Before having my ileostomy my main concern was about what clothes could I wear! Vain I know and hilarious when I wouldn’t even deem myself trendy or fashionable; I am very much of the train of thought that if I like it I wear it. I just thought it has been awhile since I have shared photos of my outfits so why not just do another one?I am currently struggling with depression and self loathing when it comes to body image so I haven’t specifically made a special effort in these photos nor have I tried to fake a smile so if that horrifies you I apologise!! Well sort of but not really!
As you can see quite quickly I prefer wearing skirts/dresses and leggings, not to mention my comfort blanket aka the cardigan. I tend to find things that loosely cover my ostomy bag to be more comfortable than tighter clothing. I prefer leggings over jeans because they come up over my stoma, whereas jeans unless high waist versions sit just under my stoma and I don’t like having it tucked in jeans as it puffs up at the top and I also can’t stand it flapping about either!
I love patterned clothes as they break up the focus from your bag if you can sort of see the outline. Although I am more than happy to wear fitted items of clothing on a day to day basis I prefer to have things on that are a bit more flowy which is more down to laziness when I can’t be bothered to do the oh so long trek up the stairs to the bathroom.
Even though I am very proud of my ileostomy and I will happily talk about it, I don’t really want it showing through my clothes. I know it won’t always be hidden but I much prefer the whole ‘bag what bag?’ kinda look.
The last post I wrote on clothes was back in October on my autumn must haves so that goes to show how uninterested in how I dress I am! Does how you dress with your stoma concern you? Is it something you worry about or do you find you just throw things on and hope for the best?