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What Are You Wearing?

This question is specific for Zoom calls...assuming you use video on calls.


Two category buckets: Internal and External


Me personally:


Internal calls - I can justify more casual dress; t-shirt/sweatshirt...unless it's with my boss or leadership and then I'll put on a polo.


External calls - Always either putting on company branded apparel or a polo/button shirt.


And I always avoid a hat...it at least gives the appearance that I put some kind of effort to look presentable, even if I'm in a t-shirt on a team call.


Sidenote: I use a halo-style light for my video calls. It really helps improve the overall quality, regardless of how well lit your space is already.


BONUS QUESTION: What do you wear for a video interview?

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BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
Honestly I wear a hoodie and/or a t-shirt on all calls, internal and external. I sell to tech in Silicon Valley, nobody is dressed up on Zoom calls.ย 

Had a call with a prospect who was outside in a tank tanning. There are no rules anymore it seems.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
I agree...the threshold for "presentability" has definitely changed! At least he still had a tank top on.ย 

And to your point, I also sell into tech/dev/security. Most of them never even think about getting on video to begin with. And when they do, it's in a dark room and they usually have on a gaming headset for their microphone. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Beasthouse
Opinionated
+5
Corporate trainer
i like giving them the option for anonymous calls they laugh
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
Usually a button up on top if anything is outward facing, if only internal facing then I can wear whatever really. The company is pretty laid back about that and trusts you'll dress how you need to based on your day.

I do make a point not to work in what I slept in, even if it's the same type of clothing.ย 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Haha...so no PJs. Gotta set the bar somewhere!
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
Haha yep! It's a slippery slope from there and before you know it your day is just one big blend of work/home.
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specktyr
Praised Answer
+1
Account Manager
No hats.
Collared shirt of some sort; polo, plaid, etc. No tie.
Hair presentable and not disheveled.

My clients are spending 20-30k on the minimum, upwards to 90k for a project that can take 3-4 months; so I try to have a professional first impression.

Video interviews that I've had I've been in mostly the same.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Classy. Thank you.ย 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
I'm cute all of the time.

But super professional on video with clients.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Dripping in confidence.ย 
Beasthouse
Opinionated
+5
Corporate trainer
you beat me too it

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Wolfof7thStreet
Opinionated
+5
AE
I usually wear a polo or casual button up, or long sleeve crew neck depending on the day. I personally feel better wearing something presentable and struggle to make calls in a hoodie a lot of the time. That being said my lower half is always shorts, joggers or sweats with slides on
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
What they don't know (see) won't hurt them.ย 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
I have so many internal and external calls sprinkled throughout the day that it would get annoying to keep having to change.ย  I just dress for the prospect/customer calls, which takes care of any other call I might have to join.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
True...many times I have a t-shirt on for the day and either a polo or branded North Face jacket to throw on for external calls...unless it's for external Executive Leadership. Then I'll change (just the top) to a button style shirt.ย 
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
Yeah same here, I just pick at the beginning of the day, nice shirt or not nice shirt, based on what's going on.
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Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
I am polo in summer, branded or not and pull over sweater in winter. Fridays t shirt or company branded hoodie, gotta keep up the casual fridaysย 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
At my last company I started "Dress Up Wednesdays" in the office and people would do cocktail attire. Kinda fun...kinda lost it's luster on hot summer days. Haha
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Even better than a tux? Sweaty tux!!! Fantastic idea though well done
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beerisforclosers
Politicker
+8
Account Manager
Whatever work out top looks the least like a work out top when I put a sweater over it for internals or a blazer for externals.
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
Polo and shorts. comfortable and looks slightly professional
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
And ready to hit the links at a moment's notice!
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
I live on a golf course so its easy to pop out and hit the driving range between meetings
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Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+5
Digital Business Associate
I'm typically in shorts and the shirt depends on what kind of meetings are going on. For interviews I'll dress for the job especially in person. seems like you can get away with a lot more virtually.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
But I wonder, would a hiring manger think that much more for the extra effort?ย 
Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+5
Digital Business Associate
You definitely get more cred if you look professional IMO. Itโ€™s hard to say though Iโ€™ve also interviewed in just a polo sitting in my car over zoom so hey who knows
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StringerBell
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
I sell saas, I donโ€™t think anyone gives a shit what youโ€™re wearing anymore so I always wear lululemonโ€™s with a t shirt. That said, if itโ€™s a big day with an important demo or closing call Iโ€™ll put on a button down.ย 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Gotta dress for the occasion.ย 
Spade
Arsonist
+5
Global Business Development Manager
Business casual button down + jeans/pants on the daily/zoom/internal/external
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
One size fits all!
Spade
Arsonist
+5
Global Business Development Manager
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AdLunam
Opinionated
+3
Enterprise AE
Jeans and a button down or polo every day. Don't want to have to check my schedule for whether I have external calls. I have a babyface so need to dress up a bit to be taken seriously sometimes with the larger clients. At the end of the day I switch out of the collared shirt, so mentally it puts me in a different place for a better work/life balance.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Good plan. A baby face never hurts, too! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ
paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
What you're wearing doesn't matter as much as what you have behind you. I like to position a shelf full of inspirational books that intellectuals read right above my shoulder, so the prospect knows I'm a "reader".

