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So, many things about the MD appeal to me, but the white coat is not one of them. Lest I sound Legally Blond, let me say that I'm not obsessed with fashion in a Carrie Bradshaw kind of way (actually, I own nothing designer and no heels over a half inch), but I do enjoy expressing my mood/personality through my outfits. I confess that I enjoy waking up and picking out an outfit from my closet, and wearing jewelry to match. I like colors, boho chic, that kind of thing.

That said, I know the white coat is holy grail (well, decreasingly so, it seems, but still the gold standard), and I'm just wondering: any other females feel their style cramped by it? How do you deal? Or do you just get over it? Or are you just too tired to care like, all the time?

Superficially yours,
RM
 

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You should add this to "difficulties you overcame to do pre-med."
 
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You should add this to "difficulties you overcame to do pre-med."

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic? :oops: I guess I could but wouldn't want to be redundant-- also I feel it's not a concern heavy enough to tip the scales.
 

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So, many things about the MD appeal to me, but the white coat is not one of them. Lest I sound Legally Blond, let me say that I'm not obsessed with fashion in a Carrie Bradshaw kind of way (actually, I own nothing designer and no heels over a half inch), but I do enjoy expressing my mood/personality through my outfits. I confess that I enjoy waking up and picking out an outfit from my closet, and wearing jewelry to match. I like colors, boho chic, that kind of thing.

That said, I know the white coat is holy grail (well, decreasingly so, it seems, but still the gold standard), and I'm just wondering: any other females feel their style cramped by it? How do you deal? Or do you just get over it? Or are you just too tired to care like, all the time?

Superficially yours,
RM

Are you going into derm? :)
 

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I can't tell if you're being sarcastic? :oops: I guess I could but wouldn't want to be redundant-- also I feel it's not a concern heavy enough to tip the scales.

Crap. Now I don't know if you're being sarcastic.
 

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If this is indeed serious - You'll have to wear your white coat mostly during med school and residency. You can wear whatever the hell you want underneath it, I've seen plenty of female med students and residents wear a wide variety of clothes. The coat is there to protect all that expensive fancy stuff. After residency, you can usually wear whatever the hell you want, especially if you have your own office.
 

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I can't comment on any feminine fashion sense (at least not publicly), but I can empathize; it would have been nice to wear suits and such to work. Do males do this? Seems like overkill beyond a shirt and tie (pants optional, obviously).
 
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If this is indeed serious - You'll have to wear your white coat mostly during med school and residency. You can wear whatever the hell you want underneath it, I've seen plenty of female med students and residents wear a wide variety of clothes. The coat is there to protect all that expensive fancy stuff. After residency, you can usually wear whatever the hell you want, especially if you have your own office.

Yep
 

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I can't comment on any feminine fashion sense (at least not publicly), but I can empathize; it would have been nice to wear suits and such to work. Do males do this? Seems like overkill beyond a shirt and tie (pants optional, obviously).
Just match at Mayo. Suits are their "thing"
 

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At my institution, about the only people wearing white coats are 3rd year medical students and DNPs.

You should be more worried about how unflattering most scrubs are on women.
 

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So, many things about the MD appeal to me, but the white coat is not one of them. Lest I sound Legally Blond, let me say that I'm not obsessed with fashion in a Carrie Bradshaw kind of way (actually, I own nothing designer and no heels over a half inch), but I do enjoy expressing my mood/personality through my outfits. I confess that I enjoy waking up and picking out an outfit from my closet, and wearing jewelry to match. I like colors, boho chic, that kind of thing.

That said, I know the white coat is holy grail (well, decreasingly so, it seems, but still the gold standard), and I'm just wondering: any other females feel their style cramped by it? How do you deal? Or do you just get over it? Or are you just too tired to care like, all the time?

Superficially yours,
RM

You can wear colors. I would advise against wearing "boho chic" while seeing patients....that's not really professional enough to wear while seeing patients, for the most part. It's hard to take someone seriously when they're wearing a coin belt, flowy sleeves, and fringe.

Honestly, you get over it. There are bigger things to think about and worry about than "Oh, no one's going to see this under my white coat." Some attendings don't even wear white coats in the clinic; it's not even an issue then.
 

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Thanks for sharing.

This stands as the high point of the thread

we have a resident at our hospital that dresses like she is going out clubbing under her white coat. I am a little embarassed for her when I see her.... but while her colleagues are wearing professional attire, she has a thigh-high strapless silver sequiny dress on. Dont get me wrong, she looked good.... she just also looked like at any moment someone might start piping in cliche porno music into the exam room.

"time for you to turn your head and cough" bow chicka bow wow
 

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My only complaint about white coats is that they're white so you need to be extra careful not to spill anything on them...
 

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So, many things about the MD appeal to me, but the white coat is not one of them. Lest I sound Legally Blond, let me say that I'm not obsessed with fashion in a Carrie Bradshaw kind of way (actually, I own nothing designer and no heels over a half inch), but I do enjoy expressing my mood/personality through my outfits. I confess that I enjoy waking up and picking out an outfit from my closet, and wearing jewelry to match. I like colors, boho chic, that kind of thing.

That said, I know the white coat is holy grail (well, decreasingly so, it seems, but still the gold standard), and I'm just wondering: any other females feel their style cramped by it? How do you deal? Or do you just get over it? Or are you just too tired to care like, all the time?

Superficially yours,
RM

1st world problems.
 

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from my personal observation

it only hurts you when you're super fat as the white coat makes you look like a big solid, white cloth-draped mass.

if you're skinny, you can get the ones with an adjustable belt on the back to make it more fitting to stay still looking good (does not apply to obese women, will only cause white coat not to button properly)
 

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from my personal observation

it only hurts you when you're super fat as the white coat makes you look like a big solid, white cloth-draped mass.

if you're skinny, you can get the ones with an adjustable belt on the back to make it more fitting to stay still looking good (does not apply to obese women, will only cause white coat not to button properly)

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6qvJp4zPlY[/YOUTUBE]
 

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You can wear colors. I would advise against wearing "boho chic" while seeing patients....that's not really professional enough to wear while seeing patients, for the most part. It's hard to take someone seriously when they're wearing a coin belt, flowy sleeves, and fringe.

Honestly, you get over it. There are bigger things to think about and worry about than "Oh, no one's going to see this under my white coat." Some attendings don't even wear white coats in the clinic; it's not even an issue then.

A fellow I worked with trained in Paris. He says one of his seniors would not wear any t shirts or scrub tops and walk around in a buttoned white coat when he was on call at night. :laugh:
 

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Can't you read? No heels over half an inch. She'd never make it.

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You guys are awesome. And yes, haha, I'm being totally serious! I can haz fashion plz?

Also, YES this is a first world problem, those are my favorite. My parents grew up in a country far away without shoes until they were fourteen and moved to America just so I could have these first world problems. Now, anyone know the best nude lip color?

Also, never fret, I wouldn't reveal my boho chic on the floor. Fake fur vest, maybe. I kid, I kid.
 

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from my personal observation

it only hurts you when you're super fat as the white coat makes you look like a big solid, white cloth-draped mass.

if you're skinny, you can get the ones with an adjustable belt on the back to make it more fitting to stay still looking good (does not apply to obese women, will only cause white coat not to button properly)

PS, thanks for keeping it real.
 
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