A Roar at Face of NI 2013!!


Face of NI 2013 Finalist, Sarah Hughes. Photo kindly supplied by Image 31 Photography.

Face of NI 2013 Finalist, Sarah Hughes came to Belle Dress Hire looking for a dress that would stand out on the catwalk for the evening wear round of the competition which took place at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry last month and I believe she achieved that in this amazing leopard print dress.

This sensational style comes from Paris and is ultimately set off by a red satin trim across the bust and on the lining of the dress.  The small diamante detail at the waist just adds a little extra glamour!  This dress is extremely well shaped so it hugs the figure in all the right places.

Just a few things to remember when wearing animal print of any kind  especially as evening wear ..

1) Do not clash with other animal prints, patterns or clashing colours.

2) Keep accessories to a minimum.  It should be all about the dress!

3) Go for good quality fabric.

Leopard print is sometimes associated with being a little tacky buy hey if it’s good enough for Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez then it’s bloody well good enough for us!!

Finally, and most importantly, wear leopard print with confidence, hold your head high and give a roar if you want to!!!





Animal print HUGE for Autumn/Winter ….

I’m sorry, I have to be totally honest, I just LOVE animal print!  I only have a few leopard print pieces in my wardrobe which include a rain mac, cardi, Kurt Geiger ankle boots and a knee length skirt but I have have worn all of them to death.

Animal print seems to be a fashion trend that keeps coming back to the catwalks every year!  I remember getting first hooked on this look when I saw Angelina Jolie in the amazing coat back in 2004 at the Premiere of the film, Shark Tale ……

When I think about animal print, I think of a statement piece rather than an all over look.  So I’ll pair my print cardi with simple, black pencil trousers.  My rain mac (which is practically identical to Angie’s coat as seen above) with boot-cut jeans.  The KG print ankle boots look gorgeous when I wear them with a knee length, black skirt with layered tulle underneath. So basically, take one piece of animal print clothing and pair this with very simple, plain, block coloured items and you’ll have an outfit that gets you noticed.

Animal print has been synonymous in the past with looking “cheap” aka Bet Lynch from Coronation Street.  It’s easy to avoid this!  Don’t wear any jewelry or heavy makeup and keep hair glossy and fuss free.

If you really want to make an impact at an upcoming event, just look at this amazing animal print dress from Paris, available at Belle Dress Hire in a size 6..  Photo shows a Belle customer who hired the dress and won the evening wear round at the NIFMA competition which was held at the La Mon Hotel Belfast ……

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Leopardprint OVERLOAD is not a good look!


I love my leopard print as much as anyone, but Stella McCartney goes slightly overboard in this ensemble.  I rocked leopard print, pencil leg trousers on Friday night but paired them with an over-sized plain black top, black shoes and bag.  I understand that Stella is promoting her new range but I don’t think it will have anyone clambering to buy this particular outfit.

Copy Pixie Lott’s style at Belle Dress Hire


We see Pixie Lott channelling her inner beast in a strapless leopard print dress at the Attitude Magazine Awards last night.

Belle Dress Hire has a similiar, stunning leopard print dress available to hire!  With red piping along the “crumb catcher” bustline and high split on the leg, this new dress available from Belle needs plain shoes and no accessories as the dress says it all.

Or why not really go to town with this absolutely fabulous leopard print inspired dress.  Available to hire at just £70 with an additional £40 security deposit which is returned when the dress is brought back to Belle undamaged …