You’ve just been hired as a production assistant on a television show, and you’re about to get your first taste of what it’s like to work in the entertainment industry. Congratulations! But now what? What do you wear? How do you act? How do you treat the crew? What are your responsibilities? What should you expect from yourself, and what should you expect from everyone else? We’ll cover all of that and more in today’s episode of “What to Wear on Set.”
What to wear on set production assistant
As a production assistant, you’ll be spending most of your time on set. You’ll be working with people who are focused on the production, so it’s important to dress appropriately.
You want to look like someone who is serious about their job, but also approachable and friendly. Your clothes don’t need to be formal—you can wear jeans or shorts and a t-shirt if you prefer—but they should still reflect your professionalism.
Here’s what you should consider when dressing for set:
1) Make sure all of your clothing is clean and pressed. If necessary, wash all of your clothes before coming in for work so that they’re fresh and ready for wear; iron them if necessary.
2) Make sure everything fits well and looks good on you. You don’t want any distracting wrinkles or loose threads in sight!
3) Don’t wear anything too flashy—this isn’t the time or place for bold colors or loud patterns (unless they’re part of the show!). Stick with neutral colors such as black, white, gray, navy blue, browns/tans etcetera).
4) Wear shoes that are comfortable enough for long hours but still look professional enough
Production assistants are the unsung heroes of the film and television industry. They’re the ones who make sure the actors have their lines memorized, that the cameras are rolling, and that the director doesn’t get too carried away with his own ideas.
But just because PAs don’t get much credit doesn’t mean they have to dress like they don’t care! With this guide, you’ll learn how to look like a pro while still looking like yourself—and most importantly, not getting in anyone’s way.
Production assistants are the unsung heroes of the film and television industry. They’re the ones who get you coffee and make sure you have everything you need to do your job every day, but they don’t often get a lot of credit for their efforts.
That’s why we’re here—to tell you what to wear when you’re working as a production assistant on set.
For most sets, it’s important you look casual but professional. Wearing a nice black t-shirt or a casual button down, dark pants or jeans, and closed-toed shoes is usually a safe bet. Always wear closed-toed shoes because there’s a lot of heavy equipment and things moving around.
TIPS FOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
- Always be on time.
They say if you’re not early, you’re late. Arriving to set on time is important and makes you look professional. Being late and running in frantically won’t look too good.
- Listen carefully to avoid mistakes
A big part of this job is the ability to listen. Whether someone is giving you a list of errands or someone is explaining the next shot, always be listening carefully. If you aren’t paying attention it’s likely you could miss something and make a mistake.
- Ask questions
If you aren’t sure how to do something you’ve been told to do – ask! If you’ve been told to go get something but you don’t know what it is, ask. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s better to ask more questions so you are totally clear on the task at hand rather than ending up doing the wrong thing. And it’s better to ask than assume, because there’s a chance you won’t be right.
- If you aren’t busy, find something to do
Always try to be busy on set. It’s much better to keep yourself busy than to look like you’re sitting around doing nothing. It’s likely you’ll be given tasks throughout the day, but if you have down time make sure to ask if there is anything else you can help with. Always be anticipating the next thing to do and keep an eye out for opportunities to help.
- Be respectful to everyone
Even if there’s a crew member, client, or someone who is driving you crazy, it’s very important to respect everyone on set. It’s likely you’ll work with people you don’t get along with on a personal level, but remember that you’re working and it’s more important to remain professional.
- Remember that food and drinks are important
People don’t mess around when it comes to food on set. Running out of soda may start a war. Keeping the crew and talent happy are essential, and food can play a major part. If you’re in charge of craft services, make sure there is a variety of snacks, water, soda, etc. to keep everyone nice and chill.
Lunch is also important. As a PA you might have to order/go pick up lunch for everyone. Make sure you write down orders and get them right. Also make sure no one’s food is left out, because that is likely to happen if it’s a big order. You don’t want an angry exhausted person without lunch, because this might happen.
- Be a team player
Everyone on set may have a different responsibility or role, but everyone is working together for the same ultimate goal. Helping each other out on set makes things move more efficiently and builds morale. Have the backs of your crew members. Don’t just look out for yourself, always be looking out for others and what you can do to help. They’ll like you for it.
