We all know that work-appropriate attire for nursing doesn't leave a whole lot of room for interpretive fashion choices, but that doesn't mean you have to look drab, either. We have a few suggestions for letting your personality shine through without getting in trouble.
1) Have fun with colors and patterns. Yes, you should be wearing appropriate clothing that marks you as a professional. However, there's a ton of variety when it comes to scrub style these days. You obviously have to consider the unit you work in -- cartoon cat scrubs may work well in Pediatrics but not so well in Med-Surg -- but that doesn't mean it has to be all standard hospital blue or green all the time. Wear your favorite color or pick a nice pattern to wear with solid pants.
2) Pick whatever you look best in. Nursing clothing doesn't have to be plain and shapeless. Choose the right size and a complimentary cut for your body type. If certain colors make you look washed out, steer clear and choose colors that look great with your skin tone instead. If you're wearing layers, pick more than one complimentary color.
3) Experiment a little with your footwear. Obviously there are regulations for appropriate shoes to wear on the job, but just because you shouldn't step outside the dress code doesn't mean you shouldn't pick shoes that make you feel good. Depending on your hospital's policies, you can really show off the inner you with rainbow-colored sneakers or fashionable-and-job-friendly clogs.
4) Accessorizing goes a long way. Bulky jewelry is out of the question, but that doesn't mean you can add a little flair to your outfit to make it pop. Simple stud earrings or a nice pin will give your getup more depth. If embroidery is your thing, consider having your name or a small accent embroidered onto your favorite scrubs. You can even get a few fun kerchiefs to tie over surgery caps!
5) Experiment with hair and makeup. Within reason, of course! If you've been considering rocking a shorter haircut or trying a fishtail braid, now's a great time to try it out. Keep your makeup simple, but don't be afraid to try a touch of color now and again.
6) Take good care of your clothes. Your scrubs are already going through the ringer every shift, so don't make them suffer at home, too. Wash things carefully and fix any wear and tear before it gets too bad. This will keep your clothes from fading and wearing out too quickly, and it'll keep you looking good.
Do you have any other fashion tips for your fellow nurses?