Category Archives: Trends In Medical Apparel

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Lab Coats With Foldable Sleeves? Look No Further.

Clinicians of all levels and specialties need their tools of the trade to be as highly functional as possible – lab coats and scrubs included. And in those high pressure situations where you must be as streamlined as possible, the ergonomic fit of a lab coat can really make a difference in your level of efficacy while performing a task.

Renowned for their tailored and ergonomically designed lab coats, Medelita has taken the functionality of their high performance lab coats one step further with their two latest styles: the Rosalyn slim fit lab coat for women and the Bernard slim fit lab coat for men.

Bernard lab coat with foldable sleeves

The main feature that these coats share in common is their foldable sleeves and back pleat for full range of movement in your shoulders. The Bernard has elevated this feature even further by adding custom buttons to the foldable slits in the sleeves.

We love this new feature of the lab coats. What functional features would you add if you could design a lab coat of your own?

Best Slim Fit Lab Coats For Women

This Lab Coat For Women Is Going To Be Your New Favorite Article Of Clothing

What capes are to superheroes, is what the lab coat is to physicians. You want a white coat that is a reflection of you, that shows your colleagues and patients that you take yourself seriously. It’s more than just a piece of clothing – it’s a symbol of what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come.

Right now we’re loving the Rosalyn Lab Coat and the Vera G. lab coat, both from scrubs and lab coats company Medelita, as our top picks for modern professional style…in lab coat form!

Rosalyn Slim Fit Women’s Lab Coat

This is a very new style, just released last month, and you can tell just by looking at it that it is finely tailored down to the clean finish neckline. They also added a new feature, bracelet-length sleeves with buttons so you can roll the sleeves up to your elbow, for improved functionality. This is the most fitted women’s lab coat that Medelita makes, but the improved sizing and tailoring keeps in flattering and professional. Check out the Rosalyn Slim Fit Women’s Lab Coat

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Vera G. Slim Fit Women’s Lab Coat

The Vera G. is an old favorite of ours, and it continues to be one of Medelita’s most popular coats. Since its initial release a few years ago they’ve made some upgrades to the style. But the envelope collar of this lab coat is what really made us fall in love, and the little details are what makes all the difference. Check out the Vera G. Slim Fit Women’s Lab Coat

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The White Coat Effect

Colorful Lab Coat Embroidery

What a wonderful time to be alive. All it takes is a Google search to find a plethora of lab coats, scrubs, and stethoscopes in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. Well, technically a lab coat is meant to be white to represent cleanliness and purity, but there’s nothing stopping you from making your next lab coat purchase stand out with some custom embroidery in any color of your choice!

Medelita’s lab coats and scrubs (and now scrub jackets!) can be purchased with custom name and title embroidery, which their team of embroidery artists will complete in-house for a small fee of $12. They have 18 options of embroidery thread in every color family, from blossom and bougainvillea, to teal and slate blue, to willow and seafoam.

Lab Coat Embroidery Colors

Embroidery Colors

Scrubs and scrub jackets can be embroidered too, but your color choices will be more limited to make sure the embroidery will stand out. Slate blue is one of the most popular colors for lab coat embroidery, but it would be next to impossible to see slate blue embroidery on baltic scrubs or a navy scrub jacket.

Now that Medelita has launched their new line of stethoscopes, we love the idea of getting your lab coat embroidery in a matching color as the tubing of your new stethoscope, or perhaps in complementary colors. The ERKA stethoscopes available on their website come in three different models, all comparable to Littmann models, that each available in up to 13 different tubing colors. The ERKA stethoscopes also have a solid warranty, and even come with their own stethoscope carrying case so that you don’t have to purchase that accessory separately.

What color embroidery would you choose for your lab coat? Would you ever match your stethoscope to your embroidery colors? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Sleekest Stethoscopes For The Polished Professional

A new brand of stethoscopes is coming to the US for the first time, and you should be excited. ERKA is a medical instrument company that is well-known in Europe and other parts of the globe, where it sets the ultimate standard for high-quality stethoscopes, and in just a few weeks, you’ll be able to try out three new models of ERKA stethoscopes by purchasing them from scrubs and lab coats company Medelita, which has set the standard for high quality medical apparel internationally.

