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.