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Should you Wear Your Street Clothes with Your Scrubs?

by MarcusUniforms 26. March 2010 17:46
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On a recent doctor’s visit, I took advantage of my opportunity to scan the office to see what everyone was wearing. I observe which scrubs brands people prefer, whether the office has implemented a common dress code and what the first impression is as a result of that dress code.

As we walked in, we were met by several receptionists who were not in scrubs at all, but rather were casually, but professionally dressed. Because of the height of the counter, I could only see the tops, but they wore sweaters or blouses, and everyone looked appropriately dressed for an office job. When the nurse called my daughter into the exam room, I realized that some of the women behind the counter were not office personnel at all, but rather were medical personnel who had paired a sweater or blouse with their scrub pants and tennis shoes. I could not help but wonder who made the administrative decision to mandate or even allow a street clothes/scrubs combination for medical personnel and more, importantly, why? It ultimately came down to 4 choices, none of which made any logical sense: appearance, expense, comfort or indifference.

Appearance was easily dismissed. Did someone in the office really ponder then decide that a nice sweater and a pair of scrub pants evoke confidence, competence and caring? I’m sure that we’ve all seen someone that has mixed two styles that should have been kept far apart such as summer and winter fashions or fabrics. The sweater/scrub combination didn’t work. I have seen medical personnel that throw on a cardigan sweater or even sweatshirt over scrubs which I assume is because it offers more warmth than a scrub jacket. Here, the top resembled the clerical staff and the bottom resembled the medical staff. Together, they screamed fashion faux pas or perhaps just fashion confusion.

With so many inexpensive scrubs options available and scrub sets as inexpensive as $10.99 for the top and bottom, it is hard to believe that medical personnel in a pediatrician’s office would rally behind a policy that preferred street clothes to scrub tops. If they are already purchasing scrub pants, scrub tops have to be less expensive than a sweater or ready to wear top. Moreover, they are cheaper and easier to launder in the likely event that something gets soiled during the workday.

Comfort didn’t quite work either because scrub tops, unless they are unusually short, are more comfortable than professional wear. Medical personnel move around a lot and it is difficult to imagine that a sweater or blouse would be more comfortable over scrub pants than a scrub top, scrub jacket or scrub top with layered tee.

That left the most disheartening reason: indifference. Perhaps someone in an administrative office made the decision having never walked into the office to gauge first impression? Perhaps no one made the decision and over time, having received no positive or negative feedback, the personnel simply wore what they wanted. I wondered where that would lead. There were so many inexpensive professional scrubs options that would have easily identified the personnel in the office and presented a professional first impression to anyone walking through the door. Kids would love the bright colors or whimsical prints and adults would appreciate knowing that they are addressing a question or concern to the right person in the office.

Solid Medical Scrubs Group Orders

by MarcusUniforms 15. February 2010 18:56
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A Little Preparation will Prevent a lot of Chaos

Have you been charged with ordering solid medical scrubs for your office or department?  Perhaps the thought of trying to please everyone has already caused a sudden increase in your stress level.  Here are a few pointers to help you navigate your way to hopefully pleasing most of the people, most of the time.

Establish the requirements first.  How much time do you have?  What is the required color?  Generally, if you are doing a group order, your goal is to have everyone in your office or department have a professional appearance that is easily identifiable.  Find out also if warm-up jackets or lab coats are allowed or required before you start.   You may want to ask if men and women can wear different styles such as a unisex style with a chest pocket vs. a traditional v-neck with 2 lower pockets.  You may also want to ask if everyone must wear the same type of scrub pant.  Sometimes there are flare pant options for women, elastic waist options and drawstring options.  

Finally, inquire about embroidery   Many medical departments are opting to add an embroidered logo or name to scrub tops to finish the look.  Knowing in advance exactly what the requirements are will help you to channel your scrub outfitting efforts in the right direction from the beginning.  Use your list of questions and answer as your road map.

Purchasing Solids for a Group‚ÄîNow that you know what color you are looking for, keep in mind that dye lots in solid medical scrubs vary from brand to brand even within the same manufacturer so be sure to order solid tops and bottoms from the same manufacturer AND the same line within that manufacturer.  For example, ">Cherokee Workwear solids are not always identical to Cherokee Studio B.  Similarly, Cherokee Workwear solid colored scrubs are not going to match exactly to White Swan Fundamentals solid colors even if you are ordering navy, ceil or black.  

Evaluate the Group.  A large group promises a range of sizes, not to mention preferences.   Generally, large manufacturers such as White Swan or Cherokee will offer the most options for sizing and styles which will make your job considerably easier.   First, are you outfitting men and women?  Men tend to prefer a chest pocket and a drawstring waist pant so make sure there is a unisex option.   If your employer prefers that everyone wear the same style, you may want to look for a 3 pocket scrub top option.  Do you need talls, petites or shorts in scrub pant lengths?  Having different length options for both men and women will help ensure a better fit and reduce exchanges, another benefit for you.  Cherokee Workwear and White Swan fundamentals offer those options in almost all colors.    Do any of the women require skirts?  Marcus Uniforms offers skirts by White Swan Fundamentals in several colors.   

