October is the month to think pink! Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, an estimated 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. We’ve curated a special collection of our favorite pretty-in-pink fashions and partnered with the Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 100% of the proceeds from this collection will go to support the BAYS mission and fight against breast cancer. Check out our Pinterest board for more than 20 beautiful pieces that’ll not only help you do good, but look good doin’ it!
We have our eye on the Banana Republic Wrap Dress and Alice + Olivia Halter Dress; both are flirty and perfect for a date night. The DKNY shirt dress is perfect for a casual weekend or stroll in the park but still has a feminine flair to it. If you’re looking for separates, the flowy Zara blouse, Banana Republic peplum inspired tank or J.Crew pant will be sure to make any outfit pop.
Wear your support in style! Every purchase counts whether it be small or large — you can make a difference in the lives of those fighting the battle of breast cancer.
Read on for our interview with BAYS President Ann Kim below.
BAYS is a community of young women with breast cancer whom all have been diagnosed before the age of 45. The community looks to each other for support and are united through their passion to survive the disease. BAYS offers a variety of resources to help members in their daily life such as free medical advice, financial assistance, spiritual wellness and more.
TOP ROW - From left to right:
ZARA BASIC Peach Ruffle V-Neck Blouse, $14.00 LIKETWICE.COM
BANANA REPUBLIC SOLID COCKTAIL SHEATH DRESS, $32.00 LIKETWICE.COM
BANANA REPUBLIC NWT Coral Ruffle Hem Sleeveless Top, $16.00 LIKETWICE.COM
BOTTOM ROW - From left to right:
J.CREW Low Fit Bright Pink Stretch Cropped Pants, $34.00 LIKETWICE.COM
ALICE + OLIVIA Fuchsia Empire Halter Dress, $65.00 LIKETWICE.COM
DKNY PINK CASUAL SHIRTDRESS, $72.00 LIKETWICE.COM
To view or purchase additional pieces in the Twice/BAYS Pretty-In-Pink collection, please visit our Pinterest board.
BAYS President Ann Kim gives us the story behind BAYS and shares her personal style:
1. What prompted you to get involved with BAYS?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few days after my 39th birthday. It came as a shock because I had no family history, and I ate well and took good care of myself. My sons were 3 and 7 at the time, and I was worried about dying and leaving my kids without a mother. I read a story in the newspaper about a new support group that had been formed for young women with breast cancer. I had also read online that women with breast cancer who join support groups do better than women who don’t. I wanted to do whatever I could to maximize my chances of staying alive for my sons, so I joined BAYS. A few years later, I was one of the founding board members who decided to make BAYS an official 501(c)(3) charity, and I’ve been the BAYS President for the past several years.
2. What makes BAYS unique?
BAYS is a group dedicated to providing support for young women with breast cancer in the greater SF Bay area. BAYS was started by two women in their 30s who found that most women in breast cancer support groups are much older and have very different issues than younger women. For example, older women may worry about whether they will see their grandchildren grow up, but younger women worry about whether they can even have children at all, given the toxic effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. In addition to monthly support groups, we have a very active online community, and we have fun events such as clothing swaps, hikes on local trails, and cocktail hours where we talk about dating and sexuality after cancer.
3. Who is your favorite style icon and why?
Definitely Audrey Hepburn. She had a classic elegance but was never boring. One of my favorite movies is Sabrina (the original B+W version), where Audrey goes to Paris as an awkward duckling and comes back a beautiful (and very chic) swan.
4. What is the one piece in your closet that you love to pieces and can’t live without?
I love peacoats, and I have several in my closet. I have a red wool peacoat-style blazer from Tahari that looks equally great with jeans or my Michael Kors wrap dress. I have a lightweight peacoat from Lands End that I throw on when I’m running errands on Clement Street. And I have a black leather peacoat that I wear all the time - it’s perfect for blocking the chill of San Francisco fog.
5. How did you hear about Twice?
I first heard about Twice when they reached out to BAYS to ask if they could do a fundraiser for us, which was so kind and generous. I wish I had known about Twice before, because I had just given away many clothes including an Armani AX jean jacket, and a bunch of Ann Taylor blouses. Who knew I could have sold them to Twice and made some money for BAYS? But now that I know about Twice and see the great clothes they have — at really good prices — I will definitely tell my friends.
I really appreciate Twice reaching out to BAYS because we’re a small, all-volunteer organization that relies on the generosity of individual donors. Unlike some of the huge charities you see during pink ribbon month, BAYS has a tiny budget, which means that your dollar goes a very long way and really helps make a difference in the lives of young women with breast cancer.