“What’s the deal with elevator mirrors?” a present-day Seinfeld might ask. Well, for the restless, a mirror makes the ride seem faster. For claustrophobes, it opens up the space and provides a welcome distraction (your beautiful face!). And for the inherently stylish (ahem), the elevator mirror holds the secret to a major fashion moment.
Often the elevator ride down is your chance for one last once-over before heading out into the world—making sure that your J.W.Anderson skirt is hanging just right, or that platform Tevas do go with those flares—and that mirror lets you put everything in final order. Take Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, who recently shared a private moment in the elevator before heading out to meet the paparazzi, then, naturally, posted that shot on Instagram. For them, it’s all about controlling and perfecting your image—and there’s no better place to do that than in the flattering confines of the elevator.
Because let’s face it: With hair and makeup just done and clothes fresh off the hanger, those 45 seconds will probably be the best you look all day. Just look to sisters Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid who always make sure to snap a final photo in their silk Versace gowns and Pucci minis before a long night on the red carpet that can leave anyone a little worse for the wear. Fashion bloggers like Bryanboyalso know the power of the elevator, which can turn even sandals and white denim shorts at 4:30 a.m. into a ’grammable shot.
And this principle applies to the rest of us, too—to even greater effect. Elevators, you see, exist in a vacuum, where crop tops better define your abs and high-waisted flares actually flatter (hello, belfie). You can call it a flash of vertigo-induced vanity, but the photos won’t lie: You can pull off a lace bodysuit—that definitely was a good purchase.
So why would you not capture that magical moment before those mirrored doors open and it vanishes for good? Exactly. Here, seven iPhone-ready looks to grab for your next descent—happy snapping.