In April 2020, Zoom reached a peak of 300+ million daily meeting participants, up from 200+ million in March 2020, and around 10 million in December 2019.
While these statistics can include the same participant multiple times, it just goes to show how our lives have switched from in-person meetings to virtual gatherings overnight. In many cases, this is still the reality.
The initial response to virtual work was to basically drop the ball on fashion. After all, if you’re stuck at home 24/7, why not enjoy a low-key style?
But one year later, if you still find yourself working from home, it’s definitely time to smarten up — for the sake of your own mental health if not for the benefit of your colleagues.
Here are three easy styles you can try for your next video call on Zoom.
1. Button-Down Print Shirt
Shirts and polos are the garment of choice when it comes to men. But this smart, business-like piece of apparel is perfect for women, too.
Modern, casual-chic women’s shirts are available in diverse prints and colors that you can use to create a solid outfit rotation.
Modern fabrics like Tencel™ and modal provide an attractive finish and are soft on your skin, so you can look smart while enjoying luxurious comfort.
For cooler mornings, evenings, and days, take advantage of the new sweater-blazer trend to create an eye-catching effect.
Beginning with the underlayer, choose a light, long-sleeved sweater in neutral tones with a high neckline in a gentle curve. Then, slip a brightly-colored blazer over the top for an extra layer of warmth that pops!
This popular combo is perfect for highlighting a pendant necklace or decorative scarf.
3. Textured Blouse
After dozens of virtual meetings, a textured blouse could well be a sight for sore eyes. Fortunately, you can now find beautifully textured women's boutique tops with a soft layer of comfortable lining underneath.
Lace blouses represent the epitome of texture with patterns ranging from floral to geometric or try a top with smocking, ruffles, embroidery, or popcorn fabric. The nature of the video call will help you choose a top that’s appropriate as well as visually appealing.
Accessories and Grooming
You’ve picked out a selection of perfect tops, now it’s time to pay attention to the finer details of accessories and grooming.
Then, you’ll want to pay attention to your face, because that’s what everyone will see! Shapely eyebrows, a waxed upper lip, and a subtle application of makeup polish up a professional appearance.
Looser hairstyles are preferable for Zoom meetings rather than a tight ponytail or hidden bun, for the simple reason that no one will be able to see your hair from behind.
Instead, try soft waves, a low braid, a top bun, or a part pony that keeps the strands out of your face and brings out your statement earrings.
Working from home, as an employee or as the manager of a small business enterprise, takes away some of the practical worries associated with hair, so take advantage of the chance to try a few new and adventurous styles!
Working from home has its pros and cons, but dressing up nicely always helps!
Whether it’s a set of button-downs, a chic sweater-blazer look, or a nice textured top or two, dressing up your Zoom attire will help you bring your best game to each video call, increase your confidence, and help you to shine across the distance.