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You Can Use Fashion to Help You Feel Better About Cancer

February 16th, 2012

Hello everyone!! I hope you are all well! I wanted to share with you something that means a lot to me. Millions of people out there are suffering from cancer: when one person is diagnosed, it affects all of their family and friends. It is a painful but truly powerful ripple effect and anything that anyone can do to help ease suffering is always important. I was contacted a few weeks ago by Jackie, who does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. They are a leading web resource for mesothelioma cancer. Jackie wanted to see if she could share one of her entries on Nini’s Style. Her goal is to help the ladies out there that are going through chemo to understand that they can still look good and feel good about their appearance. I immediately said yes to her and was only happy to help.

You Can Use Fashion to Help You Feel Better About Cancer

By: Jackie Clark

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma or breast cancer may not be how you thought your life would turn out. Of course, this doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. Going through treatment may be both painful and tiring. It may take its toll on your overall well being and physical appearance as well, making you feel as if you are only a mere shadow of your former self. This doesn’t have to be the case for you. If you have the energy to make it to treatment or to see your specialist, you have the energy to take pride in how you look.

Using fashion to help keep you looking radiant on the outside can be beneficial when it comes to overcoming how you feel on the inside. Wearing fashionable clothing in beautiful colors that complements your body shape and size as well as great looking shoes can help change your outlook on life.

You may be diagnosed with cancer, but your life is not over yet. It has only begun a new chapter. When you start to see how good you look by taking care of yourself and dressing fashionably, you may feel more hope that things will get better when it comes to your diagnosis. Perhaps your friends and family start noticing how much better you look and compliment you. This cannot only make you feel better but it may even make you beam.

Feeling strong and confident can make any prognosis feel as if it is only a matter of time before it passes and you are cured. You don’t have to let your diagnosis make you feel as if you aren’t worth taking care of. On the contrary, you are every bit as worth it as anyone else and you deserve to look and feel your best.

Wearing fashionable, stylish clothing and shoes makes you feel as if you are still in and part of the world. Not only are you part of the world, but also you are a trendsetter, someone people would look up to when it comes to dressing beautifully. Fashion can do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence makes you forget everything else that is going on in your life.



Wearing: H&M black shorts, Jean Paul Gaultier yellow hooded jersey, Margiela vest, Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps, H&M hoops earrings and vintage ring



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  1. February 16th, 2012 at 00:29 | #1

    you look so chic! as usual

  2. February 16th, 2012 at 00:54 | #2

    the yellow makes a whole lotta difference! soo chic!

  3. dee r.
    February 16th, 2012 at 04:16 | #3

    hi nini,

    i’ve been following your blog for a long time and i love your style and your beautiful photos.

    i know you didn’t write this article, and i am sure that jackie clark has the best intentions when dealing with the extremely sensitive topic of cancer and appearance, but i something leapt out at me that i couldn’t help comment on.

    it was a sentence in her last statement: “Wearing fashionable, stylish clothing and shoes makes you feel as if you are still in and part of the world.” i think, is this really true? i understand her point of view, encouraging women with cancer to continue to take pride and care in their appearance but i do not agree with “fashionable clothing making you feel like you’re still part of the world.” i think there are plenty of beautiful, content women out there who are not “fashionable” and certainly feel like there are respected figures in society.

    don’t get me wrong. i take a lot of care in the way i dress. i think i have taste and i certainly admire people who have style. i just think that making a statement like that is somewhat superficial.

    i think it’s not “fashion” that should be therapy, perhaps we should encourage these women that they are still beautiful, strong people and they should not compromise their routines in the way they dress and present themselves just because they are fighting cancer.

  4. February 16th, 2012 at 05:22 | #4

    Absolutely in love with those heels!

    Step into Estherina’s World

  5. February 16th, 2012 at 05:40 | #5

    This is a killer look Nini!


  6. February 16th, 2012 at 09:16 | #6

    brilliant styling!


  7. February 16th, 2012 at 09:21 | #7

    This is so fierce! Love the bright yellow contrast!


  8. February 16th, 2012 at 09:35 | #8

    What a beautiful combination!

    Just Like a True Star

  9. February 16th, 2012 at 10:25 | #9

    Oh, it´s amazing :)

  10. February 16th, 2012 at 12:15 | #10

    Hey Nini, awesome that you are giving Jackie a platform. I lost familymembers too because of this crazy disease.

    And about you, every time I read your blog you come across to me as a kind hearted person. No doubt that you are beautiful on the outside, but you got me thinking that you are just as gorgeous on the inside!! And I just love this outfit you are wearing, girl you always know how to rock it.

    All love Lola,


  11. Natasha
    February 16th, 2012 at 12:47 | #11

    What a gorgeous outfit Nini! Love the yellow pop in this. Also, it’s awesome that you are sharing the message about fighting cancer! Kudos to you!

  12. February 16th, 2012 at 16:32 | #12

    Such unique shoes, absolutely love the colors

  13. February 16th, 2012 at 17:11 | #13

    So Pretty Nini!and thanks for this post on Cancer. I lost a dear relative to it and i know the struggles one goes through.

  14. February 16th, 2012 at 19:38 | #14

    I adore this look!!!! that hair gets better everyday! I appreciate this post! I have several friends who lost the battle and an aunt who fights daily !!!!!! you are awesome :)


  15. Sharonda
    February 16th, 2012 at 20:36 | #15

    Oh my I just came to look at Nini as usual and the post about cancer is up I have a close friend who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer I luv this post

  16. February 17th, 2012 at 13:15 | #16

    Nini, LOVE this look!! Those shoes are TDF!!

    And that is really nice of you to share a post about cancer. It does affect a lot of people, not just that one person.

  17. February 19th, 2012 at 08:22 | #17

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Cancer is truly horrific and it sucks the life out of you, but I love seeing people fight back any way that they can. I applaud Jackie for reminding the ladies to take pride in their appearance. Not because it’s important, but for the state of their mental well being. I think that doing anything that distracts you from worrying to the point of exhaustion is wonderful. Especially when it’s an illness. I don’t think that the clothes have to be stylish. The only thing that matters is that they feel comfortable and beautiful when wearing them.

  18. Mary
    February 21st, 2012 at 18:53 | #18

    Thank you Jackie for this post! When I went through chemo (for Breast Cancer) and lost my hair…I made a decision not to wear a wig. Instead I bought beautiful african fabrics and wore headwraps everyday with amazing earrings. The colorful fabric and design details uplifted and inspired me!!
    Nini I love your blog!

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