We all know that person (maybe it’s you)!
The one who was once seemingly timid or didn’t care that much about Instagram, and is suddenly posing in front of the mirror every chance they get. Weird, right? Well, maybe not so much.
Amid quarantine, we’ve been restructuring our friend groups, behaviors and what we do in our spare time. If you’re suddenly showing off your outfit every single day, let yourself live. Not only is it fun to get others’ feedback (and hopeful approval), but it’s a way to express yourself, and you shouldn’t be ashamed.
But if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right… right? We reached out to blogger Sydne Summer of SydneStyle.com, who explains how to ace that solo shot. The fashion influencer just started selling her own line of gorgeous face masks, so if you’re having trouble posing perfectly while incorporating your protective COVID gear into the shot, look no further.
Keep reading for her decade-long expertise on how to take the best #OOTD selfies if it’s become your new quarantine hobby.
skyelyfe: Why is now a better time than ever to show off your outfits on IG?
Sydne Summer: With so much time on their hands, people are more engaged than ever on Instagram. It’s a great time to for content! Outfits bring hope that better days are to come.
SL: Because we’re inside the majority of quarantine, what are your best tips for taking indoor shots?
SS: Lighting is key. If possible, stand in front of a window or balcony. Try to shoot when the sun is the brightest outside, around midday. If you don’t have natural light in your space, there are tons of inexpensive light options you can order on Amazon: https://shopstyle.it/l/bfllg. If you use a light inside your home, decrease the warmth in your photo or video to get rid of the yellow light.
SL: What are necessary props, colors or anything else you have in mind to amp up an otherwise mundane shot?
SS: People respond really well to color on Instagram. If you’re more into neutrals with your outfits, think about adding a bright color lip.
SL: What are your tips for amping up an athleisure or loungewear look?
SS: Accessories! A statement earring instantly glams up a loungewear look. A fun scrunchie or headband makes an athleisure look more stylish.
SL: What are your tips for taking mirror selfies?
SS: Again, lighting, lighting, lighting. Always try to make sure the light source is directed at your face.
SL: Anything else of note on selfies or #OOTDs?
SS: I have a whole video on how to pose for photos! Practice makes perfect. Now is a great time to perfect your poses for the best outfit photos of the day! https://youtu.be/pUYoL36rUTg And don’t forget to smile! We could all use more smiles over RBF in our feeds.