What I also found, though, is that we all get varying amounts of pressure around our abdominal area. I am fairly certain that most of us have either worn pants/shorts that are several sizes too large or unbuttoned the clothing just to find comfort from the pressure. There are even times when that extra pressure on your abdomen can propagate a flare-up due to a blockage. I don't experience that any more. A slight change in the pressure on my abdomen usually goes unnoticed since there is nothing to press back. There are times where I must remain clothed for longer periods of time. It is these days where I start to feel a slight discomfort in my abdominal area. As soon as I remove the waistbands the discomfort goes away within the hour.
I can see the commentary that might come from others with Crohn's or Colitis: what about the cleanliness or accidents? These are both valid concerns, but I don't believe they are warranted. Many people use their clothing as a way to keep from cleaning themselves fully. Even with the most heinous of assplosions, one can still take the time to clean up in the shower. There are wash cloths and wet wipes that we all have available to us. It only takes a little more time to go that extra mile when cleaning yourself. In the long run, your pants and undergarments will thank you for that extra time.
What of the accidents, though? Go back and read my posting about accidents. Clothes do nothing to shield you from accidents happening. In fact, all they do is make the mess worse. The mess is now smeared all over you. It still got on the floor. It still got on the couch where you were sitting. And, most likely, you have to throw away some ruined clothing. That clothing has lulled you into a false sense of security since you think it will "catch" whatever might come forth. I have found that I am more keen in understanding and feeling any urges my body may send forth, no matter how small. I am more attuned to my body.
In the end -- pun intended -- I had to be more vigilant and more responsive. I also had to come to grips with my Crohn's and how it wove itself through my body. It is one thing to think you understand. It is another thing to see the small changes in your natural form as you tweak your diet, as you exercise more or less, the slight growth of your belly an hour before any pain starts. It was a good step in me accepting myself wholly so that I could make constructive changes.
A little extra reading for those interested: