Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Uniforms: good, bad or just ugly?

The word uniform has different meanings for different people. While one person might have negative memories of a lack of individuality in school, another person might be proud of the firefighter, police officer, soldier or, dare I say, mail carrier that they know and what displaying that uniform represents.

What pops into your mind when you think of uniforms?

But when it comes to actual uniforms, it seems that they can usually be classified into good, bad or just ugly. The four that I mentioned above? Good. They're practical, effective and not all that hard on the eyes.

As for the other end of the spectrum, just about anyone that has ever worked in any sort of restaurant most likely can tell you about the bad uniform that they had to wear at some point. Take me, for example. When I was in college, I took a job as a waitress at a chain family restaurant to help pay the bills and ended up spending four long years squarely in the ugly uniform category (although not nearly as ugly as some fast food uniforms, as seen as right).

Picture black polyester pants that were long enough to drag on the ground accompanied by a thick, non-fitted button up bright blue shirt. Top it off with a mangy apron and I was set to feed the masses. Even better, after I had worked there for a certain amount of time, I was allowed the option of swapping out my much-too-warm unflattering shirt for an embroidered polo instead.

Sounds like a good idea, right? That's because you're thinking of a normal polo shirt, not an in-your-face red, wide-enough-to-share-with-a-friend, just-try-to-tuck-this-amount-of-extra-fabric-in polo shirt. Adding that to the pants that now were ripped and torn along the bottom and I was clearly not making my way out of the ugly category anytime soon.

On the contrary to the ugly outfits that I had to wear, one uniform that I wouldn't mind putting on every day would be nursing scrubs. From the various colors and prints to some of the new, flattering silhouettes to the plain comfort of how they fit, I don't see why I would ever want to change my clothes.

Not ever having worked in a profession where scrubs were necessary, I never really realized the wide selection of styles available. Who knew that there were designer nursing scrubs? Brands like Katherine Heigl, Izzy Scrubs and Peaches Uniforms ensure that the wearer will not only be comfortable, but fashionable as well.

Keeping in mind the various uniforms that I have worn over the years, I would consider myself lucky to have worn scrubs instead. With the way that they look professional while still being functional and chic, I think would consider scrubs in the category of good uniforms. What do you think?

So, do you wear a uniform? Did you in the past? Was it good, bad or just ugly?



Clueless_Mama said...

I used to wear a uniform, but it was scrubs and I loved them. The ones in this post are so cute! I never looked that good in mine. Oh well...I was still comfortable:)

The Baby Store Plus said...

I guess I am fortunate that I have never really had a uniform issue. I did wear scrubs before also...proudly I might add. And I wore a fast-food uniform as a teenager, but it was cool then.

BTW, we are going to carry the 'Good Uniforms' (by Aeromax) in your post. They are too much fun to only have at Halloween, so we are getting them for 'dress-up' play uniforms.


Mandee said...

The only uniform I have ever worn was scrubs and I didn't mind it at all. I have to agree that some of the fast food restaurants and so forth get a little carried away with their uniforms. So glad I never had to dress up like a chicken and stand on a street corner clucking...ha ha!

Anonymous said...

I've only wore a uniform once to work, but nothing major. Black dress pants, green polo shirt and a scarf. I'm not a big fan of them. I think the scrubs have gotten more fun in the years with different prints. Some uniforms though...I just don't understand!

LeeAnn said...

I had a few uniforms from fast food jobs I had as a teenager, and referee looking outfits from working at sports stores. I think the worst I ever had, though, was when I bartended at a pretty upscale shorts, a white collared button up shirt and a tie. Really? It was ridiculous looking!