Many people concentrate on hiding the things they are self-conscious about. This usually results in a look that reflects their insecurity. Instead, one should highlight one’s best features. Different cocktail dresses highlight different parts of the body. When choosing a cocktail dress, pay attention to what it highlights. Dresses that end a few inches above the knee showcase shapely legs, while low necklines draw attention to a graceful profile or bust. For this reason, choose a cocktail dress that draws attention to one main feature. There should be a focal point to the whole outfit, whether it draws attention to the face, the bust, the waist, or legs. The focal point can even be a fantastic smile. Draw attention to the face by wearing large earrings and a simple, classic dress style. The table below gives some ideas on making one’s best features stand out.

It is also important to know one’s body shape and dress accordingly. A cocktail dress should both de-emphasize one’s least flattering features and highlight the best features. However, there is a clear difference between those who are just trying to hide their bad features (a kind of fashion "damage control") and those who feel good about the positive aspects of their look.

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