Nursing scrubs and uniforms have evolved as the needs and wants of the medical community change. One thing we have noticed is the influx of stretch scrubs and their importance in the marketplace. Most major brands have identified their stretch technology, yet it can become confusing, therefore we've put together a 'cheat sheet' for you to reference:
Cherokee has (4) stretch collections – Premium Core Stretch, Premium Rayon Stretch, Flexibles and Perfect Stretch. Each collection has a spandex component for ease of movement and stretch. There are some differences in the Cherokee collection as the Flexibles collection includes a soil release technology and the Perfect Stretch collection is a 4-way stretch technology. The Premium Core Stretch and Premium Rayon Stretch are a 2-way stretch fabric from the popular Cherokee WorkWear collection.
Dickies has (3) stretch collections – Gen-Flex, Performance System and Xtreme Stretch. Each collection has a spandex component for ease of movement .. There are several differences in the Dickies collection; The Gen-Flex collection has a multi-needle stitch detail. The Performance System has a technology called Aerocool which wicks moisture away from the body in addition to the 2 way stretch technology and the Xtreme Stretch collection is a 4-way stretch fabric for ultimate ease of movement.
WonderWink has (2) stretch collections – WonderFLEX and Four-Stretch. The WonderFLEX collection includes high end detailing with a premium stretch component. The Four-Stretch collection is 100% polyester (spandex free) yet moves with you and incorporates double stitching for maximum durability.
Carhartt has (2) stretch collections – Carhartt has the Cross-Flex and Work-Flex collection. The Cross-Flex collection not only moves with you it also incorporates an element to wick away sweat to keep you dry. The Work-Flex collection is spandex free (Polyester / Rayon blend), is durable and lightweight
Jockey incorporates a performance driven fabric that incorporates 7% Spandex for comfort and durability that will last.
There are many benefits to stretch scrubs in that they are high performing fabrics with minimal care (wash, dry and wear). The stretch allows for ease of movement, the fabric allows for color vibration wash after wash which allows new pieces to be introduced without worry of fading colors or matching. Additionally, they allow for flexibility and movement with your grueling schedule.
Most stretch scrubs consist of a 3% to 7% spandex component, whereas several collections are constructed of a polyester and or rayon blend. Personal preference is the main factor in determining which scrub is right for your body / style. For the most part, the stretch technology is consistent from brand to brand. The key component is to determine which characteristics and details are right for you.