“Someone has just walked in … in the same dress as you!”

It’s every woman’s nightmare.  After hunting to find the perfect dress and accessories someone walks into the event 5 minutes after you in exactly the same outfit.  Disaster!!! That’s why I always suggest that Belle Dress Hire customers try to customise their evening looks by adding a piece of vintage, family jewelry which no one else would ever have.  Or dig out a shawl or fur wrap which an old aunt left for you in their will, dust the mothballs off and again you’ll have something unique.

Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard we try, this situation is at times simply unavoidable.

A friend of mine, recently attended a wedding in a random separate top, belt and skirt which she pulled together into an outfit.  No chance of someone turning up in the same thing, right???  WRONG!  Would you believe that another wedding guest had the exact same top and shoes on but a different skirt and belt yet in the same colours in an extremely similar style.  My friend found the whole thing amusing as there was simply nothing she could do, however, the other guest was not very happy at all and went home to change after the wedding ceremony.

Another situation which may occur is someone posts a photo on Facebook in the same dress/outfit that you posted yourself in a few months previous.  Not only does this girl look better in the dress than you, she got 50% more likes and comments than you did!!  This is something celebrities have to endure on a regular basis.  Take this example, Britney Spears wearing a royal blue Herve Leger dress and Beyonce wearing practically an identical dress (although they aren’t the same designer).

Even though the dresses are from two completely different designers they look exactly the same.  So….. “Who wore it better?”  For me, I think both choices of footwear are awful!!!!  But I like Britney’s more natural, tousled hairstyle than Beyonce’s.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare and plan in advance there may just be one occasion where another girl turns up in either the same outfit or something extremely similar.  So how do you react?  Either you have a hissy fit which makes you look ridiculous and petty OR you simply go up to the girl, have a good giggle and get a photo taken together.  Remember the scene with Miley Cyrus from Sex In The City ……



Would you wear your underwear on a night out??

Lingerie inspired clothing has hit the catwalk and so will be launching into the high streets in a big way over the next few weeks.

From bralets to camisoles to nighties, lacy see through clothing has been on the runway shows of big designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabana as well as Jean Paul Gaultier.  We even saw Victoria Beckham don a lingerie style dress at this year’s Wimbleton final to the Royal Box.

Now some thought her dress was inappropriate for the occasion and indeed the Royal Box but I think the fact that the body of the dress was in a heavy fabric with just a touch of lace detail at the bust that she got away with it.  Do I love the dress?  The answer would have to be no.  I think it’s too young for her and also she’s bound to have had much nicer things in her wardrobe to wear than that!  It actually reminded me of her less fashionable Spice Girl days when her look I have to admit was “cheap chic” …

Things to bear in mind if you want to wear this latest craze of wearing your underwear on the outside for a night out is to actually avoid this trend completely if you are heavy busted.  It will just end up looking cheap and will attract the wrong attention.  Also, if the fabric is satin or synthetic based it will cling to your body!  Satin usually picks up static electricity so it will not be the most comfortable thing in the world to wear and will show off every lump and bump that you have!

If you want to test out this latest trend, go easy and perhaps try a silky camisole in the first instance and team with classy, black pencil trousers and lots of pearls for a sexy, yet polished and sophisticated look.  Think SJP in Sex In The City ….


Irish Blog Awards 2013

Seems strange posting a blog about entering Blog Awards but hey I need to plug this as much as possible!!  Closing date for nominations is 31st July so please don’t hang about!

I’ve had lots of customer tell me that they really enjoy reading my daily blog so would very much appreciate your support in nominating the Belle Dress Hire blog for the Irish Blog Awards 2013! If you have 5 minutes please go to


and enter Belle Dress Hire under the Fashion/Beauty blog. My email is belledresshire@gmail.com The name of the blog is Belle Dress Hire and website is belledresshire.co.uk Would greatly appreciate the support from anyone who has enjoyed reading the blog as much as I have done writing it!


Optical Illusion Dress at Belle Dress Hire …

If anyone wants to look like they have lost a few pounds, the ideal evening dress to wear is a black and white “optical illusion” gown.

Black and white dresses have been really popular on the red carpet because they look so flattering, stylish and chic.  I am delighted to launch this fabulous new dress which is available to hire in a size 10 at Belle Dress Hire with a matching wrap for around the shoulders.  The position of the white panels at the waist means that it instantly looks smaller hence the optical illusion idea. This dress has a low scooped back therefore looking fabulous from the back as well as the front!  I am so excited for someone to come and try this on!!


New shorter length dresses now available at Belle Dress Hire!

