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Fifty Shades Of White

OK, so this post is not actually going to go over 50 different shades of white, though we easily could. Not all shades of white are created equal, so you’ve probably experienced buying a white shirt at one store that is a different shade of white as a white shirt from a different brand.

Strictly speaking, a shade of white is defined as a neutral gray, but shades can range from pure white to different hues of off-white.


Pure White

The purest shade of white is achromatic, meaning that all the red, green, and blue tones are exactly equal, resulting in a perfect white. This is the starting point of all achromatic (off-white) shades.

Here are some of the most well-known shades of white:

  • Ghost white: white with a blue hue
  • White smoke: white with a grey hue
  • Baby powder: white with a pink tone
  • Ivory: white with a yellow tone
  • Linen: white with an orange tone

Why does this matter?

Medelita Lab Coats

The shade of your lab coat should be as close to pure white as possible, so that the bright color is not diluted by a sallow or blueish tone. Not only are all these shades of off-white not particularly flattering on every skin tone, they also don’t look that professional on a lab coat that is supposed to represent cleanliness and purity.

Professional Women Lab Coat

With Or Without Your Lab Coat [Guest Post]

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Dr. Daniela Steyn (MBChB, CCFP) is a Family Physician in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She lives her passion for fashion by styling other physicians with comfort, care and class.  She learned more about styling through the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

As physicians we prefer to see the evidence first, then act accordingly. On the topic of “With or Without the White Lab Coat”, the results seem to be out. I have been fortunate to have worked with Medical Professionals who take pride in their work as well as in their polished, professional appearance, denoting respect for their colleagues and patients. As physicians we are often tempted to brush off our appearance as less important, stating that we don’t care, focusing on our patients and not on ourselves.  Truth is, we do care, and our patients care, even if they don’t consciously know it.

I recently read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal motivating the case for dressing up.  This would present differently in different settings.  Although we tend to think we understand and appreciate our patient population’s background and values, we can not possibly anticipate and predict every single patient encounter every day: what the patient’s perceptions of our skills are, his/her (or the family’s) subconscious judgement of our skill, and how our appearance influence those perceptions.

In a study published in 2015 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, results suggested that people engage in higher levels of abstract thinking when they dress up, compared with when they dress casually.  In their study, Rehman et al enrolled over 400 individuals looking at the effect of physician attire on the trust and confidence of patients. This cross-sectional descriptive study using survey methodology was conducted of patients and visitors in the waiting room of an internal medicine outpatient clinic. Respondents completed a written survey after reviewing pictures of physicians in four different dress styles. Respondents were asked questions related to their preference for physician dress as well as their trust and willingness to discuss sensitive issues. “Respondents overwhelmingly favor physicians in professional attire with a white coat. Wearing professional dress (i.e., a white coat with more formal attire) while providing patient care by physicians may favorably influence trust and confidence-building in the medical encounter.”

To me getting dressed is often the highlight of my day, to the physicians I assist in styling, not so much.  They would often leave the house in the early morning before sunrise only to return after dark. How they would present in a family conference 10 hours later is likely the furthest thing from their mind when they leave home.  This is where a well tailored white coat, preferably with your name and credentials embroidered in, could be a big help.  See Medelita.


Specifically addressing attire and patients’ family preference for lab coats, a study was done in ICU in Calgary, Alberta (Canada).  In their study Au, Khandwala, and Stelfox found that the majority of respondents indicated that it was important for physicians to be neatly groomed, be professionally dressed, and wear visible name tags, but not necessarily a white coat. Despite these self-reported preferences, when patients’ families selected their preferred physician from a panel of photographs, respondents strongly favored physicians wearing traditional attire with the white coat. Traditional attire was associated with perceptions of knowledge, honesty, and providing best overall care. Physicians wearing scrubs were a second choice among participants and were perceived to be caring and competent to perform a lifesaving procedure.

Making the effort to dress professionally denotes respect for those you serve, and respect is of the utmost importance in doctor-patient relationships.  (bmj.com) Since physician attire is such an easily modifiable factor that has been demonstrated to influence the patient-physician relationship, I find it encouraging that so many physicians start to recognize the importance of their professional image, and prioritize it.

This article republished from Medelita.com.

Visit Daniela’s website at http://www.stylingmd.com/.


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Benefits Of Name & Title Lab Coat Embroidery

What’s the only thing better than wearing a beautifully tailored, high-quality designer lab coat? Wearing a beautifully tailored, high-quality designer lab coat that has been personalized with your name and title.

