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A spring wardrobe guide for ostomates

The change of seasons from winter to spring is a wonderful time of transition. Spring brings with it, a sense of renewal, life, warmth and your wardrobe should reflect this. Easing out of the cold, wetter weather and moving into warmer temperatures takes some adjusting of clothes, to feel comfortable.

Creating a spring wardrobe for ostomates involves selecting comfortable, practical, and stylish clothing that accommodates your own needs while maintaining a sense of fashion and confidence. More importantly, wear your clothes confidently and proudly! Remember, your stoma doesn’t define you, you deserve to feel comfortable and stylish in whatever you choose to wear. Embrace your own style and celebrate your individuality with confidence.

Here are some tips on how ostomates can be creative and confident when thinking about your spring wardrobe. Many of these items you will have already in the corners of your wardrobe, so there is no need to rush out and buy more:


Layering is your best friend during the move into spring. Layering your wardrobe items such as cardigans, lightweight denim jackets or coatigans are even easy to peel off when you feel warm. Mixing and matching layers not only adds dimension to your outfit but also ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day.

Loose-fitting tops:

Loose-fitting tops can be flattering whilst helping you to feel cool. Floaty blouses, tunic tops, and loose t-shirts help to conceal the stoma pouch while providing comfort and mobility.

Breathable fabrics:

Go for lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen. These materials allow for airflow, keeping the body cool and comfortable during warmer spring days.

High-waisted bottoms:

Try high-waisted trousers, skirts, or shorts to provide coverage and support around the stoma area. High-waisted styles offer comfort and security while preventing the stoma pouch from being visible under clothing.

Elastic waistbands:

Look for bottoms with loose fit and elastic waistbands for added comfort and flexibility. Stretchy waistbands accommodate changes in stoma size and provide a comfortable fit throughout the day.

Prints, patterns, and colours:

Experiment with a variety of prints and patterns to add visual interest to your wardrobe. Floral prints, stripes, or geometric patterns can distract from the stoma pouch while adding a touch of personality to your outfit.


Choose underwear which provides comfort and confidence. These may include supportive underwear or specialised lingerie. There is a lovely range of stoma underwear which can be ordered online via Vanilla Blush or The White Rose Collection.


Invest in accessories that serve a functional purpose, such as stoma-friendly belts or scarves that can be used for added coverage or to accessorise your look.


If you’re planning to hit the beach or poolside during spring, opt for stoma-friendly swimwear that provides coverage and support. Look for swimsuits with high-waisted bottoms and adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. Some brands offer swimwear specifically designed for individuals with a stoma, featuring discreet pouch covers and supportive construction.

If you don’t like your current swimming costume or bathers, then try Vanilla Blush or The White Rose Collection, as they have a range of costumes designed especially for ostomates.

For more helpful advice and tips on life with an ostomy, visit our stoma care advice centre or visit our Oakmed advice blog.

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