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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Intro

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!).

Dresses

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:

For dresses that aren’t stretch material, I ensure they are fitted, but with an extra 1″ around the belly. I have tried on dresses in stores about brought an ostomy bag that I stuffed with cotton with me to place over top of my bag, just so I can see how noticeable it would be when filled.

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

Blue dress - Karin

Blue dress – Karin

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Casual Sundress

Casual Sundress

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Dress – Skater Style

Dress – Skater Style

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Dress example - Amy

Dress example – Amy

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Dress – Keely

Dress – Keely

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Formal Dress – Marcie

Formal Dress – Marcie

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Tight White Dress – Amanda

Tight White Dress – Amanda

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Purple dress

Purple dress.

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Designer Dress – Laura

Designer Dress – Laura

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Dress – White & Purple

Dress – White & Purple

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Maternity Dress

Maternity Dress

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Fitted grey dress

Fitted grey dress

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Semi-Formal Dress

Semi-Formal Dress

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B&W Dress – Karin

B&W Dress – Karin

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Casual Dress over Leggings

Casual Dress over Leggings

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Blue Dress and Boots – Karin

Blue Dress and Boots – Karin

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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!

Wedding Dress – Amanda

Wedding Dress – Amanda

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Wedding Dress - Alison

Wedding Dress – Alison

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Wedding Dress - Thaila

Wedding Dress – Thaila

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“Non-traditional” Wedding Dress

“Non-traditional” Wedding Dress

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Thaila Skye also has some great tips on getting married with an ostomy in THIS video.

Shorts

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.

Shorts - Bethany

Shorts – Bethany

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Shorts w/ Long Top

Shorts w/ Long Top

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High-Waisted Shorts

High-Waisted Shorts

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Jean Shorts w/ Short Top

Jean Shorts w/ Short Top

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One Piece w/ Shorts

One Piece w/ Shorts

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Skirts

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!

Skater Skirt

Skater Skirt

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Plaid Skirt

Plaid Skirt – Karin

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Maxi Skirt w/ Tank Top & Cardi

Maxi Skirt w/ Tank Top & Cardi

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Skirt – Keely

Skirt – Keely

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Knee Length Dress

Knee Length Dress

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Blue Skirt w/ White Shirt – Karin

Blue Skirt w/ White Shirt – Karin

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Maternity Band under Skirt – Karin

Maternity Band under Skirt – Karin

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Skirt example - Bethany

Skirt example – Bethany

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Skirt – Blue

Skirt – Blue

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Dark Suit – Karin

Dark Suit – Karin

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Dark Suit Closeup – Karin

Dark Suit Closeup – Karin

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Red skirt - Bethany

Red skirt – Bethany

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Tops

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.

I choose patterns to hide but also statement items like big jewelry or awesome shoes to draw attention else wear and feel more comfortable! I also dyed my hair red for that reason too! Keeps attention else wear! I’m always wearing my ostomy belt by ostomy secrets to help conceal and give support! Neonerinn
Cream Cami

Cream Cami

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Leggings & Singlet – Laura

Leggings & Singlet – Laura

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Casual wear - Neonerinn

Casual wear – Neonerinn

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Blouse example - Bethany

Blouse example – Bethany

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Loose Fitting Top – Laura

Loose Fitting Top – Laura

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Playsuit - Keely

Playsuit – Keely

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Casual wear - Sue

Casual wear – Sue

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Layered top

Layered top

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Casual wear

Casual wear

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Blouses – Black and White

Blouses – Black and White

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Leggings w/ Short Top

Leggings w/ Short Top

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Jumpers

Jumpers

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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.

Custom Work Clothes – Tracy

Custom Work Clothes – Tracy

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High-Waisted Trousers

High-Waisted Trousers

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Custom Trousers – Tracy

Custom Trousers – Tracy

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High Waisted Jeans

High Waisted Jeans

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High Waisted Jeans w/ Long T-Shirt

High Waisted Jeans w/ Long T-Shirt

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Maternity Jeans – Amy

Maternity Jeans – Amy

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Maternity Jeans and Top

Maternity Jeans and Top

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Maternity trousers w/ wrap

Maternity trousers w/ wrap.

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Work Clothes

Work Clothes

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Leggings - Bethany

Leggings – Bethany

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Leggings w/ Short Top

Leggings w/ Short Top

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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!