This story was originally published on November 28, 2015.
Regardless of the time of day or week, it's impossible to scroll through your Instagram feed
without seeing handfuls of Outfit of the Day posts. Between photos of food porn and your BFF's cat, you'll find a slew of fashion bloggers and the well-heeled putting out a seemingly constant stream of style shots complete with tons of "tap for credits" goodness. Follow enough of these stylish ladies and you'll start to see a pattern: A handful of poses tend to pop up again and again — and they may just be the secret to getting those thousands of double-taps.
If you're a beginner in the world of outfit photo ops, figuring out just how to pose can feel awkward and intimidating. But it doesn't have to be. For days when you're
really feeling your look (but don't know how to show it off), we've compiled 15 fool-proof, industry-approved poses that will showcase both you and your outfit. Click on and let the #OOTD veterans show you how it's done.
The Knee-Pop An instant way to make your legs look longer, this pose is not surprisingly a favorite among the fashion community on Instagram. It also comes in handy when wearing wide-legged pants — a little leg separation prevents them from looking like a skirt in photos.
The Almost-Curtsy Find yourself wearing a sweet, mod, Alexa-Chung-style look but don't know how to show it off? A raised brow and slight pinch of your skirt will do the trick.
The Armpit Air-Out Aside from cooling yourself on a hot day, the causal, one-arm-up pose is model-approved and instantly chic. Sticking one leg out and sporting a parted pout complete the overall look.
The Headless Mirror-Selfie For when you're loving your outfit but feeling like your face isn't quite ready for its close-up, opt for the headless selfie to let your neck-down statements do the talking.
The Over-The-Shoulder Sit Who, me? I'm just sitting on the curb, minding my own business... For this pose, it's all about appearing like you were just kicking back, pondering tomorrow's outfit, when someone called out your name and snapped an unexpected (but totally expected) photo of you.
The Casually-Crossing-The-Street Shot Why did the chicken cross the road? To get the most effortless-looking OOTD photo, obviously.
The Laid-Back Profile WeWoreWhat blogger Danielle Bernstein is the master of nonchalantly looking at something in the distance, showcasing the head-to-toe, front-meets-side view of her outfits.
The First Day Of School This one's pretty simple — all you have to do is stand like you used to when your parents would take your first-day-of-school photo every year. Here, showing your face (and gap-toothed grin) is optional.
The Cross-Legged Stance Another guaranteed leg-elongator, this pose should be your new go-to for dresses and jeans. Extra points for tilting you're head back like someone just told you something really funny.
The Straight-On Street-Style Veteran With legs hip-width apart, lean more weight to one side, keep your arms hanging down, and offer a half-smile. Boom — you've officially achieved street style photographer gold.
The Clothes-In-Motion For an artsier, slightly less contrived outfit photo, have your friend or photographer snap you while you're moving for a chic and frame-worthy in-motion shot.
The #EvaChenPose Eva Chen has made a franchise out of her go-to outfit pose, which showcases only the ankles, shoes, and bag of the day (oh, and a healthy serving of fruit). Just don't forget to use the hashtag (#EvaChenPose) if you give this one a whirl.
The Twirl If you're feeling whimsical, there's nothing like a classic twirl to showcase a flowy dress or skirt. Make sure to turn slowly enough, though, so you don't totally blur out your look.
Stylist and blogger
has made this cool-girl stance her signature. While standing slightly pigeon-toed, give a slight bend in the knee and tuck one hand in your pocket while you shyly look away from the camera.
The One-Foot-In-Front-Of-The-Other For a curbside outfit shot, position your feet as if you're taking baby steps. It's the secret to true #OOTD magic.
The Mommy-Blogger The latest #OOTD accessory? A stroller. That's right: Just because you've got a little one doesn't mean you can't strike a pose and show off your model mother off-duty look. If anything, your likes will only double with that cutie in tow.
The Mirror Shot You don't always have someone around to take your #OOTD for you. So, find a full-length mirror, cross one foot in front of the other, and boom — got the shot.
Photo: Via @itsmekellieb
The Falling Jacket The easiest way to make your outfit look instantly cooler? Let your jacket fall nonchalantly off your shoulders.
The Casual Lounge Just sittin', waitin', wishin'.
The Hair Adjustment Don't mind me, just getting every hair in place.
The Angelina Jolie Girl, if that dress has a thigh slit, you better use it.
The Double Trouble Locate the nearest mirror and open up your #OOTD to a whole new world of angles. Show off your French braids (or your butt!), all while preserving the valuable front view of your 'fit.
The Carefree Shoe Casually draw attention to your killer footwear and advertise how carefree/chill your life is, all in one pose. It's about the details, darling.
The Hip-Distance Apart No leg crossing here.
The Jet Setter Always on-the-go.
The Squat A pose and a workout at the same time.
The Pup Moment Because, let's be honest, a dog is your best accessory.