The limitations placed on us all by the need to try and control a global pandemic have been a shock to many (even writing those words feels a bit surreal). This new 'working from home' isn't as simple, or as cushy as it may first appear. Juggling the kids schooling/entertainment, childcare, snacks and trying to hear yourself think are some aspects, but what about video conferencing? Video conferencing is both a blessing and a curse. It's brilliant for keeping in touch with clients, bosses and networks, BUT how do you dress for success in the online business world from the waist up? Let's help you with that aspect with some tips on your WFH Capsule Wardrobe:
- You need to be comfortable in the home environment but don't spend the day in your PJs - that's not the 'at work' you. Get showered, dressed and do your hair and make-up as if you are going out to work.
- Make sure that you think about the top you are wearing whilst you are sitting down in front of your laptop. Check what it looks like in your phone camera before you go online for a video conference. Does it:
- Look professional without actually being a suit?
- Cover you enough that you aren’t revealing too much to your colleagues?
- Allow you freedom of movement so that you can move your arms around?
- Show up signs of nervousness (sweating for example)?
- Be conscious that you are on camera and on a microphone – don’t pick your teeth, cough, hum or tut – the microphone will pick it and transmit it to everyone!
- Tops in natural fibres in light coloured fabrics are good for video conferencing. They allow light to be reflected up to your face and don’t make you look like a dark blob on screen. You can be less stringent about what you wear on the bottom half – comfort is key here.
- Keep jewellery light and unfussy – you don’t want bangles crashing down onto the surface or you fidgeting with a necklace whilst you are video-conferencing as this will disrupt the flow.