With work-from-home becoming a norm during the coronavirus-induced quarantine, video conferencing calls are more common than ever. Not that we haven’t done them before, but now is the time when we can expect to connect with colleagues and clients only this way, at least for the coming few weeks. And as professionals, we need to look as good on video calls as we do at in-person meetings. If you think that pairing a nice top with your tracks will do the trick, you need to rethink your remote conferencing fashion etiquette. Here are some tips I have for the fashionistas who want to dress to impress for their professional video conferencing calls.
Stick to solids
When it comes to clothing, stick to solid, bold colours that flatter your skin tone. Avoid stripes, patterns and plaids as they can create shimmering effect on camera. If you plan to wear white, check to ensure that it isn’t see-through. You may be tempted to dress till waist up because you are probably not going to be visible other than your shirt. But I suggest that you always make the effort of changing from night wear pyjamas to your lounge wear or something active as it makes you sharp and alert. Moreover, you may need to stand up at some point in time.
Pay attention to fits as well
You may think colour and patterns are the only things that matter while dressing for a video call. But cuts and fits need attention as well because anything that is ill-fitting gets noticed on camera. Ensure that your blouse lies smooth and flat as you sit. Prefer one with a collar as it makes you look professional and is easy to manage (with no chances of any inner wear peeking out… surely that are the last thing you would want!).
With accessories, minimalism is the key. Simple jewellery is the best choice. Avoid dangling earrings and any piece that makes noise while moving because they can get you attention for wrong reasons. If you are in a less formal setting, you may opt for a simple scarf that adds some colour and appeal to your outfit. For the ladies who wear glasses, opt for a pair with non-reflective coating. Also, a head band is a great accessory to add style if you are having a bad hair day 😉
Have the right makeup
The right makeup is equally important- a caked up look is absolutely no-no and you can’t take a video call with zero-makeup look as well. Use a concealer and a light foundation to cover the blemishes and dark circles. Avoid the shine by using blotting sheets or setting powder. Define and contour your features, with special attention to eyebrows and cheekbones. Stick to natural colours for your lips. Keep your hair neat to prevent unruly locks as they can look really bad on camera.
My advice is to go the extra mile with your appearance while video conferencing and you will definitely be able to make an impact.