Doctor Dressing Guide – How To Look Professional at the Hospital as a Physician or MD – What To Wear


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Today’s video is a dressing guide for doctors
and what to wear as a physician if you like a classic wardrobe. Basically, you have three things to consider. It’s the employer’s guidelines, it’s your
personal preference, and the patient’s perception. So does the physician’s attire really matter? According to studies, the answer is yes. First impressions are alive and well and if
you want it or not, people perceive the first impression they get from what they wear and
how people look. Based on what people see, they immediately
judge how trustworthy you are, how competent you are, how smart you are, and even how much
you earn. For doctors, that perception goes even deeper
because of you profession, people have a higher degree of trust and expect more of a professionalism
than with other people. On top of that, dressing the part helps you
to visually set yourself apart so when you enter a room, it’s clear that you’re the doctor,
not the patient, not the nurse, or anyone else. For example, the Mayo clinic did a case study
and they came to the conclusion that they want professional attire for all of their
doctors. They believe it conveys professionalism, expertise,
and even though it’s not universally loved, it helps the mayo clinic to cement its standard
as a world class medical institution. So what physicians wear in the US can be very
different from Germany. As you may know, I’m from Germany, and doctors
there traditionally wear all white. That means white lab coat, white pants, white
shirt, sometimes even a white jacket, white socks, and white shoes. That may sound very impractical as it gets
dirty very quickly but it is just a tradition and it is still respected by many institutions
and doctors. In other countries like UK, a study in 2007
suggested for doctors not to wear ties because of hygienic reasons. That being said, if you want to wear a tie,
go for it, just make sure that you use a tie clip or a tie bar and you can learn all about
this accessory in this video, here. When in doubt and you don’t know what to wear,
going a notch up is always better than going a notch down because it adds that additional
professional appearance that represents you as a doctor and the institution you work for. So what should you wear as a doctor? First of all, if your organization has a strict
dress code in place, follow that and don’t try to step outside of those boundaries. If a BBE policy or bare below the elbows policy
is in place, of course, you have to skip the jackets and the long sleeve dress shirts. Now, you can either go with a polo shirt or
you can have a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Personally, I’m not a big fan of short sleeved
shirts, however, if that’s what works best in your situation, go for it. If all you need in white is a lab coat, you
can wear a 2pc suit even a 3pc suit which helps to keep your tie in if you wear one. You should always wear a tie with a 3pc suit. If you go with a 2pc suit, you can go with
a bow tie or a tie, or you can skip it altogether, it really depends on your preference. Overall, wearing a suit or an odd jacket combination
is the epitome of a professional outfit for a doctor. I know Dr. Andre Churchwell and he always
dresses in flamboyant suits but it suits him really well. if you find that’s a little over the top for
you, does not make you comfortable, don’t wear a suit. Instead, you can wear an outfit combination
with an odd jacket such as chinos and a sport coat, or a blazer or a suit jacket. To learn more about chinos in general or a
blazer, please check out these guides on the website here. If you plan to spend the day in your lab coat,
it really pays to invest in a number of different dress shirts because they will be the backbone
of your doctor’s wardrobe. Of course, white works but it should not be
slightly off-white that clash with your lab coat so you can go with something like I’m
wearing here right now which is a check shirt, you can go with stripes, and if you easily
overheat and your workplace is warm, I suggest you go with double cuffs and go with button
or barrel cuffs because they make you feel less warm. Traditionally, I always favor shirts without
a chest pocket, however, as a doctor, it may come in handy to have a pocket that you need
because function is more important than style in that regard and so you can go with a chest
pocket if you use it. As you know, a work day can be really long
and so it pays to invest in quality shoes. Now, a lot of doctors wear tennis shoes and
there are different ranges of what you can wear. I personally find goodyear welted shoes extremely
comfortable even if I wear them all day long because they have a cork bed, they are extremely
elegant. If you want to go all white, you can even
find white buck skin wingtips that work very well for doctors, otherwise, you can go with
just a regular oxford or even better, derby shoes because of the open lacing system, they
are usually more comfortable when you wear them for longer times. The great advantage of leather shoes with
the leather or linen lining compared to tennis shoes is that it absorbs the sweat much better
and your foot will be much more comfortable throughout the day. That aside, a pair of leather dress shoes
makes you look instantly more competent and professional. As you might have noticed, I”m wearing a bow
tie here right now and bow ties are better for doctors than regular neckties because
they stay up at all times so no matter if you quickly lean over a patient or there is
maybe an open wound, having the bow tie up here never interferes. If you have a tie clip,it may come loose. If you have a vest, it may slip out but usually,
if you do it right and you maybe even tuck in the tie into your waistband, you should
be fine. A vest is also much better than a tie clip
simply because it covers a lot bigger part of your tie, at the same time, it’s an extra
leyer of fabric and it may make you overheat especially if you have to run and work hard
physically so the choice is yours of course. Personally, I find bow ties are perfect for
doctors because one, they don’t interfere with your day to day work and b, they make
you stand out from all the others instantly. Apart from that, accessories are one of the
easiest ways to upgrade the look of your outfit. I’d always suggest you wear a pocket square
if you wear a jacket because it just rounds up the look. While boutonnieres can really change the entire
look of your outfit, I suggest you stay clear of them because they may look foolish to some
patients and on top of that, they may be crushed under your lab coat. So if you want to wear flowers, keep it at
more casual times and outside of the workplace. If you wear white shoes and white pants, it
helps to wear white socks. I suggest to go with white over the calf socks
in cotton because they absorb sweat and help keep you comfortable all day. So as a conclusion, the best thing you can
do as a doctor is to always put in the extra effort and dress in the way that makes you
look more professional.If a suit is too much, go with a combination. If you can’t wear jackets, go with dress shirts
and roll up sleeves or short sleeved shirts and try to accessorize what you have and always
go with neckwear especially a bow tie because it sets you apart from others and it does
not interfere with your work. In today’s video, I’m wearing a typical outfit
that you could wear as a doctor. It starts with a dress shirt with barrel cuffs
with buttons so I don’t overheat. I have a madder silk bow tie from Fort Belvedere
in green with a micro pattern. It’s a green sport coat that’s part of the
suit, single-breasted because it keeps me cooler than a double breasted jacket. Then I’m wearing a pair of chinos in a classic
sand tone, they have cuffs so they hang nicely. I like larger cuffs but it’s simply my personal
preference. I combined it with a pair of shadow striped
socks in brown and blue by Fort Belvedere. The blue picks up the tones in my dress shirt. The brown picks up the tones in my dark brown
shoes with my cognac shoe laces and they are a classic pair of wingtip shoes that are Goodyear
welted and comfortable all day and they have a leather lining and a cork insole which is
really comfortable. My pocket square is an english silk pocket
square that is printed, it has tones of blue, green, brown, and red so it ties my entire
outfit together. All the accessories that I’m wearing here
could be found in the shop. I could easily swap out this coat with a regular
blazer or even maybe a light grey coat, maybe even a brown coat. All looks good and works and you can basically
choose what you like. If you want to wear a patterned sport coat,
I suggest you wear a solid shirt. That’s really all you have you have to pay
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100 thoughts on “Doctor Dressing Guide – How To Look Professional at the Hospital as a Physician or MD – What To Wear

