About 45% of respondents to a recent Women In Optometry Pop-up Poll said scrubs are their preferred workwear. About one-fifth of those said scrubs was the preferred clothing even before COVID, but 80% of the scrubs-wearers said they made the switch during COVID-19 and are not going back.
Another 45% of respondents said that they’re back in their business or business/casual professional clothes. These respondents are split between those who wear a white coat and those who don’t.
Those who have made that switch seem happy to have done so. One OD responded, “I enjoy fashion and dressing up, so I’m glad that I am able to again.” Another said, “Time to get back to professional workwear and to ditch the scrubs!”
COVID-19 routines have created some lasting changes for some respondents, however. Thirty-five percent said that they’ve simplified their footwear, having made a permanent move to Crocs, sneakers or flats, for example.
Thirty percent said that they’ve scaled back on their makeup routines, and 15% said that they keep their hairstyles simpler now.
Ninety percent of the respondents to this poll reported they were female.
See the results of other WO Pop-up Polls here.
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