The Ultimate Buying Guide to 21Scrubs: Everything You Need to Know

The Ultimate Buying Guide to 21Scrubs: Everything You Need to Know

Welcome to the forefront of healthcare fashion, where 21Scrubs merges the best of both worlds: unparalleled comfort and cutting-edge functionality. Founded by an inspired team comprising two doctors and a fashion designer, 21Scrubs transcends traditional medical wear to offer innovative, high-performance scrubs for the modern healthcare professional.


The Fabric Innovation: 21Core™ & ELITECH™ 

21Core™: Our ground-breaking fabric technology, 21Core™, is meticulously designed for the healthcare environment. It features advanced liquid and hair repellent properties, ensuring substances effortlessly wipe off, maintaining your professional appearance. This fabric is also lightweight, quick-drying, and incorporates a 4-way stretch, providing comfort without compromising on mobility.


ELITECH™: ELITECH™, our elite fabric choice, prioritises your comfort with its ultra-soft texture, anti-wrinkle properties, and exceptional 4-way stretch. This fabric ensures you stay comfortable and presentable, from the start of your shift to its end, making it ideal for healthcare professionals' demanding and dynamic routines.


Key Features of 21Scrubs:

  • Liquid and Hair Repellent: Exclusive to 21Core™, this feature ensures that spills and hair don't hinder your professional look.
  • Quick-Dry & Lightweight: Designed to keep up with the fast pace of healthcare settings, ensuring you remain dry and comfortable.
  • 4-Way Stretch: Both EliTECH™ and 21Core™ fabrics offer superior stretch for ultimate comfort and mobility.
  • Sustainable and Ethical: We are committed to sustainability and ethical practices, producing our scrubs in small batches to ensure quality and reduce waste.

Watch our liquid repellency feature in full swing. Witness how effortlessly spills and liquids roll off, keeping you dry and comfortable through any shift.


How Should Scrubs Fit? A Guide to 21Scrubs Styles.

Finding the right fit in scrubs is essential for healthcare professionals. It's about striking the perfect balance between comfort for long hours on the job and a professional appearance that instils confidence in patients. At 21Scrubs, we understand this balance and have designed our scrubs to cater to a variety of needs, preferences, and body types, ensuring that every healthcare worker can find their ideal fit and style.

For the Women's Smart Scrub Top, it's designed with a v-neckline, signature stethoscope holders, and two front pockets, offering a slim fit enhanced by side mesh panels for breathability. It's crafted from hair-free, water and stain repellent fabric, ensuring a comfortable fit with excellent stretch.

The High-Collared Scrub Top introduces a sophisticated touch to medical attire with its adjustable high neck mandarin collar, and silver snap button details. This top is ideal for those seeking a blend of professional style and functional design, made from our liquid and hair repellent fabric.

Our Save Face Zip Scrub Top eliminates the hassle of pulling a soiled top over your head, thanks to its zip-up design. This slim-fitting top borrows elements from our popular 21 Jumpsuit, featuring stethoscope holders, side mesh panels for comfort, and our signature repellent fabric.

The 21 Jumpsuit is a standout with its one-piece design, combining practicality with style. It includes unique features like lower leg phone pockets and a covered centre zip, made from our 21Core™ fabric that repels water and stains while remaining lightweight and stretchy.

Lastly, the Smart Scrubs Pants are designed for optimal comfort and movement, featuring a thick, high waistband, side pockets, and a slight bootleg cut. These pants are squat-proof, made from fabric that repels hair and water, ensuring durability and ease of wear.


How Should Scrubs Fit?

The perfect fit for scrubs balances comfort and professional appearance. They should be loose enough to offer unrestricted movement for all-day wear but fitted enough to avoid looking baggy or unprofessional. 21Scrubs caters to this need with various designs that suit different body types and work requirements. For instance, our high-collar scrub tops provide a more structured fit for a sleek, professional look, while our ELITECH™ fabric lines, known for their 4-way stretch, offer unparalleled comfort and mobility without sacrificing style. This adaptability ensures that every healthcare professional can find their perfect fit within our range, supporting them through every shift with confidence and ease.


