First Time Medical Scrubs Buyers
So, you've been accepted to nursing school, or landed that first job that requires you to wear scrubs - congratulations!
Although it isn't buying a house, shopping for medical scrubs for the first time can be confusing, intimidating, and defeating. There are so many choices that it can be difficult to find what you like best. That is why we have complied a list of tips to help the first-time scrub buyer. Our store managers contributed to this list, and with their experience, you should find their tips very useful!
1. Allow yourself enough time.
With so many brands and styles to choose from, you won't want to feel rushed. You will want to afford yourself enough time to try on different brands and styles - all The Uniform Outlet locations have dressing rooms in our stores that allow you to do this! We recommend not putting yourself on a time frame for your first visit and taking your time looking through the different varieties.
2. Shop comfortably.
So we addressed the time issue, but to speed things up a little, wear something that you can easily take on and off to cut down on undressing and redressing time. For example, jeans, a belt, a top, a cardigan, and lace up boots are going to take you much longer than a maxi dress or gym shorts and a tee shirt. Also, ladies, since you know you will be trying many items on, it may be best to wear light make-up. First, you don't want your foundation and lipstick to get smudged and ruined by peeling off clothes. Plus, it makes it easier for our store managers to put away the clothes that you are not interested in when they do not have to hassle with make-up stains!
3. Shop, don't drop.
Attitude is everything! Be sure that you are in the mood to shop and that you are feeling up to the task, because if you are not, it will not be a fun or enjoyable experience like it should be!
4. Have patience.
Odds are you are not going to love every scrub set that you try on - and that is okay! The key is to realize that it may take time, and you may have to go through a lot of "definitely-nots" before finding that perfect scrub set!
5. Ask for help!
Our store managers and staff are there to help you! They know the product well, and can listen to your wants and needs to pull the sets that will work best for you. They can also suggest styles, colors, or cuts that you may not have known about had you just perused the store without their consult. If you are having trouble finding a starting point, they are your guide! From one of our managers: "Don't be afraid to ask questions! We are here to help you - ask away!"
6. Don't "Label Shop"
Getting caught up in a brand or a garment size on your first visit is a huge mistake. Not only does it limit you severely, but it may even cause you to wear ill-fitting garments. Try on different brands and sizes. You will find you may be one size in brand A but another in brand B - and that is okay! Not all manufacturers make their clothing the same way. The most important thing is that you look, and feel great! No one is going to see the inner tag anyway - so don't let that limit you! From one of our managers: "You want people to notice what you are wearing because you look awesome, not because you wanted a certain brand or to fit into a certain size. You don't want negative attention directed toward an ill-fitting wardrobe!"
7. Come by yourself.
Okay so shopping alone isn't as fun as shopping with your best friend. But, in this case, your friend's opinions may be overbearing and limiting. If they wear scrubs they will try to sway you to what they like, before giving you a chance to discover what you like. OR, if they do not wear scrubs, they may not understand the functionality versus fashion rule of scrubs. This can be very discouraging and frustrating. From one of our managers: "Many times first time scrub wearers will be bring their mother - who may or may not have ever worn scrubs before. The older generation is sometimes out of touch with the current styles of young scrub-wearing professionals. Many times, they successful influence their son or daughter to choose something more outdated - and not necessarily what they wanted in the first place."