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How to improve your work uniform (Individual buyer)

"Uniform".  When used as an adjective, it means:

-- Always the same, as in character or degree; unvarying.
-- Conforming to one principle, standard, or rule; consistent.
-- Being the same as or consonant with another or others.
-- Unvaried in texture, color, or design. 

One thing that uniform doesn't have to mean, however, is boring or colorless.  Follow our tips below to add your own spice and personal style to your uniform.  And if you're not sure how a particular look will go over with management, ask them!  You're probably not the first to ask for a little dress code clarification.

Roll, Layer, Repeat
If your uniform involves a button-down shirt, a v-neck or boat-neck shirt, putting on a colorful underlayer is an option.  Find a camisole or tank top (or for wintertime outfits, a turtleneck can be warm and stylish) in a color that complements the rest of your uniform.  And to add a casual touch, consider rolling up your sleeves or even leaving your top two buttons undone.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Just because your scrubs have to look the same as everyone else's doesn't mean everything else does.  Jewelry, hair accessories and even purses or bags can help express your personal sense of style.  A cute pair of holiday-themed earrings, a cuddly stethoscope cover or a funky hair bow will make sure you stand out from the crowd. 

And by all means, don't forget your socks.  Bold colors, animal prints, striking stripes and plentiful polka-dots will all add flair and will feel good inside your work shoes.

A Great Excuse to Buy Another Pair of Shoes
When it comes to shoes in industries like healthcare, clodhopper work shoes have been replaced with equally comfortable yet more stylish new styles.  'Everyday shoe' manufacturers like Birkenstock, Danskin and Skechers bring everything from striped slip-ons to brightly colored clogs to the feet of nurses throughout the world.  Ditch the old white wonders and explore some of the more colorful options as a great way to add a little pizzazz to your everyday gear.

Add Your Name
If your employer permits it, having your name screenprinted or embroidered to your scrubs and lab coat not only helps patients and others identify you, but also gives you another opportunity to let some of your personality shine through.  If you're rather subdued and laid back, a navy blue thread and a traditional embroidery font like Times New Roman or Arial may be your best bet; if you're more outgoing, consider multi-colored embroidery and a fun font like Comic Sans or Lucinda Handwriting

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