Are Scrubs Waterproof? Understanding the Fabric Technology.

21Scrubs takes fabric technology a step further with our proprietary 21Core™ fabric, specifically designed for the healthcare environment. 21Core™ fabric is not only water-resistant but also features liquid and hair repellent properties. This means that liquids, including water and bodily fluids, are less likely to penetrate the fabric, making it an ideal choice for healthcare professionals who frequently encounter spills or splashes. It's important to note that while 21Core™ scrubs provide significant protection against liquids, they are designed to repel rather than completely block all moisture, ensuring breathability and comfort during long shifts. 


Why 21Scrubs?

Choosing 21Scrubs means choosing a brand that understands the unique needs of healthcare professionals. We're not just another scrub brand; we're a lifestyle choice for those who value quality, comfort, and sustainability. Our commitment to innovation and our community sets us apart, making 21Scrubs the preferred choice for discerning professionals across the healthcare spectrum.


With 21Scrubs, you're not just buying a uniform; you're investing in your comfort, confidence, and professional image. Welcome to the future of medical wear, where every detail is designed with your needs in mind.

February 19, 2024 — 21 Scrubs
Comprehensive guide to buying your perfect scrubs.

Comprehensive guide to buying your perfect scrubs.

Scrubs have been a staple attire for the medical and beauty industry forever. Scrubs carry many practical advantages in and out of the surgical room and have become an accepted uniform across many industries.


Whilst uniforms can make it easier to get ready in the morning and cut down the decision time on ‘what to wear’, wearing the trusty old practical scrub has become boring, unflattering and washed out.


With so many ‘designer’ scrubs hitting the market now, it can be hard to decide on what scrub to buy and which one will best suit your work and body type. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through all the options out there. This guide will assist you in choosing the best fabrics, styles and colours that will work best for your everyday work.


Factors to consider:


What does your job entail?


Consider if your job is highly physical, if you spend a lot of your day bending or kneeling, on the floor or lifting patients (eg veterinarians, physios, nurses), having a comfortable scrub with stretch is key.


Scrub pants with a higher cut are preferable to avoid pants riding down and consider a one-piece jumpsuit that will allow for full movement and coverage. Our 2-piece sets are made in our 21 Core fabric with 4 way stretch and all our pants are between a mid-rise to high rise cut to allow for full movement without them slipping down.


Comfort and stretch doesn’t mean that you can only opt for a baggy fit style. Whether you wear our 2-piece tucked in or out, the material and style of all our pieces are designed to be slimming and lengthening. Our neckline design and stethoscope silver button detail adds a distinctive touch making it look more professional and tailored.


For a more corporate or professional look, scrubs with a more structured collar style (similar to a collared shirt) may look better. Our 21 Scrubs High Collar tops or Zip Top scrubs give the scrubs more of an edge and can be worn in several styles by unbuttoning the higher buttons. These styles have all the great quality of scrubs but appear a bit more of tailored with a more professional/office-like feel.



Comfort and Durability


Comfort is a must, especially if you are in a profession with long work hours and unpredictable finish times. All day in one piece of clothing means that your work clothing must also be durable and keep it’s fresh look from morning to evening. 21 Scrubs Core Fabric is fur repellent, water repellent, stain repellent and crease-proof. This means you can leave work looking as fresh and neat as when you walked in.


Even better, can we find a scrub design that we don’t have to rush home and change out of before dinner or school pick up? Could there be a scrub design, stylish enough to wear out of work and durable to stay clean all day? Our 21Scrub bestselling jumpsuit was designed to do just that! We designed the first ever scrub jumpsuit with this in mind. In a durable stay-clean fabric and in a design so stylish you could wear it out to dinner!


All of our 21 Scrubs design even incorporates a breathable mesh along the sides of our tops and jumpsuit to allow airflow and keep you cool even on the hectic hot days at work. Our core fabric also dries in less than 30 minutes, great if you don’t have time to wait for your scrubs to dry on the washing line or in the dryer!


