More and more careers require a certain dress code. From lawyers to business owners to veterinarians and doctors. Some attire, such as business suits, can be tailored and purchased to meet the requirements of the person who will be wearing it. Other attire is not always easily personalized.
In the medical field, there are certain types of clothing, such as scrubs and lab coats that need to fit a certain standard and regulation. For example, lab coats, when used in the laboratory, are designed to protect against accidental spills and need to have to have long sleeves and must be made of an absorbent material, such as cotton, so that the user can be protected from the spill. Some lab coats have buttons at the end of the sleeves, to secure them around the wrist so that they do not hang.
Short-sleeved lab coats also exist, and seem to be favored by microbiologists to avoid the problem of hanging sleeves altogether, combined with the ease of washing the forearms.
White lab coats are usually seen as the distinctive dress of physicians, who have worn them for over 100 years. Men and women alike have been in the medical field all those years and nowadays the ‘one type fits all’ mentality is taking a backseat.
At one time, a lab coat was a lab coat and it didn’t matter if a man or woman was to wear it. These days, there is such a thing as , which definitely fit the female body much nicer, thus making the person much more comfortable.
The growing number of women in the medical field has shown a demand for better quality in scrubs and lab coats as well as more unique designs and better fitting attire. Women seem to care more about how their clothing fits and how presentable they look in what they wear.
Since there is such a wide range of medical attire, companies have begun to not only make certain types of lab coats, per the requirements but also are making them to fit better. Gone are the days of only white lab coats and white scrubs. They now come in a variety of colors; usually pastels are used since they seem to be soothing colors.
Although scrubs have more variety than lab coats, you can still be in style no matter what you’re required to wear if you work in the medical field!