- Dress accordingly
For most sets, it’s important you look casual but professional. Wearing a nice black t-shirt or a casual button down, dark pants or jeans, and closed-toed shoes is usually a safe bet. Always wear closed-toed shoes because there’s a lot of heavy equipment and things moving around. Just be smart about it. Don’t show up in clothes you wore to the bar last night, don’t wear flip flops, etc. If you really aren’t sure what to wear, you can ask what the appropriate dress is beforehand.
- Have a positive attitude
Yes, you may be tired. But everyone is tired. Most likely there are people who are way more tired than you are. Just remember that no matter your personal circumstances, staying positive is key. A positive attitude is motivating and will show people you are willing to do whatever work comes your way.
- HAVE FUN
Don’t be too stressed and remember to have fun. Yeah you’re working, but you’re working in production and that’s a pretty sweet gig.
What Production Assistants wear on set can really make or break their day. It might be a little confusing on what to expect on set, and how to prepare it, but as a Production Assistant you have to know what to wear so you don’t make a tough day even worse. I go through every situation of what seasoned Production Assistants wear on set.
Always Pay Attention to the Weather
Filmmaking happens in all weather. If a scene is indoors 80% of the crew is still outside and dealing with the elements. So, your first tip: Prepare for the outside even though your call sheet says a scene is happening indoors. As a Production Assistant there are a lot of you, and not all of you will win the lottery and get that coveted lock up inside where the scene is be taking place.
Always prepare for the outside. No matter what.
Before you leave your house always check the weather where your film location is shooting. Bring whatever gear you need with you even if it’s not happening right at the moment. And check for the next 14 hours. Remember, you have a very long day.
For the summer you are battling the heat, and the sun.
You have to make sure to bring your reusable water bottle as a lot of sets are going green and don’t use plastic water bottles anymore. They use 5 gallons jugs of water for a lot of sets now.
You need to make sure to stay hydrated.
It has happened, and I’ve seen it first hand – someone passing out because they were so distracted by their tasks and the day that they kept forgetting to drink water and fainted, passed out, or suffered from dehydration and/or heat stroke.
Production Assistants wear sunglasses, and hats for a reason. They need to protect their eyes. I’ve worked on so many sets where there was not a cloud in the sky and there was no relief, but from what I was actually wearing. Dealing with the bright sun all the time will do a lot of damage to your eyes. Protect them and wear sunglasses.
You also need to make sure you have light clothing. Some will argue color makes a difference. I’m not here to debate that. I don’t think it does, but I put more weight in the actual material. There’s a reason why you see crew wear cargo pants a lot. It’s a lighter, but durable material (let’s not forget the many pockets they have are super useful.) I try to stay away from skinny jeans or jeans/denim in general when it comes to hot summer days. I don’t want to cause more sweat when I don’t need to.
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This is one of those shirts! Glad I can model it lol. I love it. It keeps me cool. It’s comfy and looks professional. I got lucky and actually found this in a thrift store for $3! But I was able to find it online.
Shirts made out of material that wicks away moisture are ideal. Cotton will have you drenched all day if you’re hot and sweating. Look for apparel that says it’s moisture wicking. Stick with high tech polyester as a go-to material.
Your first tip: Prepare for the outside even though your call sheet says a scene is happening indoors.
For the love for all that is holy – make sure to always have sunscreen/sunblock on you. Just keep it in your bag. And ladies the SPF in your make-up foundation is not enough SPF to prevent burns and premature aging for that matter. So, lather up on the sunblock folks.
There is nothing worse than thinking it’s a nice warm day and then freezing because you forgot the temperature drops at night. On an overnight it does get colder most of the time. Have an extra hoodie in your bag. An extra layer of some sort. I usually carry an extra thin lined fleece so, it doesn’t take up much space in my bag. You’re probably starting to realize why PAs always have bags on them. You need them trust me.
This is the one way you can pick out a green PA from a seasoned veteran PA. They’re usually soaked from head to toe with regular everyday clothing, and it’s only 8am. The green PAs believed their quick drying rain jacket will get them through the rain on set. You couldn’t be more wrong.