Price and Quality


Most designer scrubs come at a premium price point. With more detailing and tailoring, the price point increases. Standard fabrics will be cheaper than those with features such as fur repellent, water or stain repellent. Some may claim to have antibacterial properties and others may be ‘super soft’. Basically, you pay for the material and style you get. The more features, pockets and tailoring design, the higher the price point.


Scrubs to suit your Body Type.


What body shapes suit our 21 Scrubs Jumpsuits? Our jumpsuits are designed to tailor in the waist to give a beautiful waistline to all body types. The elongated collar also draws attention to the neckline and lengthens the look of the torso. We recommend the jumpsuits for the Hourglass figures and the Slim Straight figures, to help showcase a slim waistline and accentuate or create shape above and below the waist.

Our jumpsuits also come in a ‘Tall’ range for those with longer legs.


For Apple Shape figures, we love the Smart Scrub pants, paired with our Smart Scrub top. The pant is straight legged with a slight flare at the bottom, creating more shape and length from the waist down. Your top can be tucked into the pants to create the look of a narrower waist and longer legs. If you prefer to hide your tummy or waist, the top tucked out slims the mid-section and the tapered top brings shape to the upper torso.


Jogger pants are a favourite for all body shapes. The tapered ankle means no dragging on the floor and is great for those in more active jobs. We love the jogger pant look on our Straighter figures. They bring shape to the hip and thighs and the tapered legs emphasize and bring shape from your hip to ankle. This all helps to add the appearance of curves and shapeliness.


Love the look of the Jumpsuit, but not keen on a one-piece? Pair our Scrub Zip Top with our Smart Scrub pants! Similar look but in 2 pieces!



September 12, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
To Scrub or not to Scrub? Why did we really launch the designer 21 Scrubs?

To Scrub or not to Scrub? Why did we really launch the designer 21 Scrubs?

There is a recent long debate on what is the best medical attire to wear amongst medical professionals, from veterinarians, dentists, GPs, nurses and specialists.

It has become almost a culture in the vet industry to wear scrubs daily, from when we leave vet school to when we come out in practice, its scrubs day in and day out.

Recently with more corporate vet practices, we have been seeing more formal attire uniforms consisting of collared shirts and smart pants, especially amongst vets. This certainly looks smarter, but is it practical? Does it instil trust and professionalism necessarily?

 As a full time vet for the last 18 years, I have a love hate relationship with scrubs. When I graduated scrubs were a one-size, unisex, baggy-fit style for all. In many practices, both vets and nurses wore these and this did create a uniform equal appearance amongst staff and served to be very practical for our line of work.

 I spend most of my workday crouched on the floor, bent over and covered in fur. Scrubs do feel very comfortable, they are literally what I would want to wear at home lazing around doing housework! But with no delineation between what I wear at home and at work, it does start to feel a bit drab. If you think what you wear doesn’t determine how your feel, the best way to analogise this is, I sometimes feel like I’ve walked into a party wearing a tracksuit.

 What I love about scrubs whilst I’m at work is that our job entails a lot of drool, blood, hair and bodily fluids, so having ‘ugly scrubs’ meant I didn’t really care that much if it was dirty at the end of the day. I also loved not having to think of what to wear every day, just slip on my comfy uniform and off I go.

 The downside of all of this practicality is the way it made me feel throughout my career. 18 years ago as a young looking female new graduate, the baggy ill-fitting scrubs made me look younger and less ‘neat’ at work. I constantly felt that it was harder to exude professionalism and trust when the work outfit made me look younger, this on top of being a new grad made it tougher. Would putting on a more formal attire have made me feel like I looked older and more trustworthy/professional? I think so! As superficial as it sounds (which is why I never said anything), I think dressing the part would have made me feel the part.

