When you are working as a female stand-in, you will need to consider what to wear to set. It’s important to have a professional appearance but also to be comfortable, mindful of colors and patterns, and to keep in consideration that you may have to wear color cover. Here are some tips for selecting attire for your day of work as a stand-in.

Types of Clothing to Bring

In general, crew members dress casually on set. For tops and bottoms, tank tops and t-shirts are acceptable, as are jeans, leggings, and other kinds of pants. Skirts are acceptable, too, but keep in mind that you may encounter blocking situations that require you to sit cross-legged, sit on the floor, or lie in bed.

Studios are usually on the colder side, and when you are on location, it’s hard to predict what temperatures will be like.  For these reasons, it’s a good idea to have layers with you. Light zip-up sweatshirts and cardigans are usually good because they are versatile and easily added or removed with changes in weather or location.  You can also wear a thin pair of socks with heels on set in colder months.

If you are not sure if you will be given color cover, you should generally wear neutral-colored tops to set.  Blacks and grays are your best bet, and avoid bright white because of its impact on lighting.

Color Cover and Your Own Clothes

Color cover is designed to “cover” your own clothes with colors and/or fabrics that closely match the clothing that the actress will be wearing in the scene. For females, color cover could be anything from a draped scarf, to a tight or loose fitting top, to a full dress. You should take this into consideration when deciding what to wear to set each day.

A tank top or a short-sleeved t-shirt is a good base to start with. If you are given color cover that is sleeveless, the actress is probably wearing something similar, and you will see her arms. Sometimes you may be given sheer fabrics for color cover.  A neutral tank top or t-shirt is both ideal and appropriate to wear underneath sleeveless and sheer color cover. Lighting for skin is just as important as lighting for different colors and fabrics.

For dresses, it is acceptable to wear your jeans or leggings underneath, even if it is a shorter dress. You may feel that you look silly, but the crew understands that you are wearing color cover and they are used to seeing it around set.

Also be aware that you may be given color cover that is too small for you to wear. This is also something normal around sets and is nothing to be embarrassed about. For a top that is too small, you can drape it around your shoulders so it is still covering you as much as possible. For a small dress, just zip it up as much as you can.

Tips for Wearing High Heels

Most stand-ins are booked to match the height of the actress when she is barefoot. However, the actress could be wearing heels in certain scenes. You should bring heels and flat shoes to set when booked to stand in. Flats, sneakers, or boots are fine for flat shoes. For heels, it is best to wear closed-toed heels for safety reasons. Avoid flip-flops and other sandals because of safety rules on set.

It can be difficult and painful to wear heels all day, so keep in mind what kind of heels to bring. A standard 3″ heel is usually a good height. Platform heels may be a good option because they can offer your foot more support than a regular heel. Your heels don’t have to be anything fancy. You can buy an inexpensive pair that is comfortable and that you won’t mind wearing out.

Sara’s Tip!
Heel caps are a great accessory to have for your heels. They are 1″ rubber protectors that fit over the heel of most standard high heels. They protect your heels from damage and help to silence the sound your high heel makes when walking on a hard surface. Heel caps are ideal for sets because you need to be quiet when walking around.

Heels caps can be purchased online from http://www.thesolemates.com, or at any Ricky’s store in New York City.


Do you have additional tips for selecting stand-in attire?  If so, share your tips below!