Stomas come in all shapes and sizes, just like us! We all have different body shapes and types and have issues when it comes to fashion.... well I know that is how it is for me.
I am plus-sized, and have been the entire time I have been an ostomate. So while the tips I share below might be helpful to some with a stoma, it might be irrelevant to others, which is just because our body shapes are different.
Here are my: 5 quick fashion tips when you have a stoma
#1. Avoid pants with button up or zip up flies
One thing I learnt early on in the game is that pants with zip or button up flies were rather uncomfortable. It could be due to where my stoma sits which was exactly where I would be trying to do my pants up, and if I were successful enough to get them done up it was rather uncomfortable as my stoma started to fill up and felt like it was going to burst.
#2. High wasted and elasticised pants will become your new wardrobe staple
When I realised I couldn't wear my beloved jeans anymore, I had to get rid of them. I have these elasticised wasted pair of jeggings (looks like jeans but are leggings) and I bought them not long after my stoma surgery. Imagine my excitement when I could wear comfortable, elasticised pants that look like jeans without the uncomfortable zips. I loved these so much that I bought myself 3 pairs, and 3 years on they are still going strong and I wear them most days. Even maternity pants are great!
#3. Find dresses that you are comfortable in
I used to love wearing tight fitting dresses that showed off my curves and boobs, but I found when I had my stoma it sometimes became noticable if my stoma filled up, but it also was a little uncomfortable as it was filling and the dress was tight. I learnt to find dresses that still made me feel feminine but were rather loose fitting around my stoma. I also like tunic style dresses that I can wear black tights and boots with.
#4. Wear PJ's that are one size bigger
I have found that by wearing bigger sized PJ's that they are more comfortable of a night when you're trying to sleep. Not only are they loose but they aren't compressing on your stoma and it has the room to fill up. I know this if favourable for me, as I find my stoma becomes rather gassy over night and sometimes in the past when I have worn tight PJ's my stoma bag exploded as it just didn't have the room to move.
#5. One piece swimwear can be more comfortable than some shapewear
I know this might sound strange and I know the whole point of shapewear is for it to be rather tight and fitting, but sometimes I find it is too tight on my stoma and I feel like I can't eat or drink as to avoid it filling up and having to worry about trying to empty it every 10 minutes so it doesn't get too full. Then I thought I would try wearing a one piece swimsuit instead, and not only does it hold things in place but it feels a little more roomy and comfortable around my stoma. Obviously this wouldn't suit if wearing a strapless dress, but it might be an alternative solution to finding shapewear being too tight.
So these are just some of my quick tips that I incorporate into my wardrobe, and it might be something you've already worked out or might help you to try something new.
But I want to hear from you, what fashion adaptations have you had to go through after you had your stoma surgery? Feel free to comment below if you have some tips that help you.