Tips on how to dress to appear on TV

Are you ready for your first appearence on telly? Or, are you a professional in front of the camera but you don’t know what to wear? We can help you with this. Get ready to learn more about how to dress to be on TV and keep the attention of the audience through your message!

It can be really simple, go to your wardrobe and choose clothing that fits the requirements for the specific moment. Always something that makes you feel comfortable when you wear it. Here, some tips to help you in your big appearance:

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Colors

Medium range colors work the best: blue, reds, brown, purple, yellow, orange… Consider your skin tone as well.  If you have a warm color profile you will look good wearing oranges, browns and dark greens, try to avoid blue clothes in your wardrobe should you be working against a blue screen which is often used by news programmes. Furthermore, if you’ve got a cool skin profile then go for the pinks, blues, purples and light greens. They will bring out your natural shine and make your skin glow.

– Avoid colors like black and white. Through a camera lens, black tends to absorb much of the light around it, making details less visible. If for some reason, you must wear a black t-shirt, we recommend you to wear a colored jacket over it so less of the black is visible. Same with the color white, it tends to dominate the screen and can make you skin tone appear washed out.

– Don’t wear nudes: these colors don’t allow the camera to capture the natural curves of the human form, making us look like solid blobs of color.

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Patterns

– Avoid wearing small checks, stripes or bright patterns designs as they may appear to vibrate or “buzz” on television, which is not only distracting to the viewer but most importantly is obstructing a professional production.

We also recommend avoiding pinstripes, large checks and paisleys, however depending on the design they may work in your favour.

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Jewellery

If it’s possible, avoid anything that glints, shines, or reflects. As a general rule don’t wear flashy jewellery, several bracelets which may bang together, or necklaces that may make noise when you move. Light reflections or flashes become a distraction on screen, and noises made by jewellery will be picked up by the microphone creating unwanted sounds through the audio. You want the viewer to pay attention to what you are saying, not on the accessories you are wearing.

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Logos

You should not wear clothes with phrases or busy prints. They take the attention of viewers and distract them at the time of understanding the message. Also one must definitely avoid branded logos, due to advertising and copyright laws.

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When appearing on camera, bring an extra shirt, blouse, or jacket with you. You never know what the person next to you is going to wear, or the color of the room where you are going to be filmed.

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