Please note, this post was originally written in 2014 and updated in 2020
Finding scrubs that fit well has always been a challenge for me, which is why I like doing these scrub reviews. I am hoping to save you a little cash so you don’t waste money on something that doesn’t work. I also know how nurses appreciate the opinion of other nurses who have actually worn the scrubs while taking care of patients. I’m writing this FIGS Scrubs Review from that perspective, as I’ve worn these for many shifts at the bedside.
FIGS Scrubs Review from a Nurse
Hi, my name is Kati and I am a nurse.
I’ve been a nurse since 2010 and I’ve tried many scrubs. Dickies, Cherokee, Greys, Butter-Soft, you name it… I’ve tried it, spend my hard-earned nurse dollars on it, and awkwardly fit into them.
I tried FIGS Scrubs when they first came on the market in 2014. I really liked them, but noticed after a while they broke down in the wash a bit. I am happy to say that they have changed their fabric a bit and significantly increased their durability. Oh, and they now have TALL scrub pants. Glory be to God.
This review has been updated to reflect their current products and design.
These scrubs gracefully straddle the line between soft and durable. Greys are too soft. Dickie and Cherokee are too crunchy. (In my opinion, of course…)
Specific FIGS details – the pros
Let me just go ahead, in true nurse form, and just give you a detailed report on them:
They have a yoga-pants style waistband. This means when I’m bending over to pick something up off of the floor, bending over to do CPR, or sneaking in between an IV pump, the bed, feeding pump, the wall, and the chair just to plug something in.. my butt isn’t hanging out.
They’re water-resistant. Once I was flushing my patient’s feeding tube and they suddenly sneezed, splashing me with water and pre-digested enteral tube feeding. ((Dry heaves.)) The enteral feeding rolled right off of my scrub top instead of absorbing into it. Woo hoo!
They have odor control. (You’re welcome, coworkers.)
They’re wrinkle-free and pre shrunk.
For every set purchased, they donate a set to a health care professional in need.
They’re designed in a functional way. Someone spent a lot of time perfecting the design of these scrubs. (And I can truly speak to that, after trying both the first ones and the updated!) I don’t feel like I’m wearing boxy, rough, wrinkly scrubs. They fit like the clothes I wear in my normal, non-hospital life.
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I especially appreciate the pants. They have a really solid yoga pant waistband, and it’s not one of those that loosens with time like most yoga pants. It’s stood the test of time and not loosened on me. The Kade cargo pants are made really well structurally and the leg pocket is great. I’ve worn cargo scrub pants before where if I put my phone or something slightly heavy in the leg pocket, it really weighs the pants down or the item droops/practically falls out when bending. Not with these. The leg pocket is quite sturdy. I keep my phone in the smaller inside pocket and my report sheet folded in half in the outside pocket.
Specific FIGS details – the cons
I can’t just chat about all of the pros though. Let’s go over some cons.
So, these are definitely at a higher price point than other scrubs. They are about $38 for a top and $48 for the bottom.
Some tops are also a bit light on pockets… and I know nurses love pockets! The Catarina top (pictured above) fits great, but it doesn’t have those classic two pockets to store your stuff in… they have one breast-pocket instead. I do typically wear a jacket or vest, so that isn’t much an issue for me personally, but I do know some people who are very specific about the number of pockets for their scrubs. So, keep that in mind!
They also don’t have that badge reel clip that a lot of newer scrubs are starting to have. You know, it’s a small hook near the shoulder of the scrubs to clip your badge on to. I like it when scrubs have those, but it’s not a dealbreaker for me if it’s not there.
Other FIGS things
They’ve come out with additional products that I tried and wear quite a bit. My favorite non-scrub item they have is their compression socks.
FIGS compression socks offer 20-30 mmHg compression, are long enough and sturdy enough to stay put for 12-hours, and I’ve washed them quite a few times since I got them a few months ago and they’ve withstood the washings and have not faded. They come in the pictured cranium pink, grey pills, or a slick black and grey.
My previous top compression socks were Cherokee True Support, and I wore them with each shift, but since switched them out for FIGS.
I also like their Tangier scrub jacket. But don’t make the mistake I did and order a size too large! I assumed it’d be a bit small and I like my scrub jackets a little on the larger side, but man… it was definitely too big!
If you decide you’d like to order some FIGS Scrubs, you won’t be disappointed.
