Dressing with an Ostomy: A Guide for Ladies (Part 2)

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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!

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3 thoughts on “Dressing with an Ostomy: A Guide for Ladies (Part 2)

  1. This is the first site I came to after finding out that I will have an ostomy bag for the rest of my life due to cancer. It is so nice seeing women live their lives the way you should. I know that it will be a process of finding out what works for me. It has all just been a massive change for me.

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