Distracting people from your waist
Although there is no reason why you should not continue wearing the clothes you have always worn after your stoma operation, you may initially feel more self-conscious. You might worry that your stoma will show up under your clothes and look obvious.
Here are some tips to help prevent this happening:
- If you find belts too tight or uncomfortable over your stoma pouch, why not try braces instead
- Wearing a vest under your shirt can disguise any lumps
- Pushing your belt lower down your actual waist can create the impression that your waist is narrower than it really is
- Matching colours are also good with vertical necklines, such as V-necks
- Pleated trousers provide added room for movement and give room for expansion when your bag fills
- Belts with large buckles can provide a flattering detraction from other areas of the waist
- Wide necklines can also detract from the waist
- You might want to try fairly high-waisted boxer-type shorts to disguise the bag
You can tell if a colour doesn’t suit you as your complexion will look uneven in colour or the colour of the garment stands out more than you. Many male ostomates do prefer patterned tops with dark trousers or patterned shorts / swim shorts if they are going topless in Summer. This is purely a matter of personal taste, however, and you will soon find what you are comfortable with.
Underwear and swimwear
CUI, Vanilla Blush and Glitter Beach make attractive underwear and swimwear especially for people who have stomas.
These ranges and others produce men's swimming shorts and underwear with inner linings which are very good for stoma pouch privacy. Some designs even have pockets to tuck your stoma bag into.