Fashion Darhling!

I am absolutely obsessed with watching fashion based tv programmes at the moment, both UK and America based. It never ceases to amaze me just how much fashion affects people’s lives, touching on, influencing and evoking so many varying emotions.

For me personally, fashion is purely dress up! Every day I feel different when I wake up and so that totally dictates what I then select from the wardrobe to wear. Did I get a good night’s sleep and apply a little fake tan the night before? Then I grab a more revealing top and cropped trousers. Do I feel physically cold and maybe overdid the “cheat meal” the day before? Then I grab a retro tracksuit and sunglasses to hide behind.

I don’t believe I have a particular “style” that I follow or specific brands that I will only buy, I go with what catches my eye and my mood at that one moment which is why I do have a few items in the wardrobe that I will never wear again but then that to me is the fun part of fashion.  I don’t think that anyone should take fashion too seriously, obviously not including fashion designers in that statement of course!

I feel because I am quite a free spirit when it comes to fashion choices that this really helps me to help find the perfect evening dresses for my customers. I can keep an open mind as to what other ladies might like therefore sometimes really pushing clients outside of their comfort zone and what they would usually choose to wear and that goes for colour, shape, fabric etc

I have a compact yet diverse collection of gowns for ladies to try from the figure hugging jersey style to the princess ball gown silhouette to the “in your face” fabulous print patterns.

For your next black tie event or wedding or up and coming Christmas formal get together please contact Belle Dress Hire for an appointment.

Black is Best!

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life. Black never dates, always looks good, is the best colour for slimming effects and is easy to match up with accessories. Nothing beats a good black dress! And that goes for formal gowns as well as work suits and cocktail dresses ladies.
Black can be quite harsh on the skin so if you have a blue tinge to your complexion and don’t want to wear a fake tan, I would suggest going for a dark grey or navy which will be better against your skin tone. However, if you are more shallow skinned then black can look absolutely amazing especially with the addition of a warm, golden tan.

Black is usually best left to its own devices and unlike white, there really is no need to add additional colours, except for on the lips and nails!

a bit of bling never hurt anyone and can look fabulous with black as seen here.  Sometimes it’s best to let the “black dress” do the talking!

For your next big event contact Belle Dress Hire for an appointment.

Black strapless boned fitted dress with silver sequin (size 10) also available in white (size 6)

 

Formal Season Autumn 2018

If you have an upcoming formal in September, October or November 2018, act fast and get an appointment booked with Belle Dress Hire ASAP. It may seem like “ages away” but finding the perfect dress for your school formal can be time consuming AND stressful!

Hiring a dress for such an occasion takes all the stress out of the experience with no queues for fitting rooms or tills as well as one to one advice and guidance with Belle Dress Hire owner, Leeanne, throughout the appointment.

Once you have the dress picked then the rest just falls into place because you can style around your gown. For example, decided to go with a low back style? I suggest keeping the hair up or off to one side to make sure the full effect of the open back is revealed. A halter neck or low cut V neck definitely calls for loose curls to soften the harsh lines of the fabric. The style of dress will 100% affect your choice of make up in terms of colours and also your accessories. Therefore, I can’t stress enough how important it is to select a dress sooner rather than later if you have a formal coming up.

The photo below shows the great results achieved by taking the time to find the perfect silhouette.

This neckline is perfect for those with a fuller bust as it gives much needed support to the bust. The mesh fabric shows a hint of flesh but keeps everything elegant and sophisticated. The pull to one side of the fabric at the waist is a design feature which is fantastic at hiding and softening some of the curves we’d rather keep hidden! The vibrant red looks good on everyone! Blondes, brunettes even redheads can wear this magnificent shade just make sure to have a little tan on the skin to really make the colour pop.

For an appointment at Belle Dress Hire please see the contact form on www.belledresshire.co.uk

Belle Beauty Rocks the stage!

I absolutely loved helping to select dresses for the Miss Earth Northern Ireland 2017 competition in June. Belle customer, Arlene, came fourth place overall in her very first competition of this nature and looked stunning in both dresses from Belle Dress Hire.
For the cocktail round we decided to go for a shorter length, gold sequin, strapless style and it fitted Arlene like a glove! The bodice of this dress is boned at the bust and gives a fabulous shape to the wearer, nipping in tight at the waist. The fabric itself is quite stiff and so sits really well, no wrinkles or folds to worry about when you wear this dress.

Then for the remaining rounds of the competition, Arlene chose an AMAZING full length gown with ruffled full skirt, strapless, boned bodice in a green and navy animal print pattern. I know that sounds really bizarre but the pattern is very subtle and considering the pageant was called Miss Earth, we thought this dress was the perfect choice and again it fitted Arlene extremely well after a few nips and tucks.


If you have a competition or special event coming up, contact Belle Dress Hire at www.belledresshire.co.uk to view more dresses available and to make an appointment.

Dress just like Margot Robbie!!!

Margot Robbie was in a fabulous, gold, shimmering, low neckline, Tom Ford dress at the 2016 Oscars

She almost looked like an Oscar trophy with the gold, metallic fabric and long statuesque figure in this fabulous gown.  This style totally embraces curves which is what I especially love about it.  You need a pair of hips and a bum for this ladies!  Hooray, I hear you shout!

Yes you can look like Margot Robbie at your next event, just look at this gown available at Belle Dress Hire …  This style is available in a size 10/12.  Please contact me via the website www.belledresshire.co.uk for an appointment to try this on!!

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Prom dresses are BACK

For the last few years, there has been more of an avid interest in dramatic, skin tight, fitted styles with thigh high splits or deep cleavage V-necks when it comes to formal wear.  However, the tide is changing!

