Backless Inspiration from Tulisa and Cheryl

Both Cheryl and Tulisa (their surnames are too complicated) channeled backless dresses at this year’s Pride of Britain Awards.

Cheryl’s choice had more of a Victorian edge to it due to the lace fabric and colour, whereas Tulisa’s unusual heavier, embellished dress by Amber Feroz seemed to swallow her up from the front.

To be honest, the magic of both of these dresses was all in the back.  Although, totally ruined in my opinion by those hideous tattoos!  If you are going to wear a backless number soon just make sure you attend to the skin in the run up to your event.  A spotty, dry back isn’t pretty.

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The above black, backless, vintage style gown with sheer mesh detail is NEW to Belle Dress Hire and available in a size 8 and I believe has a similar quality to it as those displayed on the red carpet by Tulisa and Cheryl.  A simple design at the front and maximum effect at the back of the dress means you will impress from all angles.  Helga McKay models this new style beautifully at an event in Belfast last weekend and has made perfect choices in relation to her hairstyle and make up.  Effortlessly elegant.

Separates are SEXY!!

I just LOVE separates as evening wear.  Give me a well tailored black tux or a cropped top and pants or skirt over a full length ball gown any day of the week.  IF it’s done right of course.  From Leslie Mann and Emma Watson to Cara Delevingne and Angelina Jolie, many starlets have shunned the typical evening dress expected at red carpet events and created unforgettable fashion moments.

I applaud this completely different take on what is considered as “typical” evening wear.  I think it’s young, I think it’s fashionable, I think it’s fun and should be done so much more!

The separate concept was shown as recently as this week at the Love, Rosie Premiere in London’s Odeon West End by Kimberley Garner (former cast member of Made In Chelsea) and actress, Laura Haddock.

Even though I love this trend, I actually don’t have a wealth of separates available at Belle Dress Hire simply because the suppliers don’t offer enough of this type of thing for me to buy in!  I do however, have this absolutely gorgeous layered, black, tulle skirt with satin bow detail and a separate fitted corset with cream lace.  This skirt also looks amazing with a fitted, brightly coloured cashmere cardigan or could be paired with a simple t-shirt if you really wanted to shake things up.

 

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Be adventurous with evening wear, step outside the box and out of your comfort zone at your next event.  The separate outfit above is available at Belle Dress Hire for just £80 plus security deposit.

It’s simply black and white!

I have had this beautiful black and white dress at Belle for awhile now.  People have been put off by it’s brazen and bold simplicity, besides they have been much more impressed with the nearby twinkle of crystals and sequin.

So I was delighted when the young Milly dared to try on this gorgeous monochrome style for her school formal.  This dress must be worn on somebody tall so that the lighter side panels hit the waist and hips at just the right point.  Milly had a beautiful, elongated torso therefore the dress looked stunning on her.  I was delighted to hear that she and date won the coveted “Best Dressed Couple” award at the formal.

When Milly came to see me she had no make-up on and was dressed very casually with hair in a ponytail.  I knew the dress would be fabulous but even I was blown away when I saw this photo of her ……….

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Girls, sometimes it pays to be brave and wear something different, something unexpected.        Remember you want to stand out at your formal, not blend in.  Take a risk and chose a dress that you love not one that you think other people will like.

Teen Choice Awards 2014

Not just for the younguns this event, the annual Teen Choice Awards has now become synonymous with goofy fun, a more relaxed laid back red carpet and on-stage jibes by the presenters both young and old.

I was surprised to see a wealth of looks at this year’s event, some of which I thought were spot on and others …. somewhat lacking.

The three most important things to consider when dressing for a special event is your age, the “type” of occasion you’re attending and the fit of your outfit.  If you only bear these three things in mind and nothing else when selecting your choice of attire you simply can’t go wrong.

There has been a real lack of red carpet/black tie events over the summer months so I haven’t been blogging so much as there literally hasn’t been anything to comment on, so let’s make up for lost time shall we?