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For only $12 extra, you can have your credentials listed on your lab coat in whichever color or font you like. This personal touch goes a long way in elevating your appearance – here are the top benefits to having your lab coat custom embroidered:

  1. Name and title embroidery will help your patients differentiate your role from other staff members, and provide a clear way to address you.
  2. Embroidery can come in all colors and multiple fonts. This way, you can make your embroidery even more individualized by picking styles and colors that suit you best.
  3. You worked for years to get your M.D. – name and title embroidery on your lab coat is the closest thing to wearing your diploma in real life. You worked hard, so show off a little!
  4. Having your name and title embroidered on your lab coat is a finishing touch that goes the extra mile in making your lab coat look even more professional than it already does.


007: Lab Coats For Leading Physicians

It shouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say that many male physicians have thought about how cool it would be to star in the next James Bond film at one point in their life or another – and why shouldn’t they?

James Bond is a peerless spy, a masculine icon and one of the coolest characters ever constructed. While male physicians may not be international spies, they are, in fact, leading men. So why don’t they dress the part, especially when they can?

Many traditional male lab coats are designed not for comfort or style, but strictly for function. While that might be ok for some, there are several practicing physicians who would appreciate a little more than just the basics, and a little more than an average lab coat.

Medelita designs all of their male lab coats with notched lapels that give each of them an advanced and sophisticated aesthetic. For those who are unfamiliar with notched lapels, it is the same type of lapel that James Bond has worn to seven different dinner parties amongst several of his films.

Of course, 007 is a fictional character, but his iconic role has influenced men’s fashion and the idea of how leading men should dress.

Medelita has four male lab coats and each of them, while unique in their own way, resemble aspects of the classic, sophisticated James Bond look:


The M3 LAENNEC CLASSIC FIT LAB COAT is a traditional, yet contemporary coat that most resembles a professional blazer or tailored suit jacket.


The M3 H.W. CUSHING SLIM FIT LAB COAT has a welt pocket construction and its on-trend tailoring complements the masterful craftsmanship.

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The M3 J. HUNTER KNOT BUTTON LAB COAT has handsome knot buttons and a back waist belt that evokes a men’s trench coat.

M3 E. Wilson Lab Coat

M3 E. Wilson Lab Coat

Finally, the M3 E. WILSON SLIM FIT LAB COAT looks like a tailored suit with double back vents and slim fit silhouette.

Each of these lab coats are carefully constructed to make physicians stand out the way Vesper Lynd advised 007 in Casino Royale when she said:

“There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter. And I need you looking like a man who belongs at that table.”

Most Common Colors For Medical Scrubs

Most practices and hospitals have a specific color of scrub that their staff must wear for uniformity’s sake. The benefit of such a uniform policy is that the staff has the appearance of a united team, while still allowing each employee the freedom to choose the brand and fit of scrubs that suits them the best.

Here are the most popular colors of scrubs for both male and female medical professionals:


This color has historically been very popular for scrubs and in medical apparel for two reasons. First, the dark tone is slightly more formal than most colors. Second, as the darkest shade available, black is perfect for hiding stains. However, it has been argued that this can also cause less consistent hygiene in clinical settings.


Dark blue shades are also very common for scrubs. This shade is muted, understated, and elegant. It gives a feeling of professionalism without being overly formal, and there are often several shades of navy blue to choose from.

Ciel Blue

Also called “pool”, this pale blueshade is flattering on just about every skin tone. This color is a popular choice for scrubs because it is un-intimidating and cheerful, yet still professional. This vivid color is a wonderful choice in many clinical settings.

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Stethoscope Holders Make Life Easier

There is almost no doubt that you have personally experienced what we call the “stethoscope woes” at some point or another in your medical career. You know- neck strain, pressure in earbuds, or some sort of general discomfort. You may have to find a good fit with some trial and error, but stethoscope holders can greatly reduce tension in the neck and also allow you to use your hands for more important tasks.

Stethoscope holders come in a variety of colors and slightly different shapes, which allows you to let a bit of personality shine through. A few brands even take this a step further with a name or logo personalization. Typically the holders attach to your waistband, and (fingers crossed) it stays there all day without falling out.


The concept behind the holders is that by having a place to securely store your stethoscope, it is on your neck less and therefore reduces the neck strain. If you have not tried one yet, we recommend getting one to take just a little pressure off of your work day.

How To Care For Your Athleisure Clothing

Athleisure, a trend popular among working professionals, refers to wearing high-quality, fashionable athletic wear outside of the gym. Many of these garments are made with performance fabrics, but if you don’t take care of them properly this fabric can break down over time.

