Scrub Guide
Here is the low-down on scrub shopping
You love being a healthcare professional. I love shopping for healthcare professionals. Let’s do this! Let me tell you a thing or two about color, care, and what matters when you’re shopping for medical scrubs.
If the scrub fits…buy it in every color!

Just running through a quick checklist here. Cloth tape measure. Check! Friend. Hmmmm, friend. Care to be my friend? Pretty, pretty please!

We carry soooo many different scrubs from soooo many different manufacturers with their own size charts, I figured I’d first demonstrate how you can take your own measurements, so you can match them up with the size guide of your choice. Which by the way, you’ll find right beneath my ramblings.

Still wondering why I need you to be my friend, aren’t you? Well, it can get a little tricky measuring yourself. Ever tried figuring out your inseam all on your own? Right, that’s why I need you. Let’s do this together! Chop, chop!

Before purchasing your scrubs, follow my guide below to be sure you’re measuring yourself correctly.

Note: Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, so there’s absolutely no reason to suffocate yourself with the tape measure in order to lose an inch. Keep the measuring tape comfortably snug instead, and I promise I won’t disclose your size. Alright, alright; pinky swear!

  1. Height: Kick off your shoes, show me your perfect posture, and let your friend measure you from head to toe.
    If you’re Miss Independent, have a pencil handy, back up against a door frame or wall, and make a small mark where the top of your head meets the wall. Now measure from the ground to the pencil marking. All done!
  2. Bust/Chest: Breathe in, breathe all the way out, and then measure around the shoulder blades, under the armpits and over the fullest part of the bust.
  3. Waist: I refer here to your natural waist. Find it by bending to one side (while concentrating on not falling over,) then measure; without cheating!
  4. Hips: Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the natural waist). If your hips are two sizes or more larger than your waist, use your hip measurement to determine pants size.
  5. Outside Leg: I need you to find your waist one more time, and measure from the point where you’d like your pants to sit, all the way to where you’d like your pants to end. A friend would probably be useful for this step.
  6. Inseam: The inseam is the inside pant length, which is measured from the crotch area, to the bottom of the ankle.

I like to think that I’m here to prevent any major fashion faux pas from going down. I’m talking pants which appear to drown its wearer, and on the flip side, flood pants. *shudder* That’s why here at MSC, we have petite and tall sizes!

Petite Sizes

Petite simply refers to your height, and the length proportions for jackets, sleeves, skirts, and pants. No matter your size, if you’re a woman under 5’4″ you are considered petite.

Tall Sizes

The same premise exists for tall sizes. Tall merely refers to your height, and the length proportions of jackets, sleeves, skirts, and pants. Women 5’8″ and over, and men 6’2″ and over, are both considered tall regardless of size.

Plus Sizes

Everybody can look fabulous, and thanks to the plus size industry, that means everybody! Whether you are petite, average, or tall, plus sizes usually refer to those sizes 2XL and up.

I’m pleased to inform you that the WonderWink brand in particular has recently launched a strictly plus- size line. And it’s gorgeous! Go on, have the first look!

Thanks for being my friend, dear! I now officially deem you a scrubs purchaser par excellence. You’re welcome!

Love thy body in the Shape!

Drum roll please… Here it is! The ultimate guide for choosing the scrubs that best suit your individual body shape. It doesn’t matter what’s in style, (um okay, maybe a little!) or what ‘everyone else’ is wearing (who is ‘everyone else’ anyway?); you have to dress to impress, which translates into clothing your unique body type in the medical scrubs that will have you looking, and even better yet, feeling, your absolute best!

Scrubs to the Rescue is giving you a sneak peek at the science behind the scrubs, so that you can choose the scrub fabric that will work best for you.

How The Fabrics In Your Scrubs Go To Work For You

A revolutionary line of scrubs explodes onto the market in a burst of – no, not color, but fabric. Bolts of perfect, beautiful woven threads. It is the fabric of the scrub that will determine whether it drapes well or hangs limp, and whether it is moisture wicking or not. The fabric will dictate the ease of care and the scrub’s stain resistance. And so, even as colors and styles come and go, a good fabric will last.


Most scrub fabrics are a blend of two or more fibers. We’ve featured the fabrics that are most commonly used in scrubs, as well as the blends that you’ll see most often. Check the percentages on the tag of the garment, as the balance of fibers is what lends each fabric its characteristics.


  • Comfortable year-round
  • Soft texture
  • Drapes well for a nice fit
  • Durable
  • Doesn’t build up static electricity
  • Prints show up nicely
  • Fades with washing
  • Shrinks – the looser the weave the more it shrinks
  • Fibers soil easily
  • Wrinkles easily
  • Easy to clean – launder in cold or hot water
  • lay out to dry to prevent shrinking
  • Often blended with another fiber to prevent wrinkles
  • Formaldehyde sometimes added to cotton to create “easy care cotton.”


  • Easy care
  • Durable
  • Resistant to stretching and shrinking
  • Quick drying
  • Wears well
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Rough texture
  • Builds up static electricity
  • Turn inside out to prevent snags and pilling.
  • Wash in warm water, using fabric softener to prevent static.
  • Dry on low temperature with dryer sheet, or line dry.
  • Made out of oil.


  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Resistant to stretching and shrinking
  • Dyeable
  • Prevents bagging and sagging
  • Perspiration resistant
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Rough texture
  • Machine-wash in warm water with a cold rinse.
  • Machine-dry any garments containing spandex on medium temperature.
  • When combined with cotton, if the fabric content of spandex is 10% or greater, the fabric doesn’t wear as well.


  • Durable
  • Extremely absorbent
  • Comes in a variety of qualities and weights
  • Drapes well
  • Looks soft and silky
  • Wrinkles easily
  • May stretch when wet
  • May shrink when washed
  • It is best to hand wash and line dry.
  • If manufacturer’s label allows for washing, wash on delicate cycle and lay flat or hang dry.
  • Made from cellulose, and can be made to resemble many natural fabrics.
Fabric Blends


  • Polyester helps retain shape
  • Polyester resists stains and wrinkles
  • Cotton makes fabric absorbent
  • Cotton makes fabric comfortable
  • Easy care
  • Not as cool as cotton
  • May pill when washed
  • Machine wash on warm.
  • Tumble dry low or hang dry, based on manufacturer’s label instructions.
  • A permanent press property gives the fabric extended wear.


  • Polyester provides durability
  • Polyester helps maintain shape
  • Rayon gives nice texture
  • Rayon makes fabric absorbent
  • Not as durable as polyester
  • Wash on a cold, gentle cycle.
  • Lay flat or hang to dry.
  • Entirely synthetic, and therefore not biodegradable.
Fabric Weaves


  • Durable
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Easy to iron
  • Stains are less noticeable

Plain weave of any fiber or blend, with crosswise ribs that give a corded surface.


  • Very absorbent
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Stains are less noticeable

Small geometric patterns that add extra texture to fabric.


  • Durable
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Drapes well
  • Stains are less noticeable

Diagonal parallel ribs

Brushed Cotton

  • Durable
  • Very smooth and soft
  • Highly absorbent
  • Stains are less noticeable

Cotton fabric which is brushed to remove excess lint and fibers from the fabric.

So there you have it. A ten minute crash course on fabric technology and scrub fashion. Your diploma will arrive in the mail any day now!

If you loved reading this as much as we loved writing it, spread the love! Let your friends in on the secret of what makes your scrubs do the things it does.

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