Okay, so this was a BIG issue for me.
Of course, in nursing school, we have to wear uniform scrubs
. Ours are a standard teal uniform top with white scrub pants and white shoes. This last summer I went to all the local medical supply shops to buy scrubs and was a bit overwhelmed. (Have you noticed how many different shades of "teal" there are?)
After a considerable hit to my starving student budget, I wound up with some of the most ill-fitting, "unisex" white pants you could ever imagine.
I don't know about you guys, but I am built like a typical middle aged guy. I got a little bit of a gut and pretty much nothing on the backside. These silly, drawstring pants are made for people with HIPS. Oh, and don't forget, it's only tighty-whities while wearing these things. Those boxer shorts with the hearts on them that you love so much are showing right through. And forget putting anything in the pockets. That just weighed them down more.
I found myself spending my clinical days walking around the hospital with my binder in one hand and the other holding my pants up! It became enough of an issue that I had to talk to my instructors to work something out.
It was Sherwin-Williams to the rescue. Down at my local paint supply store I found the perfect solution. They were Dickies Relaxed Fit utility pants. I had to trim the Sherwin-Williams patch off the back pocket, but I think these things saved my sanity. They are sized to fit me both in the waist and the legs. They have BELT LOOPS. I can load up my pockets with anything I need without having to worry about the "saggy britches syndrome." Most importantly, I can wear whatever underwear I want.
I would encourage anyone, even the ladies, to try these out before spending more money on scrub pants. They are comparable in price, much more sturdy, and just as comfortable.