Welcome to part two of the lady’s guide to dressing with an ostomy!
Here’s where the fun begins! This article will focus on clothing options for everyday wear.
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One of the most asked questions about having an ostomy is whether you’ll need to alter what you wear and how you wear it.
Fortunately, many ostomates don’t need to replace their clothes after surgery. There may be some adjustments, but for the most part this won’t be something you’ll need to worry about all the time.
You’ll see in the examples below just how expansive your options can be! The ladies below are a mix of new ostomates and ostomy veterans, but all have found ways to fit their favorite garments into their lives (no pun intended!).
From long, flowing dresses to tight, short ones, know that your ostomy won’t limit you!
If you’d like to some extra comfort, check out this tip:
I have had a few dresses altered to accommodate this. Buy a dress that fits, then have the hips let out just a bit to give extra room.Amanda Andrew
And for you gals who will be getting married soon, know that you’ll look beautiful on your special day! Have a look at what these brides have been able to show off!
Thaila Skye also has some great tips on getting married with an ostomy in THIS video.
From denim and beyond, shorts can be comfortable and cool in hot weather.
You’ll find that most traditional and high waist shorts will cover some or all of your pouch, but low-rise shorts will reveal your entire bag; feel free to use pouch cover if that makes you more comfortable.
Skits are awesome, and you can look great in one with an ostomy!
The length of your skirt doesn’t matter as much as where the waistband is, and if it can come over your appliance, it will be well concealed.
Have a look at the styles below – you’d never know an ostomy bag was under there!
From form-fitting to loose, you’ll be able to find the right top for any occasion.
Many women prefer loose-fitting or flowing tops, as it helps with concealment as the pouch fills.
Trousers / Pants
It seems that you gals prefer either low-cut (under the stoma) or high-waisted trousers (over the stoma), and regardless, you wear them well!
There are many options here, and you can get some great ideas by checking out the photos below. Also note that you can have your trousers adjusted, or you may opt for maternity pants, which have a stretchy band across the entire front and are a popular option among ostomates.
We Aren’t Done Yet!
As you can see, everything from casual wear to business attire is possible with very little modifications to your wardrobe.
But what about lingerie or swimwear? I haven’t forgotten about that!
In part three you’ll find many examples of what lady ostomates wear at the beach, during intimacy, and even while pregnant!