Appearing on camera can inspire stage fright even in the boldest of us. Wondering what to wear for said appearance can be downright nerve-racking! As an actress whose first love was fashion, I’ve always welcomed the opportunity to find character through wardrobe, but I’m not without my missteps. (There was a feather-and-sneezing accident I’d like to pretend never happened.)
Finding an outfit to wear on camera may seem like a tricky task, but it doesn’t have to be. After putting myself on tape dozens of times this last year, I have a few tried-and-true methods for looking good onscreen. You’ve likely heard some advice (Avoid white! Prints are distracting! Red reads orange!), but the reality is there are no hard-and-fast rules. What’s key is keeping your skin tone and backdrop in mind. And even if the closest you come to acting is playing it cool when your elevator neighbor sneezes, these tips will translate to your next FaceTime or Zoom.
The main goal here is to get you feeling comfortable and confident—the rest will come naturally. So take a deep breath, and let’s get you ready for your close-up.
A Solid Tank or Tee
Never underestimate the power of a good tank or tee. I have an arsenal of four or five that I rotate between. Having a few different necklines on deck keeps things interesting.
A knit sweater is a great way to uplevel a plain tank or tee (with less detail than a cardigan). This J.Crew style comes in a ton of colors (as well as extended sizing), so there's something for every skin tone.