The Secret to Looking Your Best in Scrubs

Scrubs may not be the most stylish attire, but you can still look good 

If you are in nursing school, you have probably already started to wear scrubs. Many nursing schools ask their students to wear scrubs to school. Wearing scrubs to school is a great way to feel like you are on the job already. While scrubs are a fairly comfortable uniform to wear to work, they are not necessarily the most flattering. What can you do to look better in scrubs? How can you look professional on the jobHere are a few suggestions.  

1. Choose a good fit and style for the top 

The way the scrubs fit your body makes a big difference. Depending on your body type, height, and weight, you may look better with a slightly longer or slightly shorter top. Try on your scrubs before purchasing them so you can see how the length looks. Some scrubs may be more fitted to your waistline than others, so it’s definitely worth the time to try them on. There is also a variety of necklines to choose from. Most scrubs have the standard v-neck, but you might also find other options such as mock-wrap necklines or a sport neckline that may look more flattering on you 

2. Find pants that fit you well 

Your pants should extend slightly longer than the tops of your shoes without touching the ground. They should fit without being too tight or too baggy. Some people prefer pull-on pants while other prefer drawstrings. Be aware of whether the drawstring creates an unflattering lump at your waistline, and if so, you might want to consider the pull-on style.  

3. Choose complimentary colors 

If you are allowed to choose what color scrubs to wear to work, make sure you pick a color that is flattering to your skin tone. If you are allowed to wear patterned scrubs, make sure they are appropriate and professional-looking. Go for a patterned top with a solid color bottom that matches the colors in the pattern. In all cases, it’s best to go with darker colors instead of lighter colors, because they seem to stay cleaner longer.  

4. Pockets or no pockets 

Some scrubs come with pockets and others do not. Most people find that it is practical to have pockets in their pants, and some also like a pocket in the top. It is harder to find women’s scrubs with pockets, but if this is an important feature for you, be sure to keep looking until you find the pockets you need. 

5. Take care of your scrubs 

Wearing clean, unwrinkled scrubs may be the most important tip. It’s important to look clean and put-together because it shows your patients and co-workers that you care about your job. To get the most use out of your scrubs, read the care instructions on the labels and follow them closely. All scrubs begin to fade, but if you follow the instructions, they should last a little longer. 

6. Don’t forget the finishing touches 

In addition to a good-fitting set of scrubs, you should also pay attention to the rest of your appearance. Keep your hair neat and professional. Wear shoes that are in good condition. Make sure your fingernails are trimmed and clean to help prevent the spread of infection. Depending on the policies of your employer, you may be allowed to wear jewelry to enhance your look. If you do, keep it understated and professional. 

Extra Tip!   

7. Infection prevention 

If you work in a hospital, nursing home, or medical office, you know that you are dealing with a lot of germs. If possible, try to keep your work scrubs separate from your street clothes. If there is a changing room at work, you can put on your scrubs when you arrive at work, and then switch back to your street clothes for the way home. This can help to minimize the transmission of bacteria and viruses. 


This article is provided by the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, located in Manchester, New Hampshire. For more information on our school, give us a call or contact us online.

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