We asked nurses, “What do you wear, and why?” Those nurses with restrictive dress codes had a simple answer: “Whatever my employer tells me to wear.”
But the rest of our respondents, those who can wear whatever scrubs they like, had a variety of answers about their choices.
We found nine categories of scrubs styles. Take a look through your work wardrobe and see what category most of your scrubs fall into, then match it with our personality assessment. It could help you uncover what others assume about you when they see you walk down the hall!
1. Monochrome Scrubs
What these scrubs say about you: I pick one color that looks good on me and then run with it. All my scrubs are the same color so they always match. There’s no sorting lights from darks when I do my scrubs laundry. That’s how I like things at home and at work — nice and simple. Don’t complicate my day with incompetence or complaining!
2. Pocket Extravaganza
What these scrubs say about you: My main goal when I get dressed in the morning is making sure I have enough space in my scrubs pockets to carry everything I need. You might think I’m a bit weighed down by my workload, but I’m the nurse everyone yells for when they need an extra pair of scissors—stat! I just like to be prepared.
3. Fitted and Flared
What these scrubs say about you: My scrubs tend to follow the fashion for street clothes. I keep in shape to set a good example for my patients—and you can tell by the way my scrubs follow the lines of my body (without clinging too tightly). I show everyone that it’s possible to be professional and stylish at the same time. I take pride in my work and in my appearance.
4. Unisex Uniform
What these scrubs say about you: I’m a no-nonsense nurse who wants to be judged on the quality of my work, not on my looks. Scrubs are a uniform and they perform a function. Most of us have two arms, two legs and one head. Why can’t everyone just wear the same thing at work? Don’t waste my time with frivolous chitchat.