We cannot be the only ones who spend an excessive amount of time browsing Instagram every day. These days, the app is more than just about photo-sharing. Rather, it serves as a platform for users to tell their own stories, to express themselves and to inspire each other through their uniquely personal feeds.
Establishing an aesthetic for your profile might take a bit of work and time, but it is not impossible. Our latest tutorial is all about what we know best — taking the perfect Instagram photo, the HYPEBAE way. With these 10 tips and tricks, anyone can easily channel their inner street style star. Watch above and take notes on how to ‘gram.
1. Grab a Friend
#Twinning photos aren’t necessarily groundbreaking but they are always fun to shoot. Having a real twin would be perfect to create this kind of images (just ask front row stars AMIAYA), but if you don’t, you can always match up with a friend. Complement each other’s outfits by wearing similar items, whether it be track pants by different brands or the same sneaker silhouette in contrasting colorways. Have fun experimenting different poses together until you get the shot you both love.
2. Highlight Your #hypebaekicks
Share with your followers your sneaker rotation by documenting your go-to kicks. Since you’re only showing the lower portion of your legs in the photo, be bold with your choice of socks and bottoms. From logo socks to patterned pants, every small detail can turn the image from ordinary to street-chic. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #hypebaekicks to your caption to connect with sneakerheads from around the world.
3. Get Low
When in doubt, get low — you can never go wrong with a style squat. This pose allows you to perfectly showcase your look in an interesting manner, highlighting everything from the the print on your top and the sneakers you’re rocking, to the luxury socks and jewelry pieces that complete your outfit. It’s a super easy pose anyone can pull off.
Make your favorite accessories the focus of your photo. Throw on a classic logo cap or on-trend items like Off-White™‘s Industrial belt and Supreme‘s mini shoulder bag, and you’re instantly ready to ‘gram. These close-up images are ideal for breaking up a feed full of full-body shots.
5. Celebrate Hump Day
Let every Wednesday be a #HumpDay celebration. Utilize some of the fanciest pants in your wardrobe for images like these — Burberry‘s vintage Nova Check pants and Vetements x Levi’s jeans, for example, are ideal for the job. For more affordable options, check out Calvin Klein‘s Logo Jogger Pant or Champion‘s latest all-over print grey sweat pants.
6. Show off Your Manicure
What you wear on your nails says a lot about your personal style. Whether you’re into COMME des GARÇONS-inspired nails or Mickey Mouse-shaped claws, do take a few photos of your fresh manicure after your next appointment at the salon. Juxtapose your fingers with equally eye-catching accessories like Gucci rings and Louis Vuitton‘s classic monogram wallet to create the the perfect composition.
7. Grab a Bag
A girl can simply never have enough handbags. Seize that photo opp every time you switch from one bag to another. Get a friend to help you with pictures if you’re wearing a backpack. Alternatively, you can shoot some flat lays with your carryall, sneakers, makeup products and other daily essentials all in one picture.
8. Lounge Around
Embrace the cozy lifestyle with pictures of yourself lounging around in bed or on the couch. To achieve the full effect, put on holiday-ready pieces like the Alexander Wang x adidas Originals bathrobe or your favorite sweats and trackies. Check out our editors’ style guide to learn how to incorporate the pyjama trend into your closet.
9. Watch Your Back
This pose is absolutely perfect for the camera-shy. Turn away from the lens and let whatever detail is on your back do all the talking. To recreate these images, search for any T-shirts or jackets emblazoned with bold graphics or branding from your closet. COMME des GARÇONS’ iconic logo windbreaker and Vetements’ tour merch-inspired “STAFF” tee are among our top picks.
10. Get Caught Snacking
Our last tip is perhaps the most playful of them all. Let your whimsical personality shine by posing with your bag of leftover chips, or even better, your McDonald’s meal. The unexpected, offbeat accessory can inject some pops of color to your photos, making them memorable and amusing to look at.
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