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Dressing after Crohn’s Surgery- 5 Post- Ostomy Fashion Tips

Monday, September 12th, 2011



Having IBD surgery for Crohn’s, and worried about what clothes to wear after the ostomy or colostomy? Support your stoma pouch in style with these fashion tips.


What is ostomy surgery?

Patients of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis often elect to undergo surgery as a means of controlling their IBD symptoms.  Popular Crohn’s surgeries are ileostomies and colostomies, which involves redirecting digestive waste through a “stoma” (opening) that protrudes from a designated area.  For such people, the inconvenience of wearing an exposed stoma pouch is trivial, compared with lifelong Crohn’s disease symptoms such as chronic diarrhea and stomach cramping.

How will wearing an ostomy pouch affect my style of dressing?

It’s important to keep your stoma well protected, for hygienic reasons, but also in order to prevent accidents, such as spills, leaks, blowouts, or spurts.  Also, if your ostomy surgery is to remain a secret, you will need to learn how to dress in clothing that hides the stoma stump.  Depending on which part of your body you wear your pouch, you might opt for higher waistlines, or low-slung hip-hugging jeans.  Avoid materials that highlight every curve, such as silk or spandex.  Wear clothes that you love to live in, whether you’re an avid sports fan, urbane city dweller, or stay-at-home mom.

Five Fashion Tips for Ostomy Surgery Patients:

Pouches come in different sizes, with different features to accommodate your lifestyle.  For traveling, sports, or increased intimacy, consider a compact mini-pouch.  For disposal, you have the option of choosing a throwaway pouch, or one that drains easily and discreetly into public restroom stalls.  Many companies sell designer pouch covers to protect your ostomy pouch in style.  Stomactive offers an ostomy pouch tee for kids.

Wear panty hose. Women have the option to hold in their ostomy pouch by wearing panty hose.  A firm pair of control-top panty hose provides lower back support while smoothing your silhouette.  You’ll feel confident enough to wear trim, fitted skirts and trousers, and nobody else needs to know about your pouch, snugly tucked inside your waistband.  Don’t like panty hose? Ostomysecrets makes a high-waist wrap that has an inner pocket for holding your pouch against your skin, and its stay-dry material makes it a great option for wicking away sweat during a workout.

Put on a pair of suspenders. Some men who’ve had ostomy surgery find that wearing a belt over their slacks adds too much bulk and feels uncomfortable.  As an alternative, many opt to wear a pair of suspenders instead.  For optimum stoma support, the Ostomy Armor allows freedom of movement while preventing leaks, spurts, or other embarrassing accidents.



Layer your tops. It used to be that having an ostomy meant that you had to commit yourself to a life of loose, baggy sweatshirts.  That is no longer the case- today’s stomas and “base plates” are constructed of more comfortable, bendable materials.  If you’re used to wearing snug, thin cotton shirts, you may continue to do so.  Just remember to wear two layers- one snug undershirt or tank top to hold in your pouch, and another shirt on top.  The Stealth Belt supports your stoma stylishly, and pairs well with low-rise styles.



Ostomy swimwear should have an inner pocket to store your pouch.  The White Rose Collection, a UK site, offers a wide selection of ostomy-friendly swimsuits, sportswear, and underwear for men and women, and they ship all over the world.  Alternatively, consider wearing a waterproof pouch pocket by Weir Comfees.

Got more questions about how ostomy surgery will affect your lifestyle?  Visit Ostomy.org.

Related reading:

Crohn’s- 9 Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) Myths to Ignore

Gastrointestinal Surgery for Crohn’s (IBD) and B12 Warnings

101 Helpful Sites for Kids ‘n Teens with Crohn’s (and their Parents)

On the Run with Crohn’s? 6 Ways to Ease Public Restroom Anxiety

Gut Bugs:Winning the Bacteria Battle


Ostomy Fashion Tips

Clothing with a Stoma

Surgery for Crohn’s Disease


Best Clothes for Fibromyalgia Pain- 6 Helpful Dressing Tips

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011



What are the best clothes to wear if you have fibromyalgia…especially when Muumuus are not an option?


Dress for success in spite of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an “invisible disease” that causes much suffering to its victims; fibro patients experience intense pain at the slightest touch, even in the absence of any discernable skin or muscular injuries.

Many sufferers also experience “fibro fog,” which may be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome, a comorbidity of fibromyalgia.