  1. You look like the typical genius nazi inventor which now Works for the American government especially like Dr.strangelove. I love that look

  2. Oi Raphael,

    I really appreciated this video. Even though I'm not a doctor (and never will be), I liked how you walked through some sartorial decisions based on work circumstances, just proves that even well dressed gentleman can choose their clothes by function over only aesthetics.

    I really hope you can make this into a series with different professions (banker, diplomat/politician, field journalist, architect, etc). Obrigado pelo excelente conteudo.

  3. Dunno whats up with the like/dislike ratio, but i thought this was a great video! Love the idea of focusing on dressing guides for certain lines of work

  4. As a current medical student who has worn a tie into the hospital I would advise against wearing one. Even with a tie bar there is some risk of spreading infections from patient to patient. Personally, formal pants and a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up is what I go with now and it's certainly the most practical considering the nature of the job. A full suit is nice but certainly not practical when seeing patients.

  5. Am a medical doctor working in Rwanda(Africa). I am impressed by how you treat the topic. You are "a wearing library". Thanks for that subject exclusively dedicated to medical doctors. Even in Africa, the ruler remains the same.Le fond et la forme sont parfait. Bravo

  6. Would certainly appreciate a video of a similar vein, but centred around Professor / College lecturer positions!

  7. plz do senior management. Because I find it hard to have a respectable suit, cause I might loose my base. After all, I don`t think, it would be great to shove hierarchy in an employees face

  8. Nice vid but not applicable in nordic countries where you have to wear the hospital pyjamas. They even removed the lab coats because of the risk of bacteria spreading. Mostly crap in my opinion because it's the ideas of jelaous nurses that are being implemented.

  9. Can you do a video for lawyer who does not go to court ? Also, a video for College Professor ? Love this video!!!!

  10. I think the bow tie is the most practical especially if you are in Psychiatry. It could be pulled. Thanks now do one for bankers and accountants 🙂

  11. This works for primary care doctors or cardiologists who do not do procedures. As I do procedures in office I wear dress shirt without tie or a polo under my lab coat. Many of my colleagues wear scrubs under lab coats. I find that looks lazy.

  12. Actually the open lace shoes are not allowed in many places for safety reasons. If you drop a vial of blood or other fluid it can through the open lace. Rule is close toe shoes with no permissibility.

