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Finally, Jeans That Fit!

 
Posted by GraphX12, on Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:36 pm

To all that have problems wearing jeans:

It has been 3 years since my ileostomy surgery and I have fought the battle of blue jeans ever since. I loathe cooler/cold weather because shorts are so much more comfortable than blue jeans (and summers in Wisconsin are soooo short). I have tried so many different makes and models of jeans that I had just about given up trying to find some that are bearable. The rise is always too short so the waist band always “crunches” my stoma. There was never enough room for my bag to comfortably fit and expand when needed. I have tried relaxed fit, loose fit, baggy fit, brand X, Y, Z - you name it, I tried it. That is until I happened to try on a pair of Wrangler Five Star Premium Denim Relaxed Fit Jeans (specific model number 97601SB).

I want to say up front that I am in NO WAY affiliated with Wrangler; I just want to help anyone out there that has had to go through what I have in trying to find jeans that are comfortable yet still look “stylish” (no farmer coveralls for this guy – no offense intended to all our wonderful farmers out there).

I honestly wasn’t even going to try the Wrangler jeans on since I was certain they would be like all the rest. But once I put them on and sat, stooped, bent over, twisted and did everything but stand on my head, I almost broke down in tears because they fit so well and comfortable. The company claims these jeans have some sort of U-shaped design in the crotch area to give more room. I thought this was just an advertising gimmick. NOT AT ALL! It really works! The crotch area is so much roomier than any others I have tried and the rise comfortably “rises” above my stoma. Yet they look very good and stylish.

So if anybody has trouble with jeans like I have, I urge you to at least try a pair of these Wranglers on and see if they work for you. I am so very happy with these that I actually wrote a letter to Wrangler explaining my dilemma, and the many people that probably suffer the same problem, and how happy I am to finally find and try on a pair of their jeans.

-Doug

 
Reply by Mrs.A, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:02 pm

Interesting, I think I will search to see if they are sold in a store near me. I don't like the way jeans fit either. Thanks for the news.

 
Reply by restless, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:35 pm

Hello from Bloomington, IL (just a few hours down I-39).  Thanks for this information!  Can you tell me if you found these Wranglers at a particular store, like at a Kohl's or similar source? That information could save me a lot of time in looking.  Thanks again, and glad you found an answer that works for you. 

 
Reply by GraphX12, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:56 pm
restless wrote:

Hello from Bloomington, IL (just a few hours down I-39).  Thanks for this information!  Can you tell me if you found these Wranglers at a particular store, like at a Kohl's or similar source? That information could save me a lot of time in looking.  Thanks again, and glad you found an answer that works for you. 


Hello from a former Illinoisan! (Born and raised in the Quad Cities).

Yes, they are readily available at Walmart. The best part, just over 16 bucks! Go Bears!

 
Reply by restless, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:15 pm

Thanks, Doug!  I appreciate the quick response.laughing 

I've experienced the same dilemmas with rise, room and comfort.  Hopefully, this will nail it, for jeans at least!  It's even hard to shop on line because most manufacturers/retailers do not list the rise measurement at all. 

 
Reply by GraphX12, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:04 pm
restless wrote:

Thanks, Doug!  I appreciate the quick response.laughing 

I've experienced the same dilemmas with rise, room and comfort.  Hopefully, this will nail it, for jeans at least!  It's even hard to shop on line because most manufacturers/retailers do not list the rise measurement at all. 

I am so glad I could help at least 1 person! I know exactly what you mean about shopping online. Forget it! Gotta' try them on. Can't tell you how many pairs of jeans I have returned since they just wouldn't work for me.

The center of my stoma is about 2 inches lower than my navel (off to the right side). This puts my stoma at, or just above the waist band of every other pair of jeans I have tried. With the Wranglers, I have ample rise room to get the waist above my stoma which is so much more comfortable, and prevents the "pancaking" from the waistband compressing the bag below the stoma. With the added room of the U-shaped design, I now have plenty of room for the bag. The jeans really do look good too.

Now Wrangler does make a number of different "models" and the only one I have tried is the one I mentioned in my posting above. So I don't know how the others fit. The model number 97601SB works for me!

Good luck restless and please report back on what you find out.

 
Reply by Firefly, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:49 pm

Are these also made for women?

 
Reply by GraphX12, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:08 pm
Firefly wrote:

Are these also made for women?


I really don't know. I do know the ads on TV are directed towards men. Check out the Wrangler website and see what they offer. You could also e-mail their customer service from their site and ask. You may want to try the mens and see how they fit, or see if there is something comperable in the women's department. I beleive the U-shape design is made for "the men's anatomy" smile. My wife is so tiny that I do know that she would not be able to find a pair of jeans small enough to fit her in the men's department. But, depending on your size, who knows?

 
Reply by Ewesful, on Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:53 pm

I can't speak for the male fit, but I am wearing Lee Riders and LL Bean with soe elastic and they are very comfortable -- I am 2 yrs post surgery and so glad to have a figure again even at my age!!

 

It takes time for everything to settle and feel right!

 
Reply by GraphX12, on Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:12 am

Glad you have found comfortable ones, Ewesful. When you look good, you usually feel good, or at least better wink.

As for me, Lee's are one of the worst offenders in the rise department.

 
Reply by hwatkins, on Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:50 pm

Ewesful, where did you purchase the LL Bean brand? BTW, I liked the Lee brand even before the ostomy.

Thanks!

 
Reply by ZaliBee, on Wed May 23, 2018 2:25 am

I'm only 8 years into life with my ostomy but I swear by a company named Torrid. I was so sick of stretch pantspants, maternity pants and those awful jean-like jeggins. Torrid jeans are cut for women with fuller figures sized 10-30, but I found that they are cut with more room in the waist. I usually get their skinny jeans and the waistband never strangled my ostomy. Btw, you can even order them offline

 
Reply by Taitaguy, on Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:22 pm

Hi,

I haven't worn jeans for the same reasons as most for over 5 years and it would be great to use them again...

I'm in New Zealand and our choices are very limited and I would apreciate if you could provide the Wrangler type or a link to an example so i can order online.

 

Cheers

Robin

 
Reply by Little Red, on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:55 pm

Hey you gals out there that are looking for jeans,  I have a colostomy on my left side just below my waist line,  I have tried several brands of Jeans  and find that styles and colors are great in Gloria Vanderbilt  ( Amanda ) stretch jeans in colors and designes,  They can be a little pricey unless on sale,  But well worth it.  several retailers carry them,  Farm andFleet for one.   And hey you gals out there I am also a Cheese head living in Northern Il,  Soon to be moving come spring to Iowa(Quad Citys/ LeClaire.

 I love the Mississippi.

 

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