How to Flat Lay Styled Outfits | Wardrobe Wednesday

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When I was a little girl, I used to love playing with my Barbies.  I’d dress them up and create outfits for them.  I would always look for doll clothes whenever we were at a garage sale or school fete.  I still have my Barbies and I treasure the vintage 60s red polkadot raincoat I thrifted for 10c as a child.

Now, I get my Barbie fix by creating styled outfits.  I love to use Polyvore to create style boards online.  My latest obsession is the flat lay.

What exactly is a flat lay?  Exactly as it sounds.  Simply lay out an outfit in a pleasing design on a flat surface and snap a photograph to share on socialite media.


How to Flat Lay | Four Easy Steps

How to Flat Lay

Plain Background

  • You need to create a plain, light coloured background.
  • You can try your carpet or floorboards.
  • Alternatively, lay a sheet or blanket on a flat surface like the floor, a dining table or bed.
  • I use my king sized bed with vintage white cotton blanket.

Create a Box

  • Make a square shape when laying out the outfit.
  • Create edges with the placement of the pieces.
  • Fill in gaps with accessories.


  • It’s all about proportion.
  • Lay a top flat.
  • Fold a pair of pants in half lengthwise and bend at the knee.
  • Fold a jacket in half and layer over the top.
  • Layer accessories and jewellery on the clothes.
  • This will help define the different pieces and pull them together simultaneously.


  • Keep playing and moving different pieces about the square you’ve created.
  • Keep snapping pictures.
  • Not only might you prefer an earlier edit when you’re reviewing the images later, but you could also create an awesome outfit Flipagram.


How to Flat Lay | Examples

How to flat lay

Plain Background 

  • The vintage white cotton blanket on my bed.  Sometimes I stand on my bed to get an eagle eye view.

Create a Box

  • The jeans and shirt create the main square shape.


  • The berry pink tones of the bra, glasses and shoe coordinate.
  • The jeans are folded for the right proportions.


  • I moved the beauty products onto the white shirt to define it against the white bedspread.
  • Moving all the accessories between the jeans and the shirt worked better for this flat lay.
  • Rules are made to be broken.  This is just a guideline to get you started.
  • Try flat lays for beauty products used for Face of the Day images.
  • Create a recipe flat lay with a cookbook, utensils, bowls, food etc.


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How to Flat Lay

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How to Flat Lay | The How Not To Flat Lay example

how to flat lay

Plain Background

  • The background is too dark so the details are lost.

Create a Box

  • Three boxes and I’ve created an arch.  Hmmm.
  • Epic fail.


  • The nail polish bottles coordinate
  • The rest is a hot mess!


  • Just keep trying!


Flat lays have had an unexpected benefit – my bed gets made every day!  How good is that?

Flat lays are also a great way to participate in Everyday Style with Styling You if you’re not comfortable sharing images of yourself.  Are you a flat lay fan?


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  • glamourmama Kate Mac - 4 April 2014 - 6.00 am

    Thanks for this great post Kimba – I’m hopeless at flat lay! It’s much harder than it looks, but you’ve broken it down so simply. Giving it another bash soon xxReplyCancel

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  • lisa - 3 April 2014 - 12.17 am

    Ok Kimba, I have just taken your advice & completed my own flat lay post after reading today’s post. I went all out and have fancy text and borders too…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa mckenzie - 2 April 2014 - 2.21 pm

    Thank you much lay for the flat lay tips Kim-Marie!ReplyCancel

  • Daenel T - 2 April 2014 - 2.17 pm

    I fail at Flat Lay. I’ve tried it a few times and quit. Thanks for the tips!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 3 April 2014 - 1.53 pm

      If at first you don’t succeed … you know the drill! xReplyCancel

  • Bev - 2 April 2014 - 12.05 pm

    You’re not just a pretty face are you? Thanks for the fabulous ‘how-to’ post. Never attempted a flat-lay before, but I sure know how to when I do! Mwah xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 3 April 2014 - 1.54 pm

      Give it a go, Bev! I look forward to seeing your examples xxReplyCancel

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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama - 2 April 2014 - 11.11 am

    Admittedly I have middle aged eyesight, but can I suggest using a coloured background when there is a white shirt or clothing item? It’s really hard for me to see otherwise!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 3 April 2014 - 1.58 pm

      I’ve done that on purpose, Janet, as the white ruffled pieces I’ve used are soft and subtle, and this was how I demonstrated that. But each to their own. xReplyCancel

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  • iCurvyJojo Curvy - 2 April 2014 - 10.15 am

    Awesome Awesome post. I am an EPIC failler at the lay flat but I will take all your tips on board and will hopefully see some drastic improvement! xReplyCancel

  • Sonia from Sonia Styling - 2 April 2014 - 9.12 am

    I’ve only done a few flat lays in my time and have always second guessed my choices. Definitely going to avoid my carpet from now on (dark charcoal grey!) and will experiment and play around with your tips. Thanks Ms Kimba!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 3 April 2014 - 1.59 pm

      Just wait until your carpet is 12 years old like ours – it’s now a dark greige! xReplyCancel

  • Lauren - 2 April 2014 - 7.23 am

    Thanks so much for these tips- I was always unsure about folding my pants on flat lays but now I am going to experiment a lot more!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 3 April 2014 - 1.56 pm

      The pants thing just seems to work better, especially with oversized boyf jeans – you get the impression of the outfit without looking like a size 437!ReplyCancel

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