A short sleeved tunic-style shirt is not a proper lab coat. A butt-length white coat is not a proper lab coat. A lab coat should not have a belt, nor should it be worn with a skirt or tights, nor should it be worn hanging open in the front. It should not fit tightly or be tailored to the wearer’s body, nor should it have decorative slits.
Lab coats are, by design, long shapeless knee-length button-up smocks. The reason they are designed this way is because if you get something dangerous on you, it will most likely hit your lab coat first, which you can then remove to get the dangerous thing away from you. This goes for pathogens, biohazards, and chemical hazards, and is why the lab coat is ubiquitous in medicine and the sciences.
So please explain, Google Image Search, why women and girls should apparently throw safety out the window in favor of looking good when wearing our lab coats. All of the bad labcoat wearing I mentioned above? Aside from photos where the coat was left hanging open, all of the above examples have women and girls as models.
Women and girls need safe lab safety gear, damn it. If I were TAing, I’d reprimand or send home all of those models. You need to keep your lab coat shut. You need to make sure your legs are covered. Bare legs won’t look so good if you spill acid on them. You need to change your pants into something loose fitting. Tight clothes don’t protect your skin from splashes. Short sleeves look great! Unnntil something catches fire and the flames hit your arm instead of the flame-resistant coat. Etc.
It pisses me off that if some little girl decides to look up lab coats, she’ll see dudes being all safe and professional-like…. and women and girls playing at scientist with lab coats that sacrifice safety for fashion. That, folks, is bullshit.