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Instagram Fashion Trends That Are Incompatible With Real Life
Instagram is all about the images, with beautiful pictures that make us all want more.
So disparate are some of the trends we see on Instagram with reality and how we actually live that some influencers have made a trend out of that itself. It’s proving to be a really useful reminder that everything is not always what it seems, and people should take some images with a grain of salt. For every shot that is published, there are countless versions that are not, many of them rejected for not meeting those unrealistic expectations. Influencers will often have a team of stylists at their disposal, too, even for the seemingly candid shots.
Now, some celebrities are embracing a trend of posting side-by-side photographs showing how Instagram is not truly reflective of real life, and more are joining the craze every day.
Reel Life vs Real Life
Instagram influencers are starting to share their outtakes as well as the beautiful imagery we expect from the platform in a bid to remind us all, and young women in particular, that no one looks picture-perfect all the time. However beautiful you think someone is, they are still presenting themselves at their best, and that isn’t always how they look.
The Swimsuit Shot
We’ve all seen them: the impossibly small bikini that shows off tanned, toned skin. The shot is always heavily staged and captured at just the right moment. The angles are impossible, and no one actually stands this way in real life. How we would actually stand does give us slack parts, and that tiny bikini doesn’t sit perfectly because it’s not actually designed to be used for swimming.
Light Colored Clothes
You know those super-tight bodycon dresses and pencil skirts in pale pink or grey popping up everywhere? In the Instagram shot, there are no lumps and bumps. In reality, there’s probably a panty line, there are bulges, and the material just doesn’t sit right. The same goes for tops; bras dig in in strange places in reality, making for a very different shape than the image on the ‘Gram. This is also true of cycling shorts, which we’re seeing lots more of with influencers and teams. Unless you’re very good with a camera, leave the shots until you’re absolutely ready.
Approach From The Right Angle
Taking a picture of your face from too low will give you extra chins. However slim you are, if you look into the lens of a camera below your eye line, it’ll happen. Hold the camera too high, however, and you’ll distort the shape of your face.
Look at any celebrity’s Instagram page and you’ll see silky smooth, blemish-free skin, where pores don’t exist and wrinkles are not a thing. That is just not the way things work in real life, and we should all be mindful of the filters and post-production that is used on the images before they are shared.
Don’t forget that the whole point of Instagram is to share beautiful photos, so we can’t blame people for spending hours perfecting these "completely natural" and "spontaneous" images. What we can do is remind ourselves of the reality, too.
There is nothing dainty about these boots, and that’s the whole point for lots of influencers. Whether they reach the ankle or the knee, there are a lot of them around on Instagram at the moment as a big trend. Nobody in reality, however, is going to manage to get grungy boots and pretty florals looking the same way as the image does.
The brights we’ve loved over the last couple of seasons are making way for softer pastel hues. They work for some skin tones but not others, which is why we hope this trend is called out for being totally impractical. If you do want to try the pastel look, instead of trying to replicate it with a single block of an already-difficult-to-wear color, try layering similar shades for another take on the trend that is much easier to wear.
Now one of the most popular places to go for makeup tips, some of the inspiration across Instagram seems to be giving us false hope of how the public will look trying to replicate it. Some take a really big personality to have the confidence to carry off the colors or styles, like untrimmed false eyelashes or colored eyelashes! You’ll certainly make a statement wearing them - it just might not be quite the statement you were hoping for!