The Center of Attention

center of attention

The center of attention can be the detail that makes the difference. A well-chosen center of interest will create a stylish, elegant, neat, and safe image. At the same time, an overloaded outfit will create a careless and vulgar look in the eyes of others, and therforeit will make you also feel not very comfortable.

What is the center of attention?

The center of interest represents the part or area, which you will emphasize when you put together your outfit, more precisely the point that will attract all eyes. You can choose to emphasize the part of the body that benefits you, to stand out through color, hairstyle, and makeup, or limit yourself to accessories.

How do we choose the focus point for our outfit?

Some basic rules would be:

► to fit in the style of your outfit or to be in accordance with the dress code for the event you participate in, both in terms of size, but also in terms of texture, color, and style

►to take the outfit out of monotony, but not to make it embarrassing, the simpler your outfit, the more subtle the point of attraction will be.

► to beautify the outfit, not to make it uglier

► should be well centered, in one single area



How many “center” of attention can we have in our outfit?

Well, as the name suggests, only one. Indeed, it can be smaller, larger, more subtle, or more extravagant depending on the style and occasion where you will wear the outfit.

At the office, we end up with a watch or a pair of small earrings. With an evening dress, we can wear a pearl necklace, a large hair accessory, or a pair of extravagant shoes, and for an everyday outfit, we can focus on prints, strong colors, and extraordinary accessories.

If you do not want a center of attention in your image and you prefer a simpler outfit, it can be represented by the color of your lipstick, manicure, or hair.

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The center of interest of our outfit has an important role not only in the external image but also in our interior state of mind. If you do not feel good about yourself, you may have a tendency to compensate on the outside and exaggerate, and if you neglect your own person, you may notice this through a careless and personality-less outfit.

According to some psychological principles, more precisely the Gestalt principle of similarity and the Gestalt principle of focusing, the elements with similar characteristics are unconsciously associated and perceived as a whole, and the accentuated or different elements from the rest catch our attention immediately. Our mind, out of the need to get out of habit, is attracted to unusual, and our attention will immediately turn to the first element out of the ordinary.

Therefore, the center of interest can be the signature of your personal clothing style, as well as of your personality.


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By Paula Radu

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