Style Counsel: Lauren Doolittle


Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Her style: Business casual with plenty of pockets

Photograph by Annette Navarro

Most of us are conditioned to see nurses and physicians in scrubs and lab coats but you eschew the common clinical silhouette. Why? None of the physicians or nurse practitioners in my practice wear lab jackets. You hear a lot about “white coat syndrome.” Little ones get anxious and more scared when you come in with that white coat. So our practice said they want to allow us to be individuals, not just practitioners. The only thing I miss are pockets, so anything with pockets is a go-to for me.

What’s it like to slough off the usual medical uniform? I wouldn’t say I don’t wear trousers and button up tops, we all do, but I try to be a little bit more fun. I wear a lot of dresses and boots, lots of skirts. I tend to go to patterns a little more right now. Health care is always cold and I’m always freezing, so I wear a lot of jackets.

Dansko clogs seem to be the profession’s shoe of choice, but not for you. I’m a huge shoe fan. My only request when I got married last May was that my husband build me a shoe closet in his house before I moved in! I love Halogen from Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Target if I see a wedge that’s cute. I try to wear close-toed shoes; it’s recommended in health care. I like designs that stand out.

Clinical practice usually means early start times. What helps you get out the door in the morning? I do a lot of Stitch Fix boxes. A stylist sends you five items, and what you like, you keep and buy. They just sent me a purple and gray wrap dress by Hawthorn. When I pulled it out of the box, I thought, “I don’t like this, it’s not me,” but it looks amazing on.

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