There has been a resurgence of pretty, “prom” style dresses on the red carpet this year at The Golden Globes, Oscars and in Cannes.  Both the young and more mature lady are turning to a soft, floaty, chiffon fabric without the harshness of structure or embellishments which can be super flattering on the figure.  Accessories, hairstyle and make up are vitally important when completing this look to ensure you keep everything fresh, understated and fashion forward.

Kaley Cuoco at the 2016 Golden Globes and Miranda Kerr in Cannes, wore their flowing, chiffon gowns immaculately whilst Heidi Klum’s lilac dress was a disaster.

I have some beautiful, free flowing dresses available for hire at your next event.  Dare to be different and embrace your femininity by choosing one of these super pretty styles at Belle Dress Hire ….

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Keep it SIMPLE!!

I’m so so very sorry guys it’s been ages since I last posted, I’ve been caught up in the daily madness of my little girl who turns one tomorrow! She’s not a baby any more sadly and so I find myself with more “me” time, hence plenty of regular blog posts will be coming your way!

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the red carpet events of 2016 so far – Met Gala, Grammys, MMVAS, Tony Awards etc and have to say I feel an overall sense of disappointment in many of the celebrity fashion choices this year. But hey let’s focus on the good ones for this post and I’m going to talk about red carpet evening wear specifically as school formal season is approaching from September onwards ……

Often, when it comes to style, think the simpler the better! I give you Krysta Rodriguez and Bella Hadid at this year’s Tony Awards who display chic sophistication perfectly in their choice of strapless, clean line dresses in black and white. Don’t ever underestimate the power of this combination, especially if you team with a strong hair style and lip colour.

Belle Dress Hire has some stunningly, fabulous black and white dresses available for hire – see examples below.  So forget the dull pastels and predictable red gowns at your next event and strike a pose in some old school monochrome glamour instead!

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Please visit the website www.belledresshire.co.uk to book an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters are Doing it for Themselves!

Not only is it super fun to dress someone for a special occasion but it’s double the fun when you get to help sisters chose dresses!

Mandy (right) and Laura (left) look absolutely stunning in these full length gowns …..

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It was a little difficult initially to select a few dresses for them each to try on at the appointment which they didn’t both love!  These sisters not only look very alike but are very close in size/shape and have the same taste just to make it extra difficult lol

Anyway, I think we found absolute winners in the electric blue and silver sequin style with cut out and side split as well as the striking black jersey dress with heavily beaded bust and mesh side cut out.

Both girls look elegant and stylish and I’m looking forward to hearing all the gossip from the night when they return the gowns this evening!

Dresses are available for hire in sizes 6/8 from Belle Dress Hire at a cost of £80 plus an additional £40 security deposit which is given back when the dress is returned undamaged.  Please see the website www.belledresshire.co.uk for more information.

New dress similar to Suki Waterhouse now available!

Suki Waterhouse wore a soft blue, vintage inspired, aquamarine, lace gown by Burberry to the London Palladium recently.  It is so lovely and refreshing to see a young girl looking sexy yet covered up in a long dress!

A new, full length, chiffon gown has arrived into Belle Dress Hire which I think is very similar to this Burberry style but certainly doesn’t come with the designer price tag and is available for hire in a size 6/8 in a pinky lilac shade!  Check it out …..

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You can really rock Suki’s style by hiring this dress from Belle and “roughing it up” slightly by simulating the Bridget Bardot eyeliner and loose tousled “out of bed” hair which Suki does so well.  This combination gives a funkier edge and takes some of the “etherealness” out of the look.

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Or you can mimic Ruth, seen here at an Awards ceremony in Dublin wearing one of Belle’s “Kate Middleton” style dresses in a gorgeous, rich burgundy wine colour.  The mesh sleeves keep the tops of arms covered and shimmer with delicate beading whilst the waist is highlighted at its best with a belt of beadwork.  Ruth has kept the look young and fresh with her choice of hair style and expertly applied make up plus she hasn’t overdone the spray tan!  So important ladies to NOT go over the top with tan, honestly it looks ridiculous especially at this time of year.  Think more Suki than Snooki!!!!!!

AMA disasters!

OMG!  It just makes me so CROSS when I see celebrities dressed this badly!  They don’t have to pay for their dresses, all the make up, tan and hair is done by their stylists which takes hours upon hours.  Jewellery, shoes and accessories are all generally free en gratis as well ……….. AND THEY STILL GET IT DISASTROUSLY WRONG.

I saw loads of pics from the AMA’s red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday and am genuinely shocked by the car crash fashion choices made.  I saw just three styles that I quite liked.  And I mean quite liked, they didn’t blow me away by any means but certainly in comparison to the rest of the dog’s dinner outfits beside them, they stood out for the right reasons.

Selena Gomez, kept it simple and classy and fuss free.  Loved her backless, black dress with sleeves which is perfect for this time of year (remember to think how cold it is outside right now).  Effortless, timeless and chic.  Fergie also got it right in another full length, black number with gold accessories.  Again this was age appropriate and flattering.  OK she won’t win any major style awards with this dress but it did fit her beautifully.

However, in comparison to J Lo, Heidi Klum, Zendaya, Rita Ora, Diane Agron ….. the list goes on and on of dress horrors …… you look pretty awesome.  Did they look in the mirror at ALL before leaving the house????

I have to say, my customers at Belle Dress Hire look significantly better in a rented gown with their own tan and make up applied as well as just a 30 minute hair appointment than these multi millionaires!  So disappointing.  If Joan Rivers were still here she’d rip them apart!