Low rider pants on nurses - page 7

It's becoming a problem in many workplaces according to yesterday's Wall Street Journal: Low rider pants. I'm seeing some nurses wearing them, and they're steadily moving south of propriety in... Read More

  1. by   redwinggirlie
    I've tried everything! I just CAN'T get anything to itch my bellybutton..... guess I just don't have the itchy belly button problem....
    Anyhoo, I wear scrubs. I am a professional. I am not trying to make a fashion statement. Low-riders make one lack the look of credibility in and out of the workplace. I save mine for around the house. Guess I value dignity more than trying to show off.....
  2. by   happy03
    I am sick to death of this "nurses eat their young" crap...every time someone differs with a newer nurse it is immediately construed into "eating our young."
    Generational differences have always, and will always be a part of our culture. Each generation has their styles, their music, their attitudes and the previous generation will always "question" the motives of a following generation. Elvis, the Beatles, long hair on men, earrings on men, tatooes on women, miniskirts, etc were all at one time considered "taboo" to the generation who preceded them.

    I'm Gen X, and the oldest in this group are approaching 40 now. Those leaving high school today are a new generation, with new styles, new tastes, and new attitudes. More power to them! I'm all for professionalism in the workplace (not exposing your midriff/butt crack for instance), but I think it is important to be open-minded if we want to attract a new generation to nursing. Gen Y and Gen X nurses WILL be taking care of the Baby Boomers (largest generation in history) in the very near future. Something to contemplate people!

    I just hope when I reach middle age (rapidly approaching) and beyond that I can remain open-minded and relate to those nurses 20 years my junior and 20 years my senior. If not I will go home and listen to my Smiths CDs!
  3. by   Q.
    Originally posted by iliel
    Just wondering if you looked at the scrubs pants in question. They are hardly the low riders that I wear to a club.
    I hate the fact that the crotch on scrub pants comes down to my knees!

    Empress, well said!
    Agreed.

    ainz, would you rather nurses wear the scrub pants in the link, or would you rather they wear ill-fitting, wrinkled scrubs that looked like they came out of a laundry bag and preferring those simply because they don't sit below the navel? THAT certainly isn't professional; it looks like she should be going to a pajama party.

    I think if we just all use common sense with regard to dress, we'd all be just fine - low riders or not.
  4. by   salvati08
    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, please understand that we young nurses are simply promoting the scrubs shown in the picture. Is there anything wrong with them? That is all we are saying!!!!!!!!!!

    Some people are going off track and talking about gum popping, loud makeup wearing, whore smelling women. THAT IS NOT what we are saying is okay in the workplace. Just becuase you like the low rise pants, DOES NOT mean you promote wearing loud makeup, etc.

    I mean honestly, IS IT SO BAD IT IS KILLING YOU? Does it really effect your work? If so you are just looking for things to whine about!

    SO PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE THESE SIMPLE LOW RISE, FLARE LEGGED PANTS WITH THE PROMOTION OF LOOKING LIKE A STRIPPER AT WORK!!!!!! WE DO NOT WANT TO SHOW OUR STOMACH AT ALL!!! WE HAVE OUR SHIRTS TUCKED IN!!!!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I think the gerneral opinion's been no-show the middrift/skin and no cracked rear views.


    "Some people are going off track and talking about gum popping, loud makeup wearing, whore smelling women. THAT IS NOT what we are saying is okay in the workplace. Just becuase you like the low rise pants, DOES NOT mean you promote wearing loud makeup, etc. " No one SAID anyone thought it was ok for that in the workplace nor was it said that it promoted a sort of tackiness.

    "I mean honestly, IS IT SO BAD IT IS KILLING YOU? Does it really effect your work?" In a way it does if someone's (did not say ALL) low-rise pants are hanging too far below the equator. If ppl can see the crack of dawn, that's flat-out gross, and franky not something i'd really want to see as a pt. when my nurse is bent down emptying my Foley.



    Heck i like the semi-flare legged pants, that aren't the ones with the cuff dragging the floor. Of course THAT'S not really a problem with me, being 5'10" with 34 inch legs, my main leg problem is making sure i don't look like i'm ready for the flood.
  6. by   salvati08
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    I think the gerneral opinion's been no-show the middrift/skin and no cracked rear views.


    "Some people are going off track and talking about gum popping, loud makeup wearing, whore smelling women. THAT IS NOT what we are saying is okay in the workplace. Just becuase you like the low rise pants, DOES NOT mean you promote wearing loud makeup, etc. " No one SAID anyone thought it was ok for that in the workplace nor was it said that it promoted a sort of tackiness.

    "I mean honestly, IS IT SO BAD IT IS KILLING YOU? Does it really effect your work?" In a way it does if someone's (did not say ALL) low-rise pants are hanging too far below the equator. If ppl can see the crack of dawn, that's flat-out gross, and franky not something i'd really want to see as a pt. when my nurse is bent down emptying my Foley.



    Heck i like the semi-flare legged pants, that aren't the ones with the cuff dragging the floor. Of course THAT'S not really a problem with me, being 5'10" with 34 inch legs, my main leg problem is making sure i don't look like i'm ready for the flood.


    And if it does KILL you to work with these women you need to learn to mind your own buisiness and do YOUR job and not worry about other people.
    If you looked at the picture that someone posted earlier, do you think if she bent over you could in any way see her crack? That is honestly the dumbest thing I have ver heard. I don't think anyone intentionally wants to show off their crack. That is disgusting. If someone is, attack them specifically, not everyone wearing these pants.
    And last I am 5'2, so I somtimes have the problem with any pants that they are too long, but I don't let mine drag on the floor.
    Last edit by salvati08 on Jul 29, '03
  7. by   MomNRN
    Trends come and go, but the need to be look professional and credible does not. There is always a middle ground which can be found. While it may not be your favorite look, perhaps it is more suitable to the profession you chose.

