How we look at things has a huge impact on how we react and behave. Our appearance reflects how we want others to see us, what we are comfortable wearing and what we think of ourselves. For example, when you see someone from a distance dressed in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and tie or scarf, your first impression is how professional they look. At a closer look, though, you may notice if the suit is clean and pressed. If it’s not, you may change your first impression.
The same can be said for the medical professional wearing a lab coat. Are yours clean and pressed? Or are there stains, rips in the seams, frayed collars and cuffs and missing buttons? Does it fit properly? What impression are you making? Are you dressed to project confidence, inspire trust and knowledge and command respect?
To some the words “lab coat” don’t conjure images of flattering fashion and fit. But if you wear lab coats on a regular basis, you have probably noticed the many trends in styles, colors and even prints and types of buttons that have emerged. Princess seams, stretch fabrics, back belts and ties, and oversized ipad pockets are some of the features medical professionals can now enjoy. Lab coats come in varying lengths and fabric.
Fitted Lab coats are the trending alternative to traditional styles. One of our favorites is Cherokee’s Women’s Embroidered Lab Coat (Style 2350). It’s mid length and features a notched lapel, embroidered detail on the collar and pockets, princess seams and a center back belt in a cotton/poly blend.
If you want full coverage and a more professional look take a peek at the Barco ICU Women’s Tablet Lab Coat (Style 4451). It’s also very trendy with princess seams, back band, and tablet size pockets. Fabric is 65/35 poly/cotton.
For the men, there are also lots of choices including the Cherokee Workwear Men’s Warm-up Jacket. This is a more casual mid length style with a snap front, chest pocket, 2 patch pockets, and knit cuffs. It comes in a rainbow of colors in 55/45 cotton/poly.
Or if you’re more the traditional style man, check out the Landau 3161 Men’s Premium Lab Coat. It’s full length in White 100% Egyptian cotton and features a chest pocket, two large front pockets, side seam opening for easy pant access and back vents.
Looking for some stretch to give you a little more freedom of movement? You might want to try the Grey’s Anatomy Signature STRETCH Roll Tab Sleeve Lab Coat (Style 2403). It’s full of details including ¾ roll tab sleeves, back yoke, mock back band with adjustable buttons, back slits, 2 front pockets and is made of 75/20/5 poly/cotton/spandex fabric.
What style of Lab Coat are you wearing and how different is it from what you wore at the start of your career?