 As I got older and became a working mum, I didn’t care so much about looking professional and older... I was older! I had earnt a following and reputation at work and what I wore didn’t matter so much. However, what I did start to notice at school pick-ups was how pyjama like my scrubs work attire looked. With other mums turning up in suits and formal attire and me running in with trainers and baggy scrubs (covered in stains and fur), I certainly did feel underdressed and ‘dirty’. Never mind the fact I was a ‘Doctor’, I did not feel I looked the part. This was something I never really voiced, in fact I always made fun of it with friends saying I was the mum turning up to school in pyjamas or I looked like the ‘homeless’ mum.

 2020 comes along and I started to notice smart scrubs hitting the US market. This was exciting! If we could have a scrub for all the reasons I loved; ease, comfort, practicality, but also look formal, neat and professional, that would be my dream work wear!

This was a game changer. We could dress better, feel better, be proud to walk out of work and look the part. We worked so hard to become a Veterinarian/Doctor/Dentist we deserve it right?

 I contacted my fashion guru friend, Rebecca Lau. She had just sold her successful fashion business and I wanted to pick her brain on formal scrubs, could we make them EVEN better, could they be fashionable, practical, even better hair proof and stain proof???

 Fast forward to mid 2021 and our company 21 Scrubs was born. In the height of a COVID Pandemic, at a time where it was more important than ever to appreciate and love all our Essential workers and medical professionals risking their health to continue saving lives.

Together us 3 mums designed formal scrubs, well fitted and professional looking.  I feel smart and professional in our scrubs every day, my staff are in love with the new look and what’s better, we released the FIRST EVER hair proof and water/stain repellent designer scrub line worldwide. I am PROUD. Yes, there are copycats hitting the market now and it can be tough to watch, but also humbling, if you produce a product that works, that’s needed… Hey no doubt its going to be copied.


Our scrubs are designed by people in the industry who know what works. Who wear the scrubs every day and go out after work and pick up their kids or meet friends. We work long hours and are on the floor, in surgery, covered in who knows what by the end of the day. But you know what? I can get out of work and look like how I walked in in the morning. Clean, professional and dare I say, a little sexy ;)


Written by Dr Audrey Shen for Vet Answers Magazine July 2023


August 16, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
Where to buy scrubs in Brisbane

Where to buy scrubs in Brisbane

21Scrubs are a popular choice for many scrub wearing, medical professions in Brisbane and Queensland. Popular amongst the dental, medical and veterinary industry, 21Scrubs has become well know for their fit, professional look, durability, comfort and style. In addition the waterproof and hair-proof feature of their Core21 range makes them also a demand in our beauty, grooming and hairdressing industry throughout Brisbane as well.

21Scrubs is available in Brisbane, nationally and internationally by ordering online

21Scrubs delivery though out Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. Express shipping and group orders are also available.

January 25, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
Veterinarians and designers of 21Scrubs wins national award

Veterinarians and designers of 21Scrubs wins national award

Aussie brand 21 Scrubs has been named Champion Specialised Small Business at the inaugural Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday 12th November at The Star Sydney, with over 1,000 guests in attendance.
January 23, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
Medical scrubs brand wins Women's Small Business Champion Award

Medical scrubs brand wins Women's Small Business Champion Award

Medical apparel brand 21 Scrubs has been named Champion Specialised Small Business at the inaugural Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held on 12 November at The Star Sydney.
January 23, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
Award-winning pet industry scrubs

Award-winning pet industry scrubs

Twin vets Drs Audrey and Alison Shen and Rebecca Lau Marsh have been awarded the 2022 Women’s Small Business Champion Award for merging fashion with medicine and reinventing the uniform for medical professionals.
January 23, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
Looking for Dental Scrubs Australia?

Looking for Dental Scrubs Australia?

If you're a dentist in Australia, a dental student or a dental hygienist looking for a set of dental scrubs to wear, there are a few things that make 21 Dental Scrubs stand out from the rest. Read on to see why 21 Scrubs are the preferred scrubs for leading Australian dentists.


