Nursing is one of those professions where healthcare professionals remain constantly in contact with patients. In such a situation, it is important to dress appropriately to flatter, impress and nurture relationships. Often plus sized professionals feel that they don’t look flattering enough in scrubs. However, by dressing according to your body type, you will not only look great but feel more confident at work.
Have you ever wondered how certain healthcare professionals look great at work even after the most rigorous shift? The answer is simple: they dress according to their body type. When it comes to scrubs, it is important to understand that the one style fits all may not work. Knowing how to dress according to your body shape does not mean knowing your size, but also knowing how to dress to flatter your figure. If done right, no matter what size, you will always look great in your scrubs.
Most nursing brands use letters to define body sizes, but it needs to be understood that your body shape is not just a letter. For instance, if you are a size 2XL woman with heavy bust, you won’t wear the same style clothing as a 2XL woman with small bust and bigger hips. While one size may fit both, it does not essentially mean that it would look good on both. Therefore knowing your shape will help you flatter your curves.
Apple: An apple bodies tend to carry weight on their stomachs and have reasonably broad shoulders with a bigger bust, a wide tummy, and proportionate hips, but with slimmer legs and arms, and a flat bottom.
Pear: Pear shape body has slender shoulders and a bust that’s visibly narrower than the hips and thighs. The hips and thighs are wider and often rounder.
Lean Column: Lean Column bodies tend to have a straight figure with a bust and hipline that isn’t broken up by a narrow waist. Generally, 30% women fall in the rectangle body shape category, and have a relatively easy job to dress according to their body type.
Hourglass: People with hourglass bodies have a large bust, defined waist, and well-proportioned hips that are identical in width to the bust.
Inverted Triangle: Women with Inverted Triangle shapes are wider at shoulders and bust than hips.
Rectangle: Women with a rectangle body shape often have no defined waist. The hips tend to have a similar width as the shoulders. Such women do not have a curvaceous body and the bust is also small.
If you have an apple shaped body, your bust and legs need to be the focal point of attention. You can achieve the look by wearing A-line nursing skirt, straight leg scrub pants, or V-neck scrub tops.
It is advised to avoid wearing printed tops, or tops created fabric that cling to the body such as cotton. The primary thing to remember is to draw attention away from your middle section. Moreover, avoid wearing fabric length that cuts off below or above your middle.
Some women have a pear shaped body that is meant to enhance and flatter the hip area, while others may desire to keep the contrast down. For instance, by wearing darker color scrubs, you can disguise the wider hips. Similarly, large back pockets can give an illusion of a smaller bottom.
For people with a Pear shaped body, wearing boat necks can draw the attention to the bust. Moreover, you can pair the boat neck tops with flared leg scrub pants that will balance the hips giving a slimmer and longer appearance.
Boat necks, wider collar and lapels are preferred for pear shaped bodies. You can experiment if you don't have a big bust or a short/wide neck.
For plus sized women with lean column shape have little curvature at the waist. For such people, wearing nursing skirts, wrap scrubs, and trousers will give an illusion of a narrower waist. Another great way to look impressive at work is by wearing draped necks that finish at the bust.
The hourglass shape is considered to be the most desirable figure shape, where styling such women is the easiest. The best way to style your nursing uniform for an hour glass body is skirt and loose scrub tops. The skirt will enhance the bust and hips.
By wearing waist length lab coats and jackets, you can also enhance and accentuate your narrow waist. Moreover, by wearing V-neck tops, you can make your bust and upper body look slimmer.
If you have an inverted triangle body, your goal is to create volume and width around the hip area. This will make your lower body look in proportion to your torso. You can do so by wearing darker colors on top and lighter colors on the bottom to give an illusion of a wider lower body. You can also achieve the look by wearing pleated or flared skirts. Similarly, flared leg scrub pants with gathering and pleats around the thigh and waist will give a fuller look.
Keep in mind to define your waistline as it will balance your silhouette and give an hourglass shape to your body. Moreover, you can also balance your upper body proportions by wearing simple V-neck tops without added detailing. The rule is to keep it dark, simple and tight.
If you are a plus size Rectangle shaped women, you are one of those body types that are extremely easy to dress. Generally most styles suit people with a rectangle shaped bodies, where some tall ladies may have a tough time in getting the right fit.
For ladies with a rectangle figure, it is advised to create more curves for an attractive silhouette. This look can be achieved by defining the waist and giving a curvaceous look with details like pleats on the top.