I wanted to dedicate a whole post to what I bought to wear after my surgery because it was something I myself was worrying about beforehand. I needed comfy clothes that wouldn’t be uncomfortable on my incisions, which ruled out most of my go to outfits this time of year like the trusty skinny jeans and jumper combo. Knowing from my previous laparoscopy op that my stomach would be pretty swollen in the weeks after, I knew that anything with a tight waistband or that was too tight fitting was to be avoided for a while as I wouldn’t feel comfortable. As it was coming up to Christmas I knew I would want to have the option of being a little bit more dressed up too as we always have friends over for festive drinks and food etc. I should point out that these outfit ideas aren’t just suitable for my fellow endo girls, absolutely anyone can wear them, they are just regular pieces from the high street. All of these suggestions are perfect outfits to wear during winter but come in especially handy if I am having a flare up or during my period when I get really bloated, so they would be great if you are looking for some stylish but comfy options, whatever your reason.
I made a list of everything I would need while I was recovering and did a big haul online. Naturally I also hit up Primark to get some bits for right after surgery, like some knickers a size or two bigger than usual (so the waistband would be loose). I knew there was no way I was going to be doing any laundry for a while so I bought some soft nightdresses to have fresh pyjamas to change into every few days. I also picked up some slip on slippers which came in so handy for getting up and going to the loo or for a little walk in the hospital as there was no way I could bend down to put on trainers or proper shoes. I was pretty optimistic and thought I needed some easy to throw on outfits for when I had people come over to visit me, so I had picked up a few pairs of leggings in a bigger size and a knit lounge set but I can tell you now, 1; there was no way I was wearing anything with a waist band even if it was a bigger size for at least a week or two and 2; I was in my dressing gown the whole time I was at home and only put on real clothes when absolutely necessary!
What I did buy that were absolute gems were jumper dresses. I didn’t have any before this and now I am a total convert, surgery or not! I bought a few different styles that I could wear with either slip on loafers or over the knee boots (I did need Nemanja to pull the boots on and off for me) which were great for keeping my legs warm without tights. My friend Mel also got me an oversized knit dress as an early Christmas present and I got so much wear out of it. Getting oversize styles is such a great idea, as it’s meant to look loose so no one will know your actually hiding a bloated tummy underneath!
Here are some of my favourites that you can find in shops and online now. Just click on the photo for a link to buy!
First up I love the simplicity of this semi sheer black number. Layer over a soft jersey midi dress for extra warmth. This would look so chic with loafers or some statement slides.
I am a huge fan of roll neck knits and I am raging this wasn’t out when I did my jumper dress spree because it is to die for! The plait detail at the front gives this a cool fashion twist and would be perfect paired with over the knee boots.
Side stripes are everywhere so you will be right on trend with this jumper dress with side slit and colour pop stripe detail. All you need are ankle boots to finish the look.
Now for some colourful options! Rusty orange and this simple silhouette are a match made in heaven. All you need are some thigh high flat boots and your good to go or style as seen with trainers once the weather warms up.
This is hands down my favourite option, because that lavender is just so pretty! Keep your accessories simple as this piece just all the talking and is oh so comfy and stylish.
Cream is so classic and elegant. This would look amazing dressed up with some bright tassel earrings for a contrasting colour pop.
Longer styles are the best if your looking for an option that can be work day to night. I love the casual vibe with trainers, but a quick swap to heeled ankle boots and your ready to hit any event.
If you want to hit high in the style stakes this pattern maxi will get you top marks. Another of my favourites to show that jumper dresses are far from boring! I would style this with a leather jacket for a rock chic look.
I hope you have found your perfect jumper dress for this freezing weather!
Until next time…