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
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.
If you’ve tried on a Medelita lab coat, the first thing you probably noticed was the fabric, followed by the exemplary fit. Compared to these designer lab coats, the standard-issue cheap white coat feels practically like a preschool smock – you know, the ones they give to students before a messy finger painting session!
Why is the fit of these coats so remarkably different? Of course, there is a massive amount of time and care that goes into the design of every coat, but what makes these lab coats fit like a blazer or suit jacket rather than a typical lab coat is the fine construction – specifically the curved seams that allow proper fit and full range of movement.
This is just one of the many ways you can tell if your white lab coat is high quality. As any home seamstress can tell you, sewing straight seams is a piece of cake compared to sewing curved seams. Though the effort is well worth it when you reveal the finished product, creating a coat that fits well involves a lot of these curved seams, and that can be a painstakingly slow process.
The typical standard-issue lab coats that you’re probably used to are crafted with all straight seams. That’s why these frumpy white lab coats are so boxy and shapeless – they’re designed to fit a cardboard cutout, not an actual human who moves around while wearing their lab coat. The human body has curves, which is why Medelita deliberately takes the time and effort to design patterns that incorporate appropriately curved seams in the arms, shoulders, neck, and waistline of their lab coats.
It takes time and effort to build the perfect lab coat, but most of the clinicians who have tried a designer lab coat now feel they can never go back to the straight-seam standard.
With all the money and attention-to-detail that goes into the medical industry, it would seem that medical wear is often one of the few areas that gets left in the dark, as many of the lab coats and dress attire are more than seldomly too big, bulky or just plain unflattering. This is especially prevalent in physicians and doctors who have to wear petite and 00 sizes. A recent Reddit post emphasised this point:
“I just purchased my first real lab coat for the undergrad labs that I am taking, a Dickies brand unisex SX. I was concerned with the quality of lab coats I was finding on Amazon (it appeared that most were meant more for Halloween costumes than lab work) and I am tired of the Tyvex one that I was given my freshman year, so I was excited for the one that I had purchased. However, after it arrived in the mail today, I tried it on and it is too big. I’m a petite woman ~5’3″ and 115 lbs, but SERIOUSLY? It’s an EXTRA small! That is the smallest size they have!”
Fortunately for women who share this frustration, Medelita constructed the first true petite lab coat for female clinicians. The Ellody lab coat fits like a custom tailored suit jacket and is made with Medelita’s innovative stain repellant and breathable M3 fabric. Simply put, this lab coat is flattering for anyone 5’4″ or under and it guarantees all-day protection and comfort.