History of Medical Scrubs for Women

Before we get to the luxurious scrubs of GreenCloud Apparel we should go through the history of medical scrubs, which began in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, nurses would wear uniforms similar to nuns’ habits, with the matching veil. That’s when medical professionals 

started to see the importance of a clean environment to perform their medical procedures. Some other key points in medical uniform history are:


The 1918 Flu Pandemic 

During the pandemic, doctors started wearing masks for protection from the infection. Back then, masks were a little different, and the medical uniforms for women, mainly old nurse’ uniforms, looked like servant uniforms because they were aprons worn over dresses. The design of the nurse’s caps throughout the period helped to differentiate between the two positions. 


The 1940s

This is when awareness of wound infection and the need for sanitized operating rooms began to thrive. Medical uniforms received significant changes after this. Nursing uniforms were dresses and caps while doctors were wearing lab coats. The protection level of the uniforms was now a factor in their day-to-day work life.


The 1950s-60s

At this point, medical scrubs were a regular thing within the operating rooms. They were bright white to demonstrate cleanliness, but so was the operating room. So this began to cause a strain on the medical staffs’ eyes. It was after figuring out it was the uniforms that scrubs of many different colors started to show up. 


Today you can find so many different scrub styles and a new scrub brand popping up almost daily! Similar to our line of luxury scrubs for women. We offer tops and scrub bottoms in a variety of styles and colors! 

  • Citadel Blue
  • Shocking Pink
  • Sable Black 
  • Olive Green
  • Plum

So as you can see, we have come a long way from aprons to stark white to the diverse options we have now! 


Our Scrub Styles

Since women in medicine get to express themselves a little more these days, we wanted to run through some of our scrub designs. 

  • Matilda Scrub Top - A flattering top with a ruffled neckline that buttons at the top
  • Apgar Scrub Top- A more “traditional” button down scrub
  • Blackwell Scrub Top- Our most traditional looking V-neck with a pocket on the front

Our design for our scrub bottoms is comfortable and flattering drawstring scrub pants. And all of our designs come in the colors listed above. We all provide Jackets, Layering Tanks, and our GreenCloud “Bad Ass” Socks to go with any of our scrubs sets. 

Shop With Us

If you are looking for modern and luxurious scrubs to keep the history of medical uniforms for women moving forward, then come shop with GreenCloud Apparel. Our goal is to empower women with our scrub boutique. So what are you waiting for? Come be a part of our history!


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  • Hirawats

    Wonderful Blog. This is Helpful, Thanks.

  • Abik

    Very detailed history and interesting

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