Get Your On-Camera Look Right:

Your Wardrobe Checklist
March 25, 2024 at 9:00 AM
by Black Box Productions

When preparing to appear on camera, your wardrobe selection is important. It's not just about what you wear; it's about how your attire translates on screen.

We ask all participants and actors appearing on camera with their own clothes to follow these guidelines:

Bring a variety of options (at least 3) so we can select the best outfit on set.

☐ Ensure no visible logos or brand names are present.

☐ Avoid stripes, checkers, and tight knit patterns (solid colors are best.

☐ Avoid outfits that are entirely black or entirely white.

To ensure you look your best and make the filming process easy, here's your comprehensive wardrobe checklist:

1. Communicate and Prepare:

Before the filming day arrives, communication is key. Understanding the expectations regarding your attire can save you from last-minute wardrobe issues. Ask about the dress code, brand colors, or any specific requirements well in advance. Be clear if the look is formal, casual or streetwear (see examples at the bottom of this post). Knowing the theme or tone of the video can also guide your clothing choices.

2. Bring at least 3 Options:

Variety is your best friend when it comes to on-camera clothing. Bring at least three different outfits to give yourself and the team options to work with. This ensures flexibility and allows for adjustments depending on the lighting, background and other people in the scene. Consider different styles, colors, and textures to see what works best on camera.

3. Mind the Logos and Branding:

Keep it clean and neutral. Avoid clothing with visible logos or brand names. They can distract viewers and even pose legal issues if not cleared for use in the video.

4. Say No to Patterns:

Patterns, especially those with tight designs like checks or stripes, can create unwanted visual effects on camera. They may cause a distracting vibrating or jumpy effect known as a moiré pattern.

5. Opt for Solid Colors:

Solid colors are your safest bet for on-camera attire. They appear crisp and clear, enhancing your presence without causing distractions. Neutral tones like navy, gray, and beige are versatile options that work well in most settings. However, don't shy away from bold colors if they compliment your personality and the tone of the video.

6. Steer Clear of Extreme Black or White:

While black and white can be chic, they don't always translate well on camera. Too much black can absorb light, while pure white might cause overexposure. Experiment with different shades and textures to compliment your complexion and complete your on-camera look.

7. Keep Accessories Simple and Quiet:

When it comes to jewelry, less is more. Avoid loud, shiny, or noisy accessories that may distract viewers or interfere with the audio quality. Opt for understated pieces that add a touch of elegance without overpowering your outfit. Keep in mind that jewelry should complement your overall look, not overshadow it.

8. Consider Color Complementarity:

Choose colors that complement your skin tone and complexion. This enhances your natural features and ensures you look vibrant and confident on camera. Cool tones like blues and greens work well for most people, while warmer tones like reds and oranges can add energy and warmth to your appearance.

9. Beware of Fabric Choices:

Avoid fabrics like silk that rustle and create unwanted noise during filming. Fabrics that wrinkle easily, such as linen, should also be avoided to maintain a polished appearance throughout the shoot. Opt for breathable, lightweight fabrics that drape nicely and won't bunch up or cling to your body.

10. Mind Your Silhouettes:

Baggy clothing can add unnecessary bulk on camera, potentially altering your appearance. Opt for well-fitted attire that flatters your figure and maintains a professional look. Consider your body type and choose styles that accentuate your best features while minimizing any areas of concern.

11. Prioritize Cleanliness:

Ensure your clothing is clean, well-maintained, and free from wrinkles or stains. It's essential for projecting a polished and professional image on camera. Take the time to iron or steam your garments before the shoot to ensure they look their best on screen.

12. Protect Your Wardrobe:

During breaks or lunchtime, take precautions to protect your clothing from spills or stains. Bring an extra set of clothes to safeguard your wardrobe throughout the shoot. Stay mindful of your surroundings and avoid situations that could potentially damage your clothing or accessories.

Following these guidelines not only ensures you look your best but also contributes to a seamless filming process. By being mindful of your wardrobe choices, you'll keep both the filming and editing crews happy.

So, dress to impress, and let your on-camera charisma shine!

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