Finally, establish your plus size requirements in advance so that you can be sure everyone‚Äôs scrubs will match.  Marcus Uniforms offers talls, shorts, petites and plus sizes in both Cherokee and White Swan.  We can also access the manufacturer‚ inventory for you if there is a size or color that we don‚Äôt have in our warehouse.

Size the Group.  No matter what brand you select and what retailer you choose, sizing information should be made readily available to you including instructions on how to take the required measurements.  Marcus Uniforms includes a manufacturer size chart at the bottom of every product page.   Each person should individually consult the size charts and submit size requirements to you including pant lengths.  Keep in mind that pant lengths are listed by inseam.  A spreadsheet becomes a valuable tool at this stage.

Select your Retailer.   When ordering medical scrubs for a group, you want to make sure that your retailer will continue stocking your selected scrubs so that you can easily replenish from time to time.  Is there a free shipping or group discount option?   How long does it take to ship?  What is the return policy?   Watch out for fine print on return labels.  If there is a return label included in the package and you use it, will you be charged for it later against your exchange or refund?  Is embroidery available?  If you don‚ see exactly the scrub style you want, will the retailer check with the manufacturer and find it for you?  Can you speak with a person directly to get your questions answered?  Is pricing competitive?   Ask questions or even ask for a price quote in advance.  You are an important customer and the retailer should be happy to assist you to earn your business.   If you need assistance with a group order, we‚Äôd be happy to help.  We can even go through these questions with you and help you sort out your information, make suggestions and help with sizing issues.

Consider Samples.   It may be a good idea to order some samples in advance.    Even if you have to pay for samples, check the return policy.  You may be able to return them within a certain period of time for refund.  Samples will allow you to make sure that the color and style that you‚Äôve selected meet your expectations.  They may also allow you to establish size guidelines and minimize returns later.

Pat Yourself on the Back.    Even if you haven‚Äôt pleased all of the people all of the time, you've outfitted a group in medical scrubs and you deserve a little praise.  Hopefully, a little advanced planning made it a relatively smooth process‚Ķuntil the required colors change.   Let us know how we can help at Marcus Uniforms.

Plus and Husky School Uniforms

by MarcusUniforms 16. November 2009 19:48
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The burdens and benefits of school uniforms are an ongoing debate throughout the US.  Does the uniform alleviate the distraction of wardrobe competition among students?  Does it help students learn better?  Do they behave differently?  Do schools have a right to dictate a dress code?  These are only a few of the questions that school districts must address when introducing or maintaining a school district dress code.   Most private and parochial schools would stand behind the argument that a consistent dress code creates unity and cohesiveness among the students, helps enforce discipline and frees students to focus on inner characteristics and academic effort rather than choice of outfit or shoe.   They contend that while clothing makes a person noticeable in a crowd, a dress code has an advantage of placing everyone on the same level platform, thereby temporarily erasing all social differences. School uniforms separate school as a  place of respect requiring a higher level of attention and respect which is different from the casual atmosphere of home.   It is that atmosphere, they argue, which fosters growth, development and learning at all ages. 

It is equally important to recognize that a uniform is worn by children and young adults during a long school day and therefore should offer an appearance that complements all ages and sizes, is comfortable so that students can concentrate on school and enhances self esteem.   Looking smart is much more powerful when the student is comfortable at the same time.   Children and young adults come in all shapes and sizes so one size fits all is not an acceptable choice for school uniforms.   For this reason, most stores offer plus size or husky uniform options.  Husky or plus sizes are used to refer to students who need a bit more comfort in targeted areas than what is offered in standard sizes.   Usually the term ‘husky’ is used for boys and ‘plus size’ for girls. Husky size pants are generally wider through the hips and thighs. The husky size shirts are a bit wider across the middle. Boys’ uniforms which are available at in husky sizes at www.MarcusUniforms.com are pants, shorts, dress shirts and polo shirts. Girls’ plus size uniforms include pants, scooter skorts, blouses and polo shirts.  

The difference between husky/plus size uniforms and larger sized standard uniforms is that larger standard sizes are simply bigger in an unvarying manner. Large sized uniforms do not take into consideration that the human body can be wider in some parts and slimmer in the others. Husky or plus sized uniforms address this inaccuracy. They are wider in the areas which have a tendency to gain weight and offer standard sizing in the other parts. For best fit, we recommend taking a few measurements before placing an order for plus sized or husky uniforms:

·         Measure the child’s height against the wall.

·         Measure the fullest part of the chest/bust. The tape should be held in such a manner so that it is comfortably loose.

·         Measure the smallest portion of the waist.

·         Measure the fullest part of the hip.

·         Measure the length of the leg from the hip to the floor.

The demand for husky and plus sized school uniforms has increased over the past several years which has simultaneously increased the number of options available.   Shop online for the best price and consult size charts for the best selection and fit.

About Marcus Uniforms Scrubs

Marcus Uniforms will help you find the best nursing scrubs and medical uniforms out there. We specialize in discounted nursing scrubs, medical uniforms, lab coats, school uniforms and work uniforms including shoes and medical accessories.

Some of our top brands are Cherokee Uniforms, Dickies Scrubs, E.Libby, Wonder Wink Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy and Jockey Brand Scrubs.  

MarcusUniforms.com is a trusted retailer of brand name scrubs.

We are here to help you look and feel great in the perfect set of scrubs.  

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