Cluttercast: One size fits all—except me

February 2nd, 2009

They’re shiny, stretchy, stylish.   Made in Paris by Pile ou Face.   I thought they were so perfect to wear under jackets and sweaters that I bought not one but 3 of them.  And they weren’t even on sale.

Only I never wore them.
It’s not that they don’t fit.   They stretch—and could fit almost any woman.

But they don’t work for me because I’m missing two things: breasts.
I lost them to breast cancer 13 years ago.

When I bought these tops, I wore fake breasts.  But I don’t anymore.   And it’s partly due to Keira Knightley that I’m admitting this.

And the story does have a happy ending: I’m here.    I’m happy to stop wearing the fakes.  But I’d like someone else to wear the tops—for real.


If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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  1. Brenda Miles
    February 2nd, 2009 at 20:10 | #1

    Dear Ms. Pollack:

    I read an article about you in the San Jose Mercury News and was blown away with your generosity and kindness. I know that you want your possessions to have a good home, and I promise that the 3 gorgeous tops will have a wonderful home with me. I had my breasts reconstructed some years ago after being so embarrassed about their shape and size. The surgery freed me from the mirror (staring at it and wishing and hoping that my breasts looked normal). I will wear your beautiful Parisian tops with pride and happiness–handwashing or drycleaning them. Thank you for your wonderful website and your generosity.



  2. February 2nd, 2009 at 20:55 | #2

    I loved your post about breast cancer and Keira Knightley. Very inspiring… and still makes me wish for A-size breasts! I say give the tops to Brenda.


  3. February 3rd, 2009 at 08:34 | #3

    Well, I was going to ask that you send them to me, but Brenda has a much better reason to have them.

    Your idea is really great & I admire your creativity.


    Vote -1 Reply:

    Barbara, I appreciate your comment and I’m sure Brenda does, too. Still I want to encourage you (and anyone else)–not to feel shy about asking for something you’d like. There will be times when I’ll ask people to vote on who gets an item, or times when I’ll just put names in a hat. In the case of these tops, it will be far easier—since I have 3.


  4. Brenda Miles
    February 3rd, 2009 at 20:48 | #4

    Dear Anna and Barbara,

    You are so kind to suggest that Ms. Pollack send the tops to me. Thank you both for being so sweet. I know that whoever receives the lovely tops will be so grateful. I love this website; it validates my belief in the innate goodness of humanity.

    And yes, Ms. Pollack’s comments are so inspiring. I am hooked on this website for the wisdom and generosity of Ms. Pollack–and her exceptional writing ability–and the supportive nature of the members. This is truly a journal of inner discovery.



  5. Nathalie
    February 4th, 2009 at 19:36 | #5

    My mother in law must be a C cup but she is a size 16, my sisters in law and myself are anywhere from a size A to a size D, and I am certain that those tops would look wonderful on anyone of us. I just wish I could get them to offer them to a fund raiser for my son’s school or any of his cousins’ schools. However, I am certain that if you were to try on that beige colored one with a tight brown jacket on it and a small simple necklace, you would reconsider given them away and really enjoy them. At the very least, keep one of them !


  6. terri
    February 4th, 2009 at 21:52 | #6

    Hi Darryle,

    I would love the brown tank top from Paris. No good reason other than that I love wearing those little stretchy cami tops and I love that brown colored one. You could split up the group and give the others to two other people who would love to wear them! I only have a barely even A cup bosom, so that shurring in the top would camouflage nicely what’s -you know – not there.



  7. Steve
    February 5th, 2009 at 23:47 | #7

    Dear Darryle,

    My wife Terri would be the PERFECT recepient for the tan top. She just loves to wear cami tops, but has none as nice as yours. She often wears browns and tans like the tan top, and she would treasure a little Parisian style in her closet. PLEASE give the tan one to Terri. It will make her very happy to have a new top.

    I love reading your web site with all the great comments and stories. Keep it going!



  8. February 8th, 2009 at 21:57 | #8

    How sweet and thoughtful everyone is on this blog! I feel especially lucky that I can split up the tops like the angel earrings.

    Brenda–I know you’ll enjoy wearing yours and so appreciate your wonderful sentiments.
    Nathalie thanks for your encouragement in telling me to keep one of the tops for myself. The one I would have kept I’m sending to you—for yourself or one of the women in your family.
    Terri–you obviously have a great and supportive husband and I’m sure he’ll love seeing you in the tan top.

    Please send your addresses to me at
    and I hope you’ll send back pictures!
    Thanks to everyone for your comments!


  9. barbara
    September 9th, 2009 at 11:12 | #9

    i am trying to order the Pile Ou Face tops. Is there a wesite to order, & see styles, prices etc.?


    Vote -1 Reply:

    Hi Barbara,
    I dont know if there is a website or way to order them but think I might still have one around here. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll check.


  1. February 2nd, 2009 at 19:45 | #1