As a medical professional, you spend much of your time wearing nursing scrubs. Though these uniforms are no doubt comfortable, they can look bland. It can be tough to personalize them. How do you express your style when you’re wearing virtually the same thing all of your colleagues are wearing?
Looking good can make you feel good. You’re in the business to save lives, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show off your style while you’re at it.
With these tips, you can look great for your next 12-hour shift.
1. Switch up Your Colours
As long as your medical facility allows different coloured scrubs, this is an option you should definitely consider. Sure, matching the top and bottom offers a classic look, but switching up the colours can completely transform your look. You can wear a teal top with black pants, or a yellow top with dark blue pants. The combinations are endless when you pick up some tops and bottoms in different colours.
2. Look for Prints
These days, you can buy nursing scrubs in a variety of different prints—from animal print to cartoon print. With so many options, it’s easy to find a print that matches your personality—and lets it shine while you’re at work. Wear a printed shirt with solid-coloured pants, ensuring that solid colour is somewhere in the printed top.
You can consider buying some prints strictly for special occasions to show your holiday spirit. If you work with kids, you can definitely go with a more playful print. The point is there are options that are right for everyone and every occasion.
3. Look for Small Details
Not only do nursing scrubs come in many cool prints these days but they also come with more small details that weren’t seen in the past. For example, some tops now come with a mock wrap. Others come with pipping or panels of colour down the sides. You can also choose from scoop-neck, V-neck, and other interesting collars to switch things up too.
These small details can give an oft-bland outfit a little bit more flair.
4. Get the Fit Right
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many medical professionals buy scrubs that just don’t fit. Some buy tops that are far too tight while others go with baggy options for added comfort. Both sides of this spectrum will make you look less put-together.
Find a brand that offers true-to-size scrubs or sizing charts to ensure you’re getting a uniform that works with your body type. Don’t settle for the first tops and pants you try on if they aren’t just right. Shop around—it’ll be worth it. A good fit can really help a uniform look more flattering.
5. Look for More Flattering Cuts
When you think about nursing scrubs, an image of a shapeless and baggy uniform likely comes to mind. Fortunately, you have more options for flattering cuts than ever before. This is especially true for women.
You can now easily find tops that are fitted and pants that contour your shape. You don’t have to settle for shapeless anymore. Depending on your body type, different cuts may or may not look the most flattering, so experience with different options to find your ideal cut.
You’re likely not going to be able to showcase your style by dying your hair pink, wearing large, hoop earrings, or wearing a ton of makeup. You still have to look professional, after all. But you can add small accessories to your outfit to express yourself. Small, studded earrings, a fresh haircut, and a cool watch can pull the entire outfit together.
Wearing nursing scrubs doesn’t have to be a drag. You can spice up your uniform with these six tips.