How to Dress Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Belle from Beauty and the Beast is a true natural beauty. Belle's style is very simple and effortless. Her sensible but fashionable style is always "in" and always will be. Here are some helpful tips to incorporate Belle's style into your wardrobe.
Opt for sensible but flattering styles. Belle's style is very simplistic and sensible, but it's still flattering. Take Belle's simple white and blue dress, for example - it's very simple, but it's still flattering. To adapt that style into the modern-day world, think about buying a solid-colour dress and adding a belt at the waist, then pairing it with a solid-colour cardigan.
Buy versatile and timeless clothing. Belle's style is very versatile and effortless - she's able to pair up simple things and pull them off. To mimic this, wear blouses, cardigans, and skirts which are classic and timeless. Instead of buying clothes that are very trendy, go instead for items that are always in style and that you know you'll be able to wear a lot.
Co-ordinate your colours like Belle does. Remember that there's a difference between co-ordinating and matching the colours; you don't want to literally match every part of your outfit, stick to just a few solid colors that compliment your eye, hair, and skin color and that go well together.
Be sophisticated. This style should be put together and sophisticated. This means that short-shorts and tanks should be worn only at the beach or for a jog, and opt instead for classier, more put-together outfits when out with friends, at a restaurant, etc.
Look for clothes that mimic the castle she lives in. Items that suggest a gothic, vintage style are perfect, like intricate embroidery, brooches, or old-fashioned buttons.
When it comes to dressing up, don't be afraid to do it right! Wear a bright-colored dress that fits in at the waist and has some nice detailing on it, such as ruffles, ribbon, or a bit of beading. Although you don't have to go all-out with a ballgown, you can incorporate touches of her beautiful gown into a modern-day sundress or another shorter dress.
For everyday shoes, go for the most comfy style. Belle spends most of her day exploring her town or the castle on her feet. Choose shoes that are comfortable but still feminine, like a pretty ballet flat or a small kitten heel. Again, go for versatility and choose shoes in solid, neutral colors such as black, brown, grey, or blue. If these shoes are too boring for you, consider buying some with pretty bows or sequins on them.
Be more daring when going out. Although Belle is sensible, she definitely has a bold and daring side! When going out, wear some high heels in a bright and eye-catching color.
Be practical and classy with your jewelry. No chunky, over-sized pieces. Keep it extremely simple, such as a necklace with a small charm on a simple chain. Try to incorporate Belle's love of reading into your look by finding book-themed accessories.
Consider getting a book bag. Hold all of your necessities in a book bag rather than a frilly purse. A simple, over-the-shoulder satchel should go with everything.
Hair & Makeup
Makeup (if any) should be kept simple. Stick to the basics by using a light foundation to even out your skin tone. For your eyes, use a soft beige eye shadow and a chocolate brown or black eyeliner on your top lid only. Finish off with chocolate brown or black mascara on your top lashes only. Add a light rosy blush to make you look naturally flushed. Finish off with a light pink or nude gloss.
For daytime hair, make it look effortless. For Belle's daytime look, draw your hair into a low-slung ponytail with a pretty ribbon. A great modern alternative to a ribbon is using a headband with a bow on it. Make sure to leave some hair out to frame your face. It should look effortlessly pulled back, like you didn't try too hard.
For more formal hair, go all-out. Curl your hair, then pull it back in a half-ponytail. Put the top half of your hair into a bun, and leave the rest down. If you'd like, adorn it with pretty clips.
- When it comes to your look, be smart. Don't follow trends just to look cool. Know what looks good on you, and stay true to your fashion sense.
- A good way to get the Belle "look" is to carry a book with you wherever you go. Any classic book is good- one that says something about you. Make sure you like it, so you'll feel inclined to read it!
- Don't focus too much on your appearance. After all, there's many more important things in life! Just being a good person with a kind heart makes you look (and feel) ten times better!
- Make sure that your vintage clothes are still current-looking. You don't want to age yourself with your look, you just want to have the essence of vintage.
- If Belle's look isn't working for you, try a different princess to model your fashion after. There's lots to choose from, so find the one that works for you!