, each year they organise a Fashion Show to help raise much needed funds.

 9244 croppedAs always the evening was a huge success and the atmosphere was fantastic!  All ladies who took to the catwalk have been affected by breast cancer and were a real inspiration to everyone. Husbands, children, friends and other family members also took to the catwalk to showcase clothing from various retailers such as Matalan, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Damart.

 Group swimsuitWe were extremely proud to have a variety of Nicola Jane Mastectomy Styles modelled on the catwalk by Tracey, Adele, Sally and Carmen, who each have had surgery due to breast cancer. The styles included were Elise Embroidered Floral Elegance Matching Lingerie Set (style 7043 and 6043), Malia Luxurious Padded Comfort Matching Lingerie Set (style 5780 and 1481), and Antoinette Padded Lace Camisole and Matching Briefs (style 1109 and 1114). A few styles from our stunning Nicola Jane 2014 Mastectomy Swimwear Collection were also shown, these styles included Luna 3 Piece Bandeau Tankini (style 9247), Pretty Peony Bandeau Swimsuit (style 9244), Floral Fuchsia Halterneck Swimsuit (style 9241) and the Vivid Violet Halterneck Swimsuit (style 9243). As always the ladies who modelled were applauded for being so courageous and an inspiration, showing that it is possible to wear pretty, feminine styles after breast cancer.

Throughout the eveninGroup lingerie croppedg various stalls and fundraising activities also took place. The raffle was certainly a point of interest for most people with so many excellent prizes on offer including: a hamper from Keelham Farm Shop, holiday vouchers, a handbag, Love2shop vouchers, a hair and nail voucher, and afternoon tea.

05 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The next stop on our highly anticipated 30th Anniversary Fitting Clinic will be… Cambridge!

Over thAberdeen blog post photo 3e last year, as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations Nicola Jane Mastectomy Fashion have been holding Fitting Clinics around the UK and we are excited to announce that Cambridge will be the next location.

With 30 years of experience in providing mastectomy lingerie and  mastectomy swimwear, there is nothing else we would rather do than celebrate our 30th Anniversary you, our Nicola Jane customer!

The Nicola Jane Fitting Clinic, bringing the 2014 collection to you!

The Nicola Jane Fitting Clinic is a great op7043 Blackportunity for customers who do not live near one of our Nicola Jane Shops, to come and browse through the 2014 collection and ask any questions or advice!

With sensational styles, luxurious laces and intricate embroidery, the Nicola Jane Mastectomy Lingerie Collection is definitely not to be missed, not to mention an exclusive preview of our 2015 stunning swimwear collection consisting of brand new feminine styles, bright colours and bold prints, all designed to flatter a variety of body shapes.

Not sMelissa fitting 2014ure on your bra size? Do not fret! During the day you will also get the chance to have your bra size checked by a Nicola Jane Expert Bra Fitter.

Appointments for our Nicola Jane Fitting Clinic are limited and highly sought after so call Nicola Jane on 0845 265 7595 to book an appointment.

05 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Nicola Jane Pink Party – An Evening with The Haven is a Huge Success!

Nicola Jane Pink Party - An Evening with The Haven 1We are pleased to announce that our Pink Party was a huge success! To help raise awareness and funds for the new Haven Wessex Centre, which is due to open next summer in nearby Titchfield, we thought why not launch our fundraising activities with a Pink Party?

We would like to thank every lady who attended or sent us a donation via post. Having invited all customers in Chichester and the surrounding areas, from 4-7pm our Chichester shop was a hive of activity. It was lovely to see so many local ladies so passionate about raising money for The Haven Wessex.

With the party decorations in place, the balloons blown up and the pink champagne flowing it was a fantastic party atmosphere. Throughout the evening customers had the chance to view the current Nicola Jane Mastectomy Fashion Collection and take full advantage of the Autumn Sale. A team of Nicola Jane Fitters were also on hand to offer any expert fitting advice. 10% of all sales taken during the evening went to The Haven Wessex Appeal.

HAV-logo-col-cmyk_strap belowThe Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres are an amazing free resource for anyone affected by breast cancer. The Haven helps people who have not only been diagnosed themselves but also for friends and family.  They provide a wide range therapies, information, advice, workshops and classes, all designed to help with the physical and emotional side-effects of breast cancer and its treatment. The highly anticipated Wessex Centre is a welcome addition to the breast care services already provided in Southern England.

Nicola Jane Mastectomy Fashion7041 Lilac will continue to support The Haven and help raise their £1.1 million target, which will help with the restoration of the centre and first two year running costs.  Nicola Jane and The Haven’s partnership will continue into the New Year, as throughout 2015 Nicola Jane will offer a 15% donation from every order total when The Haven donation code: HAVEN15 is used when ordering. We will also be introducing our popular Cara Padded Lace Elegance Mastectomy Bra as ‘The Haven Bra’ in new colour lilac, 10% of all sales from this item will go directly to The Haven Wessex Appeal.

For further information on the Wessex Appeal visit http://thehaven.org.uk/support-us/support-haven-wessex-appeal/

Call 0845 265 7595 or visit www.nicolajane.com to request a Nicola Jane Catalogue or further information.

28 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Passionately Pink

Elise Embroidered Floral Elegance Mastectomy Bra (7043) and Matching Briefs (6043)Elise Embroidered Floral Elegance Bra (7043) and Matching Briefs (6043) by Nicola Jane 

Every woman deserves to feel extra special and a luxurious matching lingerie set is a great place to start. Not only is this mastectomy lingerie set intricately decorated with exquisite peachy pink and ivory floral embroidery, it also provides a fantastic fit. Designed with scalloped elasticated edging, the cups will stay close to your chest wall at all times, providing you with extra security and confidence every day.


