This question begins with two assumptions - assuming there is no issue of beged isha and assuming that pants are immodest (which is the position of many orthodox women).

Is there a reason why this would be permitted?

It was suggested that the issue of pants is dat yehudit, which would depend on what how women usually dress. Perhaps in this setting, modest women did not accept this upon themselves.

On the other hand, perhaps pants are inherently immodest, irrespective of what women do. If this is the case, perhaps wide pants would be different.

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    Wouldn't you have to provide a reason to prohibit (ignoring beged isha) before asking if it's permitted? What is immodest about scrubs? – Double AA Aug 30 '20 at 18:17
  • see here: parsha.blogspot.com/2008/08/… – josh waxman Aug 30 '20 at 19:05
  • I dont understand the question 'Scrubs are designed to be simple (with minimal places for contaminants to hide), etc.' It seems this is the only safe way to be a doctor. I am sure pikuach nefesh over rides any tzniut issur. – interested Aug 30 '20 at 20:09
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    Does this answer your question? Can pants ever be considered modest? – Alex Aug 30 '20 at 20:32
  • Thank you all for your comments. The question is not whether or nor pants are modest, I thought that was clear, but I guess not clear enough. I edited the question . – Mark Aug 31 '20 at 19:03

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