ERKA Scope

If you know anything about Medelita, you know that they have extremely stringent standards for quality. This is a fact that inspires confidence in the quality of the ERKA stethoscopes, because Medelita is not a brand that would sell products that aren’t of the absolute highest quality.

So what makes ERKA stethoscopes superior to the Littmann models?

  • German-engineered products are known around the world for their precision and technical mastery, and ERKA stethoscopes are no different.
  • From the sleek design to the patented dual-membrane sound chamber geometry, these chrome-plated stethoscopes are technologically more advanced than most scopes on the market, as well as being more hygienic.
  • From an aesthetic standpoint, the ERKA stethoscopes are much more attractive and polished-looking than any other we’ve seen. They also have a bit more heft to them, a pleasant weight that is indicative of their quality.

Starting in May, Medelita will begin selling three models of ERKA stethoscopes: the Finesse, the Precise, and the Sensitive.

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Lab Coats On Nurses: Yay Or Nay?

Lately there has been much discussion over medical uniforms and how they serve the purpose of differentiating medical staff members’ roles. Most medical professionals, regardless of level or specialty, wear scrubs.

But what about lab coats? Should lab coats only be worn by doctors, or is there something to be said for this nursing lab coats trend?

Nursing Lab Coat

The main argument against nursing lab coats is that it is confusing for patients when lab coats are worn by both doctors and nurses. This is fair, and confusion should definitely be avoided as much as possible. However, there is an easy solution for this if you just get your lab coat with custom embroidery, where you can prominently display your title in a place that’s easy to read. With name & title embroidery on your lab coat, it’s still very easy for patients to tell who is a doctor and who is a nurse: they can just look at your lab coat!

We vote that if your white lab coat makes you feel more professional and helps you do your job better, and if there are no hospital rules preventing nurses from wearing lab coats just as doctors, go for it! 

The White Coat Effect

Logos On Lab Coats: Hospitals

Custom embroidery is an easy way to make your lab coat truly stand out. Add your name, title, and credentials so that your patients and colleagues can more easily identify you, and if you work at a private practice or large hospital you can even have your logo digitized and embroidered onto your lab coat.

Here are some of my favorite custom embroidered logos from different large institutions around the country. Check out more embroidered logos here.

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San Joaquin General Hospital is an acute care facility that now houses a 196-bed hospital, a medical campus dedicated to primary and specialty outpatient services, as well as two ambulatory care sites that provide over 134,000 outpatient clinic visits a year.

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Harbor UCLA Medical Center is one of only five level one trauma centers in Los Angeles County. Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s services include primary care, emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and even a Child Abuse Crisis Center.

Scripps Health is a private, nonprofit, integrated health system dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the people of San Diego.

Scripps Health is a private, nonprofit, integrated health system dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the people of San Diego.

As a nonprofit integrated delivery system, MemorialCare Health System consists of over 200 medical facilities, including five top hospitals, numerous medical groups, outpatient health centers, as well as imaging and surgery centers in Southern California.

As a nonprofit integrated delivery system, MemorialCare Health System consists of over 200 medical facilities, including five top hospitals, numerous medical groups, outpatient health centers, as well as imaging and surgery centers in Southern California.

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Power Dressing For Female Clinicians

If you’re a female leader in medicine (or are heading down that path) there will be times when you need to step up your style to convey the appearance of the powerful, take-charge woman that you are!

So the next time you have an interview, presentation, important meeting or even just are having a professional headshot taken, follow these basic guidelines so that you can present yourself as a polished, skilled leader.

Skirt suit or pants suit

You can’t go wrong with a business professional skirt/pants suit, as long as it fits you properly. This is an opportunity to let your personal style show a bit more, and it can make a powerful statement if you go outside the box of traditional colors (think black, navy, grey) to opt for a bolder, more unique color like a burnt ochre, or deep plum – you can even play around with unexpected patterns like plaid or stripes, as long as the color palette is muted and still professional.

Crisp white button down shirt

If you don’t have this in your wardrobe already, bite the bullet and get one. This is not only perfect for professional settings, but it’s an extremely versatile piece that you will find dozens of opportunities to wear throughout the year.

