Imagine yourself spending an hour of your morning picking out the right outfit for the day. You step outside, you’re feeling yourself, you meet friends, take pictures, only to look back and realize the blouse you wore made you look a size or two bigger. Sound a tad too familiar?
What if I told you photogenic clothes exist and you no longer have to worry about looking bad on Instagram? Here, PureWow lists 10 photogenic clothes that can do no wrong:
A SNUG SWEATER
Save your oversized knits for another day (or perhaps every other day because they’re so dang comfortable). On photo day, opt for a form-fitting style in a lighter fabric to avoid adding any bulk to your frame. A simple sweater also helps to tone down flashier bottoms or accessories.
Much more forgiving than skinny jeans, a wide-legged pant skims your hips and creates the illusion of longer, leaner legs. Wear them with the aforementioned fitted sweater to keep proportions in check and the overall look streamlined.
A MIDI SKIRT
As far as fashion trends go, the midi skirt is the great equalizer in that it works on anyone–and is appropriate for any occasion. Bust out your trusty fit-and-flare one or try this season’s popular wrap style for an extra-slimming effect (see next).
STRAPPY NUDE HEELS
The most popular shoe on the red carpet for good reason, a nude two-strap heel lengthens your legs, straightens your posture and doesn’t clash with anything else you’re wearing.
A COLLARED SHIRT
This classic layering piece does for your neckline what the nude heel does for your legs: elongates. Just make sure to undo a button or two up top to keep it from looking stuffy.
Standout earrings frame your face and pick up light, which helps to brighten your overall look and complexion.
OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOPS AND DRESSES
This trendy style is also supremely flattering because it shows off your shoulders and collarbones while keeping your upper arms (aka the widest part of your arm) covered. If you have a larger bust, look for something that’s more fitted than loose (which can make things appear bigger) and opt for darker colors like black or navy.
TROUSERS WITH A TUCK
So what do you do with all of your oversized knits and blouses? Tuck them into a pair of high-rise jeans or pants to show off your waist and give them some shape.
A FITTED BLAZER
There’s nothing like a good structured shoulder to make the rest of your frame look lithe. Go for a sharp suiting look or tame a maxi dress with a sleek blazer that hides a multitude of sins (like those aforementioned brunch food babies).
AN UNBUTTONED COAT
Like the fitted blazer, a loosely draped overcoat gives your outfit a little frame. Just make sure you’re not drowning in fabric beneath it. Keep the rest minimal and close-cut (think: skinny jeans and pencil skirts).