Instagram has become a glorious platform for #IWokeUpLikeThis selfies, food shots, celeb stalking and most importantly, snaps of our latest #ootds and favourite beauty looks. With filters like Valencia and X-Pro II, and accounts like @photogenicwalls, the app was pretty much made to show off your style in the most eye-catching way possible. Whether you've had a friend take multiple in-the-moment snaps of you acting "natural," or spent precious hours deciding between filters, we've all gone to extreme lengths to get that one Instagram-worthy photo (it's all about the likes, right?).
And while filters are an important part of getting that perfect shot, the tool that will best improve your Instagram photos starts at the foundation of it all: your outfit. The amount of likes you receive on Instagram comes down to a killer sense of style (not to a mention a few key accessories and beauty products!).
So, if you're looking to become Insta-famous (or simply gain a few more likes than usual), check out our 5 tips for achieving that flawless photo!
5 WAYS TO ACHIEVE A FLAWLESS INSTAGRAM PHOTO
Of course, filters are an important aspect when it comes to creating a carefully curated Instagram feed, but it's what's underneath the filter that grabs the attention of our followers! Want to be more relevant on Instagram? (drum roll, please), here are 5 items to wear and a few things to consider when posting your next photo.
MATCH YOUR OUTFIT TO THE SCENERY
Exotic destinations are the perfect opportunity to gain Instagram likes (what else do you do on vacation anyways?), and to showcase the beautiful colours and scenery that surround you. But what's more beautiful than tropical blue waters and vibrant landscapes? An outfit to match, of course. Plan out your next outfit to match your surroundings – it's a great way to make the colours pop and liven up your friends Instagram feeds!
WEAR PASTEL SHADES
Summer time is a great opportunity to embrace colour and play around with soft shades that stay tucked away in our closets when winter rolls around. Our favourite for summer 2016? Pastels! Believe it or not, pastels are also key when it comes to posting a quality Instagram photo. It's true: pastel shades have proven to be more eye catching to followers. Try pairing a light coloured outfit against a more rugged background for an unexpected contrast.
BLACK IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
Whether it's a casual black t-shirt or sophisticated black dress and heels, black-on-black outfits are always a good idea when it comes to gaining more likes on Instagram. If you happen to be in the presence of a bold background, a loosely fitted black tank tucked into a casual pair of fitted jeans is the perfect outfit to keep the balance. But if you'd rather let your outfit take center stage, go for a chic all-black ensemble and add your own wow-factor with an oversized bag and pair of killer heels.
When it comes to Instagram, accessories can go a long way. Sun got you squinting? Cool shades are a crowd favourite on Insta, so show off your personal style with a pair of sunnies that fit your personality. More of a beauty guru? A statement red lip is the perfect way to make a simple outfit look a little more fab. Didn't have time to pull together the perfect outfit? Play up your favourite pair of jeans with an eye-catching bag, heels, or a bold statement necklace. Who needs a picturesque background when you have picturesque bling?
STAND IN FRONT OF A BOLD BACKGROUND
Last, but certainly not least, the background. The image that surrounds you can make or break your Instagram photos, so it's important to choose scenery that will stand out on your friends' feeds. Whether it's a park, graffiti wall, or exotic destination, a bold background will counteract a simple, boring outfit and get you the likes you need!