Preparing for a Video Interview:
What NOT to Wear on Camera
Dressing for camera can be a delicate dance. Cameras work differently than the human eye and have a tendency to make colors, shapes and sizes look really off or just super weird if the wrong things are worn.
So here’s a list to help you decide what NOT to wear on the day of your big close-up:
- Pure reds, whites and blacks: such extremes of pure white and black make it difficult for the camera to balance exposure.
- Intense reds will bleed and make the surrounding objects (ie your face) appear red.
- Hot colors, like hot pink, green, yellow, purple, orange etc.: they’ll make you look a little bit like an alien
- Colors that compete with your complexion (ie If you have more reds in your skin tone, don’t wear a red tie. If you are very pale, don’t wear white)
- IF SHOOTING GREEN SCREEN FOOTAGE, PLEASE DO NOT WEAR GREEN. We love green...but if you are shooting in front of a green screen, green clothing is big no-no. If you are wearing any green anywhere in your clothes or accessories....those areas will make you look invisible.
- Dangly or flashy jewelry: this can be very distracting to the viewer. less is more!
- Bright or very glossy lip gloss: you’ll have reflective lips.
- Low-cut or potentially revealing blouses
- Heavy makeup: the more neutral the better. bring powder or foundation to the shoot to keep just in case
- Glasses: unless you’re known for wearing them. non-reflective coated glasses are preferred.
- Any tight or complex patterns or stripes: the camera will make it look like there are lines moving all around your outfit
(see pic below for reference)
- Heavy fabrics: those lights get hot. and you don’t want to be sweaty for your camera debut.
- Really loose clothing: the camera won’t pick up on depth and can make you look larger than life. literally.
- Really tight clothing: you know why.
So you’re probably like, “Well what on earth CAN I wear?!”
Glad you asked. We think these work really well:
- Solid colors
- Cotton, or light fabrics
- Subtle jewelry & make-up for women
- Contrasting colors: ie gray sports coat and cobalt blue shirt
- Whatever is most appropriate for the story: ie find out the tone of the video and dress accordingly (professional, down-to-earth, laid back)
- Bring an extra outfit just in case