I have had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic ladies recently, all of whom hadn’t worn an evening dress in a really long time! One lady in particular had not worn a long dress since her school formal some 30 years ago and as expected, was very unsure as to what would suit her. It was actually really lovely to be asked for my opinion in terms of what shapes, colours and fit I would recommend and my professionalism and experience really kicked in. Once we had found a dress that she loved and felt really terrific in, she then kindly asked for advice on accessories, shoes ……. it really was a very engaged appointment and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Usually my younger customers who are preparing to attend their school formals are very clear in what they want! They have a shortlist in terms of style, colour and fabric choice before they even come for an appointment. In one respect the appointment has a very clear and concise direction and the girls try on exactly what they have described in terms of the gown they want to hire. This is great as the appointment time is used very efficiently and also the customer tends to be less confused about styles and fit as they try on a smaller number of dresses. However, I have to say nothing beats advising a customer to try something on that they typically would not have chosen off the rail and them being blown away at how fabulous they then look in the mirror!
I really am happy to help and advise if I am asked during an appointment, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is the customer. As long as they are happy, I’m happy!
Here are a few pics of some beautiful Belle Dress Hire customers looking fabulous …..
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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.
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Check out Ashley Olsen in an oversized dress from her own collection. This is not everyone’s cup of tea to be fair, however the plus point with oversized fashion means it can hide a multitude of sins! And, you don’t have to go for oversized all over, you can choose whether to rock this look on the top (if you have a large bust) or the bottom (if you haven’t done any squats recently and your bum is looking out of shape). An oversized top or coat over skinny jeans for example works really well. If going for a baggy look in the trousers or a tulip shaped skirt, keep the top very fitted and make sure to wear a belt to draw your shape in at the waist. It’s all about balance if you’re not wearing this trend from top to toe. I think this style works best in a statement colour and a lighter fabric. If Ashley’s dress had’ve been black I think I’d be posting about how I felt it reminded me of a bin liner!
I welcome the oversized trend because I feel it suits all shapes and sizes. Remember the smaller framed girls do want to “bulk up” sometimes with fashion and by the same token, heavier ladies want to disguise body parts with fashion so it’s very much a win win for me.