How to accessorise for Zoom meetings
Of all the myriad things that got cancelled in 2020, the dream of appearing on screen was among the first to be crushed. Everyone wants to look professional for work, for most, the thought “Do I really look that bad?” crossed minds more than once when gazing into that traitorous little picture window. After ticking off the basics of styling hair and donning an office-appropriate top, you’ll want your accessories to work for you too. Read on to learn how to best accessorise for Zoom meetings.
Keep it understated…
The rule of three applies for work accessories, meaning wearing no more than three pieces at a time. When limited to showing only half the body, the rule of two – or maybe one – might be best. All jewellery should either match or complement the rest of the ensemble. For onscreen, select simple pieces like pearl earrings are ideal. Unlike diamond studs, they won’t flash or sparkle, potentially causing distraction. Any jewellery that jangles or otherwise makes noise should also be avoided. Save the layered charm necklaces for after-hours. A simple pendant or pearl strand from The Pearl Source are other good options as well.
…Unless you’re in charge
When heading up a meeting, feel free to wear a statement necklace or earrings (although not both). Perhaps also opt to wear a boldly-coloured blouse or blazer to really stand out. Keep in mind, earrings with a lot of movement can be distracting rather than mesmerising. Also be sure necklaces don’t fight with necklines. The last thing wanted is a fuss with a collar throughout the meeting. Remember, the goal is to look competent and to enhance your appearance.
Skip the bracelets
Not only will bracelets likely be invisible, they also potentially fall into the noise-making category. Bracelets and bracelet watches can clink and clank against the keyboard. For comfort and to prevent any embarrassing distractions coming from your window, leave the wrist decor in the jewellery box until after the meeting. Other things to skip include necklaces when wearing a turtleneck. Any knit fabric that might snag on prongs or chain links also mean taking a pass on the neck adornments.
But consider brooches
Brooches are a type of jewellery that don’t get nearly enough respect. Classic but not outmoded, a brooch offers the option to quietly draw attention to individual style. There are so many ways to wear one: on the lapel is traditional of course, but also use a fancy pin at the neck of a blouse. A brooch can make a plain top more interesting. For those working in an artsy sphere, consider wearing a brooch off-centre to create an asymmetrical neckline.
Match the mood
For those meeting with clients, try to match the tone of your attire to theirs. If they’re suit-and-tie formal, stick to minimalist choices for jewellery. If there’s a younger, trendier group on the line, feel free to go a little bolder. A fun headband might be called for or perhaps a pair of attitude glasses.
Accessories include wall art and lighting
Everyone’s heard the horror stories of toy guns displays and overly sassy sayings on coffee cups making their online debut at the most inappropriate times. Make sure surroundings are clear of anything that might give the wrong impression. Lighting and camera placement also matter when it comes to looking your best. Natural daylight can actually make one appear like a shadowy figure and fluorescents should be avoided if at all possible. LEDs from multiple angles are best. As for camera position, no one looks good with an up-the-nostril shot. The ideal spot for the lens is at the hairline, pointing slightly down toward the eyes.
If there’s one good thing about Zoom meetings, it’s the need to only look professional from the waist up. While this may mean paring down the accessories, it also means getting a break from heels, which is a definite win.
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