We’ve all heard the joke about how pants are no longer mandatory for meetings in 2020, thanks to Coronavirus. But, have you been wondering how to dress for Zoom meetings, exactly?
Whether your workplace has switched to Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype or any other form of video conferencing, it’s still crucial for you to dress the part. Just because you’re working from home — maybe even from your couch — doesn’t mean it’s OK to give up on professionalism.
Here are some tips on how to dress.
Dress similarly to how you would in real life. Sure, you can definitely get away with wearing leggings or gym shorts with your blazer, but anything that appears on camera should definitely emulate your real-life style. If you normally wear collared blouses to meetings, wear one for your conference. If you normally go for cardigans, wear one. Aim for a sense of normalcy — but, sports bras or other comfy bralettes are probably not OK for video conferencing.
Keep your jewelry simple. While I love a good pair of statement earrings, you’re only going to be visible from the collarbone up. Anything you wear on a video conference is going to be 10 times more distracting than it would be in real life. When picking your jewelry, opt for something like simple studs or hoops (I love this pair, this pair and this pair, or delicate necklaces such as this one, this one or this one.
Go simple with the patterns, too. There’s a reason TV anchors typically wear solid colors and simple designs. Embellishments and statement pieces just look so distracting from the small screen! Instead of reaching for your plaids and polka dots, play around with texture instead. Since fall is approaching, this is a great time to break out the tweeds, and boucle knits.
Remember to do your makeup and style your hair. I’m not sure what it is about teleworking, but it seems to be so much harder to find the motivation to apply a full-face of makeup and style your hair when you’re working from home. The good news is that you can get away with wearing lighter-than-usual makeup and second-day hair, thanks to the poor quality of most webcams. A little blush, mascara and eyeliner might be all you need! If you’re styling second-day hair, use a good dry shampoo to hide your greasy roots. Also? If you’re a person who talks with their hands, consider picking up a cute new shade of nail polish to keep your hands looking professional.
Have you figured out how to dress for Zoom meetings, while still keeping your personal sense of style? Are there any tips you’ve found that help you keep a sense of normalcy while working from home? Let me know in the comments!
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