• Armand John Manoukian

An Ode to Fit Pics

Updated: Dec 14, 2020


I don’t know why I get so nervous every time I do this.

I’ve done it dozens of times before.

They know I am going to do it again.

There’s nothing to be scared of.

There’s nothing to be scared of.


“Hey, can you take a picture of my outfit?”


I got dressed this morning knowing I wanted this.

I wore pants with the slightest crop so my shoes would be on full display.

I wore a white t-shirt under my statement piece so that pit stains wouldn’t show.

I know how to pose so that my watch shows, even if my hand doesn’t.


I want this.


I don’t know why I do. Ever since I got into clothing,

Ever since I started tracking cool designers and brands,

Ever since I decided to will myself into being “in the know" about fashion,

I like that my Instagram feed is mostly fit pics with a dash of life accomplishments.

So of course my friend says yes,

There was never a reason they were going to say no.

I hand them my phone,

“Where do you want this?”

“Oh, I don’t know.”

I’m lying. I know exactly where I want my photo to be taken.

That’s why I asked when I did.

I walk to the background that will ensconce my outfit on social media in about a half hour.

I put one foot forward so my shoes show,

And so my jeans look better, pressed against my knee.

The other knee I slightly bend,

So that the fabric is stretched out and looks like it fits perfectly.

(It usually doesn’t actually fit perfectly.)

I take off my mask, but keep it in my hand for the photo,

Because I want my face to show, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m, like,

A psychopath.

Soft smile.

My friend snaps a few. “Is this good?”

It’s perfect. Thanks. Another chapter in my personal style locked in.

Don’t know why I got so nervous to ask for this.









Quick Bio:

Armand John Manoukian is a senior earning a dual degree in journalism and political science. While most of his experience is in political journalism, his big passion project is Clout Chasing, a fashion podcast he hosts with his good friend Carter Farnsworth. Through Clout Chasing, he's discovered a love for clothing and the people who make it.