What To Wear During a Video Conference Call at Work
5:00 pm, April 8th | by Amanda Smith
Women are driven and passionate when it comes to our careers, but we have to pay way more attention than men to how we look in the office. For some women, going to work means another opportunity to flaunt a newly bought dress or yet another pair of stilettos. For others, work wardrobe best practices are tougher to figure out.
As a smart working girl, you’ve probably mastered the art of dressing up for huge presentations or important meetings, but have you considered what would be your look for video conferences? Though they can feel deceptively casual, here are some tips you might want to remember before turning on that web camera for a crucial proposal:
Colors and Prints. Blouses in solid colors like red, green, and blue will work well for remote meetings. These colors will also highlight your confidence without being boring, unlike authoritative black, which won’t look so good on camera. Find something that complements your skin tone and you will instantly look sharp yet feminine. Checking to see what your background during the conference will look like may also help. It will save you from wearing something in a shade similar to the wall color. This is a time to avoid clothes with loud or busy prints and patterns. The’re too distracting, especially on video.
Neckline. Have you ever tried wearing something that doesn’t really feel like it has a low neckline, but when you look at the mirror it’s Cleavage City? Well that’s something you should avoid when video conferencing. Just like in any other meeting, you want the other person to focus on your face and actually listen to what you are saying, rather than drawing attention to your chest. You don’t have to sport a turtleneck on a hot day, but remember that being appropriately covered will convey that you want to be taken seriously.
Accessories. Keep those long dangly earrings in your dresser for now. Loud necklaces, bangles and cuffs are also not welcome. Wearing too many accessories will only create diversion. You want people to focus and hear you talk, rather than listening to the clink of your bracelets with every slight body movement. Opt for stud earrings and if you must wear a necklace, go for something with a simple chain and a small pendant.
Hair and Makeup. When you’re speaking with your face so close to another person (or to the camera, in this case), the first thing that gets noticed is your face. Make sure to fix your hair before a video call. If you happen to be having a bad hair day, tie it up in a bun. If you want to let your hair down, make sure strands are not covering your face and that it’s not frizzy enough to give the person on the other line the urge to pass through the computer screen just to fix it up.
Also, never wear makeup that’s too dark or overpowering. Apply just enough to enhance your features and not appear obviously stressed out. Concealer is very handy during these moments.
Your Secret Weapon. Now that you are suited up for your big video conference, you may start worrying about the more important things. Are you ready for it? Beat the butterflies and nervousness by coming prepared. Anticipate possible questions and prepare answers for them. You can never go wrong if you know what you’re talking about. Confidence is your secret weapon, so don’t forget to wear it with a smile.
Amanda Smith is a blogger based in San Diego, California. She loves writing about health and wellness, loveand dating, fashion, and just about anything that tickles her fancy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy videoconferencing with her little nieces from London or catching up on her favorite sitcoms with her yellow Labrador,Chandler Tribbiani.
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