Black, black and more black!  Black is back.  Even though we’re still in the month of August, Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd and Kim Kardashian all decided against bright colours.  I simply LOVED Selena Gomez’s simple yet chic trouser suit and silver pointed shoes.  She is showing young ladies that you can cover up and dress elegantly when you’re young and still look stylish!  Her make up with the smoky eye, lack of accessories and slicked back hair were just perfect.

Teenie Bopper, Cher Lloyd also shone in classy black, although she kept things fun and younger with a shorter hemline and a hint of see through mesh.  Mesh fabric is so in style at the moment for evening wear, it’s a way of showing skin without being over revealing or vulgar.  It’s also great at disguising blemished or uneven skin tone as well.

At just 16, it’s hard to process just how mature Bella Thorne seems to be when making fashion choices for events.  This outfit is a little out there but I loved it on her.  The blue is perfect with her auburn colouring and the very structured silhouette and stiff fabric make the most of her small frame.  However, the mesh inset at the bust is in my opinion too low and inappropriate for her age.  Remember number one in my most important things to consider ….?

Keeping things fun was an amazing dress worn by Odeya Rush who stars alongside Taylor Swift in the upcoming flick, The Giver.  The coolest part of the dress were the pockets!  Ingenious. It keeps the style informal and downplays the fuller skirt and more dramatic corseted, lace top which all could look a tad OTT.  The fact that the hemline stops above her ankle again is a fresh take on evening/party wear.

I’m glad to see red carpet events are finally on the increase and look forward to blogging about hopefully some really interesting fashion choices.

Winning Dress Once Again For Belle Dress Hire!

A lovely lady contacted Belle Dress Hire last week to arrange an appointment for her daughter.  When I asked if she needed directions, I was somewhat surprised when she said, “Yes, definitely need directions, don’t know Lisburn too well as we’re from Co. Monaghan.”  I have had ladies visit from as far as Coleraine, Kilkeel, Newry ….. but a 2 hour drive from across the border showed immense dedication in the quest for an evening dress!

During the appointment, I soon realised the reason why there was such a need to travel for a full length formal gown.  The lovely Orla was to complete in the Glaslough Rose competition which is part of the annual Glaslough Fete in Co. Monaghan.

As this was Orla’s first time taking part in such an event, finding the perfect dress was extremely important.  There were four KEY things to bear in mind to ensure it was the right style  …

Number one and the most important – the FIT of the dress which I always tell my customers is the most critical thing to consider when choosing an evening dress.

Number two was MODESTY as she’s a beautiful yet young girl, I needed both herself and mum to be comfortable with the level of flesh on show.

Number three was UNIQUENESS of the dress as it was imperative that Orla stood out on stage from other competitors.

And finally number four was COMFORTABILITY so that ease of movement would not be a challenge.

After numerous dress changes, we all agreed on the very first dress that Orla tried on!  I can’t tell you how many times that happens.  This stunning dress from Paris, fitted Orla to absolute perfection.  It met her curves without clinging and the sheer tulle bottom kept the style young and modern.  The shorter hemline was just that, short yet modest and the embellished beadwork ensured that the dress would sparkle under stage lights.

I was not surprised one bit when Orla’s mum told me that she won BEST DRESSED ROSE category at the competition and they were coming back this week to choose her formal dress!

Congratulations Orla and family who I’m sure are very proud of you.

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Best Dressed Rose, Glaslough Rose 2014.

A/W 2014 Formal Season …

All you lovely, young ladies out there who are attending a school formal in September/October, I just wanted to let you know that girls from Lurgan, Portadown, Kilkeel, Belfast and Lisburn have already started coming to appointments at Belle Dress Hire and are reserving dresses for hire.

As Belle Dress Hire specialises in exclusive, high end styles, once a number of dresses have been reserved for a particular school formal then unfortunately I will not be able to take any further appointments so as to avoid only being able to offer a small selection of gowns to someone at an appointment.

