Most days with downtime, we can totally get away with wearing our go-to slouchy jeans and baggy sweatshirt. But on those special occasions when there’s a guaranteed photo op (your BFF Jules’s birthday dinner…so excited), you’ll need to rock your most camera-ready clothing. Here, nine photogenic outfit formulas for the flashing lights.

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photogenic outfits blazer

Blazer + Wide-Leg Trousers + Pointy-Toe Heels

Wide-leg pants work wonders in photos by providing contrast to your waistline and making it appear smaller. Opt for pointed shoes, which make your legs appear even longer, and then top the look off with a structured blazer. Shoulder pads or no, just the suggestion of a broader collar line helps the viewer define your silhouette more easily.

Get the look: Joe's Jeans blazer ($198); H&M pants ($20); Steve Madden shoes ($110)

photogenic outfits flares

Long Coat + Flared Denim + Neck Scarf

Unlike your favorite skinnies, a pair of flares balances out curvy hips and makes legs appear slimmer on camera—especially in a darker wash. Then, a longer military-style jacket provides the perfect canvas for a colorful silk kerchief to pop. Suddenly the attention is all on your gorgeous face.

Get the look: Hilfiger Collection coat ($753); J Brand jeans ($159); Kate Spade scarf ($48)

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photogenic outfits sweater

Turtleneck Sweater + Straight-Leg Jeans + Heeled Booties

Volume on top and slim on bottom: a no-brainer recipe for appearing slender in full-length shots. Just remember to go for a pair of high-rise denim that hits right at your waistline to define your figure. Then add a punchy pair of booties for an eye-catching anchor.

Get the look: H&M sweater ($50); Levi's jeans ($98); Lauren Ralph Lauren booties ($100)

photogenic outfits culottes

Boxy Blouse + Culottes + Nude Strappy Heels

It’s high time to hop on the culottes train (if you haven’t already). These cropped wide-leg trousers do the same for your waist and hips as the longer versions we discussed earlier—just now in a breezier springtime cut. Pair with an angular blouse: The longer shoulder seams make for a well-defined silhouette up top but keep you comfortable on camera. Complete the look (and add length to your legs) with a pair of nude heels.

Get the look: Ashley Rowe top ($145); Zara culottes ($50); Schutz shoes ($170)

photogenic outfits maxi

Maxi Dress + Heeled Sandals

Create a slender column silhouette with a silky maxi. Added details, like a long slit or an off-the-shoulder neckline (or both!), can help break up a large pattern. Add in neutral-colored footwear so as not to distract from your gorgeous dress. Grecian goddess status: achieved. 

Get the look: Somedays Lovin dress ($119); Call It Spring shoes ($60)

photogenic outfit vest

Oversized Vest + Button-Down Shirt + Skinny Jeans + Statement Heels

Calling all petites: The straight-line silhouette created by this long vest helps you appear taller and more slender on camera, while a nice half-tuck outlines your waist (and keeps things casual). Drawing the viewers’ eyes down your small frame with some attention-grabbing heels also helps add length to your look.

Get the look: 1.STATE vest ($119); J.Crew shirt ($35); Gap jeans ($46); Daya shoes ($90)

photogenic outfits midi

Crew-Neck Sweater + Pleated Midi Skirt + Nude Pumps

You can’t go wrong with an A-line midi, which nips your waist and helps define an hourglass figure. If you have one with pleats, it’s best to keep everything else simple so as to not overwhelm the viewer. Nude heels and a pastel sweater create a continuous monochromatic line. Easy as that.

Get the look: Caslon sweater ($65); ASOS skirt ($119); Calvin Klein shoes ($60)


Draped Coat + Patterned Dress + Over-the-Knee Boots

Ooo, how fancy of you. A solid-colored coat wrapped around your shoulders immediately elevates your look while disguising any arm insecurities. Rock your favorite patterned dress underneath (bonus points for a seam that hits at your natural waist). Then pair with thigh skimming boots that create a clean straight line for slimmer-looking legs. 

Get the look: Tahari coat ($120); Boohoo dress ($18); Marc Fisher boots ($229)

photogenic outfits tshirt

White V-Neck + Black Skinny Jeans + Colorful Heels

If we could live the rest of our lives in one outfit, this would be it. Black jeans are always slimming, while a white tee is the perfect photo accessory since it keeps things uncomplicated. Accentuate your collarbone with a flattering V-shaped neckline, and then add a pop of color with a trendy pair of heels.  

Get the look: Madewell shirt ($20); BDG jeans ($58); Loeffler Randall shoes ($395)

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