  13. I do love dressing up but I'm also happy I have to wear scrubs in the OR. Can't get much classier than crocs with a bouffant cap.

  14. Can you do one for the law enforcement professional who wears a suit but wants to be stylish instead of a typical public servant slob?

  15. Great video. As a doctor, you were on point. I'll be wearing more bow ties now, got to pick up a couple from fort belvedere. Love the quality!

  16. On the subject of professions, a dressing guide for politicians would be an interesting topic, as the way you're perceived is more important than most professions then.

  17. Lol, I've been watching your videos to help me class myself up for medical school interviews soon! Thanks for the video, perfect timing 🙂

  18. Really appreciate this video. As a radiology resident I don't get as dirty as my colleagues so I promise I'm going to implement your tips… have to buy some bow ties though 😉
    What's the fabric of that jacket? The color and texture, it's just a perfect match for a doctor, I mean it. Not too dandy, not too formal, doesn't evoke "office" feeling and so on… Vielen Dank!

  19. I'm not part of the medical field, however, I thought the idea for a doctor not wearing a tie was that they are rarely washed and therefore more likely to carry pathogens and other transfer matter from patient to patient. If that is he case, wouldn't pocket squares be looked down upon also?

  20. Subscribed, not a doctor but many of your style examples work out pretty fine in other work environments, too. Grüße aus Deutschland

  21. Great video! However I do know that at least here in Canada most doctors are moving away from lab coats and regular clothes. Contrary to popular belief, lab coats are quite unwieldy when working as a doctor, and should be reserved mostly for the lab. Almost all hospital workers I've seen in the past couple of years wear scrubs as their primary outift, the exception being when patient advising is occuring rather than patient care.

    So, while most hospitals are moving to a strict "scrubs-only" rule, the lab coat/suit combination does have its merits, especially when meeting with patients due to the professionalism it conveys, and the trust it imparts in the patient.

  22. 6:03 – 1. They don't interfere with everyday work and B. they make you stand out from all the others instantly. ONE & B

  23. What about as a clinical psychologist? Would this still be applicable? I'm assuming the more casual outfits would work best in order to make patients feel more at ease and on a level playing ground.

  24. Suits are not practical. As a surgeon I’m mostly wearing scrubs and running shoes. Even after I change at the end of my shift, I’ll wear an ensemble that is every casual. With millennials, they find ties and jackets stuffy. Appearance of being old fashioned and closed off. Varies with region of course.

  25. Hello Sir, Thanks for an interesting video. I think it depends if one is doing in office consultation vs. actually doing procedures in the hospital. What wrist watch would you recommend for a physician that is classy, appropriate, yet durable enough to handle the every day rigours?

  26. This video was great, but what about teachers, I've been a teacher for years and nobody knows how we should look. Heeeeeeeeeelp please!

  27. Being a Swedish Doctor, I am forced to apply the ruling dress code being short sleeved white scrubs. We all dress the same, doctors, nurses, cleaners etc. people often mistake me for a nurse. Anyways I envy u guys…

  28. Thank you for the great videos! I would appreciate a video on how a college instructor/professor should dress. Should they wear suits all the time? Or are Chinos and dress shirts appropriate? Are ties always required or can one simply just wear a button up shirt with no tie? Are jeans ever acceptable? These are just a few questions I have regarding the appropriateness of a college professor's attire

  29. Anyone who works in hospital or any jobs that required walking around would suggest wearing CROC SHOES ! best shoes ever!

  30. The most important is if you are a doctor, you must look like a doctor, clean, and formal in how you talk or treat the persons.

  31. whole point of white lab coats is that you need to see when they are dirty and they are extra layer of protection for your normal cloth in which you return to home 😉 not every patient is clean and smells nice (sometimes thet are bleeding or are coverd in blood) so you dont want to touch them with your daywear clothes and later for ex. go eat wearing them 😛

  32. I have a question: I'm a medical student and I have long hair but like to dress well.
    Can I combine both and look seriously at the same time?

  33. I haven’t seen a doctor wear a shirt and tie in years. Mostly, they just wear mint green scrubs everywhere.

  34. This video is good but it fails to discuss color combinations about how to pair outfits depending on your patients. I think a lot of the outfits mentioned are entirely too formal. If your patients are children, I would not wear anything discussed in this video. I think most of these outfits are for doctors that work on a board or committee, involving hospital administration. If you work with patients fighting cancer, your outfit needs to express bold colors and optimism vs being so formal and "elegant." I would be uncomfortable if I my doctor wore a three piece suit…

  35. I like the videos. Educational and elegant. I was wondering what (European) highschool teachers should wear if they want to dress up a little. On the internet I wasn't able to find a good source. The 'difficulty' lies in being a representative of an institution and an example for students on the one hand, and trying not to completely alienate parents and students on the other. Would it be possible for G.G. to give some advice in the future?

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