WHAT COLOR SHOULD YOU WEAR?
If you are able to wear any color to your job; you are in the minority. It seems more and more hospitals, clinics and medical offices are going to specific colors for positions or departments. But if you are free to choose your colors, let us help you make the right choice!
No matter how cute the cut or how flattering the fit, if the color clashes with your natural coloring, it’s just not going to work. Rest assured that what every your perfect color is, we have a scrub in that color! We hope this helps. Thank you for reading our blog and supporting our small business!
HERE WE GROW AGAIN!
In 2013 we did a system upgrade on our website and on our operating system in house. It was a lot of work, but it resulted in an improved shopping experience with enhanced search and sort features. Our 2013 upgrade allowed us to improve your shopping experience with multiple views of each item and full and complete product descriptions to help you make an informed choice. We also added live chat to give you another avenue for information and help with existing orders or new orders. That system served us well for the last five years, but now it’s time for the next step.
Within the next 30 days we will be rolling out our new and improved website and in house operating system. We are excited about the changes and also excited that some of our favorite features from the existing site will still be available.
The first thing you notice will be the flow of the site. It will have a smooth, organic feel and will give you instant access from the home page to shop by brand or category. You will then be able to narrow your search with the filters to find just what you need without all the endless searching.
We listened to your comments and we will make the color blocks larger with an even larger pop up block when you hover on the color so you can see exactly what you are getting along with the color name assigned by the manufacturer. You said that our current method to add embroidery to your garment was a little confusing so we have redesigned the monogram feature to be super easy to understand and use.
We are working very hard with a team of IT professionals and programmers to bring you the very best shopping experience possible online. We do not anticipate any interruption in service during the transition from the old system to the new. But be assured we are ready for anything. J
With all these changes we are going through to keep up with the technology, we understand, all the technology in the world will not replace the human touch. When you call us, you will not be “helped” by an automated operator that makes you wind your way through a maze of prompts; you will speak to a live person. During normal business hours we will be available by phone or chat. We will respond to all emails within one business day with a personal response tailored to your needs and not some auto-generated general form with the FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you for your past business and your patience as we move through this transition. We at UniformsAndScrubs.com look forward to being your source for all your future uniform needs.
We would love to hear from you. How can we improve your online shopping experience?
Call 855.391-9200, reach us by live chat during our normal business hours, M-F 8:30am – 4:30pm CST or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAY COOL AND DRY ALL DAY LONG
It could be the temperature in the room, or it could be a high pressure situation; but you know you're going to sweat because you give it 110% all the time. My advice is, don't sweat the small stuff", but when the heat is on, we've got you covered. You can stay dry and comfortable in the, moisture wicking, high tech fabrics available now more than ever before. No longer do you have to settle for just a few styles or colors. Our top manufacturers have heard the cry for comfortable, breathable, great looking uniforms and they have answered the call in more ways than you can imagine.
Activate by Med Couture® is a collection that provides a 4-Way Stretch fabric that works as hard as you do. The fabric provides comfort and freedom of movement and is breathable to keep you cool. The wicking technology pulls moisture away from your body to keep you dry all day long. Throw it in the wash because it is wrinkle resistant for easy care. As great looking as it feels great, you will love this collection! Made from 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex 4 Way Energy Stretch - Breathable keeps you cool - Wrinkle resistant for easy care - Quick drying wicking functionality moves moisture away from the body. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/activate.html
Performance RX - With Athleisure no longer being a trend but a lifestyle, you are looking for comfort. Comfort and function are exceptionally relevant and critical for you as you spend your shifts bending, lifting and stretching. The Performance RX collection is an outstanding choice as it provides innovative fabric that wicks moisture, is omni-stretch and antimicrobial. This collection is also great because it offers on-trend athletic styling and fit, core colors and extended sizes. Made from 93% Polyester / 7% Spandex Omni-Stretch Micro-Pique Moisture Wicking with Anti-Microbial Odor Control Technology. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/performancerx.html