Lucy Smoothing, Padded T-shirt Bra (7001) by Nicola Jane 

Add a splash of vibrant colour to your lingerie drawer with the Lucy Smoothing Padded T-shirt Mastectomy Bra in raspberry. With seamless padded cups this is an ideal bra to wear under t-shirts and tight fitting clothing, as the seamless padded cups give a smooth, even appearance in bust size. Whether you prefer to wear this multi-way strap bra regular, halterneck, crossover or with the clear straps, it is clear to see why this bra is a firm customer favourite!

                                     Lucy Smo7005_PALE PINKothing, Padded Camisole Bra (7005) by Nicola Jane

Practical in pastel pink, the Lucy Smoothing Padded Camisole Bra is perfect post-surgery, as sometimes you may find that you need a little extra coverage due to slight indentation or hollow chest. A camisole bra is an ideal solution as the feminine lace camisole can create a slightly higher neckline. With the seamless padded cups and multi-way strap option this bra is a great, everyday staple bra.

FV007_BERRYitted Strappy Top (V007) by Nicola Jane 

Feel fabulous in Nicola Jane’s Fitted Strappy Top in the beautiful berry colour. Whether you wear it on its own or as another layer this really is a wardrobe must-have, as the softly padded built-in pocketed bra will disguise any difference between your natural breast and prosthesis. For ladies who prefer a little extra coverage, this strappy top has a higher neckline which is designed to stay in place even when leaning forwards!

22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Ladies in Pink Raise Money for New Dedicated Breast Unit

Can you believe it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month already? Each year at Nicola Jane we look forward to attending the ever-popular, annual pink-themed lunch hosted by Salisbury NHS Foundation Staff and this year was no different.

As Stars Appeal Breast Cancer Unit Campaignalways the hall was awash with ladies dressed in every shade of pink, enjoying their lunch and chatting with other like-minded women. During the afternoon various fundraising activities took place such as a fabulous bring and buy sale and an exciting raffle. It’s lovely to see so many ladies, so passionate about raising money for Salisbury District Hospital. This year, with the attention focused on raising money for their new dedicated Breast Unit, there was a certain buzz of excitement in the air. The Salisbury District Hospital’s Charity: Stars Appeal, Breast Cancer Unit Campaign is now in full swing and they are currently in the process of raising £750,000, which will fund the new dedicated Breast Unit. Their new dedicated Breast Unit, will provide even better, quicker and more dignified treatment for over 4,500 local women and a small number of men each year by offering:

Faster diagnosis and treatment
• Same day diagnosis
• All treatment including scans and mammograms in one area.
• State of the art equipment

The best possible environment
• Purpose-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms dedicated entirely to breast patients
• Sensitive design and décor creating a calm, light and dignified environment
• Private spaces to talk, think and reflect
• Counselling rooms for women who have just been told they have breast cancer

The best possible experience for patients
• No anxious waits for results
• Fewer return visits and more efficient care
• A tranquil haven, where patients can be supported by staff and one another.

As always we broughLadies in pink at luncht our 2014 Mastectomy Fashion Collection with us. During the afternoon ladies got the chance to view our stunning range of mastectomy bras, vest tops, mastectomy swimwear and prostheses. Melissa, our Hospital Liaison was also on hand to offer any specialist mastectomy fitting advice. It is a pleasure to meet many of our customers, as well as having the opportunity to help and support ladies who may have recently had surgery due to breast cancer.

If you would like to help fundraise or if you would like to donate to the Stars Appeal Breast Cancer Unit Campaign please visit the following link for more information: http://www.starsappeal.org/breast-cancer-unit-campaign/

17 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A Date for Your Diary

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Nicola Jane is delighted to invite you to our ‘Pink Party – An Evening with The Haven’

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Nicola Jane, 7 City Business Centre, Basin Road, Chichester, PO19 8DU

What time:
4pm – 7pm

With The Haven recently announcing plans for their new Wessex Centre and our highly anticipated Autumn Sale almost upon us, we thought what better way to celebrate but with a Pink Party!

We would love for you to join us on the evening to help us raise money for the new Wessex Centre, which due to open in summer 2015. 10% of all sales from the evening will go directly to The Haven Wessex Appeal.

During the evening you will also get the chance to exclusively preview items from the Nicola Jane Autumn Sale whilst sipping pink champagne, as it is a party of course!

We are teaming up with The Haven in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Wessex Appeal and help raise their target of £1.1 million which will be put towards the renovation of the Centre and the first two year’s running costs. The Haven helps hundreds of people who have been affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. They offer a range of free services including emotional support, complementary therapies, healthy eating, exercise and stress reduction techniques, not only for the person diagnosed but also for close friends and family. The new Wessex Centre, due to open in summer 2015 will be The Haven’s 4th centre in the UK and will help people who have been affected by breast cancer in Dorset, South Wiltshire, Hampshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight and The Channel Islands.

You will also have the opportunity to hear more about the plans from Heidi Rehman, The Haven’s Community Fundraiser for the Wessex Appeal and see how you can get involved in fundraising.

Please call us on 01243 537300 or email customerservice@nicolajane.com to register your interest.

See you there

The Nicola Jane Team x