To extend the life of your performance athletic wear, such as the Medelita Core One Tee, you must treat it a little differently than your regular laundry. Make sure to follow the instructions of the specific brand, but here are some general guidelines:

  1. Pre-treat stains prior to laundering
  2. Many performance fabrics need to be washed in cold water, but Medelita’s tees are recommended to be washed in warm water.
  3. Use non-chlorine bleach and do not use any fabric softener! These contain chemicals that can strip your garments’ fabric of their technological features.
  4. Lay flat to dry, or tumble dry on delicate mode.
  5. Do not iron. Most athleisure clothes are naturally wrinkle-resistant.
Medelita Core One Underscrub Tee

Medelita Core One Underscrub Tee

What Is The Meaning Behind The Colors You Wear?

Do you have one favorite color that you tend to gravitate toward? Do the colors in your outfit ever reflect a particular emotion you are feeling that day?

The emotion and science behind color has been researched for years, and most studies have found that color affects humans on a psychological level. The “Theory of Colours” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was not regarded as a highly scientific work, but it undoubtedly inspired the in-depth research on color theory that followed. Some of the basic colors and their meanings are the following:



It is hard not to exude confidence while wearing red, as it is a fiery and very powerful color. Determination, ambition, and passion are all traits that red can symbolize.



Think happy thoughts. Yellow is often regarded as a bright cheery color, and provokes thoughts of warmth. Yellow is also associated with intellect and nobility. Fun fact: Some cultures view the sun as symbolic to deities, making the color yellow the most highly regarded. This is why many palaces and royalty were commonly adorned in yellow.



You have probably heard the phrase “Go Green” at some point, and that is because the color often represents nature or sustainability. Wealth also comes to mind for obvious reasons, but this may stem from the colors traditional meaning that stemmed from wisdom.



True Blue. Blue is the most trustworthy of colors, embodying serenity and a sense of calm. Blue gives an overall impression of reliability and sincerity. Stress relief and relaxation are also characteristic of blue, so if you started to think of visiting a beach or tranquil spa while reading this, we won’t be upset.



Most often associated with purity and innocence. White represents perfection and the highest standard of cleanliness, while also giving others a sense of protection and hope. White coats are a representation of all these traits, and this serves as another reason why all doctors deserve to wear lab coat of high quality.   

The Physician’s Head To Toe Outfit

Scrubs Caps

Keep sweat off your face and your hair covered during long stressful shifts with a professional-looking scrub cap.


Modern Fit Scrubs Top

Available in styles for men and women, these scrubs are soft to the touch and designed to fit like regular tailored clothing.

Modern Fit Scrubs Pants

Also available in multiple sizes and colors for both genders, these scrubs pants offer improved features such as a fly zipper and high-function drawstrings.


Sanita Clogs

For medical professionals who are on their feet during most of the workday, these shoes are a must-have to bring you orthopedic comfort.

Bonus: Athleisure Underscrub Tee

This moisture-wicking performance knit is lightweight and breathable with fabric technology to keep you dry and odor free all day.

Medelita Core One Underscrub Tee

Medelita Core One Underscrub Tee

Next-Level Athleisure: Medelita’s Core One Performance Fabric

The Athleisure trend started to hit the runways several seasons ago – and one thing is for sure, it’s not going anywhere for a while. Louis Vuitton is selling athleisure. So are Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Tory Burch and H&M. Gyms and workout companies, like SoulCycle, are creating clothing lines.

With top brands from all ends of the fashion spectrum on top of this trending style commodity, athleisure is now a nearly $100 billion market. But the new athletic-leisure style is more than a trend: it’s about function, comfort and versatility. Medelita offers a new technological approach to athleisure design and fabric, further distinguishing their brand and customer satisfaction with  Core One Performance. After all clinicians want athleisure too!

Medelita believes “It’s what’s underneath that matters most”. Studies have proven that what you wear to work actually does affect your work performance. Medelita’s fabric is perfect for keeping you comfortable through even the longest shifts, since its extreme high performance design and technological fabric features will keep you dry, cool, fresh and comfortable without weighing you down.

Core One Performance Features

  • Moisture wicking
  • Fast drying
  • Permanent performance won’t wash out
  • Odor control
  • Superior comfort
  • Premium quality

Medelita integrated 4-WAY STRETCH technology which offers an unparalleled contoured for comfort fit. Their Core One Performance fabric is unlike any other active leisure fabric available in that it’s an extremely lightweight fabric that is as soft as it is durable, making it the perfect ingredient for the active lifestyle of the healthcare providers.

Their exclusive high performance fabric is a second layer of skin for any occasion. Core One Performance is meant to be lived in, it’s perfect under scrubs or simply on its own in any active or leisure setting.

Their signature design is built to last. Unlike every other tee in your closet, which falls apart over time, Core One products retain their shape and have been rigorously tested to stand up to repeated washes and abuse.

Core One is a complete solution for LIFE + WORK… Just what the doctor ordered!

Learn more about Medelita’s Core One Performance fabric features by visiting their website and click around… Something is sure to catch your eye!