The EON collection by Maevn introduces COOLMAX® fabric technology. This technology employs specially engineered fibers that draw moisture away from the skin, keeping the wearer cool and dry. The lightweight, soft and breathable mesh material combined with our styling gives you a touch of sleek performance while maintaining a professional look. EON fabric is designed to be a wash and wear material that dries fast, is wrinkle resistant with minimal shrinkage. Made from 59% Polyester / 22% Rayon / 13% Elasterell-P Dupont Certified Fabric, Moisture Wicking, Quick Drying, Soft to Touch. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/eon.html
Rockwell collection by Carhartt take comfort and fit to new heights! Seams are contoured to flatter curves, while the poly/cotton fabric provides a soft surface and soothing texture. FastDry® technology for quick wicking, and Stain Breaker® technology releases stains. The best part is these scrubs are easy on your wallet as well! Made from 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Stretch Poplin Fabric with - FastDry® technology for quick wicking - Stain Breaker® technology releases stains. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/rockwall.html
Koi Lite scrubs are for work and wherever life takes you. The fabric makes the entire collection lightweight, soft and extremely durable. The Koi Lite scrubs are breathable with wicking properties that keep away moisture and won't shrink, fade or wrinkle. It's a true performance stretch fabric that moves with you at work or play! Made from 100% Polyester Dobby Performance Stretch Rib trim: 92% Polyester / 8% Spandex - Breathable, moisture wicking - Superior stretch fabric that keeps its shape - Light weight and soft, but extremely durable - Wrinkle free. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/koi-lite.html
Urbane Performance Quick-Cool keeps you cool with strategically placed knit panels that feature quick-dry technology to ensure you stay cool and dry all day long. Made from 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex 4-Way Stretch Performance Fabric with Great Hand Feel, and Moisture Wicking technology. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=quick-cool
Cross-Flex by Carhartt - FastDry®, Stain Breaker®, Rugged Flex® technology for quick wicking, stain releasing and ease of movement, Our innovative fabric uses FastDry® technology to wick away sweat to keep you dry, Stain Breaker® technology to release stains, and Rugged Flex® technology to provide stretch so it moves with you. Made from 94% Polyester / 6% Spandex Stretch Dobby Fabric. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cross-flex.html
Infinity by Cherokee is an athletic-inspired lifestyle collection for scrubs-wearing professionals. Designed for fit and performance, Infinity's modern styling and innovative designs offer fit-to-flatter detailing. Infinity features Certainty® fabric technology which reduces bacteria, wicks away moisture and is wrinkle free for easy care. Made from Certainty® 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex Antimicrobial Poplin: - 4-way stretch - Wicking and anti-static properties - Wrinkle free for easy care - Coverstitch detail for athletic feel - Provides long-lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria - Inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeast and algae - Minimizes odors and stains due to bacteria - Prolongs the useful life of the garment. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/infinity.html
AMPS Socks - The most comfortable and durable socks you will ever wear! Our Coolmax® yarns are moisture wicking and provide a thick comfortable foot bed for all-day comfort. Made from 40% Coolmax® Polyester / 40% Cotton / 13% Coolmax® Nylon / 3% Nylon / 3% Olefin / 1% Lycra. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/amps-socks.html
ONLINE / IN STORE: WHO WILL WIN THE BATTLE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
You actually get a day off, and how are you going to spend it? Shopping! With a bounce in your step and optimism in your heart, you make yourself presentable, hop in your car, or some mode of public transport, and take the 30 to 90 minute ride to the nearest store that has scrubs and lab coats. Oh yeah and don't forget you'll probably have the kids with you. So that means we can add car seats, carriers and strollers to the mix. You got this, right?
You get to the shopping center, find a place to park where you pray your car won't get dinged, then hoof it across the parking lot to the mall entrance. You imagine you're the next contestant on American Ninja Warrior as you dodge all the other shoppers and the pushy sales people at the kiosks. You narrowly escape the lady, with too much make up and big hair, spraying perfume on everyone who comes within five fee of her. Congratulations, you have gotten some good cardio time in, and have made it to the uniform shop!
You are now in full on hunter mode to find tops, pants, and a jacket in the color required by your department, in your size, and that doesn't make you look like you are wearing a bag. After spending an hour digging through racks and waiting your turn for a dressing room, you found the perfect top and jacket! Good thing because the kids are getting really bored, and you know what that will lead to. The top and jacket look great, but the only pants in your color and size they have in stock are petite length and you are 5'10". In desperation you wonder if you could start a new fad with Capri length scrub pants? You look in the mirror and realize, "Not going to happen." The next closest uniform store is in the next town over. Now what?
