Looking great in photos isn't just about your pose or how much or how little you smile, or which direction you tilt your head. All of these things are certainly factors, but your outfit can be equally as important. You probably know by now that some things that look great IRL just don't translate in photos. And in the age of Instagram that we live in, that's a bit of a shame (you never know when your 'fit will be documented).
So why look to celebs over age 40 for their photogenic outfit secrets? Well, many of them have been walking red carpets for years, so they undoubtedly know what works and what doesn't work, and there are plenty of photos to prove it. Below, you'll find four of those highly photogenic outfits that we see them wear time and time again. They're not complicated and they don't require an entirely new wardrobe, so scroll away. (Sidenote: They all involve heels, but they're your feet—wear whatever shoes you want.)
The Outfit: Coat + Dress + Heels
A dress and heels isn't exactly groundbreaking, but celebs over 40 adore wearing the combination with a coat. It adds interest and polish to the simple look.
On Sarah Jesssica Parker: Ulla Johnson coat; Emilia Wickstead dress; Wolford tights
You probably wear this outfit a lot anyway, and it happens to look great in photos. The beauty of this combination is that you can wear it with any style of jeans (or blazer, for that matter), and it’s just as successful with trousers.
A minidress and heels has always been (and always will be) a celeb favorite, especially on the red carpet, which is the ultimate test of just how photogenic an outfit is. (As you can see, this one succeeds with flying colors.)
On Gwyneth Paltrow: G. Label blazer; Jimmy Choo shoes
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On Halle Berry: Zuhair Murad dress
On Reese Witherspoon: Alexander McQueen dress; Saint Laurent shoes