We all do love us a winning Insta-game, whether it’s our vacay photos or our casual #WokeUpLikeThis posts. Let us let you in on a little secret, it's the post that maketh the 'Gram, and it's the hands that maketh the pose! ( Even though Shakespeare did not say that, we are quite sure he would approve). To get those awkward hands out of the way and placed in some *seriously* stylish positions, here's our handbook of 16 poses to try...guaranteed to get you all those double-taps and likes.
1) Accessorize Your Hands
A bag? A drink ( + who would mind that.) Get your hands occupied with something that puts a smile on your face and there you’re ready to get clicked!!
2) Tug at Your Clothes
Here’s for those, “Hey look at me and my cute #ootd” days. Lightly tugging at your clothes can keep your hands busy!! Plus, doing so gives off a relaxed vibe and quickly draws attention to your outfit! #missioncomplete
3) Hands on the Face
On the hunt for the cute and caj look? Well, you’ve found it. Place your palm on the side of your face to look like a QT and lay your fingers under your chin for that diva-like look. This will not only ensure that your hands are busy but will also make everyone go *awwww*
4) The Gestures
Giggles and chuckles are always welcomed on the 'Gram. Such goofy hand gesture call for a good LOL and more importantly, they keep your hands spaced out and #peacedout
5) Lock 'Em in Your Pockets
It's time to get those picture-pocket clicks! Get your hands all cozy in these outfit slits and abracadabra... the awkward situation totally disappears!
6) The IG Baddies Look
Pull back an eyebrow or push your lower lip up and you’re on your way to get those Insta-baddie shots. ( Pro-Tip: These poses are selfie- favourites.)
7) Give Me the Camera ( maybe)
This reaching out for the camera pose is one that totally works, every d*mn time, and here's why. While it eliminates the awkward hand it also gives your picture depth! Plus, this pose makes a fab fake candid.
8) Just Shade
Hate the flash or the sun? then act like it! Partially cover your face for an aesthetic 'not so candid' candid photograph. Plus, that shadow effect from this pose is definitely comment-worthy.
9) Frame Your Face
Bring about the manual self-portrait mode by stylishly placing your hands on your head. By doing this you’ll attract all the focus to facial features...and it's a great way to showoff an eye-catching manicure.
10) Hands on the Waist
If you're not into *waisting* time, get on with old school, hands on the waist pose. Fling your hands to your sides and you now look like #bossbabe for shoulders look broad and you’re standing tall! The triangles created by the space between your arms generate an illusion of a larger background and make your waist seem inches thinner.
11) Hands in the hair
Play with your hair without a care! Twirling short layers, laying your fingers on your scalp, or lifting your locks upwards saves you from the awkward hand and also creates an illusion of volume...plus it looks pretty d*arn hot.
12) Lean On Me
If you don’t know what to do with your hands, go in for the lean! You can either place your hands behind your physique ( this will ensure your outfit is 100% visible), lay your hands before your body or simply lean on a surface.
13) Hands on Your Thighs
Place your hands on your thighs and you are sure to attract all the limelight. This pose narrows your shoulders to make you look sensual and sexy.
14) Hands On Hands
For that calm and composed style, place your palms on your knees ( one over the other) and there you are, looking collected and ladylike in an instant.
15) Getting it On
Putting on a jacket, a pair of sunnies or even a little hat instantaneously steals those awkward arms as you’re caught in a candid but ‘not so candid’ moment.
16) The Group Clicks
Put your arms around your BFFS and LOMLS. This will not only do away with your awkward arms, but bring out a big cheesy smile and there you are picture ready.