There are two kinds of people; one who would look at this as a wonderful way to spend their day off because they live to shop; and the other who would rather have their feet held over burning coals.
Ok, so if you're not one of those people who love the thrill of the hunt, but you gotta get some scrubs for work, never fear; the internet is here! Just Google "scrubs", I dare you. You'll be flooded with pages and pages of places to shop. You may be thinking, "I'll just go to the place that has everything!" You know who I'm talking about. Starts with an "A" and ends with a "mazon". Yes, you could do that, but let me tell you why I think you should shop with us instead.
Uniforms are our thing. It's all we do, so you know your uniform order is important to us. We've been in the uniform biz for over 20 years. We have a lady in our office that has been here the entire 20 years and really knows her stuff when it comes to scrubs and lab coats. And unlike those other websites, you can actually talk to her! Just ask for Sherri. We are a small business, but are giants in the field of customer service. We are available by phone or live chat during our normal business hours of M – F 8:30am – 4:30pm CST. During our off hours, when we are spending time with our families, you can leave a voice mail, a chat message or send us an email. We will get back to you on the next business day.
Information is power, right? We put lots of info on the website for each product so you can make an informed choice. Any time someone calls with a question on an item, we get the answer direct from the manufacturer and then we not only supply the answer to the person with the question, but we add that info to the product record on the website! One thing you won't see on our site, unlike you know who, is false or solicited reviews of items. Any product information on our site is 100% verified by the manufacturer of the garment.
We carry all the top brands and we ship direct to you from the manufacturer. This allows us to offer each manufacturers full product line in every color and size! Because all we do is healthcare apparel, we can do it better!
MEN'S SCRUBS HARD TO FIND? DON'T WORRY, WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED!
Scrubs for men are sometimes hard to find. It makes us wonder when the uniform retailers will realize, it's not just the ladies who like to have options for style and comfort in the medical profession. We've got you covered with tons of tops, jackets and pants to choose from designed just for men!
We aren't just talking about the "Joe Shmo" plane stuff you see in the OR; we're talking style and function! No longer is men's wear just an afterthought. We work with several manufacturers who are aggressively seeking to meet the needs of men in the workplace.
You want pockets? We've got pants, tops and jackets with cargo pockets, zippered pockets, ipad pockets, Media pockets, pockets inside of pockets!
You want some color? We have some tops with as many as 31 colors! We have tops with contrasting color sleeves or trim just to mix it up a bit!
You want the high tech fabrics? We got it; from the super silky softness of the Poly/Rayon blends and the luxury of stretch with our blends featuring a touch of Spandex, to the rugged strength of the RipStop fabrics.
You want special features? We have a top with a mesh gusset at the shoulder to keep you cool, tops, pants and jackets made with Anti-Microbial and Fluid Barrier technology, a top with a sewn on cord tunnel for your ear buds, tops and jackets with built in media ports, pockets sized to fit your ipad, pants with zippered fly and belt loops, and the list goes on!
56 options for men's scrub tops: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/tops.html?gender=1698&limit=96
14 options for unisex scrub tops: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/tops.html?gender=1701
14 options for men's scrub jackets: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/jackets.html?gender=1698
7 options for unisex scrub jackets: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/jackets.html?gender=1701
40 options for men's scrub pants: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/pants.html?gender=1698
16 options for unisex scrub pants: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/pants.html?gender=1701
These links will guide you to our huge selections of men's tops, pants and jackets by shopping on line at www.UniformsAndScrubs.com . Remember our customer service staff is also available on live chat or by phone 855-391-9200 M-F 8:30am–4:30pm CST. You can also reach us by email at CustomerService@UniformsAndScrubs.com .
HOW TO LOOK GOOD & HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
This month we want to shine the light on our manufacturers who are taking an active part in reducing waste in our landfills.
First one up is Barco. They have developed a line of uniforms called Barco One.
The Barco One fabric is made from 50% Polyester, 43% Recycled Polyester and 7% Spandex, giving you five points of performance: Recycled fabric, 4-way Stretch, Soil Release, Moisture Wicking, and Wrinkle Resistant. They use an average of five recycled plastic bottles per garment! You get one pant, top and jacket and you have removed 15 bottles from a landfill! They don't stop at that, they are also reducing energy usage by 84% and CO2 emissions by 71% in the production of this Polyester fabric, making this a much "Greener" and sustainable fabric.
