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From Classic to Contemporary: The Best Scrubs for Nurses

best scrubs for nurses: nurse in red scrubs touching her gloves

In case you didn’t know, nursing is the nation’s most trusted profession – for the 18th year in a row. (Congratulations, you deserve the recognition!) So when you go shopping for a uniform, you’re not going to compromise for anything less than the best. As a nurse, you’re compassionate, adaptive, and don’t have time to waste with the unnecessary. You need to find the best scrubs that multitask as much as you do. 

When it comes to selecting the best scrubs for nurses, it all comes down to getting back to basics – high-quality fabrics, timeless styles, and functional details. Read on to learn more about what to look for when shopping for your next set of scrubs and discover options that are both timeless and modern. 

Start With the Best Materials

A garment is only as good as the materials it's made of. It doesn’t matter if it’s the most fashionable healthcare uniform – if you have to replace it quarterly or spend your days off ironing, you’re going to end up loathing it. 

At Keswi, our premium scrubs are made with a polyester-rayon-spandex blend. This power trio creates a durability that’s also wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking. Polyester and rayon create the perfect weight to your scrubs – you know, the kind that feels durable yet still has breathability. That’s what you get with Keswi scrubs. 

The spandex in our scrubs gives you the stretch you need to maneuver in small spaces, which really comes in handy considering hospitals aren’t exactly known for their spacious rooms. Stretch scrubs make your life more comfortable and keep you from feeling like you’re in four-point restraints all day. This basic yet vital stretch fabric combined with the micro-peached finish make Keswi scrubs the softest around. 

Choose Scrubs That Offer Size and Color Variety

best scrubs for nurses: nurse sitting down in her blue Keswi scrubs

Thankfully, nursing scrubs are no longer unisex or single size. Keswi women’s scrubs come in sizes XS-3X and men’s scrubs are available in S-3X. Having plus sizes in addition to petite means our scrubs can accommodate nearly every body type.

In addition to finding your size, having a few color staples in your closet will make picking out your medical uniform in the morning a breeze. Keswi has five colors to choose from: royal blue, navy blue, pewter (gray), and wine. These colors work well on their own, mixed together, or paired with a fun print top. 

When picking out your scrub colors, think about how you’re going to style them with other staples in your work wardrobe. For example, if you typically wear a certain scrub jacket or lab coat over your scrubs, does it create a complete look? You might also want to consider your nursing shoes and which type of scrub pants will work best with them. Your nursing uniform might not be couture, but you still want to look polished. 

Classic to Contemporary: 4 Stylish Nursing Scrub Options

Style is subjective, but the best nursing scrubs combine function and fashion. Classic styles like V-neck scrub tops and straight-leg scrub pants will never go out of style, but perhaps you prefer a more modern look. Mock wraps, henleys, and sporty jogger pants are some of the more popular contemporary styles. To help you mix and match silhouettes that blend timeless fashion with today’s trends, consider these four sets for men and women. 

Timeless Classics

best scrubs for nurses: nurse in blue Keswi scrubs with her hands in her pocket

There’s a reason certain styles are classic: they simply withstand the test of time. If you want to look and feel your best, these options are sure to become your favorite scrubs. 

Classic Scrub Tops

If your scrub style tends to lean on the classics, Keswi’s V-necks are made just for you. The slight curve to the neckline means extra comfort and no need to worry about the neckline plunging too low. The women’s Malibu V-neck scrub top has ample storage with four pockets – two with top openings and two with side openings for your storage needs. Combined with the tailored fit (thanks to front and back darts), this V-neck will always be on point. 

If you prefer a classic tuck-in top, our tuck-in V-neck top is perfect for you. This top has one chest pocket as well as an ID badge for a minimalist, yet highly functional, look. 

The men’s Ozark V-neck top has a single chest pocket in addition to a shoulder pocket to stash your after-lunch mint or favorite pen. There’s also an ID badge loop on the shoulder to help keep your ID in view but also out of your way. 

Classic Scrub Pants

If you’re looking for an ageless pair of scrub pants to complete your look, the Livia cargo scrub pants for the ladies or the Glasgow cargo pants pair perfectly with the V-neck scrub tops. These relaxed fit cargo pants elevate straight-leg scrub pant style with perfectly placed cargo pockets. Both pairs have nine pockets to cover any supply requests (be it your cell phone or stethoscope) without compromising style. 

Modern Favorites

nurse in Keswi's Mira mock wrap scrub top with her hand on her face

For the modern nurse, finding a scrub set that has unique features and detailing is a must. From special details to seamless functional perks, modern scrubs have come a long way. 

Contemporary Scrubs Tops

Mock wraps are popular because they create a tailored look without having to bother with an underscrub top or pinning your top every time. For instance, Keswi’s Mira mock wrap scrub top has princess seams in the front and back and side vents to add extra movement without extra fabric. 

For the guys looking for a more contemporary scrub set, the Ajax henley scrub top has three snap buttons for personalized comfort and style. This top also has side vents for extra movement throughout the day. The sleek pocket placement lends to the minimalist modern style of this top with a zippered chest front pocket and zippered shoulder pocket for secure storage. 

Contemporary Scrub Bottoms

nurse in Keswi's Livia cargo scrub pants

Pairing the Mira wrap top or tuck-in V-neck top with Keswi’s Ventura women’s jogger scrub pants completes the contemporary scrub set. It’s no secret why joggers are popular with medical professionals – they’re as comfy as traditional straight-leg scrub pants but bring a tailored functionality with the cuffed ankle. 

The Ventura jogger has a flat front and elastic waist to create a seamless look from top to bottom without sacrificing comfort. These joggers come in regular and petite length so the cuff hits the ankle perfectly regardless of your inseam. 

The Ajax henley pairs well with the Bristol Jogger scrub pants, especially since the Ajax scrub top has the versatility of being a tuck-in shirt without bunching pockets in the way. These joggers will highlight your new pair of sneakers with the elastic cuff. This athletic set is perfect for the nurse who loves to combine modern style and professional functionality. 

Find the Best Scrubs for Nurses 

The world of scrubs has changed a lot over the years with more colors, patterns, styles, and scrub brands to choose from. While variety is the spice of life, the best scrubs for nurses always come back to the basics – function and fashion. Choose a brand that uses premium materials and offers flattering fits and neutral colors that will never go out of style. 

Once you establish the foundation of your workwear closet, all that’s left is to decide if you’re more classic or contemporary when it comes to the style details. With these tips in mind, finding your next medical scrub set should be easier and more enjoyable than discussing all of the medical inaccuracies in “Grey's Anatomy” with your coworkers. 

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