Businesses and offices across the country are slowly reopening now that strict shelter-in-place guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, but many people are still working from home, either by choice or because their employers have not yet resumed normal operations. The work-from-home crowd has quickly adapted to this new lifestyle, setting up makeshift offices and creating boundaries between work life and personal life.
During the past few months, video conferencing has emerged as an extremely popular way for colleagues to maintain contact, since they're not able to interact with each other in an office environment. In fact, Zoom's user base has grown from 10 million active users last year to 200 million active users, as of March of this year. Many people who have never even participated in a video call were suddenly forced to learn the etiquette - and how to dress the part. If you're still struggling to understand how to style yourself for a professional video call, then you'll definitely want to continue reading, since we'll be sharing some of our favorite tips.
Wear Solid Colors Like Jewel Tones
According to personal stylist Lauren Messiah, jewel tones are universally flattering, so anyone can wear them and look good. She writes, "these rich and saturated colors compliment all skin tones and hair colors". If you tend to choose black articles of clothing because you simply aren't sure what else would look good on you, try emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby bed, or amethyst purple. As long as your top doesn't feature a distracting pattern, then you really can't go wrong with any of these gem-like colors. They'll keep the focus on your features and accentuate your natural beauty.
Avoid the Waist-Up Approach
One of the most popular running jokes about video calls is that you only have to dress for them from the waist-up, since no one will see your pants. As a result, many people opt for leggings or sweatpants to be comfortable. However, if you have an important work call, consider dressing from head-to-toe in professional clothing, since your choice of outfit may impact your attitude. For example, when people wear sweatpants, they tend to sit in a more relaxed way, since they're feeling relaxed. However, when people wear polished jeans or slacks, they'll sit at attention and feel more "work ready" overall.
Be Conservative With Your Accessories
Now's not the time to wear an oversized gemstone pendant or bright statement earrings, which can distract the other person or people on the video call. Instead, opt for accessories that don't take the attention away from you - and that don't make any noise when you move. You want people to be interested in what you're saying, not in the bling that's commanding attention. We recommend a sophisticated and classic strand of pearls or a single pearl necklace, which will complement most tops and blouses and add a hint of elegance to any professional look without screaming for attention. Treat yourself to an Add-A-Pearl Cultured Pearl Necklace and then purchase a new pearl every time you achieve something significant at work. This simple act will keep you motivated and looking your best.
What are some tips and tricks you've learned for looking your best during video meetings? We'd love to hear your comments and suggestions.