My recommendation for purchasing a button down shirt is to not necessarily go for the most expensive or the cheapest option. You should shop for a middle-of-the-range shirt that isn’t absurdly priced, but is still made with quality materials, and take it to a professional tailor to have it fitted perfectly to your body. This simple step will make it look like the most expensive shirt you own!

Low heels or pumps

You should have at least one pair of nice dress pumps in your closet, but I would recommend against any heels higher than 3 inches. For one, they aren’t as comfortable, no matter how much you might relate to Sarah Jessica Parker’s affinity for sky-high heels. Secondly, super high heels can be distracting and don’t look as professional as a more modest heel.

Tailored lab coat with name & title embroidery

You worked hard for your credentials, so show them off by having them embroidered on your lab coat. And while you’re at it, get a lab coat that actually fits you – not the cheap, semi-see-through, unisex lab coats you might be used to. Even if you don’t think you’ll wear it in a clinical setting, you should have at least one professional tailored lab coat that will make you look polished.

Medelita offers quite a range of different tailored lab coats for female professionals, and they offer in-house embroidery services so that you can skip the step of taking it to a separate embroidery studio to have your name and title added.

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Why Are These Lab Coats So Expensive?

The Medelita White Coat Collection is well-known as the best in class for medical professionals seeking a tailored, fitted lab coat. They have numerous designs in gender-specific styles, ensuring that there is a style for everyone.

But the price tag is steep – compare their H.W. Cushing lab coat, which costs $154, to a cheaper Landau lab coat at $30.58.

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H.W. Cushing Slim Fit Lab Coat

Why is the Medelita lab coat so much more expensive?

The simple answer is, you get what you pay for. Quality starts with the raw materials, and the cost of the high-quality raw materials sourced by Medelita for their fabric and buttons actually costs more than the retail price of that Landau coat. The difference in the quality of the fabric is the first thing you’ll notice that makes the Medelita version worth the extra money.

You also need to take into account the fact that Medelita lab coats are designed more or less like blazers or nice suit jackets. If you made them about half a foot shorter and in a khaki color or dark neutral, you would basically have something similar to a Brooks Brothers jacket, which is $648. So when you think about it, it’s actually a pretty darn good deal.

Medelita Lab Coat Features

  • Performance fabric is bright white, resists stains, wicks sweat away, easy to care for
  • Highly durable, double seams, darting, pleating and other small quality indicators
  • Flattering styles for men and women that are fitted and allow full range of movement
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A Women’s Lab Coat Of Distinction

The challenge with looking professional as a woman in medicine is that the traditionally male-dominated field has set the bar pretty low for attractive and flattering uniforms. Historically, almost all medical lab coats available have been unisex, with a very boxy shape that tends to look like a white smock.

That doesn’t look very professional. And it doesn’t make you feel very professional, either.

If this is a familiar situation for you, it’s probably time to upgrade your lab coat to one that is actually made for women. I recommend the classic Callia M., which was actually first developed back in 2008 as the very first women’s lab coat in history. Since then, it has been modernized and had its design upgraded to fit better than ever.

Check out our favorite features from this timeless style of women’s lab coat.

Women's Lab Coat Lapels

Delicately scalloped lapels

Callia M Back Belt

Two-button defining back belt

Darted back venting

Women's Lab Coat Pockets

Functional iPad patch pockets

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Men’s Scrubs Pants With A Relaxed Fit

Scrubs are pretty comfortable when you think about it, at least compared to the stiff suits and neckties that professionals must wear in so many other industries. Anything with a drawstring or elastic waistband tends to be pretty comfortable, but these scrubs pants for men have been highly rated by almost every single purchaser.

The Modern Fit Men’s Scrubs Pants have a dual elastic/drawstring waistband, ensuring that they are neither too tight or too loose, but just right. They also come with a built-in fly zipper, an ideal feature for anyone under a time crunch.

The material is much softer than what you’ve probably come to expect from your scrubs. The inside of the material feels about as soft as flannel PJ pants, rather than the scratchy thin fabric that you’ll find in cheaper scrubs.

A lot of men seem to have appreciation for the fit, which is where these scrubs pants truly stand out. With the perfect length and cut, the fit actually resemble a pair of chinos or nice pants more than a pair of slouchy sweats.

Check out these amazing scrubs pants for men here, and don’t take my word for it – check out the reviews at the bottom of the page.