If you have an Instagram account, odds are you scroll past one of these common photo scenarios daily. Or perhaps you’re even guilty of posting one from time to time. Either way, we reached out to social media consultancy firm Room 214 to weigh in. The experts recently taught us how to write the perfect Instagram caption, so we knew the team would have valuable insight. This time we asked account director Libby Turner to share which fashion-girl ’grams work and which ones are “so overdone.” So, whether you’re looking to avoid a stereotypical Instagram profile or are simply on a quest to maximize your likes, keep reading for expert advice.
Scroll down to find out the top five fashion-girl Instagram clichés.
Turner explained that the three selfie scenarios with the most noticeable decline in performance are the mirror selfie, the Uber or backseat selfie, and the common elevator selfie.
Although this photo is slightly overdone, Turner said “since there’s a lot that can catch the eye,” it is still performing and wins as the least “cliché” of the bunch.
Posting a series of back-to-back photos in the same outfit with only a slightly different pose will not win over likes. Thanks to Turner, we learned that typically users will like one from the series and then are ready to move on to something new.
The brunch photo is super saturated at this point, Turner said with a laugh: “How many beautiful lattes and plates of avocado toast can one see without it getting old?”
When you can tell a photo is overly staged, it does not perform well. Over-posing breaks down the authenticity, resulting in a disconnect of what’s being posted in real time, Turner explained.
Do you agree with this list? Did we forget any clichés? Let us know in the comments below! And, if you’re looking to update your summer wardrobe with the coolest fashion finds, be sure to shop our amazing midsummer style guide.