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.
Delicately scalloped lapels
Two-button defining back belt
Darted back venting
Functional iPad patch pockets
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.
A decade ago, this headline would not have existed because there existed no lab coats just for women! We’ve come a long way since then, and today there are quite a few different non-unisex options for female professionals working in healthcare.
Choosing a lab coat with pockets appropriate for you is an important factor while shopping for your lab coat, though there are really only two main options.
The first, which you can see here with the Callia M. lab coat from Medelita, is a patch pocket. It looks like a square or rectangle patch that is large enough to fit a small tablet and notebooks, in addition to anything else you need to carry.
The other option is a pocket more like what you would see on a blazer-style jacket. You can see this on the Miranda B. lab coat from Medelita. Though perhaps not as functional since you probably can’t fit an iPad in these pockets, the slanted angle creates a flattering silhouette by slimming with vertical seams.
What do you think? Which lab coat pocket style do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments section!
Nothing says professional like a crisp, white lab coat. The white color is highly significant in the medical profession, as it has come to symbolize cleanliness and purity. Wearing an immaculate white lab coat sends a strong visual signal to your patient that you are diligent and thorough, and instills a greater subconscious sense of trust in your patient-physician relationship.
Here are some tips for keeping your white lab coat as bright and white as the day you got it.
- Separate your colors – seriously. Even light colors can transfer onto whites.
- Don’t use too much detergent, which can leave residue on clothes that acts like a magnet and sticks to dirt.
- Use a bluing agent to remove a yellowish tinge, but make sure to read and follow the instructions.
- Don’t use bleach. White clothing is actually dyed to be white, and bleach can strip the whiteness away leaving behind a dingy greyish color.
- Use white vinegar or lemon to make your whites brighter, by adding 1/4 a cup of vinegar or lemon juice and warm water and letting your whites soak before washing. Do not mix with ammonia products!!
If you’re anything like me, the turn of October has you already planning your fall and winter wardrobe. Usually what people wear in the hot weather couldn’t be more different from cold weather clothes, and that includes everything from fabric, style, cold protection, and colors.
Winter white is personally one of my favorite parts of the changing seasons. It’s crisp, clean, and always makes you look effortlessly put together. It goes with everything, and is reminiscent of a beautiful white snowfall the day after a blizzard.
It recently occurred to me that lab coats are, in fact, the perfect shade of winter white! This makes sense, as the popularity of white in the winter is probably due to the snow, which is most beautiful in its pristine form – the pure sheet of white that you see before cars start driving over it and it turns into slush.
Similarly, the doctors coat is a striking white color because of the purity and cleanliness it represents.
One of the most common complaints about why scrubs don’t fit well is poor drawstrings. Most scrubs pants don’t have a happy medium: they either have an elastic waistband, or there is a shoelace-like drawstring.
These options aren’t great. At best, they keep your scrubs pants from falling down your hips, and at worst they don’t even do that! Moreover, when scrubs are made cheaply like this, they just don’t fit well and probably aren’t very flattering or professional looking.
Fortunately, this brand of scrubs has come up with a drawstring-elastic band combo that is perfect because it allows you to adjust the tightness of your waistband if necessary, but you can also just tie the drawstring without cinching it tighter if you are a bit small and between sizes.
The best part is that the drawstrings are double looped. Meaning you can rest assured that you won’t have to fish out the end of your drawstring with a wire hanger after it gets sucked into the hole of your drawstring band. And for men there is even a zipper option so that they are more like regular pants than prison jumpsuits!
We’ve gone over the reasons every medical professional should invest in a proper underscrub shirt. Not only are they super versatile and can be worn without scrubs, but they are designed so that they work for the wearer.
Medelita’s brand of Core One Tees has been sold out for a while, and we’ve been waiting anxiously for them to come around again. That’s why it’s very exciting that they will be coming back in stock in just over two weeks!
Pre-order your underscrub shirt here.
They’re also accepting pre-orders now, and these shirts are likely to sell out again fast, so I recommend that you pre-order yours so you don’t have to worry about missing out.
One of the biggest complaints I hear about scrubs is the lack of coverage. When you reach for an instrument, the sleeve gapes open, so you need to wear an undershirt. When you bend down, they reveal your underwear, which is unacceptable for anyone who isn’t a plumber. When you lean over, the front of the tops open wide, again giving you need for some coverage à la undershirts.
Here’s a challenge for you: get some scrubs that don’t do that. Get some scrubs that fit you well. How can you tell if your scrubs will give you the function you need?
Do some yoga in your scrubs.
Even if you’re not a yogi yourself, test out some simple yoga poses while wearing your scrubs to see how they fit when you have contorted your body into wacky positions.
So what are you waiting for? Put on your new set of scrubs and try out these four poses so you can see if they stand up to the test of fitting you while you work.
- Tree pose
2. Mountain pose
3. Downward dog
4. Warrior pose
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.