7 Reasons You Have Brain Fog…And What to do About It

What are the symptoms of allodynia?

Allodynia is a specific condition in which fibromyalgia patients feel that their “clothes hurt,” an overreaction to sensations that are not painful to non-fibro patients, particularly in relation to clothing.  People in the fibromyalgia circle refer to it as “Princess and the Pea Syndrome.”

Common complaints are:

  • Shooting pains in arms caused by wristwatches, rings, or bracelets
  • Itchiness and skin irritation produced by wearing hot, manmade materials or tight, constricting clothing
  • Painful pressure on ribcage or abdomen
  • Sensitivity to sewn-on clothing labels and tags, or anything rubbing against the skin

100 Best Sites for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Information

Which clothes are worst for fibromyalgia?

What works for some doesn’t always work for others…

You might be more comfortable in loose, flowing caftan, while other fibromyalgia sufferers prefer skintight stretchy leggings and a sports top.

When it comes to socks, tight diabetic hosiery might give you long-lasting relief from foot pain, but some people can’t stand the feel of tight or padded socks, and walk comfier in thin, no-show athletic socks.


6 helpful tips for dressing without fibromyalgia pain

1- Don’t get strapped down.

Tight bra straps and underwire shaping are the biggest causes for complaint among fibromyalgia sufferers.  Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford to go without.

For office clothing, consider wearing thick vests over comfortable cotton shirts, in lieu of form-fitting tops that require a shaping bra.

Check out JoAnn Fabrics- they sell a bra strap extender for just $1.99.  Some great alternatives to pokey wired bras are cotton sports bras, or Spanx Bra-llelujah! Wireless Front-Closure Bra.

2- Loosen up.

Tight button-down collars, stuffy ties, and tight jeans are not for you.  Around the house, it’s fine to lounge around in super comfy drawstring pants and oversized tank tops, but your boss will probably frown on flannel pajama pants as your new office attire.

Choose clothes that are comfortable, but not sloppy.  Long, breezy cotton dresses are acceptable in or out of the office, as well as rayon wide-legged trousers.


If elastic waistbands are driving you nuts, then consider wearing low-riding bikini underwear instead of high-waist briefs.  For outerwear, opt for low-rise cotton pants paired with a longer-length top for tummy coverage.  Be on the lookout for clothing items that feature covered elastic waists.

Don’t be shy about investigating the maternity clothing stores; Maternity pants and skirts have a low elastic waist that tucks under the tummy, and are really comfortable!  In fact, many moms are reluctant to switch back to their old waist-hugging jeans.  Alternatively, you can get the same results from a pair of wide, drawstring pants.

4- Forgo fashion labels.

Clothing tags and labels are murder on the tactile-sensitive.  Many clothing manufacturers such as Old Navy and Hanes make nonirritating tag-free shirts, pants, and socks.

If ripping the tag out is not an option, hop on over to your neighborhood tailor, and she’ll be glad to carefully remove the tag without causing any damage to the fabric. In a pinch, you can also wear underwear, socks, or pajama tops inside out, and nobody need ever know.

5- Be kind to your feet.

Fibromyalgia pain is similar to diabetic neuropathy.  For that reason, many fibro sufferers find relief by wearing form-fitting diabetic socks. Other key features to look for are seamless toes and non-ribbed socks.  Comfortable shoes should be made of leather or cotton.

Some favorites include handcrafted loafers and sandals from San Antonio Shoes (SAS).

6- Drape yourself in comfortable fabrics.

Omit polyester, or any manmade clothing material, from your fashion wardrobe.  Instead, buy comfortable, breathable apparel made from natural fibers.

Check the clothing label (before ripping it out) for 100% cotton, silk, Tencel, rayon, or modal, in addition to 5% spandex.

WinterSilks is famous for their silky long underwear, but they also manufacture a full range of comfortable clothing for men and women.


    Also read:

    Staying Fit with Fibromyalgia: 13 Pain-Free Workouts

    Why More Fibromyalgia Patients are Taking Tai Chi

    15 Handy Household Tools for Chronic Pain Sufferers


    Poll: What Clothes are Worst for Fibromyalgia Pain?

    Allodynia: Weird Pain Related to Fibromyalgia

    How to Dress for Less Fibromyalgia Pain

    A Checklist for the Symptoms of Allodynia

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