If you are as old as me, you remember the Polyester Leisure Suits from the 70's; well this ain't your Daddy's polyester! The Barco One fabric is cool, practically weightless and breathable. The super fine weave allows it to drape beautifully while the 7% spandex gives you just enough stretch for all day comfort. Many of the tops and jackets in the Barco One line have strategically placed panels of ArcTech Perforated Fabric for maximum air flow to keep you cool even when the heat is on.
The Barco One line comes in nine Core Colors and nine Fashion Colors. The Fashion Colors come and go with the seasons while the Core Colors are available year round. This is a line that truly has something for everyone, men's and ladies styles and sizes from XXS to 5X with pants available in regular, petite and tall.
I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the "Seamless" Long Sleeve Tees for both men and women. These are made from 60% Polyester, 23% Nylon and a whopping 17% Spandex for moisture wicking, odor control, four way stretch and they are chafe-free!
The second line using Recycled Polyester in their production is a name you already know and love in your everyday street wear, Skechers.
Skechers is made from 54% Polyester, 40% Recycled Polyester and 6% Spandex ArcGreen™ Fabric with five points of performance: Recycled fabric, 4-way Comfort Stretch, Soil Release, Moisture Wicking and Wrinkle Resistant . They have a full range of tops, pants and jackets for guys and girls in sizes XXS – 5XL with the bonus of affordable price points that make this line perfect for eco-minded groups. They offer nine core colors and two fashion colors in this season's line.
You now have two choices for uniforms from brand names that have a heart for our environment, an eye for style, and a passion about comfort. Happy shopping!
LEG PAIN & SWELLING FROM LONG HOURS ON THE GO
If you have been in the medical field for any length of time, you know that the hours are long and you are on your feet for most of the time. Doctor, nurse, or any of the support staff; the problem is the same; leg pain and swelling from long hours on the go. May we suggest treating yourself to compression socks or compression calf sleeves?
Landau 14300 White Compression Socks: Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Acceptance! -10-15mm/hg gradient compression -Comfort band that won't slip or bind 95% Nylon / 5% Lycra - Roomy toe pocket for unrestricted movement -Unique design to help reduce swelling and improve circulation while energizing feet and legs Small/Medium (S/L) = Size 5-8.5 Medium/Large (M/L) = Size 9-11. You can find these at https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/white-compression-socks.html
Landau 14317 Black Compression Socks: Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Acceptance! -10-15mm/hg gradient compression -Comfort band that won't slip or bind 95% Nylon / 5% Lycra -Roomy toe pocket for unrestricted movement -Unique design to help reduce swelling and improve circulation while energizing feet and legs Small/Medium (S/L) = Size 5-8.5 Medium/Large (M/L) = Size 9-11. You can find these at https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/black-compression-socks.html
If you want a bit of color try the Cherokee Fashion Support Knee High. With 12 mm HG compression, gradient support, these are a bit lighter than the Landau version. They are 90% Nylon/10% Spandex, Latex Free and Made in the US. APMA accepted. They are a great combination of function and fashion. You can find these at https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cherokee-fashionsupport-compression-knee-high-1-pair.html The fun Tie-Dye version is at https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cherokee-fashionsupport-compression-knee-high-1-pair-153851.html You can show off your wild side in this funky animal print https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cherokee-fashionsupport-compression-knee-high-1-pair-153850.html These are one size fits most.
We didn't forget the guys out there. For a bit stronger compression, try the AMPS compression Knee High . AMPS 556 Graduated Compression Knee High Stocking: - Formed heel for long lasting durability - 15-20mmHg at ankle - Size 2X is for wide calf customers - Graduated compression decrease up the leg - Improves blood circulation - Outward seaming prevents skin irritation - Moisture management allows skin to breath - Latex free and opaque - Knitted in USA - Unisex sizing. These come in four colors and five sizes. You'll find a size chart to help you get the right fit based on the circumference of your calf. You can find these at https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/amps-556-graduated-compression-knee-high-stocking.html
COMPRESSION CALF SLEEVE
If all you want is calf compression and not a full sock, and could use a higher compression, check out the AMPS Calf Compression Sleeve. AMPS 35301 Calf Compression Sleeve: - Covers from above ankle to bottom of knee - 20-30mmHg at ankle - Size 2X is for wide calf customers - Graduated compression decrease up the leg - Improves blood circulation - Reduces and relieves swelling, aches and pains - Moisture management allows skin to breath - Latex free - Knitted in USA - Unisex sizing. These come in a funky Cheetah print in four colors, five sizes based on your calf circumference for a perfect fit. You can find these at https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/amps-35301-calf-compression-sleeve.html
Compression socks and calf sleeves can help with occasional mild to moderate leg pain and swelling. If you would consider your pain and swelling severe, please consult a physician. I hope this information helps you so you can continue to help others.