When it starts to down pour you need a “WATERPROOF” jacket. Not a “Quick Drying” or “Water Resistant” jacket. It has to be “Waterproof.” Remember you will be outside for hours. Those hours add up and your “Quick Drying” jacket will leave you soaked because it doesn’t ever have a chance to actually “quick dry.”
I have gone through so much trial and error trying to find the right one. Spending a lot of money trying another rain coat, and finding out it doesn’t do the job once that big rain storm happens on set. And I just end up being mad every time I get soaked and had to remain that way for the duration of the day. It makes for a miserable day. It really does.
This by far was the hardest thing to find! Any nylon material rain pants will not prevent you from getting wet when it rains while you’re on set. I’ve seen many a PA with these kind of cheap rain pants. And they end up being a wet layer you get stuck wearing on top of your wet regular clothes.
Now, let’s talk about keeping your feet dry. Honestly, for me there is nothing worse than having my feet wet. I HATE it! I can deal with my pants being wet, and even tolerate it if my jacket wasn’t up to par and my clothes get wet, but not my feet.
A lot of people on set wear NEOS. These are something you put over your shoes. People swear by them, but I don’t own these and I think I never will. They are affordable and they last awhile from what folks tell me. A bunch of Production Assistants wear these.
The reason I don’t have them is because I don’t care for the look, or the fact that when you wear them you look like you’re going snow shoeing in the Arctic. And by that I mean by the way you walk, not just how the NEOS look. I just want to walk normally is that ok?
These might be for you and that’s totally ok. I’m only here to give you some options. I will recommend these because I see them a lot on set, they can fit in your bag pretty good, and you can use them in any season, and the cost isn’t bad at all.
What I wear are waterproof shoes from Adidas. I looooove these. They are comfortable, not heavy like some shoes in this league and they look like regular sneakers. When I discovered these I was over joyed!
I have these exact pair! And I love them so much, so much so I get excited when it rains just so I can wear them. That sounds really stupid when I read it back, buuuuuut it’s definitely true.
Here are the Men’s version.
You can’t mess around when it comes to dressing for the winter. Remember this: layers!
Dressing in layers will save you from freezing out there on set.
Also a scarf, hat, and gloves is a given – you need them. Once your fingers get cold it’s hard for you to stay warm. That also goes for your feet. Once your toes get cold it’s a challenge to get the chill out of your bones.
Let’s start with your coat. You need at the very least a water resistant jacket that is also windproof. The wind really can cut you! If you can protect yourself against the wind that’s half the battle when it comes to the bitter cold. The jacket below is water proof.
This is the jacket I own, just in black and I have no complaints. I love it. It keeps me warm, add a fleece layer underneath and I’m set. And this jacket is under $100! A great winter jacket for that price is crazy talk.
What Seasoned Production Assistants Wear
This isn’t only what Production Assistants wear, but what all crew members wear. If any of these options aren’t your thing look into apparel needed for hiking, or skiing/snowboarding. Those categories give you the types of protection and materials needed to make sure you stay dry and warm, with also giving you mobility and breathability.
If you have an item you just love – recommend it below in the comment section! I know there are a ton of brands out there that are of great quality. And if you can afford some of those brands – Go for it! A lot of folks go for The North Face, Carhartt as well. I see a lot of Patagonia too, but man they are really expensive! This guide was really for the folks trying to save money and get the most bang for their buck.
The items I suggested are actually things I own, and are totally satisfied with after searching for so long! And these are items that have lasted me a long time so far. I think if I get something new it might be because I just want something different to switch it up. But that’s a long shot because let’s save some money, right?
A Regular Day
If the sun is shining, it’s a nice breezy 73 degrees outside, and you have no elements to worry about – wear what you want. But remember to have good shoes or your feet will be killing you. I wear running sneakers on set. Just be comfortable, and look a bit professional.
Never wear sweats on set. People will make fun of you for weeks. I’ve seen this happen first hand to a great PA. He wore sweats and the 1st AD was just tearing him a part all day. The only thing I’d say is wear clothes with pockets. It just helps with the stuff you need on you as a Set PA. For more info on what a Production Assistant should have on them I have a video about those items.
What to Wear on Sherwani
When it comes to looking your best, there’s nothing like a sherwani.
