How to pose for outfit photos like a blogger

How to pose for outfit photos like a blogger

Lots of people recently have asked me for tips on how to pose for outfit photos.It’s not easy, especially when taking street style photos in public – I still feel self conscious! But the truth is, you just have to go for it. The more uncomfortable you are, the more awkward you’ll look in photos.

Spoiler: if you’ve followed me on Instagram for long you’ll know that I have a few key poses that I opt for. If you find something that works then keep doing it, right? Here’s what I’ve learned through blogging about how to pose for outfit photos.


Perfect your ‘look’

Twenty-Something city pose for photos perfect look at camera
Hat: Primark; Jumper: Joanie Clothing; Trousers: Topshop (similar here); Coat: New Look (old); Bag: Zara (similar here); Gloves: Primark

You know the one, that sultry, straight down the camera stare bloggers are famous for. Tyra Banks calls it the ‘smize’ – you’ve got to smile, but with your eyes. Chances are you do it all the time in your selfies, it’s just finding the confidence to do it around other people that’s the tricky part. Be sure to get lots of photos. Even Cara Delevingne doesn’t nail it in the first shot. Well, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t.

It all comes down to confidence. We’re so used to scrutinising ourselves in photos but stop focusing on your flawsΒ and start looking at what you are rocking. You’ve got great eyes? Flirt with that camera, girl! Lovely hair? Play with it in photos. Finding your ‘thing’ and owning it will majorly improve your outfit photos.


… Or choose to smile

Blogger Twenty-Something City gives tips on how to pose for photos

I often choose to defy the standard blogger look and opt for a huge smile instead. If you feel uncomfortable posing for photos then it’s a great place to start – tell yourself you’re having loads of fun, rock your biggest cheeser and you’ll start to relax. Whether you prefer a sassy face or a happy smile, find the look that makes you most comfortable.


Play with your outfit

Blogger Twenty-Something City shares tips on how to pose for photos

If I wear a hat I’ll always hold it. If you’re struggling to feel confident posing, find elements of your outfit to focus on. If you’ve got a big collar you could pop it up or hold the edges. If you have a gorgeous bag you want to show off, why not get a photo of you rummaging inside it? Having something to focus on can make posing much less awkward!

Remember when you’re taking outfit photos your goal is to showcase the outfit. Focus on making your clothes look good and the rest will take care of itself.


Try looking behind you

Blogger Twenty-Something City shares tips for posing for outfit photos

Glancing behind you or looking over your shoulder gives people a chance to see any great back detail to your outfit. In case you hadn’t noticed I love an embellished jacket so this move is a favourite of mine!

Standing straight-on in a photo is always a bit awkward. Take time experimenting with different angles and poses until you find ‘the one’ that really shows off your outfit.


Get moving

Twenty-Something City shares tips on how to pose for photos

Don’t be stagnant – walking can create some gorgeous shots! I especially like this when wearing flares. Movement can be great for your hair (think Beyonce hair blowing in the wind), and also makes the photos look less ‘forced’.

The most important thing is to have fun! Your followers are here to get to know you and see what you’re up to, so never feel afraid to be yourself.

What are your top tips for posing in outfit photos? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!




  1. December 15, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    I totally love that outfit. I hate having my photo taken so it’s a good job I’m a food blogger. Lol!

    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      December 16, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you! It’s definitely not for everyone- but then I’m not much use behind the camera!

  2. December 15, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I’m actually very self conscious so I don’t know if I will pt your tips to use, maybe one day as they seem very easy to follow. I guess it’s mostly about trying to relax!

    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      December 16, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      It’s definitely all about confidence. I used to be so self-conscious but the more you do it the easier it is πŸ™‚

  3. Michelle
    December 15, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    The over the shoulder look is my FAVORITE!

    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      December 16, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Haha it’s a great one, isn’t it?

    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      January 4, 2018 / 7:18 am

      Thanks Sophie πŸ™‚ It really is all about confidence, and your outfits are always gorgeous so just go for it!

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