Virtually Dress for Success
As the saying goes, “Dress for Success.” This time-tested adage still holds true in 2021, amid the current pandemic. However, many of us now work from home as a result. As such, we’re often asked the following question at Style Code Inc: “how do you present and ‘look good’ while working remotely via Facetime, Zoom or other videoconferencing technology?” Read on to learn more.
How to dress for face to face vs. virtual online meetings
It’s true; black and white look great for face to face meetings. That said, this is not always the case when Laptops, Cameras, and Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs) get in the picture. Digital conferencing and other virtual software can distort images without you even realizing it, which, in some cases, gives off the wrong impression. Furthermore, stark white shirts tend to create a halo effect around your face, and solid black can result in the ‘smudge’ effect.
3 men’s fashion tips to look good on Zoom meetings:
- Wear neutrals for Zoom meetings. Consider wearing blues, greys, charcoals, off-whites, khaki and cream, as well as navy. These colours are easier on the eyes of your fellow Zoomers.
- If you choose to wear a pattern, wear patterns that are soft and subtle. Bright designs can create an odd optical effect or illusion. Be clear and dress to impress.
- Avoid sitting directly beneath an overhead light. Too much overhead light makes some faces seem too bright. As such, position your laptop or monitor close to a well-lit area with natural light or use a lamp. Additionally, place the lamp to profile that part of your face that you believe is best.
Work attire for Zoom and other virtual meetings is, without a doubt, more casual and relaxed than in-person meetings. That said, continue to dress as the professional that you are – professional being the ‘operative’ word. For starters, pressed collared shirts are always preferred. Jersey tops are just too casual. Ties are optional; however, sports jackets and stylish cardigans tend to be a hit.
A final fashion note
If you’re new to Zoom (and video conferencing in general), it can take time to adjust. You may even feel out of your comfort zone. But if you’re going to meet via Zoom, you’ll most likely find that it has its benefits – and even come to prefer Zooming over more traditional modes of communication.
If you want help decoding the subtle differences between professional menswear clothing for face to face vs. virtual meetings, then Call Style Code at 416-901-1282 for a FREE Personal Style Consultation. Ask for Catherine. You’ll be glad you did!