Brown as an alternative to black????

When you suggest the colour brown to alot of people they aren’t fussed.  So I want to change that mindset if I can ….. just have a look at how flattering and rich a mink/brown colour can look on the skin (see left of photo)!


Belle customer, Siobhan, Director of Sales & Marketing at the fabulous Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast, was looking for a dress which fitted her shape perfectly.  That’s really the most important thing to think about when choosing a dress, it needs to highlight all of your best assets and disguise the parts that you’re not so keen on.  Siobhan needed the dress to be really comfortable and also modest as this was a work related event which she was attending therefore this simple style was perfect!  See Siobhan on far right of photo …

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Siobhan has absolutely gorgeous auburn hair and so the mink hue of this dress was so complimentary to her skin tone.  Although, I know Siobhan won’t mind when I say that she did add a little fake tan to really bring out the warmth of the dress.  Siobhan kept the overall look really fresh with a modern up-do,elongating the neck and really showing off those wonderful collarbones!

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When I saw a photo of Heather Graham at a Hangover III premiere, I had serious fashion envy!  This dress is so stylish, elegant and fresh.  I have always loved the black and white look – if it’s done properly – which Heather shows off  here.

Keeping her hair sleek in a ponytail and a pop of reddish pink on the lips, she is absolutely amazing!!


Grecian style at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter …….

How fabulous does Belle Dress Hire customer Lisa look in this gorgeous, grecian inspired, one shoulder dress?

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This dress although an off white colour actually suits blondes, brunettes and red heads alike.  There’s no doubt that the skin needs to have a little tan to warm the overall look but I have seen this dress on a variety of ladies with different hair colourings and it always looks stunning.

Lisa decided on this dress because it fitted her figure so well which is really important and also it was extremely comfortable to wear.  When Lisa brought the dress back (in immaculate condition I might add) she delighted in telling me that she had never had so many compliments.  Complete strangers had come over to her asking where she had bought the dress and those who knew Lisa well were amazed at how fabuolus her figure looked in the dress. All in all a fantastic Belle Dress Hire success!

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Why buy when you can hire?

I have had an amazing array of customers come to Belle Dress Hire and they all have said exactly the same thing …… “Why would I buy when I can hire?”

It’s true!  Most of my customers rarely attend a black tie event and so don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a dress that will be worn once.  What you need to remember is that evening dress trends change constantly mainly because the fashion is dictated by what celebs are wearing on the red carpet.  Therefore, if you spend £500 on an evening dress and decide to dust it off a couple of years later, it is more than likely that it is old fashioned and let’s be honest, perhaps doesn’t fit as well as it used to!

I always advise my customers to invest in a good “cocktail”/”party” dress preferably in black and to keep the design simple.  Idea is that it won’t date as much and you can always change the accessories and shoes to give it a “different” look each time.  However, when it comes to long/evening dresses, why spend a fortune on something you will only wear “every now and again” and hire a fabulous dress each time something comes up at Belle Dress Hire!

I will offer a little advice on hiring ….. don’t leave it until the last minute!  I think it’s important to book an appointment to try dresses on at least 3 weeks before your event.  That gives you plenty of time to think about shoes and accessories without a major panic shopping trip were you either spend more on the shoes and bag than the dress OR you just pick something that “will do”.

So if you have an event coming up in June or over the summer months, contact Belle Dress Hire on 07708905104 or via the website to book an appointment which are available Mon-Sat and I look forward to hearing from you.

Who said black had to be boring!!!

When Ruth came for an appointment at Belle Dress Hire, she was specifically looking for something simple yet elegant which would be comfortable to wear all evening at a black tie event.

Ruth decided to go for a gorgeous black dress with beaded necklace collar.  The beauty of this dress is that it requires no necklace but just ear rings to set the look off.  Also, a plain black bag and shoes complete the styling.

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Higher neckline dresses have been favoured recently on the red carpet by celebrities, check out Isla Fisher and Taylor Swift  ….


Amazing Belle Dress Hire Customers!

Check out this montage of photos of some of my fantastic Belle Dress Hire customers.  Think you will all agree that they look fabulous …..nettleship 2IMG_0042_MG_0416-1 (2)danielleIMG_0069Leanne

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Choose grey for a change at Belle Dress Hire!

It’s always easy to go with a black dress when choosing a gown for an event and let’s face it, black is hard to beat!  It’s slimming, safe and easy to match up with shoes and a bag.

However, if a bold, bright pink or lime green isn’t your style and you want to keep things classic, why not try silver grey?  With the recent release of the “Great Gatsby” in cinemas, there has been a renewed interest in vintage style gowns and this dress fits the bill perfectly.

Clare wore this stunning, silver grey, silk chiffon dress with beading at the waist and matching wrap to an event at the weekend.  Thankfully the sun was shining on Friday so this choice of colour was perfect!  She also picked up a gorgeous, unique necklace at a local boutique which worked perfectly with the neckline of the dress.  The structure of this dress is great for cinching in the waist and then flowing out in an A-Line shape to the floor.

This dress is available to hire at Belle Dress Hire …..

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Sequin dresses RULE!

It’s official, even though we aren’t approaching the Xmas party season as yet, it seems that sequin “bling bling” dresses are all the rage on the red carpet at the moment!

Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Kelly Rowland all stepped out in wear sequin gowns to the recent Billboard Awards event.  They have mixed the textures of sequin and sheer very well and each gone for a completely different shape/style and colour but essentially all three are sequin dresses.

There are a few gorgeous sequin gowns available at Belle Dress Hire that you can snap up for just £70 hire fee ……

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Sparkling in black and silver gown from Belle Dress Hire ….

This is an AMAZING dress!

Not for the fainthearted, this dress needs to be worn with confidence as it’s beaded with sequin from head to toe!

Loyal Belle Dress Hire customer, Susan, looks stunning in this dress!  Sequin is notoriously difficult to wear and you need to be very thin to wear it from top to bottom, but Susan is very petite and so displays the shape of the dress so well.

Susan Wilson

Due to the beading from the neckline down to the floor there is no need for accompanying accessories!  You can’t see the back of this dress very well in the photo, but it’s very low and exposes to the top of the bottom.  It’s a very sexy dress!

Another great thing about this dress is that it simply needs a black bag and black shoes to complete the look which most ladies have already in their wardrobe!

Belle Dress Hire customer looking fabulous in pink!

I absolutely love this gorgeous dress which comes from a Paris collection available at Belle Dress Hire.


This cerise/fuschia pink, chiffon dress is so well structured in its shape.  Due to boning at the bust and waist it defines the body extremely well. With just a touch of diamante beading on the one shoulder strap and also at the back of the dress and on the waist, the need for accessories is minimal.

This is a stunning colour which suits both blondes and also brunettes.  Customer, Julie Anne shines in this colour and with just a hint of a golden tan on the skin it compliments the pink hue of this dress perfectly.

This dress is available to hire in a size 6/8 and is extremely comfortable to wear.