Awkward to Forward: Your Guide to Winning OOTD Poses in Instagram

At the very least, everybody has his or her own kind of awkward. I guess life cannot be too sweet and perfect or else you wouldn’t try to aspire to be better or even lift a finger to outdo yourself, from whatever thing you’ve done previously.


I have a fair number of fails and awkward stories, but recently I’ve been trying to improve my performance on the OOTD poses’ department. I mean, I’ve been blogging since 2004, although it was basically a personal one, and I never felt the need to share what I’m wearing.


But then, fashion blogs and amazing bloggers behind them surfaced, and it’s the most interesting ever! Who doesn’t like fashion anyway? Considering how much moolah and talent you’ve spent on styling them to yourself, it’s also quite fair that such pieces are ought to be shared and be seen by the rest of the world? It’s the least you can do to things that are already, and are, making you beautiful.

And so, the #ootd was born.


The dilemma that you are faced somehow, is how to conduct yourself in front of the camera, and not look even a tad awkward. Truly, the struggle is real, especially if it’s your first time! Okay, disclaimer: I am not an expert in this. I’d just like to share thoughts that I learned based on my experience and on the blogs I’ve read. So here it goes.

Background is everything.


Before you even start posing, make sure your background is clear of clutter and no unnecessary or unpleasant things are peering behind you’re back. You want your studio or made-up-studio to be neat and complementing.

Ensure enough lighting.


Whether it’s a daytime or nightime shoot, consider good lighting! It can create a perfect vibe to your picture. Personally, I like taking photos in daytime, around 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, where the sun is happy and the brightest. This can really give you a good contrast, and an easy time at editing. You can also choose to take photos in a nearby shade, as not to cause damage to your skin.

When your background, lighting, and the rest of your look (make up, clothes, shoes, accessories, tec.) are all set, you can now opt to try these poses! Enjoy!

  1. I-Forgot-Something Look


  2. I-Lost-Something Look


  3. I’m-In-A-Hurry Look


  4. What-Are-You-Looking-At Look


  5. Something-Is-In-My-Hair Look


  6. I’m-Tired-Of-Waiting Look


  7. I’m-Feeling-Playful Look


  8. Something-Is-Over-There Look


  9. What-Should-I-Do-With-My-Life Look


  10. Mischievous Look


  11. My-Shoes-Are-So-Pretty Look


  12. I-Have-Something-In-My-Bag Look


  13. Hopeful-For-Every-Tomorrow Look


  14. I’m-In-The-Middle-Of-Fixing-Myself Look


  15. I-Can’t-Think-Of-Any-Pose-Anymore-Suko-Na-Ko-Bes Look


As you can observe, I like lifting my hand, because it creates a triangle form whenever I flex my arm. Triangles in the whole physique creates an illusion of shape. And, heaven knows how much I need it! Haha :))

Remember, the key to this is to practice, practice, practice! Nothing beautiful ever comes easy, so take comfort in the reality that you need to work on your best poses first. Just be comfortable and don’t forget to have fun with it.


So here are my reminders:

  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Maintain a good posture. Don’t slouch.
  • Keep your legs crossed.
  • Relaxed your tensed muscles.
  • Relax your lips. Dreamy looks are achieved better with striking eyes and how you accentuate your look with your lips.
  • Wear shades if you’re too lazy to put eye makeup!
  • Be your natural happy self.


Probably the best tip I can give is do not be super still in a photoshoot. Move around! Have fun with your poses, pose for 3 seconds and then shift to another one. Lift your hand, look the other way, cross your legs, or pretend like you’re about to walk – the possibilities ARE endless. And, a fast shutter wouldn’t hurt either! Haha  I am not biased or anything, but most of my best shots are taken by an Iphone, and are just stolen shots, mind you!


Do not feel that you’re so vain either! It’s a numbers game after all! The more photos taken, the more chances you’ll get that perfect shot! It’s all about options! You have to try at least a couple of times to choose the best one! The people nearby will not remember you anyway, so why care? Haha  At least you got that ootd photo right!


Did I miss anything out? Share your ootd pose ideas and links! And if you’re planning to try these poses, please tag me on IG @encyclopevia !  I’d be happy to check them out! And  I’m sure your Instagram is going to be happy too!

Lets start sharing! 😀

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4 thoughts on “Awkward to Forward: Your Guide to Winning OOTD Poses in Instagram

  1. I love this because I’d always been an awkward poser! My natural instinct is to stand straight and smile — or do a peace sign, I’m that horrible. I get inspiration from IG as well, though most of the time I just let myself be natural. 🙂


    • Hi Kat!

      I feel you. There is some awkwardness felt whenever we pose, especially when it’s an ootd! 😀 Anyway, the key really is to be natural! I wouldlove to see your ootd posts soon! 😀


    • Hi Chloe! Thank you! I’m so happy you like this post. 🙂 I also take many photos with different poses, and then decide which one is the best.

      Happy snapping! 🙂


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