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6 Subtle Ways To Dress Up For An Important Video Call

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - Aug. 24, 2021 4 min read

The current WFH and the resultant suspension of regular life, has landed all of us in new unchartered territories. With the usual office modus operandi no longer applicable, questions about the nuances of working from home have been making the rounds everywhere. 

 

One of the most common queries that we've been encountering lately is in relation to video call fashion dos and don't's. While this topic might seem a tad strange to some of us, there's no denying the practicality of finding an answer. After all, how many of us have been showing up for important Zoom video conference calls in our stained pyjamas, or worse yet, with our cameras perpetually turned off? While this might work in the short run, sooner or later a slightly more critical online video meeting will demand your presence, and your battered PJ shorts won't make the cut for acceptable workwear, even if you're attending it from home. 

 

Well, we pride ourselves on being problem solvers. So here's a round-up of 6 subtle ways you can look good on a video call, without going overboard. 

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1. Avoid loud prints & go with subtle but flattering solid colours 

We get it if you can't get enough of prints. But save your love for prints for when you can finally step out of the house. To look good on a video call, avoid loud or flamboyant prints, and choose flattering solid colours instead. When it comes to answering "how to look good on video calls", the rule of less is more is absolutely golden. 

 

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2. Pick reasonably structured silhouettes 

By reasonably structured we mean silhouettes that are a tad more tailored than your joggers. We aren't asking you to don a figure-hugging bodysuit for your video conference calls but wearing baggy, ill-fitting clothes is a big no-no, especially when you want to make a good impression. You want to look like you care about your job as much as you actually do. 

 

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3. Concealer is your new BFF 

As someone who's perpetually sleep-deprived, and as a result, always sporting prominent under-eye bags and dark circles, concealer has always been my miracle product. And trust me when I say this, it can be your singular most useful makeup item during work from home days, when you desperately want to hide how little sleep you got the night before. In fact, if you use your concealer properly, you won't need any other make-up product on your face at all. 

 

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4. Go with a minimal makeup face, a stroke of eyeliner & a subtle pop of lipstick 

As far as online meetings are concerned, there's a very thin line between looking like you take your job seriously, and looking like you spent the last one hour dressing up for a video call. You can straddle this line, by opting for minimal or neutral makeup and a few subtle details. Dare to go bare-faced, or stick to a BB cream, or light concealer and compact. Play up your look by adding a pop of colour to your lips, or using a barely-there eye-liner and light mascara. 

 

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5. Avoid dramatic makeup including bright eye shadows, heavy kohl & prominent contouring 

This is pretty obvious. While it's a tip that applies to your usual office fashion as well, it becomes even more important when you're working from home. Like we said earlier, in the context of dressing up for WFH, less is truly more. And the same goes for your makeup. You don't want to look like you're trying too hard. 

 

6. Play up your hair accessories 

Now, this is a subtle yet effective way to dress up your look. Pick some trendy hair accessories like a knotted headband, a vibrant bun scrunchie, metallic bobby pins or a dark velvet headband. Whatever you pick, remember to keep it as simple and minimal as you can, for an understated flair of glam in your video call look. 

 

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Looking good on a video call, is easier than you thought, right?

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