How to Take a Street Style Photo, According to New York Fashion Week 2022

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Plus, all of our favorite off-road looks.

Ignoring the fact that we’re currently in the middle of winter, New York Fashion Week was brimming with sartorial inspiration for Fall 2022. And as always, that inspiration isn’t exclusive to the runways.

While neutral hues, tailored coats and cinched waists were all the rage on the runways, spring colors, bucket hats and balaclavas and textures to match were all the rage on the streets. But that’s the name of the street style game – you have to be noticed first before you can be photographed. And in a crowd full of well-dressed wannabes, it’s harder than it looks.

Besides picking up more than a few ideas for our next shopping spree, we also felt compelled to analyze the anatomy of a street style shot: how do you get that perfect, Instagram-worthy pose? Never fear, we’ve rounded up our learnings for you below.

First step: put on clothes

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I know what you might be thinking, but this is actually the least important step. If you do everything else correctly, you can walk outside in pajama pants, a jacket, sunglasses (especially important if it’s dark or overcast) and still look in the right place. But we’re not going to do that — we have standards, after all.

You want a look that says, “I’m trendy, but I’m also unique.” Go for bright and bold colors that will help you stand out from the crowd. Is there a statement accessory you can wear? It’s time to think big or risk going home without an instant memory.

Second step: carry at least three objects

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Now that you’re dressed and accessorized, it’s time to put together some more fixes. Is there a magazine or book you can slip under your arm? Or maybe you can go out for the ultimate accessory: an iced coffee (winter be damned) from your favorite cafe. Bonus points if you also manage to hold your phone in place between your shoulder and your ear when locking down a lunch reservation after the track.

Step Three: Oh, is he a photographer? You haven’t noticed

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Now that you’re looking stylish, your arms loaded, and your day planned, it’s time to just hit the streets in style. It means acting like you don’t care about being photographed. Of course you care, we all care. But to get that nonchalant aura, don’t stare at the camera while you’re taking long, casual strides. If you choose to smile, do it at someone (or something) out of frame. Now is the time to gently launch your street style look on Instagram stories before you find a permanent place for the photos on your grid.

Still need inspiration? Scroll through the gallery below to see our favorite street style looks from New York Fashion Week Fall 2022.

Jack C. Nugent