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What scrubs style is best for your body type?

There are four basic body types. Knowing your type is imperative in creating the right look. Many people differentiate these shapes by using fruit as examples. I don’t really like to think of myself as a pear, even though I might have the shape of one. Therefore, I won’t be mentioning any type of fruit in this article!

Not sure about your shape? Take a good look in the mirror without your clothes on.

1. Are you busty/large chest with broad shoulders?

2. Do you have narrow shoulders and carry more weight in your hips and thighs?

3. Are you athletic, fairly slim, and narrow through the torso?

4. Do you have curves both in the bust and hips with a narrow waist?

These are four of the most common basic body shapes. Of course, no one fits exactly into these categories, but you should see some kind of resemblance to one of these types.

No matter what “shape” you are, please see the beauty in your body. Many people have adopted a critical voice that often compares their bodies to those of celebrities on TV, in film and in magazines. And – having worked in TV for years and having seen hundreds of actors in their underwear – here’s the dirty little secret I can tell you: They dress to showcase their greatest assets. They have professional designers find the right clothes to make them look and feel fabulous. That’s what I’m here for…think of me as your personal designer, here to help YOU look and feel fabulous. So let’s connect your body type to the best scrubs to buy and wear!

Body Type 1
If you are Body Type 1 (busty/large chest with broad shoulders), try to steer away from wearing tight tops. Not only will they be uncomfortable, but they won’t be flattering, either. And don’t go in the opposite direction and wear a baggy top to hide your bust. A V-neck, mock-wrap scrub top will be flattering for you. Stay away from prints on the top and lean toward darker colors. Keep your pants fitted, but not tight. Your goal is to enhance your look with the correct proportions.

Body Type 2
If you have narrow shoulders with more weight on your hips and thighs, you can easily wear a printed top. Try layering a printed hip-length jacket with a solid boatneck or scoop-neck top. Pair this with a solid pant.

Body Type 3
If you have an athletic, narrow and slim build, prints can be flattering on you. Don’t hesitate to layer. You can wear a short-sleeve jacket with a long-sleeve tee to “hip” up some of your separates. Any kind of ruching or other details on your tops would be great for you. A pair of flared pants will complement your look.

Body Type 4
If you’re #4 on the list (lots of curves on the top and bottom), try flared pants with scoop tees. V-neck wrap tops are good for you. Try a nipped-waist jacket with straight-leg pants. Small-print tops can be great for your body type.

Katie’s Picks:
Black or grey unisex drawstring pant – goes great with any top.
Try this great empire waist print top. It’s feminine, fresh and pretty.
Stylish short sleeve t-shirts. Love these! Both the black and white are great staples to have in your closet.
Cozy long sleeve underscrub tees. On chilly mornings, these are an easy and stylish way to keep warm!
The new fold over waist pant in black. These fold over pants come in many different colors and look so comfortable.
Zip front warm up jacket. This jacket will look great with the fold over pants and either the white or black tee. Mix it up for two different looks.

Style Tips for Men

For you male nurses, be sure you feel comfortable in your scrubs. Don’t wear anything, top or bottom, that’s too tight. If you’re not at your ideal weight, don’t let the size number influence you. Buy scrubs in a size that fits well. No one is looking at the tag.

I’d love to hear about and see your success stories! I’m also here to help you with any questions you may have for me. Remember, first impressions do count and can project an assured, stylish nurse. Scrubs can affect your job, especially if you’re wearing the styles that flatter your body shape. Not only will you look better in scrubs that work for your body type, but you’ll also have the confidence to wear them well!

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Katie Sparks

Katie Sparks has been a renowned television show costume designer for 22 years. Her credits include Just Shoot Me and Arrested Development. She received a nomination from the Costume Designers Guild for excellent costume design for Arrested Development. Katie writes, "For the last year and a half, I have been freelance writing for the Palisades Post. I loved the TV business, but writing gives me the flexibility I need to raise my daughter. Writing for the Post has been great, but I haven’t been able to use my expertise in fashion. Writing for Scrubs gives me the opportunity to write and give fashion tips! A perfect combo."

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15 Responses to What scrubs style is best for your body type?

  1. Beth

    I read your ideas for scrubs types for any body type, you did not mention the one body type that most women have. Big on top, middle and bottom. What are your suggestions for that?

    • Miriam Bookey

      Great point! We’re going to have Katie write an article on this topic.

  2. Susie Johnson

    I love my Cherokee scrubs, I am a scrubaholic, I am big on the top smaller on the bottom with long legs so I wear the tall cargos ( I think I have every color), which have smaller legs and I wear the “Body” tops with the elastic in the back gives you a shape. I cannot wear the box v-neck scrubs, I look like a big box with a big chest, so I take them and have elastic put in the back or have them taken in at the waist. If they are cute they are worth the extra bucks to have them fixed.

  3. Connie Mead

    Most of our customers are now required to wear solids. I would like to read about styles of pants (flare/boot cut/straight let); and tops of various lengths (Short mock wrap, long mock wrap, reg length V neck) that works. Also would like the most current trend in length of pants–our younger girls seem to want them touching the ground!

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  8. Lori

    I’m disappointed. None of these descriptions fit my body type. I’m not afraid to admit it. I am an apple and I’m short. I’m 4’11”. I carry most of the (very unwanted) weight in the middle and less in my thighs. Any suggestions for my type?

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  10. I’m short. 5’1″.My body type is an apple-weight in the middle and less in the thighs. Any suggestions for my type

  11. John Ryant RN

    Well, I am a bit awkward in size. While I am average in height, I do have wide sholders and a bit of a belly. I just recently found a company called which allow you to select everything from pockets to detail colors. Their fabric is very good quality and they customize the sizing of your scrubs. I wish I would have had this option years ago, but at least now I can get a nice pair of scrubs without looking frumpy.

  12. chaosrn RN

    sorry, but it appears yet again, you forgot the 15% of us…. male nurses! I’ve been in the field for almost 32, and most uniform places don’t stock for us! Or my size doesn’t exist.
    30″ waist, 33″ inseam, 40″ chest,
    not that i’m looking for shops dedicated to us, but come on

  13. psa8281973

    there needs to be another body type……the oompaloopa……often referred to as a “apple shape”…..I am short waisted, short legged, freakishly short arms…..round all over……even petite length uniform pants are too long….i have to get a 3x top to fit my hips, so I can utilize my pockets, but then I have to wear a under shirt so you cant see down my top or up my sleeves… I am a walking fashion night mare wearing scrubs or regular clothes……

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