the history of scrubs

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For most health care workers, scrubs make up the majority of our workwear. For some who weren’t wearing scrubs before the pandemic, you've now found yourselves wearing them all the time, and we've heard that you'll continue to wear them going forward. We often wear them for 10+ hours a day or a night, pushing the clothing to the limit as we respond to the demands of our roles. But up until very recently, scrubs were not designed for the modern health care worker—they were designed for the ‘average’ man’s body.


While we can trace scrubs roots back to the medieval times. The pandemic has actually shone a light on the historical plague ‘uniforms’ as photos of doctors in flu masks from 1918 circulate around social media.

As recently as a few years ago, health care workers were hard pressed to find scrubs that actually fit. The available scrubs were ill fitting, ran on the large side, and were about as fashionable or trendy as a trash bag. While at a basic level they were functional, the clothing did very little to inspire any sort of body confidence while being worn. Innovation in the scrub space was non-existent, despite advances in fabric technology over the past few years. 

More recently companies have released products that are better suited for today’s modern health care worker. But even as we have started to see trendier scrub designs, there still remains a large gap. This is where formation shines.

Our scrubs are being produced in gender neutral sizes and shapes. We recognize that there is a great diversity of body types, and every human deserves to feel confident and comfortable in the clothing they wear day and night. formation scrubs will be available in five different shapes - allowing you to mix and match which tops and bottoms to best suit your unique body.

Stayed tuned to upcoming communications where we’ll dive into each fit & help you decide which products will meet your needs.

-The formation team

PS - We’ve had a slight delay with the timing of our pre-order as we (like many other companies!) navigate the ongoing supply chain issues as a result of the pandemic. Continue to keep an eye on our social media and emails—we promise an announcement is coming soon!

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'Tis the Season for Giving 🎁

'Tis the Season for Giving 🎁

This holiday season, help give a healthcare worker the gift of formation scrubs! 🎁

We believe in the power of collective action, which is why we created the Pay It Forward program.  

The program allows individuals, businesses, or organizations to give the gift of the scrubs, without needing to purchase a pair. Through community donations, this program facilitates the purchase of a pair of scrubs for a health care worker through anonymous donations. 

Just like finding out at the drive-through window that the kind soul ahead of you has bought your meal, a health care worker will be surprised at the checkout on our website with a message that lets them know someone has already paid for their set of scrubs.

Our hope is that this kind gesture by community members and customers will bring a smile and moment of joy to our health care workers who have been working tirelessly on the frontlines. 

Recognizing your commitment to supporting formation’s community of health care workers, and all that they do to keep us safe and healthy, is important to us. Without the generous contribution from sponsors like you, our Pay It Forward program would not be possible.

Have a healthy and happy holiday!

We got this,

- the formation team

5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but can also be one of the most stressful times for healthcare workers. 

Healthcare does not rest during the holiday season, and as you know, work often gets busier. On top of an overloaded work schedule and increased personal commitments, we’re entering into the time of year that has shorter, darker, colder days. Now more than ever, it’s essential to take care of your mental and physical health.

These five tips can help you to manage stress during the next few weeks, and make the most of  the holiday season:

       1) Plan What You Can

While planning ahead is always a good idea, it’s important to remember that there are some things that are out of your control. Planning ahead can help you visualize your work shifts, holiday activities, and obligations you’ve committed. It’s okay to say no when you feel overwhelmed or overburdened, keep a calendar to help you decide which ones you will truly enjoy.

       2) Be Realistic

As we enter into the season of giving, remember that you give every day in your job - your time, your care, and your patience. While giving in and outside of work can help you feel happiness, it can also lead to burnout. It's important to know your limits. Keeping a realistic approach to the season and what you can take on both personally and professionally can help you manage expectations for the winter months.

       3) Make a List (& Check it Twice)

With so much going on, the last thing you want to do is lose track of time and feel overwhelmed with everything you need to accomplish. Instead of trying to remember everything you need to do, make a list (or two) and check off each task as you complete it. Making a list of professional and personal to-dos, ideas for holiday shopping, or writing down goals for the month will help you keep on top of everything.

       4) Savour the Season

With so much going on, remember to take a step back away from it all and enjoy the charm of the season. Throw on a Christmas playlist, make a cup of hot chocolate, and take a walk around your neighbourhood to look at the lights. 

       5) Remember to Rest

The holiday season brings more stress, more work and more travel, which typically means less rest. On top of taking on extra personal obligations, it’s also the peak of cold and flu season, so its extra important to rest and take extra measures to stay healthy. Keeping active, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest will be essential for keeping your mental health and immune system strong.

Remember you are never alone, ask for help and support when you need it, and recognize the signs of burnout. Our library has multiple resources to support your mental and emotional wellness. 

Give yourself the gift of mental and physical health this holiday season. We’re in this together!

We got this,

- the formation team