Even when you’re wearing scrubs, you want to look neat and professional at work. You may never have thought about it, but scrubs have many of the same concerns that other clothing can cause. Here are 5 fashion faux pas to avoid and how you can test for them before you!
- Unwanted Undies: You NEVER want your underwear to peek out of the top of your scrub pants. When you first buy scrubs pants, make sure to do a few squats, sit in a chair and maybe do a couple leg lifts. If you don’t see them by then, you should be ok. Let’s be honest, when you’re rushing through the hospital hallways you never know what acrobatic movement who may end up performing and the last thing you want to worry about is your underwear.
- More Unwanted Undies: The other issue with your unmentionables is that some scrubs, often the more discounted brands, can appear see-through in certain lights. Either stick to neutral tones, avoiding your favorite Superwoman panties, or do a quick mirror-check before heading for the door!
- Vivacious Vs: We all like v-neck shirts. They are comfortable, stylish and a common look for scrubs. The problem, however, can come when they are a little too V’d. Certain scrubs brands take the neckline a little too far and place a big ol’ capital V right on your chest. Stick to the more established scrub brands and you should have no problem find a tasteful neckline.
- Terribly Tight: Scrubs are not meant to be worn to a club, so make sure they don’t look like they could be. Skin-tight jeans, leggings and other form-fitting attire are fine outside of work. If that’s your style, go get ‘em. However, at work, scrubs should be flattering and contoured; not sagging, not sticking. Make sure that you try on scrubs before you buy them or find an online dealer that offers free return to make sure you can find the perfect fit.
- Just a little off: One of the unique things about scrubs is that you wear identical colors on both the top and the bottom of your outfit. That rarely (if ever) happens outside of work. One of the challenges with this is that ceil blue is not always ceil blue. You might buy a top from one place and bottom from another and they bother say ceil blue. However, you put them together and one suddenly looks like it has sat out in the sun too long and is just slightly lighter than the other. Luckily, this is easy to prevent. The first thing is to stay loyal to the tried-and-true brands like Cherokee, Landau, Dickies and other well-known companies. These guarantee the color match. Even within those brands however, the colors can vary so makes sure to buy your top and matching pants from the exact same company. Landau pants go with Landau bottoms, Cherokee with Cherokeee and so on.
And, as a bonus tip …
Hair Horrors — So this one isn’t really about scrubs, but your hair is a big part of your look. Not only should your hair (and facial hair, gentlemen!) be clean and professional it also needs to be pulled back. If you find yourself with a new hair cut where the front is constantly in your eyes, invest in a few bobby pins and a little hairspray. If you don’t, you’ll regret it as soon as your elbow deep in who-knows-what and you hair falls right into your face. Are you really going to want to move it?