What is a sherwani? It’s a traditional Indian outfit that can be worn as formal wear or for special occasions. It’s made up of a tunic and pants, and typically comes in a variety of colors and styles. Generally, sherwanis are made from silk or cotton and embellished with colorful embroidery. They’re usually worn with a turban or scarf on top of the head, but that isn’t always the case—you can also find more casual versions of sherwanis with shorter tunics and no headwear at all.
So what does this have to do with you? Well, if you’ve ever been invited to an Indian wedding—or any other event where you’ll be expected to dress up—you’re probably wondering what to wear on your big day. Don’t worry! We’ve got some tips for what to wear on your special day in this article!
Sherwani is a traditional Indian outfit that is worn on special occasions, especially weddings. The sherwani is heavily embroidered with gold and silver thread and has a very intricate design.
When you’re trying to decide what to wear for an Indian wedding, it’s important to consider the style of your sherwani.
The most formal sherwanis are those that have a Nehru collar and buttons down the front. These are the ones you’ll want to wear if you’re in the wedding party and need to look like royalty!
But if you’re not in the wedding party, or if you don’t want to wear a Nehru collar, then there are other options. You can choose a sherwani with a stand-up collar or one that has cutaway sides. You might even have other options, depending on where you live.
Whatever kind of sherwani you get, make sure it fits well—you don’t want to look like a clown!
Men’s sherwani has come a long way. This is no longer just a style; it’s how a gentleman carries his attire in a traditional yet classic manner. A classic sherwani is a great option! Apart from adding the Indian or Pakistani touch, this gives you a reason to stand out. Let’s quickly look at some of the points that you need to keep in mind.
Proper Sherwani footwear
Suitable footwear is what will give a splendid look to your attire; match your sherwani with a pair of Mojari or jooti that go perfectly with the dress. But take care that your footwear must not have too many embellishments as that can spoil the whole fun. Try to keep it simple yet classy.
Accessorize Sherwani optimally
Over accessorizing could turn up as a disaster. Keep it appropriate by wearing accessorizes that are required. A pocket square or a silk stole can work wonders on your sherwani giving a mix of traditional and classic look. Team-up your sherwani with a contrasting turban (only if the occasion permits) to add a royal look to your attire.
Sharp fitting Sherwani
Sherwanis are potent enough to drop elegance on your look but, at the same time, it can destroy the whole style if wore un-fitted.
Either, choose a sherwani of your body shape or alter it according to your body. Now keep in mind the kind of sherwani you are wearing is of what type. If you are opting for a mandarin collar (Band-Gala), make sure it fits your neck and doesn’t clutch it too hard.
Never go solo
It important! Never go alone and wear something inside your sherwani, as it can be uncomfortable wearing it otherwise. Traditionally, a wedding sherwani is worn over a kurta, but if you don’t want to wear it like that, it’s fine; you can go for a vest or a tee shirt inside.
If you are searching to put a contact of individuality in your attire, you can choose for a Sherwani, as a band – collared long coat. You can pair it with smart trousers, slim jeans, or even free slacks. To complete the look, you can fluctuate between leather-based boots, dress footwear, or even smart loafers. Play with prints, or block colors that go well with your personality, as it is a modern trend for men. However, in the end, make certain that you do have the self-assurance to elevate it off with ease.
Do you love bling, however, hate wearing chunky jewelry? Here is the best alternative answer to your guy jewelry. Opt for the tone on tone textures that trump showy embroidery, on any given day. Pair this apparel with quantity pants and slick brogues, to aggregate your look. Don’t forget to throw in an easy pocket square.
Layering up would be the remaining thing you would suppose with a Sherwani, however with the proper choice, it would seem to be perfect. Ensure that your designer Sherwani is properly stitched and comfortable. Ensure that your material falls well, and hold the embellishment minimum. Pair it with stylish dress shoes and you are prepared to design the town red with your wear.
Appealing Sherwani Fashion Trends:
The final factor you would suppose of engraving for any men’s fashion. But hey, it is the style right now! Go for a floral topcoat, over a simple office shirt and jodhpurs, and you’re right to go. Sherwani King is best known for its Sherwani UK, so, you can order your perfect looking Sherwani to make your day gentler and more worth to cherish.