While a nursing uniform does have to stand up to a lot of wear and tear as part of the job, that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to look great in scrubs. To do so, it’s necessary to both looks at personalizing your outfit to be as comfortable as stylish as possible, while also adding in accessories that will make you stand out. At the same time, however, practicality and cleanliness will always be crucial things to get right with a uniform and should depend, at least in part, on choosing high-quality materials for long term use.
In terms of personalization, nurses can experiment with different colors and embroidery options within the regulations set down by the NHS and a particular ward. One of the main areas to focus on, however, is making sure that you get as exact a fit as possible for your uniform. This will help to prevent a baggy look and will give you more comfort as you work. Trims and pleats can also be added, along with contrasting colors, to make your scrubs be more than just a neutral shade. Male nurses can similarly focus on adding practical seamed vents and pockets, as well as choosing the best fit and color for their tastes.
Another way to enhance the look of scrubs is to invest in simple accessories and personal style choices that’ll make it easier to enhance the quality of the uniform materials used. Depending on what’s appropriate for where you work, these accessories may include distinctive earrings or necklaces, as well as headbands and other decorations. It’s important to look good while still being practical, so consider spending a bit more on haircuts and styles that will stand up to life on the ward. In terms of shoes, slip-resistant flats can be comfortable, but still stylish, by choosing the right color to match the rest of your uniform.
Looking good in scrubs also means being able to combine the highest levels of practicality with discreet details and comfort. To this end, discreet pen and patch pockets can be comfortable when in use, but can also be designed with concealed openings and trim to make sure that they aren’t too bulky, and end up upsetting the lines of your uniform. Above all, though, it’s important for scrubs to be comfortable and easily washable for everyday use.
NHS approved fabrics like polyester and cotton blends should be able to be worn for extended periods while being easily washed and dried between shifts. Trousers should also be designed to be cut slightly off the ground to avoid dragging, while materials chosen should be able to be cleaned at short notice for temporary stains. It’s important, then, to make yourself look good by investing in fabrics and tailored cuts that will give you the comfort you need to work long hours. At the same time, uniforms should be designed to be both professional and flexible enough to allow you to make your own personal touches around basic regulations and uniform standards.