How to Take the Perfect OOTD Picture

How to Take the Perfect OOTD Picture

Social media is our go-to place for all things travel, food and celebrities, but most of all outfit inspirations! If you’re reading this article then the chances are that you’re equally in love with double tapping on those gorgeous outfit photos too! So what is the key to creating beautiful “outfit of the day” imagery like the influencers do? Keep reading to find out how to take your selfies to new heights and curate a beautiful social feed with these tried and true tips.

15 October 2020
How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture
How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture

What is an OOTD?

What is an OOTD?

Outfit of the Day or #OOTD photos are all about showcasing your own personal style by taking a photo of what you are wearing at any given moment and posting it to social media. Whether you are at the office, on the way to a concert or fancy event, OOTD’s can be for any occasion you like and are all about highlighting the wonderful fashion moments you have created. If you’re like us, you’ll probably want to perfect your image before posting. OOTD’s take just a bit more thought and skill than your regular selfie but with these simple steps you can ensure your OOTD looks just as good on Instagram as it does in person.

Did you know?

Did you know?

You can browse our amazing community of OOTD experts and lovers of pretty frocks by visiting our #ReviewGirl feed. Learn how to become a pro yourself and join in on the fun by hash tagging #reviewgirl. We may even use your photo in a future style advice article!

How to Take the Perfect OOTD Picture
How to Take the Perfect OOTD Picture

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Choose a fab background

Choose a fab background

After you’ve put together a swoon-worthy outfit, it’s important to make sure your clothes are the star of your photo (aka – don’t fill your frame with distracting backgrounds that detract from the outfit having its moment to shine!).
 
This doesn’t mean it has to be a boring plain background, but think of backgrounds that are going to complement your outfit and not work against it.
 
Pro tip: avoid the dreaded messy bathroom selfies that have the toilet in the background!

 

 

How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture
How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture

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Take multiple shots

Take multiple shots

There is nothing worse than getting ready to post your awesome photo only to look back and see your button was undone or hair was blowing over your face. That’s why we suggest always taking multiple photos so you can guarantee that you got the shot. Try switching up the angles and using slightly different backgrounds and poses so you have a good selection to choose from.

How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture
How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture

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Be aware of the lighting

Be aware of the lighting

It’s a good idea to take a few test shots to check you aren’t showing up dark or squinting in the sunlight. There are two sweet spots during the day; at midday when the sun is at its brightest and or right before sunset (often called the “golden hour”) when you get that dreamy and romantic effect. If you can’t quite tie up your schedule to this time of day, opt for a natural light setting as this is always going to be the most flattering. Make sure your camera flash is switched off for the best result

How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture
How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture

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Practise your poses

Practise your poses

If you really want to take an OOTD image like a pro, it’s great to learn your best angles and have some key poses in mind. It might sound silly, but fake laughing is always a great way to get a joyful picture. Taking a few steps in motion also works a treat and creates a super natural look. There are no rules saying your photo has to be taken standing either. Try a seated pose at a café or get creative on different stairways or outdoor settings.

But what do I do with my arms? There must be some strange thing that happens when you start focusing on how you’re posing too much, where your arms can tend to start feeling super awkward. Some great poses to pull out in these cases are crossing your arms, putting your hands in your pockets or use a handbag or other prop to give your arms something to do rather than dangling at your side.

How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture
How to Take a Perfect OOTD Picture

Final Tips & Tricks

Final Tips & Tricks

  • Skip the professional photographer – your mobile camera will work perfectly! Ask your bestie to take the photo of you or set up a timer in the backyard and do it yourself
  • Use editing features on your phone to create the perfect lighting. Less is often more here so make sure you don’t take your editing too far to avoid your photo’s ending up looking un-natural.
  • Don’t forget to hash tag #reviewgirl so we can see your beautiful snaps! This will also help your post get seen by other like-minded women.

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