SHOW OFF MY BODY

Sam Scott Thomas hid away when she bat­tled can­cer, but now she’s ready to be no­ticed again

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - GH Special -

Iwas di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in Jan­uary 2013, and the ex­pe­ri­ence took a toll on my con­fi­dence. I was afraid of be­ing de­fined as ‘the girl who had a mas­tec­tomy’. I have mo­ments when I’m proud of how far I’ve come, but the emo­tional and phys­i­cal scars re­main.

At the peak of my ill­ness, fash­ion was the last thing on my mind. I was very sore from biop­sies be­fore the op­er­a­tion, and in so much pain af­ter­wards that all I wanted was to be com­fort­able. I bought track­suit bot­toms and big jumpers… my can­cer clothes. To me they were a form of dis­guise. I didn’t want any­one look­ing at me – I sim­ply wanted to dis­ap­pear.

Fast-for­ward to now, and my self-con­fi­dence is much bet­ter. But I’m con­scious that one breast is big­ger than the other, so I tend to avoid fit­ted shirts or skinny jumpers. I used to love ex­per­i­ment­ing with clothes, but I feel as though I’ve lost my way a bit in the past few years and need a fash­ion re-boot to bring me up to date with trends. I’ve started my own on­line jew­ellery busi­ness, Ilda Lon­don, so I’m of­ten at meetings, and I would love a new look that’s smart, fem­i­nine and makes me feel great. It’s time to fo­cus on my fu­ture.

THE FASH­ION BOOST

‘Our goal was to give Sam a pro­fes­sional look that would give her con­fi­dence when meet­ing clients, yet still con­vey her cre­ative flair,’ says Jo. ‘A mix of prints and the strik­ing red coat have a real wow fac­tor, yet the out­fit is sim­ple enough to show off her jew­ellery.’

LOOK AT ME NOW!

‘I feel fab­u­lous in this out­fit,’ says Sam. ‘It’s fresh, lovely and com­fort­able.’

Sam wears: coat, £259, 6-14, Jig­saw (jig­saw.co.uk). Jumper, £45, S-L, Hobbs. Trousers, £139.95, 8-20, Madeleine (madeleine.co.uk). Heels, £19.99, 3-8, New Look. Louisa neck­lace, £24.50, Drop ear­rings, £25, Daisy charm bracelet, £25, all Ilda Lon­don (il­dalon­don.com)

‘Fash­ion was the last thing on my mind,’ says Sam be­fore

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