I was very lucky to attend the Women In Business Awards last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shawsbridge. I thoroughly enjoyed the night and was so inspired by the talented, hard working women all around me.
A few days ago I walked into my Belle Dress Hire room and took a deep breath…… it’s not very often that I get to wear one of my own gowns and it was actually really overwhelming! I suddenly felt immense pressure as to which style I should pick and after trying at least thirty dresses on I finally made the commitment to this gorgeous black and white gown.
I think the design inspiration behind this gown is a play on a typical tuxedo so a white, short sleeved, sequin top compliments the black, taffeta, mermaid skirt. The waist cut outs and open back ensure that the dress is feminine and elegant. I got plenty of compliments throughout the course of the evening and I have to say I did feel pretty fabulous! Initially, I did hesitate when choosing this gown as it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea but to be honest I wanted to wear something that people may not have seen before and to showcase the diversity of styles available at Belle Dress Hire.
This is a “statement” dress and does not require a dramatic hairstyle or any accessories, sometimes less is more! I felt it was best to compliment the gown with diamond studs in my ears and simply slicked my hair back into a low bun but I did add plenty of gloss spray just to give my locks a more polished look.
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 …..
To make an appointment please visit the website www.belledresshire.co.uk and complete a contact form.
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.
For your next black tie event or wedding or up and coming Christmas formal get together please contact Belle Dress Hire for an appointment.
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life. Black never dates, always looks good, is the best colour for slimming effects and is easy to match up with accessories. Nothing beats a good black dress! And that goes for formal gowns as well as work suits and cocktail dresses ladies.
Black can be quite harsh on the skin so if you have a blue tinge to your complexion and don’t want to wear a fake tan, I would suggest going for a dark grey or navy which will be better against your skin tone. However, if you are more shallow skinned then black can look absolutely amazing especially with the addition of a warm, golden tan.
Black is usually best left to its own devices and unlike white, there really is no need to add additional colours, except for on the lips and nails!
a bit of bling never hurt anyone and can look fabulous with black as seen here. Sometimes it’s best to let the “black dress” do the talking!
For your next big event contact Belle Dress Hire for an appointment.
Black strapless boned fitted dress with silver sequin (size 10) also available in white (size 6)
If you have an upcoming formal in September, October or November 2018, act fast and get an appointment booked with Belle Dress Hire ASAP. It may seem like “ages away” but finding the perfect dress for your school formal can be time consuming AND stressful!
Hiring a dress for such an occasion takes all the stress out of the experience with no queues for fitting rooms or tills as well as one to one advice and guidance with Belle Dress Hire owner, Leeanne, throughout the appointment.
Once you have the dress picked then the rest just falls into place because you can style around your gown. For example, decided to go with a low back style? I suggest keeping the hair up or off to one side to make sure the full effect of the open back is revealed. A halter neck or low cut V neck definitely calls for loose curls to soften the harsh lines of the fabric. The style of dress will 100% affect your choice of make up in terms of colours and also your accessories. Therefore, I can’t stress enough how important it is to select a dress sooner rather than later if you have a formal coming up.
The photo below shows the great results achieved by taking the time to find the perfect silhouette.
This neckline is perfect for those with a fuller bust as it gives much needed support to the bust. The mesh fabric shows a hint of flesh but keeps everything elegant and sophisticated. The pull to one side of the fabric at the waist is a design feature which is fantastic at hiding and softening some of the curves we’d rather keep hidden! The vibrant red looks good on everyone! Blondes, brunettes even redheads can wear this magnificent shade just make sure to have a little tan on the skin to really make the colour pop.
For an appointment at Belle Dress Hire please see the contact form on www.belledresshire.co.uk
I absolutely loved helping to select dresses for the Miss Earth Northern Ireland 2017 competition in June. Belle customer, Arlene, came fourth place overall in her very first competition of this nature and looked stunning in both dresses from Belle Dress Hire.
For the cocktail round we decided to go for a shorter length, gold sequin, strapless style and it fitted Arlene like a glove! The bodice of this dress is boned at the bust and gives a fabulous shape to the wearer, nipping in tight at the waist. The fabric itself is quite stiff and so sits really well, no wrinkles or folds to worry about when you wear this dress.