I also recommend signing up for their email list, because they frequently send out emails with discount codes.
The higher price point is worth it. They last, look sharp and professional and continually come out with new styles. As I mentioned, I returned a few items because I purchased a size too big, and exchanging them was a breeze. They provide you with a return sticker and the bag they’re mailed in can be reused to return if needed. If you sign up for their email list and wait a little bit, you may get emailed some great coupon codes. When you use a discount code on FIGS, they’re practically the same price as the cheaper, but less awesome, scrubs on the market.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get figgy with it.
Hi! I was wondering how the figs compare in size to buttersoft scrubs?
Kati Kleber says
The FIGS were a little more longer and leaner. Buttersoft was a bit more boxy and didn’t hold up quite as well to washing. I wear darker scrubs (navy). I have a longer torso (5’11”) and with buttersoft needed to wear an undershirt but not necessarily with Figs. I do have a review of Buttersoft on the blog as well!
Hey! I was wondering what size of the compression socks you ordered? I’m a womens size 10 so I’m trying to figure out which to order. Thanks in advance!
FreshRN Team says
I wear a 9.5 in women’s shoes and for the FIGS compression socks, I order a large. I hope that helps.
What size did you order? I am 5’7, with longer legs and shorter torso. I wear a size 4-6 pants. I wear XST in cherokee,landau and blue sky.
Kati Kleber says
I’m 5’11” and about 167lbs, with a longer torso than average. I have medium tops and bottoms. I originally ordered larges but they were too big, but their return process was pretty smooth though. You get a preprinted sticker and the bag it comes it can be reused to ship back (so don’t rip it to shreds when you first open it like I did!). I just filled out something online, printed it, repacked the bag and dropped it at FedEx (I think?) and had new ones in a size smaller in a week or so at no charge.
Brit Cardaropoli says
I bought two different sets of scrubs and found them to be an awful fit. These are not for curvy women. I am 5’4 and 130 pounds. the slacks are to tight in the thighs and to loose in the waist. The top is either to small or to big and had no give in it. I would not recommend these scrubs to anyone.
Kati Kleber, BSN RN CCRN says
Ah, so sorry you had that experience Brit. My body type differs from yours so that may be why they work for one and not the other. It’s helpful to know this feedback so that if someone does ask me about them for a similar body type, I can let them know your thoughts. They are still my go-to scrubs for each shift and my favorite. I actually like that there isn’t much give because I’ve found that they’ve held up quite nicely over many washes. The Cherokee Infinity line has great give to it that may be worth checking out!
agreed- just had this experience. very disappointed.
Lilli Torres says
Omg I had the same issue, the medium top fits great, the pants were too tight around my butt, I ordered a large and it was too lose from my waist. And huge around my thighs. That was for the skinny Yola. I’m going to try the kade see how those fit.
Same issue here, but I got the Kade pants. I love how they feel so I’m super disappointed. The medium pants fit my waist comfortably, but were so tight on my butt and thighs that when I tried them on my husband said my patients might be a little *too* happy to see me wear these srubs. Ordered the large and had the exact opposite problem. Comfortable around the butt and thighs, way way too big in the waist.
I’m torn between sending them back and hunting for new scrubs or maybe seeing if I can get the waist tailored.
It’s really a shame because the quality of Figs is amazing.
Agreed!! I was so excited to get them!! I ordered a large and my chest looks like a square!! The bottoms fit weird too. UGH Awful fit if you have curves.
I wear a 34 DD and ordered large.
Shawna Battles says
I’m xs in Cherokee pants would I order the same in figs?
Kati Kleber, BSN RN CCRN says
I’m not 100% sure, but that would be my guess. I thought I needed to order larger, so I did (ordered a large instead of a medium). But, when I got them I realized that mediums actually would fit me well. I returned them, which was a breeze, and got the mediums and they fit really well. Just whenever you order, don’t open the bag like an animal like I did and rip it to shreds because you’re so excited – you can just use that bag for the free return!
From the comments on fit I am thinking these might fit me well. I’m kinda chubby- bigger in the bust and tummy with thinner legs. I would want the legs and butt more tapered and more generous in the waist. I have been settling for baggy legs in order to get the waist to fit : ( I have never tried these scrubs but the Figs sound like they might be good for my body type.
Mary Rose Gaughan says
The pants snd scrub jacket fit great and true to size. The 3 pocket scrub top in XL fit more like a large. I will need to return two tops.