The other day, a friend of mine (who is an RN) was telling me about her daily dilemma: what should she wear to protect herself from the chilly hospital air conditioning?
The main obstacle for her is the fact that she is required to wear her iD badge at all times, but when she attached it to her scrubs it wasn’t visible once she put on her jacket or sweater. She had tried fleeces and hoodies and they kept her pretty warm, but there wasn’t any place to put her badge except the collar (scratching against her neck all day) or the zippered lining (which meant she couldn’t zip it up).
ID badges are a common but annoying requirement at most hospitals and unless you have a pocket on your top, there’s really nowhere convenient to attach it. Until now…
Scrubs and lab coats company Medelita is well known for their flattering designs, performance fabrics, and innovative features. They released their brand new women’s scrub jacket a few months ago, and not only does it have ample pocket space (and a zippered sleeve pocket to boot!), they also added a small but kind of life-changing feature: the ID badge pocket.
The Ionic Scrub Jacket is the first of its kind in many ways, but I particularly l particularly love this badge pocket. It’s hidden on the left shoulder seam so that it’s invisible when you’r not using it, and it allows you to clip your badge onto your jacket.
Simple yet genius. Count me impressed.
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.
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?
The wait is over, the anticipation has ended, and Medelita is finally about to release their long-awaited line of nursing scrubs: Element has arrived!
There are 2 new styles of scrub tops and 2 new styles of scrub pants, and they each come in four different colors: royal blue, ceil, navy, and black. The Element Collection is also rounded out by an awesome scrub jacket, the Ionic, that has pretty stellar reviews:
“This is absolutely perfect for working in medicine. I love all the pockets – I can fit everything I need into it! The fabric is soft and cozy, and the look is super sleek. I love that there’s even a place specifically for my badge reel. Overall, this is my fav jacket that I reach for time and time again!” —L.S., Verified Customer
You can tell that the folks over at Medelita really thought everything out while they were designing these nursing scrubs. They invited real life nurses at the beginning of the design process to see what features were missing from their existing scrubs, so Element has a ton of really cool and useful features:
- ID Badge Clip pocket on both tops
- Scissors loop + pen slot on the pants
- Hidden zipper pockets
- Signature silicone dipped neon drawcord
Oh, and did we forget to mention that if you are wearing the Delta pants and either of the scrub tops, you’ll have 10 pockets – not including the badge clip pocket?? These are some serious scrubs with pockets.
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.
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
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
Last week popular designer lab coat company Medelita released the new versions of two of its most popular lab coats for women.
The new versions of the Callia and Miranda B. lab coats include the same features as the old ones, but with an improved fit.
The design features for the Miranda B. include a peaked lapel, defined waist and skirted back, and lower pockets that create a slimming effect. This is one of the most feminine and flattering lab coats available, and with the improved fit it is now better than ever.
The new fit changes are a better-fitting waist, improved balance in how it drapes over the shoulders and neck, and an overall more flattering silhouette.
Check out the Miranda B. lab coat.
The Callia has been upgraded to fit better as well. With the new fit, this is now a true slim-fit lab coat, meaning it is slightly more fitted than other traditional styles, while still professional and not overly fitted.
This lab coat has very feminine scalloped lapels and patch pockets that can fit a small tablet and anything else you may need to carry. It also features a back waist belt with two buttons, making it stylish and classic.
Check out the Callia M. lab coat.
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!
Looking at these two lab coats, it’s hard to decide which hemline I like better. These defining features are one of the things that make it worth it to spend a little extra on a designer lab coat, and it’s even better that there now exist many styles of lab coats for women so that you really can decide on a lab coat that better suits your personal style.
As you can see, the Callia lab coat is infused with feminine elements – check out the slight curve in the hemline and the beautiful rounded collar. Simple, elegant, and flattering – but still professional!
The Vera G. has a modern style and is still professional.
I’m also a big fan of the Vera G. lab coat, which is crisp and polished with straight lines and a modern cut. It’s equally flattering and stylish as the Callia, but with a slightly edgier look.
I give up – it’s impossible to decide which one I like better! At the end of the day, your choice of lab coat style should be one that reflects your own personal and professional style. Luckily, there are a lot of options for you to choose from as a woman in medicine.
What a doctor needs from their uniform changes as technology and medical tools continue to evolve. Five years ago there weren’t all that many iPads and tablets around; today they are nearly ubiquitous in the medical setting. They are incredibly handy tools that can be used for quick references, educating patients, and more.
So what today’s modern doctor needs is a lab coat that has pockets roomy enough to hold their tablet or iPad. Having larger pockets frees up your hands so that you can carry your tablet with you during your rotations or consultations, without having to carry yet another thing along with you.
But lab coats with iPad pockets are also useful even if you don’t have a tablet. The large pockets can hold anything you might need to carry around with you.
The perfect scrub for you probably depends on your specialty and medical profession. Nurses have different requirements from their workwear than physicians in the same field, and certain specialties have stricter requirements for what is needed in terms of their uniforms.
These differences can most commonly been seen with pockets.
Every medical professional in every specialty requires pockets to hold medical instruments and general “stuff”, but exactly how many pockets and where they are placed on the scrubs really depends on the field you’re working in. It’s likely that you’re going to run into some scrubs that don’t fit your pocket needs before you find your ideal set of scrubs with perfectly placed pockets.
One pocket feature that has been adapted into nearly every type of scrubs pants, however, is the rear pocket. If you are a medical professional who doesn’t use this back pocket, you might feel that this feature, though meant to be helpful, actually is unflattering for your bottom. But some medical professionals in certain specialties swear by these back pockets, and say they use them all the time.
What are your thoughts about rear pockets on scrubs pants? Do you use your pockets every day or at least occasionally? Or is this a feature you’d prefer not to have on your scrubs pants? Comment and let us know!