Dressing for the camera

One of the most common questions I am asked is how to dress for on-camera interviews. With these tips, your attire is one less thing for you to worry about. 

It's good to remember that your goal is to dress in a way that doesn't distract from the information you are sharing. 

 With that, here are a few tips.
  • Dress appropriately for the situation. If the interview is happening in the field, you'll look silly in a suit.
  • Avoid hot colours. This includes red, hot pink or orange. The colours will reflect up to your face and may you look warm.
  • Avoid white. The lights will reflect and wash out your face.
  • A small bit of any of these colours under a sweater or blazer is fine.
  • Blue works on all skin tones.
  • Avoid shiny, sparkly fabrics unless you really want to look like a Christmas tree.
  • Avoid strong geometric patterned clothes. If you've ever seen clothes that seem to be moving on screen, it's because strong patterns create a moire effect and seem to dance before your eyes. Other smaller patterns are fine.
  • Avoid large jewelry that can clank against a mic or create a solar flare when studio lights hit.
  • Dress in mid-weight fabrics even in winter otherwise you'll be sweating in no time under the strong studio lights.
  • If you're sitting, be sure to adjust your clothing so it isn't riding up around your shoulders when you sit.
  • Make up doesn't have to be overdone. Men with receding hairlines should consider using facial powder to avoid forehead glare.
Within these parameters, you want to find something that makes you feel comfortable so your clothes don't add to any discomfort you may be feeling. For example, if you don't normally wear heels, this isn't the time to do so.

Have you seen or had any funny experiences with clothing for on-camera interviews?



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