It’s still 85 degrees in southern California, so I haven’t yet tucked away my summer florals, but I have been on the lookout for some new neutrals to add to my wardrobe for the fall and winter seasons. Neutral clothing is always a good thing to keep in your wardrobe because it goes with everything, no matter the season. However, it is particularly appropriate for the cooler months.
Medical scrubs come in so many colors and fun prints. But this winter you should consider adding some neutral scrub colors to your professional uniform. The good news is that you can find scrubs almost anywhere in nice neutral colors like black or dark navy.
Here are some of my favorite scrubs in black and navy.
With fall coming in full swing, many people look forward to what that means for clothes: soft cashmeres, jersey knits, and so much more. Gone are the days of sheer linens and breathable cotton-only garments!
For medical professionals, now is time to upgrade to a scrubs made of fabric that is more substantial than what you might have had in summer. Ideally you want something that is soft to the touch and heavy enough that a breeze won’t send you shivering, but that is light enough that you can choose whether or not to layer an underscrub top under it or a lab coat over it.
These modern fit scrubs are made of what I consider to be the perfect scrubs fabric – summer or winter. It is made with a brushed cotton blend, meaning it is breathable but also has other technological properties. It is also very high quality, and you can feel the material is durable as soon as you hold it in your hands. The fact that the fabric is brushed on the inside means that the parts that touch your skin are as soft as cashmere, without being too warm.
No doubt you have heard this saying throughout your professional life:
Dress for the job that you want, not for the job that you have.
For most professionals this is sound advice. In the business world, how can you expect to advance your career if you don’t look the part? There’s no second chance for a first impression, and presenting yourself professionally is a huge visual cue for whether or not people will take you seriously in the workplace.
But for doctors, it’s a little different because you’ve already put in the dirty work to get the job that you want! Pat yourself on the back, because the path to becoming a doctor is certainly not an easy one.
Given the amount of time, energy, and hours of sleep you sacrificed to your medical career, doesn’t it make sense to dress like someone who takes their job seriously? By this I mean, why take the risk of your patients or colleagues not taking you as seriously because you’re wearing sloppy, wrinkled scrubs and a cheap-fitting lab coat?
It would be nice if we lived in a world where people didn’t judge books by their cover. But we don’t, and they do. Whether subconsciously or not, people tend to make assumptions based on your visual appearance. For this reason, it’s worth it to invest a little more in your professional appearance by upgrading to the high quality, tailored medical uniforms that are available today.