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VeganOstomy
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May 30, 2016 10:51 pm  
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Ladies, do you have any ostomy clothing tips you'd like to share?

My written article on this topic can be found by clicking on the link below.


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September 15, 2016 1:38 pm  

Ladies, what other tips do you have to share?


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pink alpaca
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May 11, 2019 12:57 pm  

Hi
Just wanted to say how helpful this guide is. I had my ileostomy in February 2019, so I'm still a newbie. I favour slightly loose fitting tops and find dresses with a pattern detract attention from the pouch. I recently purchased some lingerie from Vanilla Blush (UK) as I wanted to have some light/medium support. I've tried the 3 pack (black, navy, white), everyday mixed ostomy underwear which has a handy internal ostomy pocket that runs from right to left, so you can position your pouch whichever side is convenient for you. They are very comfortable and the pouch remains secure in the pocket. They look good and make me feel more confident. I also purchased a white hernia support vest. I haven't got a hernia but find it useful support as a preventive measure against developing one. It's very comfortable to wear, looks good, can be difficult to get on and off - similar to compression socks, but offers great support and stays in place If you live in the UK these items are available on prescription.


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VeganOstomy
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May 13, 2019 11:21 am  

Pink alpaca, I hear a lot of good things about the Vanilla Blush products! Glad you like them!


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June 22, 2019 10:49 am  

My mother now has an ileostomy and having trouble finding pants she can wear. She is 5ft 1in tall so her stoma sits right at her natural waist. Everything today is made low waisted or spandexy tight fitting which she doesnt like. Suggestions?


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VeganOstomy
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June 23, 2019 9:18 pm  

Hi Mary, 

What is her preference? Does she prefer to tuck in the bag under her pants, wear it over her pants, or wear it under some kind of support band/belt? 

 


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June 23, 2019 9:48 pm  

I wear leggings or yoga pants in a size or sometimes two sizes bigger, which gives me room in the waist and they don’t look like tights. The larger size also makes for enough room that they sit right above my stoma (like your mother, I am short). If the waist is too big I thread a long shoelace through the waistband and tie it on the inside.


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January 6, 2020 11:14 am  

Last summer I found that a pair of loose capris, with matching suspenders worked very well. Also, a long loose vest for those of us trying to hide the buldge.


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January 8, 2020 2:24 pm  

@Mary

Hi Mary,

I am just a little taller, and short-waisted, so have the same issue with waistbands of mid-rise pants actually pressing on stoma.  Just not enough room for low-cut pants, while high-cut have to be up over the ribs to work!  I was about to embark on a life of sewing dresses when I came upon Maternity pants, with a stretchy fabric panel above the hips.  I started with a pair of capris from Thyme Maternity.  This was when my abdomen was still very sore about 8 weeks after surgery, and only loose dresses had been bearable.  In the fall I had great success at Motherhood Maternity, purchasing jeans, dressier pants, and leggings.  At both these Canadian shops the staff were amazingly helpful; apparently many surgical patients find these clothes useful.  Online shopping is also an option.  I recently ordered doubles of the products I liked best from Motherhood; excellent deals, great service.  Tips:  As I don't have a "bump" the size of a pregnant woman, sometimes slippage is an issue.  Wearing a vest or camisole, or T-shirt as a base layer, over the pouch, I pull the stretchy fabric up over top, and that provides enough friction to keep things in place.  The illusion is completed by wearing a longer shirt, sweater or tunic overtop.  Here too I found maternity tops worked well, though not essential, because they are thoughtfully made to be cosy and easy-care.  Note that Motherhood Maternity offers some styles in Petite, a great help to shorter folks.  I say folks, because there must be a few male ostomates who would benefit, whether just during healing stage, or generally.  To conclude - no one can tell these are maternity clothes!  The stretchy panel is essentially a "bandeau", keeping the pouch secure.

Hope this helps,

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January 8, 2020 2:42 pm  

Hi Alison, Welcome to the forum and some great tips for the ladies.


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