Any ladies who have come to visit Belle Dress Hire in the past will know that I have previously specialised in full length evening and formal dresses.

However, I have decided to bring in just a few shorter length styles in case you have been invited to a cocktail event at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood, the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast or the Europa Hotel in Belfast to name but a few of our excellent venues across N Ireland.

I tell all my customers that if your invitation says “Black Tie” that means a full length dress to the floor.  If however, your invite states “cocktail” attire, you can also wear a dress to the knee.

So let’s have a look at these new additions to the Belle Dress Hire Collection!  I’m so excited to let you ladies have a first glimpse at these gorgeous and unique styles that have come from London ….

Gold Short Size 6Valencia Red Size 8



You Gotta LOVE Tina!

So, it’s your wedding day and you’re 73 years of age ………… what the hell do you wear??

I give you the awesome Tina Turner who recently got hitched in Switzerland ….

Now this is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea but let’s be honest, at Tina’s age she couldn’t have rocked a dainty Vera Wang down the aisle now could she!  She’s a legend and so the dress had to be legendary and this green and black silk Armani hit the mark.  I’m not too sure about the sequin leggings poking out at the bottom but I have to admit Tina made a fashion yet age appropriate statement with this wedding gown and looks beautiful.  Take note ladies, you don’t have to go with an ivory, strapless, A-line gown for your big day.  Whilst you may not want to go as far as Tina has done, you might get inspiration from some of the other fabulous, iconic and unusual wedding dresses worn by stars such as Gwen Stefani and Anne Hathaway.




Make sure you get in quick!

Ladies, I had appointments at Belle Dress Hire, located just off the M1 motorway at Lisburn yesterday for school formals being held in October!!

If you have a formal or event coming up in Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Banbridge, Newry or Coleraine please do ensure that you book your appointment well in advance as the best dresses will go first!

There are some beautiful dresses available for hire.  Check out a few of these sample photographs ….

MC162061 SOFT PINK (2)Julie2059-bi-01.27(1)GreenAvailable in black and red


Looking to shine at your forthcoming event in Silver?

Look no further than hiring this fabulous full length, silver sequin and tulle gown at Belle Dress Hire, located in Lisburn.  Available to hire at just £70, this stunning dress is brand new to the belle dress hire collection in a size XS (size 6) and so hasn’t been hired before. Would you like to be the very first person to wear this gorgeous dress???


Stunning silver sequin dress available in a size 6

This photo shows the dress in gold, but I decided to bring in the silver colour in this particular style instead as I feel it has a younger and more modern feel.  The dress is strapless, fits in very neatly at the waist and over the hips before flaring out into a “fishtail” type effect towards the bottom.

This dress requires little to no jewelry as it shimmers in dazzling sequin from top to toe.  All you need to accompany this style is a pair of diamante or silver shoes!  The dress also comes with a fine tulle wrap for around the shoulders to complete the look.

I am delighted to launch this new dress at Belle Dress Hire and can’t wait to actually see it on some customers!!!  More new styles will be available at Belle Dress Hire over the next few days and I will be sure to keep all of you posted!


Would you wear the Sharkini?

I have honestly, truly seen it all when I discovered the latest, custom made swimsuit ….

So let’s think about this one.  You know the way you always see little ones running around in cartoon inspired swimming costumes?  Doesn’t it remind you of a comic baby swimsuit?  But let’s get serious, not only would this design possibly offend people on the beach or at the pool who have lost relatives or friends to a shark attack, but the tan lines with this would be awful!  Plus you need to have washboard abs to pull off any kind of cutaway swimsuit, that’s just the law.

Would you believe this suit can be custom made for you at 100 dollars and if you need it in a hurry, an extra 50 dollars will ensure you receive the swimsuit within 12 days.  Sorry folks, this one just isn’t for me.  After the recent shark attacks we’ve read about in the papers I simply think this is a step too far and is in very bad taste.

Shades of Grey ….

Love or hate the particular dress worn by Kate Hudson, there is no denying that the colour is very unusual and a departure from standard black ….. ladies I give you the colour Grey!

I do believe this colour should be worn from head to toe in an evening dress for the best impact.  Grey is such a regal and chic colour and goes so well with all hair colours.  The only thing I would suggest is that you team this particular shade with a strong lipstick – either a scarlet red or a fuschia pink.

Here are some beautiful grey dresses available for hire at Belle ….

Antonia 2

Strapless chiffon dress with matching wrap

Clare Magee

Vintage style

Steel Grey

Steel grey with capped sleeve