We understand that taking care of others can sometimes mean you don't have time (or energy) to take of yourself. In most healthcare facilities, healthcare professionals are required to wear scrubs. I know they feel like pajamas (and they should!), but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you just rolled out of bed. You can add your own personal style and flair even to standard issue scrubs, and look just as professional and put together as your lawyer friends (but WAY more comfortable)! Heres how:
Wear a complimentary fit. Scrubs are available in many different fits and styles. Unless you work in a microbe-controlled environment like the OR, you don’t have to wear baggy, shapeless, scratchy sacks- find something that is flattering on you. There are many different places you can get flattering and well fitting scrubs, and a quick google search will return tons of results with even more variety.
Theres everything from red to black, and every color in between. You can find crew-neck or v-neck scrub tops, and slim fit, straight leg, wide-leg or jogger pants. Scrubs with prints, or solids, and tons of sizing options including plus size and petit, and short and long style pants. Think about street clothes that are flattering on you and make you feel good, and go from there. Most companies have great return policies that make shopping and returning less stressful- allowing you to find the perfect fit.
Take good care of your scrubs. This seems simple, but isn't always easy. If you've worked in the healthcare environment at all, you know how easy it is to stain your scrubs (those dreaded bleach wipes!), and some of these can't be prevented. But for the everyday wear spots you're bound to encounter, investing in a good (gentle but strong) laundry detergent will help keep your scrubs looking new longer.
Also, spending a little more money for a higher quality pair of scrubs can help your scrubs appear newer for longer. Some companies use higher quality fabric that launders better, and holds up for many washes and wears.
Accessorize. Something as simple as a badge holder can help you stand out and express yourself. You could also consider having your name and role embroidered on the breast of your scrub top. Your stethoscope is another work accessory that can help you differentiate yourself from the crowd. You may even be able to wear fun compression socks- not only will they help your feet and legs, but also your personal style. While accessorizing is fun, always remember to adhere to your employer’s dress code policies.
Feet. Get some fun and comfortable shoes. From fun colored sneakers to clogs, you can express your personal style and enhance the look of your scrubs with the shoes you wear. Sneakers and clogs come in every color and size, and it can be a fun way to mix up the monotony of the same outfit everyday.
Smile. Just being friendly and greeting others you pass in the hallway with a warm smile or "hello" will give you a confidence and style boost. Kindness is free, and always the best way to spice up your look, at work and outside of work.
Always remember to stay within the limits of the required dress code in your facility. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wear pajamas to work, and not look professional. Improve on the little things you can change about your uniform, and it will make your scrubs look more polished, and you feel better about conquering the day!