What to wear under scrubs?

Q: I’m a workwear designer and I need to know each type of clothing feature for my work, I’d like to know what to wear under scrubs.

– Vassia Roditou

A: What to wear under scrubs can depend on the individual’s comfort, the workplace policy, and the environmental conditions. Here are some common options:

  1. Undershirts: A thin, breathable undershirt can be worn under scrub tops for extra warmth and to absorb sweat. Some people prefer long-sleeved undershirts, especially during colder months or in air-conditioned facilities.
  2. Base Layers: Some healthcare professionals wear base layers made from moisture-wicking material, especially if they tend to sweat during their shifts. These can help keep you dry and comfortable.
  3. Undergarments: Regular undergarments are typically worn under scrubs. Some healthcare professionals prefer compression shorts or leggings, particularly for active roles or to prevent chafing.
  4. Leggings or Thermal Pants: In colder conditions, some people wear leggings or thermal pants under scrub pants for extra warmth, provided they are allowed by workplace dress code policies.
  5. Compression Stockings or Socks: These can help promote blood circulation and can be beneficial for those who are on their feet for extended periods.
  6. Nothing: Depending on personal preference and the specific role, some people prefer not to wear anything under their scrubs. This can help prevent overheating, especially in busy or high-stress situations.

Remember, the key is to ensure that whatever you wear underneath does not interfere with the functionality of your scrubs or compromise your professional appearance. Also, consider the potential need to change or remove under-layers in case of spills or contamination. Always adhere to your healthcare facility’s dress code policy when deciding what to wear under your scrubs.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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