Not too long ago at the Who What Wear office, a co-worker and I were trying to catch the perfect snap of her new velvet shoes—because why wear them if not to share the experience on Instagram? Unfortunately, however, after countless tries, rather than looking like the luxe, artfully crafted ankle boots they were, they continuously fell flat in our (many) attempts, looking more like shapeless dark masses. That was when we remembered velvet, like a lot of materials, doesn't do quite what you want it to in photos. Which brings us to today's post. While we're not suggesting you stay away from these fabrics altogether, if you're looking for that perfect #OOTD snap, you may want to reach for something other than the five materials below.
Scroll through for the materials that never photograph well and, of course, what to wear instead!
While velvet looks ultra luxe in real life, unfortunately, the same doesn't translate into photos, where the on-trend material's details tend to not show up.
Much like velvet, suede has a high-quality feel and look, the latter of which it also maintains when photographed.
While the highly reflective nature of sequins is what makes them so special, it is also what makes them hard to photograph—creating unflattering masses and patches of contrast where they shouldn't be.
Jacquard, which is fabric with prints and details woven into it (rather than on top), is a statement-making and party-ready alternative to sequins that actually photographs quite well, as seen above.
Because lamé (the shiny fabric used in many party dresses) has metallic fibers sewn into it, it tends to highlight any wrinkles, creases, or areas where the garment is not completely straight. Thus, an otherwise flattering and put-together outfit will photograph on the wrinkled and unflattering side.
While satin still has a shine to it, it's not as reflective or thin, so it stands out without highlighting anything one wouldn't want to highlight.
While tweed is one of our favorite timeless materials, its multicolor nature causes it to blur on camera, creating unusual shapes and lines.
Textured lace looks just as elegant on camera as it does in real life, so you don't have to worry about getting it in focus.
While its sheerness is one of the things we love about mesh, the material tends to show, with extreme contrast, any scrunches or wrinkles it may possess, in the form of dark, opaque lines.
Silk, which can also be made to look sheer, feels just as night-out ready as a black mesh top but will hang away from your body in such a way that looks more luxe and put together.
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