Then for the remaining rounds of the competition, Arlene chose an AMAZING full length gown with ruffled full skirt, strapless, boned bodice in a green and navy animal print pattern. I know that sounds really bizarre but the pattern is very subtle and considering the pageant was called Miss Earth, we thought this dress was the perfect choice and again it fitted Arlene extremely well after a few nips and tucks.
If you have a competition or special event coming up, contact Belle Dress Hire at www.belledresshire.co.uk to view more dresses available and to make an appointment.
Margot Robbie was in a fabulous, gold, shimmering, low neckline, Tom Ford dress at the 2016 Oscars
She almost looked like an Oscar trophy with the gold, metallic fabric and long statuesque figure in this fabulous gown. This style totally embraces curves which is what I especially love about it. You need a pair of hips and a bum for this ladies! Hooray, I hear you shout!
Yes you can look like Margot Robbie at your next event, just look at this gown available at Belle Dress Hire … This style is available in a size 10/12. Please contact me via the website www.belledresshire.co.uk for an appointment to try this on!!
For the last few years, there has been more of an avid interest in dramatic, skin tight, fitted styles with thigh high splits or deep cleavage V-necks when it comes to formal wear. However, the tide is changing!
There has been a resurgence of pretty, “prom” style dresses on the red carpet this year at The Golden Globes, Oscars and in Cannes. Both the young and more mature lady are turning to a soft, floaty, chiffon fabric without the harshness of structure or embellishments which can be super flattering on the figure. Accessories, hairstyle and make up are vitally important when completing this look to ensure you keep everything fresh, understated and fashion forward.
Kaley Cuoco at the 2016 Golden Globes and Miranda Kerr in Cannes, wore their flowing, chiffon gowns immaculately whilst Heidi Klum’s lilac dress was a disaster.
I have some beautiful, free flowing dresses available for hire at your next event. Dare to be different and embrace your femininity by choosing one of these super pretty styles at Belle Dress Hire ….
I’m so so very sorry guys it’s been ages since I last posted, I’ve been caught up in the daily madness of my little girl who turns one tomorrow! She’s not a baby any more sadly and so I find myself with more “me” time, hence plenty of regular blog posts will be coming your way!
I’ve been keeping a close eye on the red carpet events of 2016 so far – Met Gala, Grammys, MMVAS, Tony Awards etc and have to say I feel an overall sense of disappointment in many of the celebrity fashion choices this year. But hey let’s focus on the good ones for this post and I’m going to talk about red carpet evening wear specifically as school formal season is approaching from September onwards ……
Often, when it comes to style, think the simpler the better! I give you Krysta Rodriguez and Bella Hadid at this year’s Tony Awards who display chic sophistication perfectly in their choice of strapless, clean line dresses in black and white. Don’t ever underestimate the power of this combination, especially if you team with a strong hair style and lip colour.
Belle Dress Hire has some stunningly, fabulous black and white dresses available for hire – see examples below. So forget the dull pastels and predictable red gowns at your next event and strike a pose in some old school monochrome glamour instead!
Please visit the website www.belledresshire.co.uk to book an appointment.
Not only is it super fun to dress someone for a special occasion but it’s double the fun when you get to help sisters chose dresses!
Mandy (right) and Laura (left) look absolutely stunning in these full length gowns …..
It was a little difficult initially to select a few dresses for them each to try on at the appointment which they didn’t both love! These sisters not only look very alike but are very close in size/shape and have the same taste just to make it extra difficult lol
Anyway, I think we found absolute winners in the electric blue and silver sequin style with cut out and side split as well as the striking black jersey dress with heavily beaded bust and mesh side cut out.
Both girls look elegant and stylish and I’m looking forward to hearing all the gossip from the night when they return the gowns this evening!
Dresses are available for hire in sizes 6/8 from Belle Dress Hire at a cost of £80 plus an additional £40 security deposit which is given back when the dress is returned undamaged. Please see the website www.belledresshire.co.uk for more information.