Our Scrubs are Liquid Repellent 
When working with liquids and bodily fluids, the last thing you want is to carry the smells and stains with you. Our waterproof scrubs ensure water and liquids aren't absorbed into your dental scrubs and any liquids can be wiped away easily. 
Our Scrubs are Quick Dry 
As a dentist working with water and liquid agents, any spills can be washed away quickly without interrupting your work day. Our quick dry dental scrubs mean that your scrubs don't need to be on rotation and can be washed and worn daily if required. 
Our Scrubs are Comfortable, Smart & Professional Looking
Look good and feel good in our lightweight scrubs that compliment and flatter with a 4-way stretch. You won't feel restricted in our scrubs that are so comfortable to wear and provide squat proof stretch and movement.  
January 11, 2023 — 21 Scrubs
How to choose the perfect uniform for your beauty salon

How to choose the perfect uniform for your beauty salon

What to consider when choosing a uniform for your salon

When you own a beauty salon, you need to dress the part. We all know the first impression counts. Make sure your clients don’t walk in and immediately feel uncomfortable by checking out your outfit.

June 27, 2022 — 21 Scrubs
Pet Industry News  - 21Scrubs

Pet Industry News - 21Scrubs

Drs Audrey and Alison Shen to expand thsir 21 Scrubs fashion line.
May 31, 2022 — 21 Scrubs
Our signature Scrub Jumpsuit - 21 Jumpsuit

Our signature Scrub Jumpsuit - 21 Jumpsuit

So you've probably seen our scrub jumpsuit all over our social media and wondering whether our scrub jumpsuit is really that good? Here we give you the low down:
We are of course in love with our 21 Jumpsuit for the following reasons:
Flattering fit with a fitted waistband 
Stretchy fabric offering all day comfort  
Easy access - zip on and zip off
Unique design that looks good both on and off duty
Functional lower leg pockets 
Waterproof fabric that keeps you dry and looking good
      Our 21 Jumpsuit Scrub has been worn by Dr. Joya from National Geographic's "Pop Goes The Vet" TV show and Dr. Audrey & Dr. Alison from Bondi Vet TV. 
      The jumpsuit scrub has also been favoured by medical influencers within the beauty, dental, veterinary, animal services industry. 
      Available in 3 colours, our scrub jumpsuit has been SOLD OUT three times over so it's in high demand! 
      April 20, 2022 — 21 Scrubs
      Reinventing traditional dental scrubs for all dentists and other essential workers

      Reinventing traditional dental scrubs for all dentists and other essential workers

      The 21 Scrubs team have created a range of stylish and fashion savvy scrubs that are practical, flattering, comfortable and durable, and cater for workers in a range of industries including dental scrubs.

      “As a dentist, scrubs are essentials as we are dealing with body fluids and materials that are quite hard to remove if you accidentally drop them on your scrubs,” said Dr Johanna Ramon from Burwood Diamond Dental.  

      “In the past I have found that the dental scrubs I have purchased aren’t durable and easily stained. I see multiple patients a day and wash them after one wear. They need to be water, stain and crease-proof, good quality yet still smart and comfortable.”

      Enter 21 Scrubs, the brainchild of twin sisters and veterinarians Drs Audrey and Alison Shen and fashion expert and entrepreneur Rebecca Lau Marsh

      After working in the veterinary industry for over 15 years and wearing old-fashioned scrubs, the sisters became frustrated with the lack of choice, and in particular, the material and style of scrubs available.

      Initially the sisters started researching materials in the hope of just making their own scrubs for work. Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, they quickly realised there was a market for fashion savvy scrubs and a desperate need for them among all essential workers. 

      “We are incredibly proud of the scrubs range we have created,” Dr Alison said. 

      “Each style has their own defining cuts and features, and all scrubs are made from stretchy, crease-proof, durable, comfortable and eco-friendly lightweight fabric, that most importantly is hair, water and stain repellent; fast-drying and squat-proof.”

      As for Dr Ramon, she has been wearing 21 Scrubs now for four months and says the experience has transformed how she thinks about her everyday work attire.

      “I used to think dental scrubs were boring but necessary for my profession but now I can truly say they feel very comfortable, they look professional, and they’re flattering—but still give me the protection I need.”

      November 11, 2021 — 21 Scrubs