How My Outfit Landing me on TV - NJ Personal Stylist Neepa Sikdar

How My Outfit Landed Me on TV

A few years ago I got the opportunity to sit in the 2nd row of one of the final episodes of the iconic Oprah Winfrey Show.  I believe what I wore that day to the studio made a difference…


In 2010 when Oprah Winfrey decided to end her 25 years as the host of the Oprah Winfrey Show, I knew I had to figure out a way to attend a taping of the show.  I adored Oprah so much that when my daughter used to see her on the TV screen; she referred to her as Oprah Mashi (which means Aunt Oprah).


In April 2011, my husband and I had decided to to Chicago since we had both never been there.  A week before the trip, my husband reminded me of my desire to get tickets to the show.   I looked at him as if he had two heads because getting tickets to season 25 one week before our trip would be next to impossible.  He convinced me to at least check out the website in case they offered tours of the studio.  To my surprise there was a link about getting last minute tickets to the show.  To get tickets to the show, you had to tell them your story...I decided to go for it.  What did I have to lose?


In some crazy act of divine intervention or alignment of the stars a week later I ended up sitting in the second row watching a taping of one of the last episodes of season 25.  Even better than that, my face was on TV!  Below is one of the many silly faces I made during that episode: I’m the brown girl in the blue dress in between Bob Greene and Ms. Winfrey.




I was shown in the background of that episode’s previews, the actual episode and on the after show... Check out this video that still exists on the Orpah website.  My own little five seconds of fame...


I am convinced that my outfit selection that day helped me get a premium seat in the front.  My ticket # was 170 which meant 169 people had entered the studio before me that day!


I didn’t find out that I had gotten a tickets to the show until 36 hours prior to the taping and I didn’t pack any camera worthy outfits.  So I went to Ann Taylor in Chicago’s magnificent mile and found a lovely navy and black printed dress.  I’m sure that buyer never thought that dress would be someone’s lucky charm.


This is me in my dress.


Oprah Outfit


Moral of this story:  if you get the opportunity to possibly meet or even be in the same room as someone you admire, make sure you dress appropriately.


Sometimes you really do just get one chance to make an impression, make it count.


  1. Understand the environment you are in.  This sounds like a no brainer but it is often forgotten.  If it’s an interview wear something that makes sense for the specific industry you are interviewing for and a classic look is best unless it’s in a creative industry.   If it’s a wedding and you’re the guest stick to a cocktail dress in the colors of the season.
  2. Be Memorable.  Sure you can wear black or gray and be safe, but it doesn’t mean you will be memorable.  Add an accessory that will make you stand out or wear a bold or unexpected color.
  3. Be Confident.  This applies to the every day but especially in this situation.  Smile, walk in with your head held high, strut your stuff and own that outfit.  People always notice this and will be more likely to respond favorably.


Have you ever had a moment like that? Do you have an outfit in your closet right now that makes you feel magical?

Please reply in the comments section and share your story….



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