My sister-in-law Shannon wrote me the following question on Facebook this morning…
“So Vaughn and I were wondering how you plan your wardrobe since you’re on TV. I think it would drive me crazy feeling like I wear same outfit twice…do you mix ‘n match a lot or just have an infinite amount of clothing? lol! Yes these are things Vaughn and I talk about during our morning cup of Joe while watching the news…we’re lame but inquiring minds want to know! ha ha! It actually came up because apparently Vaughn noticed a reporter on our local channel has worn the skirt she’s wearing today before, of course I made fun of him for noticing this.. lol…but in his defense it is kind of an unforgettable obnoxious skirt!”
So I’m letting the cat out of the bag! At least my bag…Here are some of the secrets of THIS television lady’s closet!
No, Shannon, I do not own an infinite amount of clothing! Though I dreamed as a little girl of having a closet much like Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, in Clueless…my own wardrobe has never come close to that! I quickly discovered as a new broadcaster in my early 20s that you have to have a lot of “staples”. I own about a half dozen black blazers in various cuts and styles, with different sleeve lengths. I also have a few different styles of black skirts and black pants. (in addition to some other pieces) This allows lots of “mixing and matching”–by simply throwing on any color tank top (of which I do own a drawer full) or blouse on top or even slipping a dress underneath a blazer. I tend to favor solids on air–because too much of a crazy print will do two things: first, distract the viewers watching us and second, makes it more obvious when you “recycle” your wardrobe! (like that aforementioned obnoxious skirt). Using solids also makes it easy to simply change up acccessories like big earrings or chunky necklaces that give the same outfit a whole different look than if you go simple with jewelry. I’ve always felt worse for on-air men because changing up how a suit looks is a much bigger challenge!
Some higher profile TV personalities are also allotted a wardrobe budget. I have never had that luxury!
As for hair and makeup–a lot of people have the perception that there are loads of makeup artsits and hair stylists swirling around the newsroom getting us ready to go on air. WRONG!!! I don’t think it’s been that way for decades. We all do our own hair and faces. Many stations though, ours included, do have contracts or trade out agreements for beauty services with local salons. So we get a portion or all the cost of our hair color and cuts covered. (a very nice perk!)
And yes, we’re often subject of crticism from you the viewer. But keep in mind, we really are trying our best and we’re only human! And on top of it all, us reporters are in the field most of the day so our hair and makeup sometimes looks crazy because the wind, rain and snow have whipped it around! So forgive us for that.
So now you know! That’s how we get to look the way we do on the air.
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This post was written by kmashek on April 16, 2012