Fashion Advice for Looking Good in Scrubs
For many men and women, the thought of wearing scrubs every day seems boring and constricting. While some medical professionals may not have the freedom to wear all of the clothing hanging in the closet, you certainly aren’t restricted from looking stylish and attractive.
Just because your wardrobe is confined to a specific type of clothing, there is no reason for you not to take advantage of colors, patterns, and other ways of finding your own unique look. By paying attention to the details and taking advantage of what you have, you will be styling in no time. Below are a few tips for making your scrubs look good, and making you feel more professional and attractive while wearing them.
● Find the best fit.
There are a variety of different cuts and styles of scrubs, and part of looking good at work is making sure you pick the right style. You could choose to go with the stereotypical V-neck scrub, or you could choose something a little more stylish. Many scrubs come with ties in the back that allow the scrub to be tightened in particular areas, narrowing your waist or emphasizing the narrowest portion of the body, just below the chest.
Empire waist scrubs and mock wrap scrubs are both popular for disguising or enhancing a particular body type. Pear shaped body types may choose an empire waist scrub top with scrub pants that have long, straight lines. This will help to elongate your legs and will also create a slimming effect. A petite nurse may be better off with a V-neck top or a mock wrap top with a flattering neckline. Showing a little more skin can help to make the nurse not appear swallowed up by her scrubs.
● Choose the right colors.
Scrubs have evolved from the once universal greenish hues, and can be much more flattering in different colors. Pink, for example, is a flattering color on most any woman, and you can choose a shade of pink that best matches your skin tone. If you have received compliments on other colors, or if a certain color matches your skin tone or hair color very nicely, consider buying scrubs in that color. Also consider not matching colors on the top and bottom. Neutral colored pants combined with a bright and colorful top can make your scrubs much more attractive and add personality to your style.
● Get a printed design.
If you are a creative and free spirited nurse, and solid colored scrubs simply won’t allow you to express yourself, consider getting a print design. Patterned scrubs are offered by many brands, including Dickies scrubs and Greys Anatomy scrubs.
Scrubs with prints and designs add some fun to the workplace, and are especially popular in pediatric offices and veterinary hospitals. Children often respond well to nurses when their scrubs have cartoon characters or holiday themes decorating them, and animal lovers are appreciative of vets who wear their passion for animals on their sleeve. Prints can be seasonal to reflect the time of year as well, or to celebrate specific holidays.
- Accessorize. Watches are the easiest and perhaps some of the most common accessories, especially in a facility where a lot depends on patients getting medicine and care at specific times. A watch can be a glimpse into a doctor or nurse’s personality, something that lets their patients know a little bit more about them and allows them to add some style and panache to their daily wardrobe.
An old, antique watch that looks worn is probably a family heirloom, and a patient might be able to discern their nurse’s dedication to family. A nurse with a strong inner child might have a bright colorful watch, or one featuring a cartoon character of some kind. Digital watches are good for efficiency, and old fashioned gold or silver watches add some sophistication to the outfit.
Necklaces and earrings can also be added to your work outfit to accessorize your plain scrubs. Small, subtle pieces of jewelry are a more popular choice for most female nurses, as they add a touch of personality without appearing junky, crowded, or ostentatious. These small accessories can change a nurse’s appearance and bearing, making her feel more attractive and more confident. This in turn will raise her patients’ estimation of her.
● Take care of your hair. This is not just a matter of appearance, but also of hygiene. If your hair is long and unrestrained, it may get in the way or cause problems while you are dealing with patient care. Hair that is too long can be unsanitary if not kept under control.
This does not mean that all nurses must have short hair, but simply that a long haired nurse or doctor, whether male or female, needs to keep their hair in a ponytail, braid, or some other type of restrained style. Keeping hair clean and out of the face is a good rule of thumb for any person in the medical profession. Keep in mind that there are a great many ways that you can make your hair look classy and remain professional.
● Be clean. This refers both to your personal hygiene and the cleanliness of your scrubs. Medical professionals with greasy hair and a generally unkempt look are not going to impress anyone, whether they be a coworker or a patient. While it’s true that we should not judge a book by its cover, certain assumptions will be made about you if you neglect to take proper care of yourself. Being clean and wearing fresh scrubs is one of the best ways to feel good about yourself and to make a good impression on others.
If you are looking to buy new scrubs to change up or add to your style, contact us at Everyday Uniforms. We have a huge selection of brands and styles, and can help you find workplace fashion that keeps you looking good at work. Some of the more popular brands in our selection include Dickies scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy scrubs, NRG scrubs, and Cherokee scrubs. Call us today to make a selection or to find out more.