If your prospect says something like "oh wow, you also read The Art of War? I'm on page 62" then you have basically won the deal.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
This is a great topic, too...what people have in their background. Sometimes it's classy and sometimes it's down right shocking. I can't get into the Zoom digital backgrounds. I have book shelves with some books, pictures and degrees/awards.ย 
paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
If you really want to win them over, put your grandmother's cookbook nestled in between an advanced organic chemistry and evolutionary physics book.
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GraceDaleEnterprises
Good Citizen
+2
Enterprise Sales Executive
I am wearing. ton of athletic wear because its my go-to attire regardless, but one thing I've been enjoying and feel even a bit relieved about at the company I recently joined, is that Zoom calls are not video on by default. Customer facing or otherwise. I actually think this is a good standard practice. I use my professional headshot as my profile pic in Zoom, same one I have on LinkedIn and Google, so that is the static image when I am talking. Strong preference that way
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
100% agree on the picture continuity, as well. I'm the same.ย 
TheLaughingWolf
WR Officer
+7
Account Development Representative
I used to wear dress shirts all day everyday. But I have gotten a tad bit fat over the past few months and they have gotten tight. So now I only wear them for demos. Lol

Now I wear t-shirts for everything else.ย 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
A yes, the COVID-19lbs. I'm familiar.ย 
WolfOfTechSales
Catalyst
+4
Manager, Sales Development
Internal - Company swag or biz casual. External - biz casual 100%.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
That's the way to do it. Very respectable.ย 
TargetSmasher
Good Citizen
Business Development Lead
Internal - hoodie and trackies (sweats if you're US)

External - semi zip top up top, trackies on the bottom. If you're showing off that part of your body you're on OnlyFans, not Teams.

I've been thinking about getting a halo - just need to wait for that sweet cash to hit my account
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Trackies sounds fancier than sweat pants, thatโ€™s for sure!ย 
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ounceoz
WR Officer
+4
Chief Revenue Officer
I try to wear a button up shirt or polo, what is interesting is half my prospects don't turn their cameras on.

MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
But that first impression though...trust me, them seeing you is all that matters. Cuz let's be honest, you don't really care what they look like.ย 
Do
DownToFollowUp
Business Development
i haven't worn real pants since the pandemic began and I can honestly say it helps me think
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Why wear pants at all??
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
I think polos are great! They are neutral. Casual and professional at the same timeย 
eds
Opinionated
+3
Head of Training
I wear a t-shirt out of respect to my female coworkers, other than that I'm rocking comando style
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
great pick up line! I keep nice sweaters, I put my ties away. Idk how I feel about bringing them back!
Beasthouse
Opinionated
+5
Corporate trainer
custom made epidermis it's pretty damaged but has fire resistance and high tier regen
Beasthouse
Opinionated
+5
Corporate trainer
but seriously if I'm interviewing for a job full suit with tie and clip, no pants. yes socks and shoes, the breeze keeps me focused... true storyย 
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