Since blogging at the Mummy and the Minx, I have taken to the outfit selfie on instagram. Sometimes as part of a challenge, and sometimes because, well, just because. I have made lots of instagram friends over a shared love of fashion and I love seeing other people’s street style. I find so much practical inspiration in what others post.
I still feel a little self conscious doing it and feel like I should add #SorryRLInstaFriendsForAnotherOutfitPost or #TrulyIAmNotANarcissisticWanker. Sarah (yes, I miss her too) shared how you can feel a little self conscious about the whole thing in her wonderful post Owning it does not mean you’re a wanker.
Aside from the self consciousness, there is a definite art to the style selfie.
When I first started posting #everydaystyle shots on instagram, my pose looked like this:
This is the classic, standing-before-the-mirror shot. You don’t want to smile too widely, because that would just be a little weird. You can’t really look away because that’s even weirder. So you opt for Oh-I-am-not-really-taking-this-photo nonchalance. Also known as How-on-earth-did-this-photo-just-happen-then? You take about five (hundred) photos before the final makes the cut. And of course, babies and messy drawers are de rigueur.
After style stalking some experienced style bloggers on instagram, I learned there are a few favoured poses:
1. Just go old-school. Looking straight to the camera and have a family member take the photo. Nikki Parkinson, the brilliant & beautiful mind behind Styling You and #everydaystyle is so perfect at this. AND she shared some amazing tips here. Nikki seems to have a more qualified photographer. This is what happens when my six year old takes a shot:
2. The arms-reach selfie pose, which somehow manages to capture your entire outfit in a cool way. Sally from Steel My Style is completely awesome at it. It obviously helps to have long limbs. I tried it and it looked like this:
3. Use a tripod and a timer. The extraordinary Rachel from Redcliffe Style tells us all her secrets here.
4. My favourite, the hide-your-head-but-not-your-outfit shot. Jasmine, the gorgeous blogger behind Pretty Chuffed is splendid at it. She always looks perfection and I am sure her reasons for adopting this look are much less lazy than my own. But I’ll admit it – I totally tried to copy her pose during Frocktober 2014 and haven’t looked back (I hope you will forgive me and my inferior imitation, Jasmine).
Since upgrading my poor little iPhone 4s to the newest iOS, I have access to a self-timer camera on the phone. Nothing else works properly, but hey, we can’t have everything. I have a light filled corner of the house with an interesting painting and a louvre at just the right height just opposite. I just need to crop and add the valencia filter. Liberally. So the style selfie has graduated to this:
Do you share outfit posts on Instagram? Any tips on photo taking? Because quite clearly, I need them (and a haircut)!