Dressing For The Summer Months
Summer is fast approaching and the one thing I have a dislike for is summer. I am not overly good with the heat and it makes me rather grumpy and have spent the last two years catering for Bertha my stoma and trying to stay cool. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bertha, but she seriously impacts my fashion choices when we start hitting the high 20’s and all the UK is hoping for a freak snow storm or some rain to cool the humid heat. I am lucky in the fact I have an air conditioning unit indoors but there are times in the summer when I wish that bag wasn’t stuck to me constantly.
How do I manage the heat?
Dressing with a bag shouldn’t be overly difficult but due to me wearing a maxi bag it kind of hangs quite low and maxi dresses don’t have the same appeal to me anymore. I refuse to wear ostomy knickers in the summer and a layer of spandex is not going to help my sanity when I am hot and over tired.
However, I have found ways to combat this.
Here is what I tend to wear in the summer months:
- Summer dresses in skater dress style; cinch in below the boobs and flows over the bag so I can leave it free or tuck into my boy shorts
- Shorts – I wear either high or low waisted, Usually with a cropped top as don’t mind the top of my bag being on show
- Skirts – long flowing or skater style again as the tailoring lines hide the bag
- Play suits – I usually buy the slip on all in ones with the shorts at the bottom as I find these easier to get out of. Any woman reading this can sympathise and have a chuckle about trying to get out of the ones which zip up the back
- Vest tops
- Jeans on the cooler days
- Linen trousers and shorts are an absolute life saver
- Two piece matching sets; I like the high-waisted trousers and matching crop tops as it doesn’t show the bag but is also really cool to lounge about in
That’s about it for what I wear in the summer.
What do you wear? I would love to hear from you all.
Many thanks for reading
This blog post is intended to give advice to ostomates. The information given is based on Louise’s personal experience and should not be taken as clinical advice. Each ostomates needs are unique to them and their stoma care routine. Please consult with your Stoma Care Nurse before undertaking any changes to your stoma care routine.