While you are truly excited about your new career as a medical professional, you have probably been a lot less enthused about your fashion choices, which — sadly — are few. You understand that scrubs and comfortable shoes are necessary in your chosen field, but you’ve always loved dressing in a style that reflects your personality. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to infuse a little of your personality into your boring medical wardrobe, while still remaining safe, comfortable and professional.
Check the particular guidelines of your medical office. Some doctors prefer a uniform look, and so they might require that all of their medical professionals wear a certain color of scrubs or ones without patterns. Other doctors, especially those that work with children, may allow you to wear kid-friendly patterns. So before you invest in new garb, you should make sure that your outfit and shoes will be in compliance with your office’s dress code.
In most medical professional jobs, you will probably be spending a lot of time on your feet, so comfortable footwear is a must. In addition, you should not wear open-toed shoes, which could expose your feet to potentially hazardous spills or dropped sharp objects. You can still, however, don fashionable shoes. It just may take you a little more time shopping to find a pair that fits all of your criteria. The following are some dos and don’ts of choosing appropriate but fashionable footwear for your new career:
- Avoid wearing heels, especially if you already have painful foot problems such as plantar fasciitis or bunions. Heels can be very hard on your feet, and in the event of a medical emergency, you should be able to respond quickly, which may not be as easy to do if you’re wearing stilettos.
- Look for “healthy” shoes in cute designs. For example, Alegria offers shoes that are not only ergonomically designed to provide support for your feet, but are also available in a variety of styles and colorful designs and patterns.
- Choose shoes that are slip-resistant. Wet spills are not uncommon in a medical environment, so you will want shoes that will prevent you from slipping and falling.
- Look for a roomy toe box, especially if you have bunions. In the past, this style could look clunky, but there are a number of fashion-forward choices available today that boast a slightly sleeker profile.
Fortunately, there are a number of companies that offer scrubs in fashionable colors and designs. When choosing scrubs, you should:
- Look for material with stretch. Scrubs that are crafted out of four-way stretch fabrics tend to look more tailored and less baggy than traditional pieces. Stretchy material will also give you the freedom to move comfortably during your working day.
- Choose colorful patterns or designs. Scrubs are now offered in a variety of patterns, including seasonal designs, pretty florals and interesting graphics.
- Select scrubs with interesting details. If you aren’t allowed to wear colors or patterns, you may be able to wear scrubs that feature small ruffles or a mock wrapping design.
Keep It Neat and Professional
In your quest for individuality, it’s important to remember that the clothes you wear under your scrubs should be appropriate and neat. According to the New York Times, a number of doctors have complained that some of their staff or colleagues were guilty of wearing clothing that was more suited to a gym or tops that were too low cut. So make sure that the pieces you wear under your scrubs are appropriate for a professional environment.
While it can be a little more difficult to dress with individual style in a medical office, it is still possible. So take the time to look for shoes and scrubs that are interesting and well-made. Fortunately, they will probably cost you about the same amount of money as boring traditional pieces. Continue your online research to find more information on stylish and practical fashion for medical professionals.