Healthy Trends in Scrubs

“Stylish” and “fashionable” aren’t the immediate adjectives used todescribe scrubs, but in rality suppliers have a variety of appealing choices that will send the hearts of medical professionals racing.

Uniform provider Spectrum (asi/88680) says that uniform sellers can have success both ways: catering to the trend of a more tailored, sleek look for men and women in scrubs, but also offering unisex lab coats, which continue to be a big seller for the company. “The unisex lab coats offer more room for functionality and comfort … and as we all know in the medical field, comfort is gold!” says Ashantá Miller, creative brand director for Spectrum. If the client prefers specific styles for men and women, there will be multiple styles to choose from. Women’s options include a mock-wrap, a snap-front, a v-neck or a fashion Y-neck tunic.

Color is a major factor as well. Miller says more medical organizations are making hospital workers identifiable with designated scrub colors for their roles. She adds: “Individuals who work in an environment that doesn’t designate color per job role, usually wear darker tones with heavier fabrics in the winter months and pastel colors with brushed fabrics in the spring and summer months.”

Modern scrubs are also accommodating technology trends. “One of our hottest-selling items for doctors is lab coats with iPad pockets,” says Miller. “Nurses generally use pocket organizers.”

The details are also what make scrubs stand out. Craig Smith, sales manager for Rugged Outfitters (asi/84143), points to a new line from Cherokee called Code Happy. Its scrubs, for example, have a hidden keyring strap with the message “Smile. Love. Connect.” There are also instrument loops, reflective details and a signature zipper with orange center. The line offers prints and a range of colors, including fashion-friendly Coral Reef and Palm Tree, as well as advanced performance properties like antimicrobial protection.

The UltraSmart unisex lab coat (400) from Spectrum Uniforms (asi/88680; circle 80 on Free Info Card) is made with a heavier 7-oz. twill fabric that has been ultra-brushed for a smooth hand.

Small details like instrument loops and a logo zipper neckline distinguish the Code Happy line of scrubs, including this women’s V-neck top (46600A) available from Rugged Outfitters (asi/84143; circle 79 on Free Info Card).

Four Rules For Ordering Scrubs

Craig Smith of Rugged Outfitters (asi/84143), a dealer of Cherokee and Dickies scrubs, advises distributors and decorators to order from proven brands to avoid any issues. His tips:

Dye Lots: Colors match 100% of the time, season after season.

Stock Levels: Make sure they are very large. Scrubs are a uniform program; you can’t take the risk of being out of stock.

Fit: Cherokee and Dickies scrubs fit the same every time, due to quality control.

Damages/Irregulars: Ask about frequency and what happens if they occur.