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How to master the street-style pose

The raptor

The Raptor
Photograph: Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com/REX/Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com/REX

What is it? Bags may come and go, but the giant oversized tote will always be a favourite as will holding it like this thus shortening your arms like those of a velociraptor. For inspiration, see Jurassic Parks 1-3 and/r the trailer for Jurassic World.

Who does it best? Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung.

How to do it. Locate It bag. Ideally, this should be something expensive and desirable (have a look at Moschino Spring/summer 2015) with a short handle. Place bag in crook of arm. Flex arm, Popeye style, keeping the bag at hip height and clench your fist at nipple height. Maintain pose and walk to show/Pret/tube.

The Hilton

The Hilton

What is it? The first documented street-style pose, this is named after its creator, Paris Hilton, who pioneered the stationary camera pose in the noughties. Credit where credit is due.

Who does it best? Caroline de Maigret, Paloma Faith.

How to do it. Place one arm on hip, creating the classic teapot shape. If time allows, splay fingers to display accessories. The other arm should hang at your side with the hand in a very gentle clutch shape. If it helps, imagine you are holding a filled bap that you will never, ever eat.

The half-jog

The Demi-jog
Photograph: Wayne Tippetts/REX/Wayne Tippetts/REX

What is it? Somewhere between a walk and a run because lest you forget, fashion people are athletes.

Who does it best? Emmaneulle Alt, Leandra Medine.

How to do it. Locate a pelican crossing, traffic light or road junction. Stop. Locate both a photographer and safe passage, in that order, and walk/run at speed, checking left and right for traffic (read: more photographers). Repeat.

The banter merchant

The Banter Merchant
Photograph: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

What is it? Less a pose and more a way of life, this look is all about wearing something absurd, so absurd in fact that you become a meme. The pose itself is almost immaterial. (NB. The look should suggest that the wearer has a car and driver.)

Who does it best? Anna dello Russo (above).

How to do it. This whole look is underpinned by impracticality so check weather on iPhone. Go to wardrobe and find least-weather-appropriate pieces (think fabric, colour and waterproofness) and get dressed. Colours should be clashing, ideally, with hems dragging.

The toddler

The Toddler
Photograph: Charles Eshelman/PA Images

What is it Otherwise known as the cross, tree or need-a-wee, this failsafe pose is one of the easiest to slip into.

Who does it? Carine Roitfeld, Lou Doillon, Garance Dore

How to do it. Simply cross one leg over the other, tilt slightly on the side of one shoe, and think about Bambi’s mother getting shot.

The screen-grab

The Screen Grab
Photograph: Timur Emek/Getty Images

What is it? One of the newest additions to street-style etymology, this look can be charted back to the advent of the smartphone and involves the subject looking at their phone or looking up, very briefly, from their phone, before returning to work.

Who does it best? Fashion editors and bloggers here – STFD – for work purposes.

How to do it. Hold phone in both hands, mainly to clarify that you have an iPhone 6 (ergo, need two hands) and walk in the direction of photographers. Keep walking until one of them calls your name at which point, slow down, look up, maintain eye contact with fleeting disdain, then look back down again.

The novice

The Novice
Photograph: Charles Eshelman/PA Images

What is it? A mish-mash of panic poses because this is the first time anyone has ever stopped you. (High five, though!)

Who does it best? Nobodies.

How to do it Walk poorly with an air of self-consciousness and panic until someone stops you at which point stop, wait for your self-awareness to peak, and then freeze in terror in the direction of the lens. Hold, smile, then carry on.

The flex

The Foot Flex
Photograph: Timur Emek/Getty Images

What is it? The behind camera-shot, if genuine, this pose is tricky to pull off which is why it very rarely is works well with both heels and Stan Smiths.

Who does it? Miroslava Duma.

How to do it Head towards the largest group of photographers and, as soon as eye contact has been made, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. The moment someone calls your name, turn, glare and flex your foot, thus creating a shapely calf.

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