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Ostomy Fashion – Best Buys

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Many ostomates dress differently due to two things; fear of the bag showing and losing confidence. I asked some ostomates their favourite pieces of clothing to wear when dressing with a stoma, at an affordable price, as let’s face it – we aren’t made of money! (Picture above, I got my dress from SHEIN for £15!)

I admit, when I first became an ostomate back in 2015, it was summer and I had no clue what to wear (I was just 20 years young at that time.) I was fearful of my bag showing, my scars being visible and I lacked all that confidence I once had before I got severely  unwell. I am here to tell you that you CAN wear whatever you want or feel like wearing – whether you want your bag to be concealed or on show! There are two of my favourite ostomy wear companies that you can get briefs that hold your bag in place such as Vanilla Blush which focuses on being sexy at the same time, and for hernia support there is Comfizz which are more practical than sexy but work excellent!

If you are a new ostomate reading this, welcome! Here you will find some great buys from fellow ostomates and hope that this helps you. Feel free to get in touch should you need any more advice! It is a lot to take in, but take it day by day and relax, cus’ we got you covered in the clothing department <3.

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First up we have the lovely Amy also known as the IBDWarriorPrincess who is also my friend and a blogger for Comfizz! “My Style since getting a stoma has changed, but for the better. Now because I can maintain my weight and actually go out. I look forward to going clothes shopping and dressing in the clothes that I love! I swear by high waisted garments because they don’t restrict my ostomy or stop it from it’s normal functions. My favourite go-to outfit is a tight top and a skater skirt, especially on the days where my stoma is more active!” This Jumpsuit was just £12 from Newlook.

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Nicola also known as Beauty and The Bag, is not afraid to have her own sense of style with her ostomy! As a mum of 7 she looks fantastic! “I get pretty much all of my clothes from boohoo and absolutely love the styles I can create! I don’t dress around my stoma or try to hide it.. I wear whatever I feel good in and I like to look a little unique and stand out.”

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Lisa who has her own ostomy fashion instagram account lisakateostomate, sharing other ostomy fashion and bargain buys! Lisa has really struggled recently due to being on steroids to try and help her Chronic Illnesses with her weight, but doesn’t she look amazing! ” Always have shopped at primark, quiz and new look. My go to shops for my clothes and they’re all true to size. I’m usually a 12-14.” We think you look lovely whatever size you are Lisa.

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Jess is no stranger to an ostomy as this isn’t her first once after a failed J-Pouch! Jess finally got the chance to dress up for new year this year after being in hospital on and off for the past few months. This dress is from I Saw It First retailer at £25. She also has an instagram account that you can follow her – jessgoldstraw.

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Sandie loves her comfy trousers which she bought from TK Maxx at just £19.99! “I have made many purchases but I am so glad (more so) on the purchase of these trousers which got me through the first few weeks after surgery.” And I agree definitely a bargain buy!  You can follow Sandie on twitter – sandicookartist.

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Sophie who is a mother of one and is the face behind the ostomy clothing brand I Am Denim London models her own jeans here. Now these are on the higher range of ostomy wear so these do cost a little bit more. These jeans I would really recommend for those of you have a higher stoma! This includes men too! These are currently on sale at £75. Perfect for keeping you ostomy concealed if you are self conscious too (they have a waistband inside that is adapted so you can still empty your pouch without having to undress!)

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Last of all is my bargain buy! These ex Zara jeans I got on ebay for £6.99! I have a low stoma so these cause me no issues on rubbing on the stoma or when my bag fills up. They are super stretchy and soft. I have no issues having my stoma on show or hidden, however when wearing jumpsuits or dresses, I do wear my Vanilla Blush briefs to keep everything in place!  You can follow my instagram – glitterygutsx 

Let me know what your bargain buys are OR your favourite outfit with a stoma! Feel free to tag me on social media so I can share with the rest of my followers!

Thank You to the girls who participated in this blog piece, in hope to help new and old ostomates!

Stoma Wear Brands

My Vanilla Blush Collection!

It’s no secret that I love Vanilla Blush! They are expanding the selection of items of clothing which is includes hoodies, jogging bottoms and bodysuits, so I recently bought a beautiful body suit which includes a pocket for an ostomy bag just like their women briefs, mens boxers and children’s wear. There are also briefs and hernia support wear and many are on NHS prescription.

Vanilla Blush helped me gain confidence back after my surgery back in 2015, after talking to Nicola who also has an ostomy. I also did a coffee morning stall for them here locally in Inverness and loved helping people of all ages and I met so many lovely people.

A little about Vanilla Blush;

“From her hospital bed, and after researching all the medicalised underwear available, Nicola decided she would set up her own company. However, the unique selling point of Vanilla Blush would be that it would deal with Stomas and underwear not as a medical issue but as a fashion issue. Both medically sound but also fashion proud… Launching live on ITV’s ‘This Morning Show’, Valentine’s 2008, Vanilla Blush has grown to become an award winning, globally recognised, business success. Selling female lingerie, male underwear, hernia supportwear, swimwear and sportswear, Vanilla Blush has seen its business grow from great news story to great business story.”

I have the colours of the rainbow..almost! I also have different sizes for when I have lost or put on weight. I put together collages of my collection, I hope you enjoy! Thank you to my partner for taking the photos! The women’s briefs that I have worn since my surgery has been so comforting in helping with my bag when I don’t want to wear a bag cover. If I’m going on a night out for food or to see family/friends and decide to wear a body con dress, the briefs are fantastic to hide your ostomy bag! The pocket is adaptive for room so if your bag balloons or fills, it isn’t so noticeable as it would be without the briefs. They are extremely soft and machine washable too. And that isn’t the only bonus..the next bonus? They make women of any age feel sexy with a stoma!

Here is my collection!;

I asked other ostomates what they loved most about Vanilla Blush underwear that they wear and this is what they said;

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crohnsfighting: “Personally for me I prefer the NHS cotton knickers they do. They are brilliant for the gym and the inside pouch is bigger. For the normal knickers they make, they are good under ball gowns but my main bug bear is the fat roll you get between the knicker back and bra drives me mad . They are also good for wearing with low waisted jeans.”

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ZoeyWrightFitness: “The Underwear makes me feel sexy and sassy whilst the VB hernia support wear makes me feel confident and supported whilst working out.. I wouldn’t wear anything else!”

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Rocking2stomas: “I love that they support both stomas but especially my prolapse and they don’t feel too tight!”

colitiscop: “My new support belt made me feel secure, protected and supported throughout. No rolling up or down even with someone in full mount on me! I have a spare one so I have one for the gym,work and everyday use!”

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jessica_k_miles: ” These gorgeous intimacy knickers are perfect for those intimate moments when you want security and also want to feel beautiful!”

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bagdaddysteve: “The shorts are brilliant, they cover your appliance without making you look like Simon Cowel. I always wear the vests and boxers with a band when I’m training!”

ibdwarriorprincess: “If you want to have a confidence boost and feel sexy but classy at the same time, after ostomy surgery, vanilla blush are amazing. They are so pretty and snug, high quality and pretty!”

It it recommended that you go a size up from what you normally wear too! They also do bundles and offers on their instagram, be sure to check it out so you don’t miss out!

happy shopping!

-alannah x