So, my hosiery experiment was not exactly a success. Here are the results….
- Hanes Silk Reflections Non-Control Top in Little Color. Ok…..umm…soo…the color was not ‘little’ enough. They had that horrible orange, suntan look. My husband, who never offers fashion advice unless it is an extreme situation, suggested that I swap them for a different pair. They were that bad.
- Hue So Silky Sheer in Natural. The color was great, and these seemed sturdy enough to hold up to some decent wear. The only problem, and it was pretty significant, was that the crotch seemed to fall unusually low. Even though the waistband was pretty high on my abdomen, the crotch was saggy. All day at work I felt like I needed to do odd contortions to make sure it did not fall down! Maybe I had a defective pair or something. I will have to give them another try. But, based on my saggy crotch experience, this brand isn’t for me.
- Calvin Klein Chiffon Sheer – sheer to waist. Gorgeous color. Perfect fit, though the waistband felt a bit low but still was workable. The only problem was that in one day I managed to run two pairs of these! I mean, come on. Both times it happened when I gave the waistband a tug to try to pull it above my ileostomy. I wasn’t pulling it *that* hard. Honest. But these things seemed to run if you look at them the wrong way.
So, bottom line is that I’m still searching. Perfect pair of pantyhose, where-for-art-thou? In a pinch, I would go with the Calvin Klein’s, though I would be terrified of the plague of a million runs.
I wear Assets high-waisted control top pantyhose. They’re like Spanx, but much cheaper, found at Target. I also wear the breast to thigh “shorts” on a daily basis, under everything, to smooth everything out. My ostomy is high – just above and to the right of my belly button, so these high-waisted items don’t cut across the bag. Of course, pants and skirts still do.
Awesome tip!!! Do you find the control-top too constricting? I love the idea about the breast to thigh shorts to smooth everything out.
I thought of you (and this post) yesterday – now that the winter chill is setting in here in England, I’ve started wearing opaque, cotton or wool tights, which are brilliant at covering my ileostomy without applying too much pressure to my bag or being easy to ladder – wonderful! They also come in a great variety of colours, so finding the perfect “nude” shade (which, like you, I often have great trouble with because I’m pale) isn’t an issue, either. I love wearing a brightly coloured pair with a high-waisted skirt, because finding trousers that don’t cut across my stoma is tricky. Plus, the extra splash of colour cheers me up. 🙂