I’ll be reverting back to production mode in t-minus one week as I hop on a new show, so I’m getting ready to pull out all things of the cozy/warm variety. When it comes to 16+ hour days, I look for durability, fabrics that won’t stain or wrinkle easily, and of course, most importantly, pieces that keep me comfortable (and consequently, sane). It’s almost as if you prepare each day like you’re going into battle. But instead of waging wars with weapons, your arsenal is a diplomacy/humor combo, a multitude of laptops with speedy wifi, and an army of production assistants.
There are five essential pieces for any day on set, which I’ve found are also the same critical elements I require for any long day of travel. So if you ever find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to wear to a television set or to board a plane, these will have you fitting in with the pros.
1) JACKET: A well-made, warm jacket is everything. Sets are extremely unpredictable temperature-wise: It’s 90 degrees one minute and then someone turns on a blasting AC and you’re suddenly experiencing Juno part deux. A trench coat is always high up on my list largely due to the fact that it pairs with just about everything. If it’s summer, I tend to reach for leather or even something along the lines of a drapey sweater, but still in the black/navy/grey family to avoid stain issues.
2) BOOTS: I live in boots on set, and with endless hours on my feet, I need a function meets fashion option. Thank god for the likes of Sam Edelman, Frye, and Stuart Weitzman that help me out on the daily. They also help keep you warm if you’re a freeze baby like me.
3) HAT: Whether it’s a beanie or something more structured, I am a BIG fan of hats for long days. Let’s be honest. When you’re running on nothing but fumes (or more realistically crappy coffee and donut holes), the last thing you want to have to deal with is your hair. Period. This is just the socially acceptable way to cover it up when you’ve gone one too many days without washing it.
4) LARGE HANDBAG/TOTE: My work bag = the keys to the kingdom. There is a lengthy list of requirements it should fulfill but at the very least, it must be large enough for a binder and laptop (and the kitchen sink), yet have enough pockets for organization to still exist so I can find anything I may possibly need in a fraction of a second. Dark interiors are a must in case the likes of a Sharpie or pen heads make their way in sans cap.
5) A GEL MANICURE: When you’re running around looking like something out of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, there is a nearly magical power that emanates from having your nails done. Counter intuitive, I know, since most of us immediately think about chipped nails, but thanks to gels, this is a non-issue. I don’t know who first came up with gel manicures, but he or she deserves some form of award for their resilience.
TRENCH: BANANA REPUBLIC | SWEATER: FOREVER 21 | JEANS: MANGO | BOOTS: SAM EDELMAN VIA PIPERLIME | OVERNIGHT BAG: VINTAGE | BELT: BANANA REPUBLIC | SUNGLASSES: RAY-BAN
Photos by Mike Avery