Scrubs fashion tips for the curvy nurse

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Forget about your size. Having a great look and style is about making the most of your body shape.

And yes, you can accentuate your best assets and disguise your flaws by choosing the right cut, colors and prints.

Here are four essential scrubs fashion tips for the curvy nurse, brought to you by the Hollywood stylist who has dressed some of the curviest stars (we can’t disclose names but suffice it to say she’s got experience!).


Look for…
For big-busted gals, an empire-style top will skim gently over the waist while fitting well in the bust. Always be sure that the top is not too tight in the bust—it’ll be more comfortable and will look best if it fits correctly. A longer wrap-style top is another great look for you. It can clinch the waist and fall loosely over the tummy for a flattering look. V-necks are also becoming as they elongate the body and act to separate your cleavage. A sweetheart neckline is good for you, too. Any neck style that provides an expanse of skin from the neck and chest will give you a sleeker look.

Skip high and round necklines. They provide no break between your neck and bust. Also, remember that purchasing a top that’s a size larger is not always the best solution—it can end up looking bulky and sloppy.


Look for…
For you curvy women who carry more weight around your waist, accessorize your neckline or choose tops with small patterns or embroidery above the bust line. Tunic-style scrubs are flattering yet spacious. V-neck tops can elongate the torso. Choose jackets that fall mid-hip. A good fit in the shoulders will accentuate them and draw attention away from your waist.

For scrub pants, try mid-to high-waist styles. They will flatten and create a smooth line. Also, go for the size that fits comfortably around the waist to avoid creating the illusion of extra bulk. A flared leg can add shape to your legs and balance out the middle.

Be sure to avoid low-rise pants, drawstring ties and large pockets or pleating. Although comfortable, they add bulk. Ultra skinny-leg styles can also have the effect of over-accentuating the middle.

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Katie Sparks

Katie Sparks has been a renowned television show costume designer for more than 20 years. She received a nomination from the Costume Designers Guild for excellent costume design for Arrested Development. When she's not dressing movie stars, she loves to write, and says, "Writing for Scrubs gives me the opportunity to write and give fashion tips! A perfect combo."

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7 Responses to Scrubs fashion tips for the curvy nurse

  1. ruth

    I am not sure how I feel about the photo that is with this article. It’s a baby phat model image that has been stretched to make her look more “curvy”.

    Animalier Collection Style 26842 Burn-Out Top, in the last few catalogs and on the website ( )

    • Scrubs Editors

      You know, you’re right. And we removed it. We had a really tough time finding a portrayal of a “curvy nurse!” We replaced the image and hope you agree that it works better for the article. All best, The Scrubs Editors

  2. Kathy

    Working on OB our scrubs are picked for us, and our new ones are pretty much the oppposite of what this article says I should be wearing! I know I chose my speciality-but I hate being told what to wear.

  3. liz

    There’s nothing I hate more than a thong or colored panties underneath white scrub pants. It kills me! But on another note I recently lost some weight and had to make darts in the back of my tops. They have a much better line & fit now.

  4. Melba

    I have problems with the large bust thing. I bought scrubs that were a size larger in the top cause they were the only ones that would fit over my bust, now I feel like I’m wearing a tent. It’s baggy everywhere else, and I even had a patient ask if I was pregnant and another tell me I was fat cause it’s so big. I have to wear one color and I have not been able to find many stylish choices in that color.

  5. KGarcia

    I think it’s wrong that just because I’m your nurse for today does not mean you have the right to call me fat.

  6. Roz

    The tip that worked best for me was when we brought in weight watchers to our facility. Lost 20 pounds and my scrubs look great