The details in an outfit make all the difference in how the outfit is perceived and how the person wearing the outfit is viewed. The slight change in the details can help make an outfit more flattering, or it can destroy the image that the outfit was going for. Even the placement of the ornaments is important in order to allow for the right effects. The ornament in the wrong area or going the wrong direction can make a person look bad rather than good.
One of the most important details in an outfit is the material. Higher end materials will hold the shape and appearance far better than cheap materials. This means that the high end material will not sag or stretch too much, that the material will be less likely to deform and less likely to lose color. The higher end material may be more fragile and susceptible to damage, but it will not be ruined through simple wear. Look for natural materials like cotton and silk, rather than polyester and nylon.
Another important detail is the cut of the outfit. Look for outfits that hug the narrowest part of the body and float away from the trouble spots. This will help to ensure a smooth image and form. Avoid seems and lines that cross the broadest part of the body. This can help a person to visually lose several pounds, while wearing clothing with the wrong cut can add much more visual weight to a person.
The fit of the clothing is very important. The clothing should fit; you should not be forced to squeeze yourself into an outfit. This can cause the outfit to make you look heavy and even make it look like you are trying to deny your size. The ill fitting clothing works in reverse as well. If the outfit is too big, you look like you are trying to hide yourself, and you are uncomfortable with who you are.
When the outfit has ornaments, such as sparkles, embroidery, stitching, or added materials like bows or roses, make sure that the ornaments look good on and draw the eye to the areas of the body you like. The eye is attracted to shy or bright objects, and the eye will move immediately to such a bright ornament on the body. The ornament will not cause the eye to ignore the area around it, but rather pay more attention to it. The direction that the ornament faces or points will also direct the eye in its next spot of attention.
For an example, if a person’s outfit features a shiny embellishment that points up and down along the side of the person, the eye will first go to that ornament and then travel along the profile. This can be very beneficial to those who have an hourglass figure, but it can be trying for those who have a fuller figure. The same occurs when the ornament is across the chest. The initial glance will be at the bust, and the horizontal image of the ornament will cause the eye to follow side to side, instead of moving up towards the face.