Tuesday, 17 February 2015

3 Things: That Makes for a Great Outfit Post

Welcome back, dear readers, to this blog's newest feature: 3 things! If you're new to the blog, 3 things is a monthly feature, where I ask a group of people from different professions the three things involving their area of expertise. The idea is to connect more well-known people with their fans or public and get to know them a little better. Because, we all know how renowned people can seem quite out of reach at times. But, hopefully, by reading this feature, you will learn that they're actually human beings just like us, with comfortable habits and obstacles in their lives and we might actually get inspired by their answers. This month, we are going to hear the answers from some of my favourite fashion/personal style bloggers regarding this topic:


Annika Victoria of The Pineneedle Collective
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1. A cute, colourful wall as a backdrop - or, any backdrop which matches the colour palette in the outfit. I need to use this tip more myself, but it can be quite difficult to achieve this when you take your own photos with a tripod and remote - sometimes you just want to find the backdrop that is the most convenient, rather than the most pretty! Shelovesdresses and Mermaidens have perfected this particular technique, I recommend having a look at their outfit posts!
2. This is more something that should be AVOIDED for a good outfit post: an overload of the same pose from the same angle! If you like a whole lot of shots of yourself taken from the same angle, where you're pulling basically the same pose in each, CHOOSE JUST ONE. I know it's hard because maybe you look great in all of them - but please try to just use one (or two, if you really must)! Variety is the spice of life.
3. I love outfit posts that weave a story between the photos (just like a sentence or two), where the words really serve to bring all the shots together, but enriches them at the same time. Buddle and Squeak does this really well, if you want to get an idea of what I mean!

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1.) Great photos with creative posing, good natural lighting, and variety.  It's nice to actually see the outfit, and I like getting different angles and perspectives on the outfit- close ups, full body, etc.
2.) A unique, fun, creative outfit
3.) A cool location.  Sure you can take a good outfit shot against a white wall, but what takes outfit photos to the next level, for me, is if they're shot in a place that is also beautiful.  I like to match my outfits to the location, so more bohemian outfits are usually shot in the woods, and more vibrant ones are sometimes shot near graffiti walls, etc.

Daria Patrunjel of Kittenhood
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1. Good photos. This doesn't mean that they have to be professional, but rather well lit and shot in a nice setting. I think they show off the clothes better (and more true to life) and they keep my attention for longer. 
2. Affordable fashion. If a blogger can rock affordable brands and second hand or vintage items, they have my attention. Expensive designer items - while definitely gorgeous - are out my price range, so I don't care much for how they can be paired with even more expensive items.
3. Detailed but not overwhelming. When you take outfit pictures, it can be hard to make the final selection. Since so many pictures turned out nice, why not post them all? The truth is, too many pictures of the same outfit can be overwhelming. I think about 5-6 of them will do the trick, including close-ups of the accessories and different angles of the look.

So what makes a good outfit post for you? I'd love to know!

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