Friday, 6 January 2017

What I need from my wardrobe: dressing for IBS.



This post may seem a strange one, but I can guarantee if you have IBS you will know where I am coming from. Despite my reservations in the past I am back at Slimming World, which I know is controversial but as strange as it sounds I am not there totally focused on the weight. I am there to focus on eating proper meals, and testing myself what I can and can't eat with my IBS (You can read more about my reasons here and here)

However what I really want to talk about here is what I need from my wardrobe. I genuinely used to look at fashion and think oh when I am thin I will wear x piece of clothing, but recently I have been on a body love journey and realised that with my IBS even if I lost weight and became a size zero (which for the record I never want to do) I would still be prone to the bloating. So what do I need?

Comfort. This is the number one thing on my dress. I am talking loose flowing dresses, stretchy leggings and baggy jumpers. Don't get this confused with trying to hide my belly, my belly doesn't need hiding, this is more about feeling comfortable. There is nothing worse than having the dreaded IBS cramps and feeling the waistband of your skirt digging into your stomach. If anything this just makes the pain worse.

Accessibility. Last year I bought the most amazing jumpsuit. Why haven't I worn it? Because my friends I cant get out of it on my own. It has tiny fiddly buttons round the neck and what would happen if I needed the toilet in a rush? There is no way I could get out of it and that gives me such anxiety! I am looking at ways around it.

I want to make it super clear hear this is not about hiding my belly. Its hard for me to separate these concepts as I spent years being taught from various sources that I should flatter my shape and hide my flaws. To that I say, jog on, but this is about making sure I am comfortable in my clothes!

Charlotte Lucy.



6 comments:

  1. I totally agree with this! The majority of times I swear by clothing like this, or with items that I know are skin tight/bodycon... I size up! X

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    1. Its nice to see other people feel the same! The best purchases ive made are a few maternity dresses :)

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  2. Hey chick, I totally know what you mean about clothes for IBS. I am a size 10 (and my IBS is only really helped by avoiding loads of different things, from chickpeas to quinoa and funnily enough most of the things on lists that say they are great for people with IBS to eat) but what I really wanted to mention was that most dry cleaners would have a dressmaker or be able to contact one, that could alter your jumpsuit to make it just have one big button/press stud or ribbons to tie it instead. I have things altered sometimes as I am nearly 6 foot so sometimes the waist falls at the wrong place etc. which is no good when you get the bloating and always get mine done at a local drycleaner. Hope that helps and good luck with slimming world x

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    1. Oh i never thought about getting it altered! Im just in the process of trying to decide what makes my IBS bad :P

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  3. This was a really helpful post!! I've been struggling pretty badly with some IBS stuff recently and have been trying to find the most comfortable clothing. I had a jumpsuit but gave it away recently for the same reasons.

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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    1. My favourite item of clothing to wear around the house is actually a jumpsuit but its stretchy and easy to pull off! Sorry youve been struggling, hope you feel better soon x

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