You can step up “Zoom Shirt” game in under 5 minutes and still look polished and professional.
Virtual conference, by way of Zoom (another popular video conferencing video conferencing meetings are becoming increasingly popular for business and personal use. I personally like using it to schedule all my appointments with my clients or host a game night with friends.
Having the ability to meet someone thru video conference is convenient because you can ‘meet’ anywhere there is good WiFi, and you don’t have to worry about spending money/time to travel.
According to West Unified Communication Services, “54% of the US workforce frequently take part in video conferences.” I’m one of those people.
But any convenience can bring about its own set of challenges, like What do you wear on the Zoom (or any other video conferencing tool) meeting?
If you work from home, do you have to dress up? Or is it good enough to just put on a “Zoom Shirt”?
Let me be the first to tell you this…
You should not be showing up on the Zoom video conference looking like a hot mess. The definition of ‘hot mess’ is looking like you rolled out of bed.
In this post, I’ll share some simple and quick ways to look pulled together on every Zoom video call.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Your Next Zoom Meeting
- Is the video meeting with a family member or friend?
- Is the video meeting with a client or colleague?
- What is the purpose of the video meeting?
- How will the person on the other end dressing?
Your answer to those questions can determine how much you dress up or not. If you’re having a girls night, you might not need to dress the same as you would for a client meeting.
Disclaimer: If you have shown up on your Zoom calls ‘out of sorts’ or not in your professional best, I’ll also tell you, that’s ok. We all have an ‘off day’. However, ‘hot mess’ shouldn’t be your norm.
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My Tips for Dressing up Your “Zoom Shirt” for Your Virtual Meetings in Under 5 Minutes
Create your signature uniform. Have a go-to outfit that you always look great in on camera. This can be your meeting uniform. You won’t have to guess what to wear each meeting, you can pull out that outfit and be dressed in 5 minutes. (And disclaimer, no one will know if you’ve showered or not.)
Style your hair in an easy style, that always look great on you. We all have that signature hair style that we look great in. Or if you’re like me, I’ll put on a wig or headwrap in a minute to save me time. Done!
Makeup. I always feel more confident with my favorite lipstick on, but sometimes, I will only wear chapstick. Since the camera will be on your face, it’s important to not have dry lips. Yeah, dry lips can be a distraction.
It doesn’t take a whole lot of time to look great on your video meeting. You’ll find that a little goes a long way and you’ll make a good impression either way.