Monday, January 16, 2012

Dress Up Time #16: Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Well hello there readers! It's been a while, but after an amazing vacation and a wisdom tooth removed, I found some time to make a new post. The best part about this post is that it's in celebration of the re-release of my favorite fairy tale and one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast!

So how do you celebrate such an event? Why not dress as every girls favorite book worm, Belle! Belle is more then just her name appears to tell us (Beauty, incase you didn't know!) but she is perfection with perfect flaws within her. She has become a symbol for all of us who are considered the odd girls of our town. Also why Belle is so loved is that her "want" or "goal" in life is much more provocative then say Ariel who wants legs or Cinderella who wants to dance with the prince. No, what Belle wants is something beyond those more literal items or events. Belle wants adventure and a life grander then she lives. This is what makes her beyond the usual Disney heroine and adored by all.

With that acknowledgement, it is then a great question - how does a lolita go about bringing Belle into their look? Well since this is a special Dress Up Time, why try not one but three of Belle's looks!

You can do as many variations on any of Belle's outfits. Personally, I'm a sucker for her "Something There" dress. Though I chose something much more princess looking then the casual appeal it has in the movie, it looks more realistic. I also decided to go with a more refined tone on her yellow ball gown dress. I thought a nice simple bolero is a good touch. But whatever way you decide to go about it, make sure your version of Belle has tons of roses in the details. Roses are the important symbol within the movie, along with (but not shown) mirror necklaces or pendents would be a lovely touch as well!

No matter which way you go about it, you can have a ton of fun making your own version of Belle. Her outfits in the movie are devoid of details and thus it's even more fun to fill in the lines yourself! So, feel brave enough to go into the Beast's castle in your frilliest garb? Try it! I'm sure I'll do something similar to this when I go to see the movie in the next few days.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting way of looking at a Disney character! That's true, she's not like all of the others. She goes beyond just seeking that true love. She does things for herself. :)

    I love the pieces you posted! Especially the take on her blue dress. Very pretty and everything fits perfectly into a Loli's wardrobe. ^^

    ~ Kieli ~