Today's nurses are often dressed in comfy scrubs, but the iconic image of a nurse includes a carefully tailored white dress, gloves, and a small, squared hat. Now, it is common to dress in a vintage nurse uniform for Halloween or for any costume party. An authentic vintage nurse dress can also make a great gift for anyone involved in nursing, and some women even like to wear these dresses as casual daytime attire, depending upon the design. Nurses' uniforms from the 1940s and 1950s typically have tops similar to dress shirts, with either short or long cuffed sleeves. These dresses are knee-length or longer. Within the large inventory on eBay, a variety of these authentic dresses are available, as well as costume dresses that may make the outfit more provocative by bringing the hemline above the knee. Of course, no vintage nurse uniform is complete without a matching hat. A vintage nurse hat is rectangular in shape and sits stiffly on top of the head, sometimes pinned to the hair. Many of these hats, as well as the dresses, feature the well-known red cross symbol.
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