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!