    Yes, I am one of the "older" generation, but not by much! I feel there is a time and place for your attire. Work is not the place to be setting the trends. And no, I do not wear elastic waist pants!

    The pants displayed in the ad are fine, as long as the shirt is tucked in. While at work, I want to be taken seriously, and yes this is easier done when the outfit chosen displays professionalism and credibiblity. If this makes me "old," so be it! At least I look capable of doing my job.

    Just remember, the image you project onto your patients and their families is a lasting one. The majority of the people in this world equate a clean, well dressed image with intelligence. If you are not interested in how you are perceived by doctors, patients, and families, it doesn't really matter what you wear.

    I don't think this thread is totally generational or the nurses eat their young crap. It seems to be divided more along the lines of maturity and life experience.
  8. by   2muchfun
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Totally inappropriate. Dress how you like on your off time. For God's sake, how can we ever get any credibility when nurses insist on dressing like this? I thought we (female nurses) were trying to live down the "sex-kitten" image.

    Well spoken! I've never seen a pair that failed to make the wearer's ass look as wide as a barn. I've seen the same thing at my hospital. Worn with tight t-shirts that aren't quite a midriff, but tend to ride up with any movement.

    When you don't look professional at work, it undermines pt's confidence in you. None of the images portrayed in the above posts are appealing and I would not let them take care of me or a family member.

    after I posted, I found the link to the picture. Honestly, those pants are not what I consider "low riders" . If you could only see some of the get-ups some of the more immature nurses are trying to pull off where I work, you would understand my sentiment. Hideous!
    Last edit by 2muchfun on Jul 29, '03
  9. by   -jt
    <are women actually wearing pants that show their midriff and bellybutton. So are their shirts short too?>

    I havent seen the low rise pants but just this morning, in the parking lot, I saw a nursing student with the top of her pants rolled down below her belly button, just like how my 16 yr old wears her sweat pants. The students wear short tailed, button-down shirts that are supposed to be tucked into their pants, but this one had her shirt untucked and the last few buttons unbuttoned, showing off her rolled down waistband, silver belly ring and a lot of skin below it. I thought she'd finish dressing while walking to the hospital but no - she walked right into the hospital like that. And we are violating the hospital dress code if we are not wearing scrub tops long enough to cover our butts and hide our panty lines. Id love to know what happened when she arrived on whichever unit she went to dressed like that.
    Last edit by -jt on Jul 29, '03
  10. by   crissyb
    I personally don't see this as a generaltional type of disagreement. As stated earlier, fashion trends come and go. When I graduated (years ago) we wore the traditional "whites", and everyone was appalled with the one piece jumpsuits. Working in the or for many years, we wore the scrubs with the ties at the waist, and they were more comfortable than those that came later, with elastic waistbands.....Now I'm in psych and wear street clothes.
    My 17 year old daughter wears hipsters - the newest catalog shows all of the new styles of jeans as revision of old classics - when I was her age, I too wore tight, "hiphuggers" - (laid down on the bed to zip them up too!)
    As long as the body is appropriately covered, what difence does it make where the "waist band" is?
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by stldmbfan
    Well to answer you, yes people were implying that the type of women who wear these pants, are the loud makeup wearing, gum popping type.
    And if it does KILL you to work with these women you need to learn to mind your own buisiness and do YOUR job and not worry about other people.
    If you looked at the picture that someone posted earlier, do you think if she bent over you could in any way see her crack? That is honestly the dumbest thing I have ver heard. I don't think anyone intentionally wants to show off their crack. That is disgusting. If someone is, attack them specifically, not everyone wearing these pants.
    And last I am 5'2, so I somtimes have the problem with any pants that they are too long, but I don't let mine drag on the floor.

    Please point out specifically where people implyed that those that wear the low-rise pants are the loud makeup, gum popping type.

    As for MIND MY OWN BUSINESS, when a pt. comments to another nurse about it, it is no longer just the pants-wearing nurse's business when the pt gets a view of way more than they cared to see. Paying attention to the pt's likes and dislikes IS part of the job, if that is something that makes them uncomfortable, then that IS a problem that needs addressed, but not something that everyone will wind up getting blasted for. AND that's a part OF ,my job, making sure the pt. is comfortable, I never need to be told to do it. Not everyone has that problem with showing more than appropriate, I am well aware of that, and i was not attacking an entire group of people that wears them because that would be hippocritical of me to do that when i wear them myself

    As for the picture you are referring to, i saw it. I was NOT gerneralizing about the pants, I said SOME are too low, not ALL. As for you think that what i've said the dumbest thing you have ever heard, well you know what they say about opinions.......
  12. by   salvati08
    Originally posted by crissyb
    I personally don't see this as a generaltional type of disagreement. As stated earlier, fashion trends come and go. When I graduated (years ago) we wore the traditional "whites", and everyone was appalled with the one piece jumpsuits. Working in the or for many years, we wore the scrubs with the ties at the waist, and they were more comfortable than those that came later, with elastic waistbands.....Now I'm in psych and wear street clothes.
    My 17 year old daughter wears hipsters - the newest catalog shows all of the new styles of jeans as revision of old classics - when I was her age, I too wore tight, "hiphuggers" - (laid down on the bed to zip them up too!)
    As long as the body is appropriately covered, what difence does it make where the "waist band" is?
    THANK YOU!!!!!
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by crissyb
    As long as the body is appropriately covered, what difence does it make where the "waist band" is?

    exactly

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