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elle d.
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I am sure that all of us have been through it after surgery when most all of your old closet favorites don't fit.  While I love the three pair of sweatpants I own, I will not be able to wear them when I start back to school this fall.

I've had plenty of house & hospital time for the past two months that gave me time to scour the web to find some new clothes that really work for me.  I thought I would post the links here in case any ladies out there are looking to update their closets. 


I normally do not shop at Athleta because their clothes are expensive.  However, I was able to find a skirt & two pairs of pants that will be perfect for getting back to work.  The material is lightweight, the waistbands are high enough to cover my ostemy bag (which is pretty high - a bit above my belly button) and they don't get all wrinkly.  Most important of all, THE SKIRT HAS POCKETS! The pictures of the pants aren't as flattering as they are in person. 

Cosmic Skirt

Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Avenue wide legged crop pant


My ostemy nurse is amazing not only because she is great at her job, but because she had an ostemy herself. She told me about looking at maternity jeans, which was brilliant.  I ordered two pairs of these Levi's off Amazon and I was really happy with the price. I ordered them in medium and large and when I tried them on, both seemed to be a pretty good fit.  I haven't worn them around yet, but first fit seems promising and comfortable. 

Signature Maternity Jeans

Dovetail Workwear

I live in Texas and we mess around quite a bit in our free time which means Carhartt for the most part.  Sadly, my tried and trues were hitting me in exactly the wrong spot.  I came across a new to me women's workwear company out of Portland that I am really excited to support.  They have a pant that is as durable as I need with a nice soft high rise waist band.  LOVE THEM.

Christa DIY Pant


I will be able to get away with wearing sweatpants at school, at least on Fridays.  These are my favorite ones to wear at home.  The waist is nice and high and doesn't interfere with my bag.  I think they are about to be discontinued, so I just bought an extra pair. 

Joylab Joggers


Post surgery I had a hard time finding the right undies - both due to my bag and my staples.  I felt most comfy in high waisted undies. Now I mix in some low cut ones depending on how I am feeling.

I found these on Amazon and they are well made with a good fit.  Some folks may not like them as they might be too tight, but they also help smooth things when wearing a dress or something more fitted. 

Finally, because I deserve some cute shit after all I have been through, I ordered two pairs of undies from Studio Ten Fifteen.  They are handmade by Jam, a self described •Black/Femme/Queer/Single Mom •Growing Business Owner. 

To order you just DM her through Instagram and then send the payment via Venmo.  My undies are adorable, super well made and came quickly from the time of order.  I know some people might like Ostemy Secrets, but I just couldn't get behind their pricing.  Yes, Jam's are close in price, but they are handmade by a single momma.  That's where I am spending my $.


That's it for my fashion report!

Your Pal, Elle D.

Joined: 3 years ago
Posts: 321

I ordered several pairs of undies from Ostomy Secrets when I was a new ostomate. They are now at the back of my drawer. In theory, they were a great idea; in reality, I find them bulky and I don’t find an advantage over the regular undies that I buy at Costco. That’s just my opinion.


If you want undies that cater to ostomates but don’t feel like “granny “ undies, check out Vanilla Blush ( They are in Glasgow, but they will ship anywhere. Their bathing suits are gorgeous too. While I haven’t bought their undies, I recently bought a hernia belt right after my hernia surgery, and I absolutely love it. This is an ostomy friendly company that I can support.



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Fantastic post, @elledubuque!! Thank you for sharing this info, especially with links! 

I'm going to move this topic to the tips and tricks section, so people can find it more easily. ?

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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