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How should a lab coat fit?

Posted by Autumn Hopper on

A lab coat is a staple in the medical industry. As a professional, your lab coat should fit properly and showcase your achievements. When assessing whether or not a lab coat is fitting properly, there are a few things to look for.


The first fit aspect to look at is the shoulders. The shoulder seams of the lab coat should extend the full length of your shoulders, no shorter. If you are one to wear multiple layers underneath your coat, size up to have a looser fit in the shoulders and arms.


Be aware of the length of the arms of the lab coat. With your arms fully extended outwards, the arms of the lab coat should stop at your wrists or just before. The arms should not extend longer than your wrists. This can be hazardous in medical situations.


Consider the length of the lab coat (see Best Lab Coats for Female Doctors). The length of a lab coat is dependent on your height. A 30” coat will fit a 5’3” individual different than a 5’11” individual. We recommend not concerning yourself with the specific inches of a lab coat, trying it on for length is the best way to go. A proper fitting lab coat should hit at mid-thigh. If a lab coat extends to your knees it is too long. If it falls above mid-thigh it can be mistaken as a consultation coat.

If you are interested in a consultation coat continue to follow the above steps. However, a proper fitting consultation for how a lab coat should fit will extend to your mid to lower hips.

Other Considerations

The fit of the shoulders and arms as well as the length of a lab coat are the most important things to be aware of when fitting yourself for a lab coat. Other things to consider are the around fit of the coat and the embellishments. Once you have found a lab coat that meets all the above criteria, the next step is to button up the lab coat. Whether or not a lab coat is able to button is personal preference. There are many people who do not button up their lab coats and are comfortable purchasing a lab coat that does not button up due to being too small in the abdomen.

However, a proper fitting lab coat buttoned up should be loose enough to where you are able to pull the coat away from your torso a couple inches. To test this, grab the middle button on the lab coat and pull it away from your body. If you are petite, consider purchasing a lab coat with a back belt. Many coats come with adjustable belts. This is beneficial if you feel like you are swimming in the lab coat. A more tailored lab coat also tends to have a tighter fit than a classic structured lab coat.

The above fitting recommendations are general guidelines, and there are always exceptions to every rule. If you feel that you are still having trouble finding a great fitting lab coat stop in our Indianapolis location and have a sales associate fit you. If you are not a local, and have purchase questions, call our location and we will do our best answering any questions you may have.

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