Learn 6 Ways to Discreetly Wear Adult Diapers & Tab-Style Briefs

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When using absorbent bladder or bowel leakage products like adult diapers, it may take some trial and error to manage the situation the best way possible. The benefits of tab-style briefs are many, including absorbency, plastic-backed exteriors and capacity. But what about how to properly wear them with regular clothing and not call attention to the fact you or a loved one is wearing an incontinence product underneath?

It's not necessary for you or your loved one to hide under coats and jackets, and you can wear shorts or dresses with adult diapers. Discover six tips on how to wear adult diapers discreetly with the right types of clothing and protection.

How to Be Discreet While Wearing an Adult Diaper

  1. Pick the Right SizeRead these helpful tips on measure correctly. When managing any type of bladder leakage, using form-fitting products around the legs is essential. Too much space in the leg areas will allow leakage to occur. Products that are too tight can cause discomfort. Finding the right balance of each is important in wearing adult diapers discreetly.

  2. Adjust the Core - Adjust the brief as needed so there isn't too much padding and noticeable bulk in any one area.

  3. Wear Dark Clothing - Black, blue and dark brown help cover up protective underwear and briefs that are white, printed or patterned.

  4. Use a Waterproof Cover - NorthShore's TRIFECTA Diaper Covers are breathable while adding an extra layer of protection.


  5. Put on Loose Clothes - Baggier pants, flowy dresses and longer shirts can help cover bulkiness in the rear and sides. It also makes it easier to remove garments when there is an urge to urinate.

  6. Consider Lighter Briefs During the Day - If possible, try using lighter products such as GoSupreme Lite, NorthShore AirPremium with a booster pad (also called a diaper doubler) to reduce the bulk and bulge.

    NorthShore AirPremium Briefs

Additional Tips:

  • Drink Water - Staying hydrated is key, even with bladder control problems. Avoid overheating while wearing a tab-style brief for longer periods of time, especially those with plastic-backed exteriors.

  • Smooth the Plastic Material (Briefs with Plastic Backing) -  Smoothing prevents the plastic to rip on the front of the briefs.

  • Sample Products - Test out incontinence products before buying. Any reputable incontinence supplies provider, like NorthShore Care Supply, will have a Sample Program. Never commit to purchasing a pack of adult diapers unless you know they are right for you or your loved one.


Browse our selection of Tab-Style Briefs and Adult Diapers online or call (800) 563-0161 for Customer Care & Service support and assistance.

Products Featured in this Article

NorthShore TRIFECTA™ Waterproof Covers
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NorthShore AirPremium Tab-Style Briefs
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NorthShore EternaDry Booster Pads Diaper Doublers
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NorthShore GoSupreme Lite Pull-On Underwear
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Starting At: $7.25 FSA/HSA Eligible