Always keep your character in mind when making clothing and accessory decisions. If you are shooting a professional interview, you should look the part. Match the outfit you’re wearing with the subject matter. You wouldn’t want to wear a suit and tie for interviews at a rodeo and you certainly wouldn’t want a t-shirt for an interview with the governor. If you are shooting a studio interview, you should be dressed in typical broadcast attire: shirts, ties and jackets for men; skirts, dresses or pantsuits for women. Shoes should be polished, socks should be long enough to cover the leg when crossed and colors should be muted to draw less attention.
Walk to your closet and remove anything with close, high-contrast pin stripes, like white shirts with closely-placed black or navy stripes. Toss out any herringbone or corduroy and a lot of busy plaids. You can keep the white shirts, but only if they are going to be worn under a darker jacket. Anything orange or reddish-orange should be tossed in the burn pile. Blues, greens, grays and earth tones all work great for video.
For men, a shirt with some type of collar looks better than a t-shirt, unless of course the character would always wear t-shirts. Jackets also look very good, especially with good tailoring to emphasize the waist. The jacket can be a solid color or have a faint low-contrast pin stripe or pattern. A light blue, pink, cream or burgundy shirt will usually look a lot better under the jacket than a pure white shirt. If you’re very fair-skinned, a light-colored jacket, such as a soft gray, would look best.
For women, avoid the same color and pattern problems as the men, but add to the list bright, huge, flowery patterns and your favorite red power suit (unless it is a very deep red). Avoid drab earth tones, because they have a tendency to blend into the background. You can spice up any outfit by adding a scarf. However, you still want to avoid reds, oranges and stripes.
Women will also want to avoid bow-tie blouses, unless they are trying to look like they are in uniform. Wear clothing that emphasizes the woman’s figure, to reduce the effect of the lens. If you want to wear a short skirt, make sure that you’re comfortable in it and know how to sit without constantly tugging to keep it down. Make sure stockings, socks and shoes are appropriate to the character.