A comfortable set of scrubs is an essential purchase for medical professionals. However, finding the right fit for a plus size wearer can be difficult. Nobody wants ill-fitting or unflattering clothing as they go about their working day.
The good news is there is a wide range of plus size scrubs available. And buying online need not be a problem with accurate size-guides and previous customer reviews that can be consulted in order to get the right fit for you.
Amazon.com is especially useful for this with the sheer number of plus-size options on offer. However, with choice overload, determining the best can be a headache. That’s where this review roundup comes in…
When buying a new set of plus size scrubs fit, comfort and function are the most important factors, followed closely by your own overall sense of style and color.
Below you will find my picks for the best scrub tops and pants currently available that cater to larger sizes. The selection is based on my discussion with colleagues, as well as in-depth research on verified customer reviews.
These are the results…
[NOTE: The product images below are pulled from Amazon where, unfortunately, the XL options are not depicted. The product page for each will give you the option to select the size of your choice, however.]
Scrubs for Plus Size: Reviews
#1 SCRUB TOP: CHEROKEE Workwear Revolution Mock Wrap Scrub Top
My top pick plus size scrub top for 2021 is this stylish, well-made option from Cherokee.
It features a V-neck and is short sleeve and comes in a range of sizes (from XXS to 5XL in fact).
Not only that, but the material (78%Polyester, 20% Rayon and 2% Spandex for those that want the details 🙂 ) is stretchy, allowing for comfortable movement with flattering style.
It is classed as a classic fit, mock wrap top. The design incorporates front shoulder yokes and two handy patch pockets. There is also an interior pocket.
There’s also an important instrument loop as well as a logo label with a bungee loop.
For those that need access to their pant pockets, the scrub top has front and back princess seams with side vents.
Although I haven’t worn the plus-size version myself, the reports on Amazon for the largest of this top are very good indeed.
Although some wearers do feel that the V-neck may plunge a little low.
The CHEROKEE Workwear Revolution Mock Wrap Scrub Top has rave reviews on Amazon.com (currently over 3000). I’m pretty sure that puts it bestseller category.
With great feedback from plus-size wearers (and a ton of size options to choose from), this is an easy choice for my number one pick.
2. WonderWink Women’s Plus Size Scrubs Bravo 5-Pocket V-Neck Top
A close second in terms of the best plus-size scrub top is this one from WonderWink.
Again, lots of sizes are catered for with an especially wide range for those looking for larger options.
“Fun and functionality” is what WonderWink has gone for, (their words not necessarily mine), and there is some truth in that.
The short-sleeve scrub top incorporates 5 pockets along with the usual v-neck styling. The Bravo is crafted in a soft poly-cotton blend material and is shaped with a flattering design.
The top also features an ID bungee loop and three-part accessory loop that will help ensure all your essentials are close by when you need them.
This is another high-selling scrub top on Amazon.com and again has received consistently high reviews.
In fact, one plus-size buyer waxed lyrical about it: “FINALLY!!!! Perfect fit for me at 5″9 and husky large big boned female. Great quality…”
As with my top choice from Cherokee, the Bravo can be bought in sizes XXS to 5XL and is also available via fast Prime delivery.
In complete opposite to some complaints the Cherokee scrub top gained, a minority of customers did find the material a little thick on the Bravo; worth bearing in mind in line with your own preferences.
There is little in it when it comes to the Bravo and the top pick Cherokee scrub top.
This has a wide range of sizes and some excellent functionality. The amount of happy customer reviews speaks for itself. Highly recommended.
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3. BARCO Women’s Junior-fit Three-Pocket Mock-wrap Scrub Top
Here we have another scrub top that caters across a wide range of sizes ranging up to 5XL.
There are also over 30 colors to choose from making this a great option for those that would like some uniqueness to their look.
This is a short sleeve, mock wrap top that features 3 pockets. The material is lightweight and made from 77% Polyester and 23% Rayon.
While this blend of polyester and rayon fibers may not be as stretchy as elastane, there’s still enough flexibility in the design to accommodate plus sizes.
The armholes are cut smaller than some scrub tops to eliminate bra exposure. The V-neck is also cut in a way that prevents opening at the bust.
The excellent banded waist has side-seam tabs that look great on plus-size wearers. The end result is flattering while comfortable, which is exactly what you should be aiming for.
A comfortable fit for plus-size wearers, the Barco is a quality scrub top option and a budget price. With so many colors to choose from it may be the right top for you if you’re looking for a bit of individuality in the ward. A worthy addition to my top 5.
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Best Plus-Size Scrub Pants
So we’ve looked at a selection of top quality scrub tops. How about some new scrub pants? In some cases, you will be able to pick up the above tops and purchase pants from the same brand. (A great solution if you do not want to shop around).
If however, you are after a new set of pants only or are keen to expand your choice, the following are my picks if you require a plus-size option.
#1 SCRUB PANTS: Koi Women’s Lindsey Cargo Scrub Pant
My top pick scrub pants are these stylish Lindsey Cargo from Koi. Designed as low-rise with a drawstring waistband for a versatile, comfortable fit they have a wide range of sizes to suit the plus-size wearer.
The important thing is the figure-flattering aspect of the cut. That’s not to say that Koi have forgotten about functionality, however.
Made for the medical professional the scrub pants feature multiple pockets as well as one stitched specifically to hold scissors.
The pants also feature a D-ring at the left leg as well as have adjustable toggles at the ankles. Versatility is definitely the name of the game here.
A range of colors are available, of course, and the pants are completely machine washable. The material is 55% cotton and 45% polyester ensuring an easy clean and comfortable finish.
In short, this is a cargo scrub pant that will see you through many work hours over a number of years.
Overall the Koi woman’s cargo scrubs have everything the plus-size medical professional could want out of a new set of pants. Versatile, yet stylish fits with some lovely practical features.
My top pick plus-size scrub pants for good reason.
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2. Dickies Women’s Xtreme Stretch Fit Drawstring Flare Leg Pant
My second choice scrub pants for plus-size wearers in 2021 is this offering from Dickies.
The company is well known in the “scrub space” (can I call it that? 🙂 ), and both their tops and pants have proved very popular. They have quite a range, to be honest, so are well worth checking out for that reason alone.
The Xtreme stretch fit pants are mid-rise and have a moderate flare leg. As with my top pick pants from Koi, these feature an adjustable drawstring elastic waist.
From a practical standpoint, you have a good range of pockets including fitted pen slots as well as a cargo pocket for extra carrying space. The latter has self-loops and logo eyelet snaps.
The added spandex helps create a more comfortable fit. The side-seam hems also make for a pant that is more durable and will resist tears.
Made of 76% polyester, 20% rayon, and 4% spandex this is a pant designed to be both hardwearing and comfortable.
One simple factor I really like is that they are available in a wide range of bright colors (over 30 in fact!). I always like to see some individual styling on the wards.
Again these are fully machine washable, and the color should stick around for the life of your scrub pants.
Overall the Dickies Women’s Xtreme Stretch Fit Drawstring Flare Leg Pant is a worthy addition to my review roundup. Comfortable and hardwearing with some really nice design touches, they are great scrub pants for plus-size wearers.
Add that to the range of colors and quality pocket options and you have some pants that do not disappoint.
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