Just a heads up that if you are interested in hiring a dress for your school formal, it’s never too early to select a dress and pay your deposit as it can sometimes take weeks to find matching shoes and accessorises.  Plus you want plenty of time to research and experiment with complimenting hair styles and make up.

Belle Dresses range from sizes 6 through to 18 and for a quick response use the contact us form on the website to make an appointment.

 

Enter a Competition in Style with Belle Dress Hire!

Congratulations to 15 year old Sorcha Ferguson who competed in this year’s Ultimate Beauty UK & Ireland competition at the weekend.  The annual event took place at Bellini’s in Newry and showcased the very best of young beauty both inside and out.

When Sorcha came to me for a competition evening dress we had to bear in mind her natural beauty and certainly her young age.  Sorcha is a tiny size 6 so again we didn’t want anything too revealing but wanted to take full advantage of her very slim figure.

Although loads of dresses suited Sorcha, we finally decided on this gorgeous, full length, raspberry coloured halter neck gown.  With a few alterations, the dress fitted perfectly.  I love this colour on brunettes and I believe she received lots of compliments on the day.

 

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Sorcha was among the top 15 girls and for her very first beauty competition I think she did amazingly well!

 

WOW, new style crush …

I have never heard of Nicola Peltz and I don’t believe many other people have either as up until the latest Transformers: Age of Distinction New York film, she was the 19 year old daughter of a billionaire with little to no acting experience.

But I have just seen the premiere photos from around the world of this young lady and I am hooked, no obsessed with her look!!!

Not only do I LOVE the choice of dresses but her hair and make up are sublime!  This girl knows how to look young in high fashion evening gowns unlike many of her peers *cough* Kylie and Kendall Jenner!!

Her make up hasn’t been applied with a trowel and I love the fact that she keeps her hair down so it looks soft and flowy.  The simple trick of moving her hairline makes it seem like she has used lots of different styles when she hasn’t.  I will continue to watch this lady VERY closely.  Just insanely beautiful.  Less is more ladies!!!

 

Wedding Belles ….

Are you attending a wedding this Summer?  Then listen up!  Everyone knows being a wedding guest days costs a small fortune.  There’s the hen party in Marbs, the overnight accommodation in the wedding hotel, money for drinks throughout the day, the “cash donation” seeing as nobody seems to want actual presents anymore …. The list is endless and pricey!

Last thing you want to have to do is splash out on a glitzy outfit which you’ll probably never wear again as the wedding pics will be all over social media! Let Belle Dress Hire take all the stress away from your shoulders.

I have some beautiful full length dresses that would be stunning to wear as a wedding guest.  Although my styles are predominantly formal/evening gowns many are of a floatier fabric with beaded detail rather then sequin/diamante making them perfect choices for a special occasion such as a wedding.  Most dresses also come with a matching wrap which keeps you modest for the ceremony and also more importantly saves a few pennies on having to buy a jacket or shrug.

Dresses start from just £50 to hire with a small selection of shorter length styles right through to full length, elaborate gowns.  Be sure to visit the website belledresshire.co.uk to make an appointment.

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Dress like the Queen of Topshop …

Chloe Green attended the annual Cash & Rocket gala dinner in London at the weekend in a white and silver beaded dress.

I have to say, she does look really pretty in the photos but the dress doesn’t fit very well at all.  It also was badly wrinkled in some of the press photos I saw.  I hate the added bangles on each arm which I think cheapens this whole look.

Belle Dress Hire has an extremely similar dress in stock to Chloe’s but in an orange jersey with gold beading which actually looks much richer and is a fantastic colour combo for the Summer ….

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Unlike Chloe’s dress, this style is a heavy jersey fabric and fully lined so it won’t wrinkle.  The colour is bang on trend and also suits blondes, red heads and brunettes!  For just £70 hire fee you could wear this stunning gown at your next event.

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