Stoma Friendly Skinny Jeans!

Sorry lads, but this one’s for the ladies tonight…

So ladies, how many of you have had major issues finding skinny jeans, or jeans in general, that will accommodate your stoma? Well, you are not alone. Since having my stoma formed in February (2014), finding a pair of good fitting, ostomy friendly jeans has been somewhat of a mission impossible. My legs resemble those of a 5″3 chicken, literally, which rise to some relatively wide ‘birthing’ hips…..so you can see my predicament here. And, if any of you little fashionista’s out there are anything like myself, then only skinny jeans will do. Well girls, I think I may have the answer to your prayers…

Recently I’ve been getting pretty down and feeling rubbish about my appearance. This has absolutely nothing to do with my stoma itself as such, I am still totally in love with him and the life he has blessed me with, but I still want to be able to wear what I want, when I want, and feel confident, happy and sexy in myself. I dont want to wear super-tight jeans where I’m constantly checking for leaks, being cautious when I sit down, getting upset about the ‘what-ifs’ because at the end of the day the smile on your face will always be your best and biggest feature. Well today I am a super-smiley Ostomate….

Now, personally I have never been a huge fan of Topshop, I’m more of a River Island kinda girl, but on my last shopping expedition I thought I’d give it a whirl. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with their selection of jeans, so I flung a few pairs over my shoulder and headed for the changing rooms. I had finally found a perfect pair of jeans! I was able to get a slightly longer 32″ pair with a 28″ waist, and the best bit is that they are tight enough on my scrawny chicken legs, but accommodate my ‘bag’ with very little tightness. They are made from a lovely supersoft fabric with plenty of stretch in them; this particular style are called ‘Leigh’, retail at £38 and have a mid to high-rise waist band. Today I put them to the ultimate test and they passed with flying colours; I spent all morning at hospital, followed by lunch and then shopping, so my stoma was getting knocked around a fair bit. These photographs were taken at 3pm today with a full bag that hadn’t been emptied since 8am and the jeans still kept the ever-filling bag nicely enclosed.

I appreciate that this particular style of jeans wont be everyone’s cup of tea, but Topshop do have a massive variety of styles, shapes, colours and sizes in this super-soft stretchy fabric, so certainly worth checking them out. I just need to decide which colour I want to purchase next and think I may try a high-waisted pair, too…

If any of you have any questions or recommendations for Ostomy-friendly jeans I would love to hear from you, you can e-mail me at rachel@stomawise.co.uk Rachel xxx