WHAT IS "FABRIC WEIGHT" AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Fabric weight is usually given in ounces per yard here in the U.S.A. (None of that metric stuff for us!) What it's describing is how much one yard of each particular fabric would weigh. Think of this like the thread count on sheets. We all know the difference in feel between a 180 thread count sheet and a 400 thread count sheet, not to mention the difference in how long they will last after multiple use/wash cycles. No contest, right? Well the same logic can be applied to your uniforms. If two tops are both made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton, but one is 3.5oz and the other is 4.5oz, we know that the 4.5oz is a tighter weave and will have a smoother feel and will hold up through more use/wash cycles.
Another benefit to the higher fabric weight, when buying whites, is more modesty. There is nothing worse than being able to see your under garments through a white top or pant. Higher fabric weight = tighter weave = less show through.
The manufacturers don't normally advertise the fabric weight, so a good rule to follow is, like with 180 vs. 400 thread count sheets, you get what you pay for. Most of the "economy lines" can be sold for less because they are made from the thinner less expensive fabric. That is fine if your job is a gritty one that forces you to replace your uniforms more frequently.
We've talked in previous blogs about the difference between poplin and twill fabrics and the different fabric blends. All of that, combined with the fabric weight make the garment feel, drape, wash and wear differently.
Here are some links to previous blog posts that may help you be a more informed consumer when choosing your uniforms. And don't forget our customer service staff is available to answer your questions. If we don't know something about a garment, we will be happy to contact the manufacturer to find the answer for you.
Over the years we have seen a lot of changes in attitudes about maternity fashion. There was a time when women did anything and everything to hide their increasing tummy; even to the point of staying home and avoiding social situations during the later stages of the pregnancy when it was not possible to hide their "condition".
Fast forward to today when it seems that anything goes when it comes to maternity wear on the street. Instead of trying to hide the "bump" we are doing are best to show it off in tight tops or clinging fabrics that accentuate the tummy as if saying "Look at me! I'm pregnant & proud of it!"
No matter what your style on the street; hiding or showing off the bump, work is another matter. We need to look professional while being comfortable. Though options for maternity wear in the nursing field are limited, we have some great new options with updated fit and style that we're pretty excited about.
You can see our full Maternity Line offering at: https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=maternity
Cherokee Flexibles are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton in the body.
The top has polyester knit panels down the sides for comfort and of course the pant has a wide scooped polyester knit waist band for comfort and tummy support. These are offered in thirteen colors. They even have one print top just to shake things up. https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/dots-wonderful-maternity-print-top.html
Cherokee also makes a maternity top and pant in their Core Stretch fabric. 55% Cotton / 42% Polyester / 3% Spandex High Tech Stretch Fabric for all over stretch! 55% Cotton / 42% Polyester / 3% Spandex High Tech Stretch Fabric. The pant https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/core-stretch-maternity-moderate-flare-pant.html and the top https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/core-stretch-maternity-v-neck-top.html come in three colors.
WonderWink has another stretch fabric option made from 100% Super Silky Soft Polyester Stretch for easy care and, low maintenance. The top https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/maternity-mock-wrap-top.html and the pant https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/maternity-flare-cargo-pant.html come in five colors.
And the newest addition to the maternity line is from Urbane Ultimate made from 54% Rayon / 44% Polyester / 2% Spandex for no iron, great fit, soft, stretchy, lightweight and durable fabric. The pant https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/urbane-ultimate-9399-maternity-pant.html and the top https://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/urbane-ultimate-9699-maternity-top.html come in five colors.
We hope this helps those of you who are "in the family way" as my grandma used to say. To add to that pregnancy glow, choose your style and color of these great fashions to look and feel your best and rock the bump!