For decades, scrubs have been used by nurses in health care. They replaced the image of a female nurse decked out in a white dress, with the sensible white shoes, stockings, and white hat. While originally used mainly by surgeons and surgical staff in operating rooms, they are now used by nurses, techs, and other health care workers.

Although you can now find scrubs in all the colors of the rainbow as well as with fun patterns on them—everything from cartoon characters to butterflies and flowers to shapes and the like—one thing has remained the same: they’ve tended to come in sizes small, medium, large, extra- large, and so on. They are comfortable, yet loose.

Now that’s all changed as some companies have started designing fitted scrubs for women and men.

Actress Sofia Vergara launched Careisma, a line of scrubs that is, as the website states, “contemporary medical apparel featuring bold colors, chic prints, and figure-flattering styles.” According to Vergara, Careisma is “designed to bring more personality and style to medical apparel. I’ve always admired nurses and health care workers…Health care professionals deserve fashion options that fit their personalities and figures.”

They come in a lot of unique patterns not normally seen, such as leopard print and lace. The colors are bright as well. The sizes still come in XS-XL, but the scrubs also contain spandex, which would make them more form fitting.

Frank Flores, the owner and co-founder of the FrankyRay line, has been in the medical apparel business for more than 13 years. According to the company’s website, the scrubs are made of premium fabrics, but what sets them most apart is the sizing: the men’s scrub pants have true waist and inseam sizing as well as a button and zipper. Scrub shirts that are athletic fit are also available. They are said to be “fashionable and functional.”

Whether you stick with your old scrubs or want to try something different, you now have more options.

How do you feel about form-fitting scrubs? Let us know in the comments!

Michele Wojciechowski

Michele Wojciechowski is an award-winning writer and author of the humor book Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box.

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