Hello Disney lovers,
It’s Friday, and now that I’m off work for the weekend, that can only mean one thing…I’ve got Disney on the brain. I’m still pulling together my outfit for next weekend’s outing, but I figured I would go ahead and follow up on Monday’s blog post.
Now that you know all the reasons you should try Disneybounding (find that post here), let’s go ahead and break down the essentials to planning your ‘Bounds. No matter what your sense of style is, there’s a process that can have you looking your Disney best faster than you can say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
- Pick a character: It’s the first step, and the simplest. It can be your favorite character, one you know you’ll meet in the parks, or one that you think you already have some pieces for. The sky’s the limit here! Keep in mind, male/female characters can be easily adapted by the other gender, and dressing as a furry or feathered character can be done without the need for a full costume.
- Understand that Disneybounding and cosplay are not the same thing: Disneybounding is much more casual and subtle than cosplay, so the “rules” of making a character come to life don’t really exist. It’s fully open to your interpretation. Also, outfits that look like costumes or full-on replicas of a character are not allowed at Disney, and you don’t want to be that adult who has to be told to change by Disney park operations. And take it from me…I once wore a Jessie ‘Bound that wasn’t technically a costume (but it bordered on costume), and wasn’t prepared for the wave of children and adults who approached me thinking I actually worked at the park. Castmembers never suggested I was too realistic, but be warned that Disney generally frowns upon outfits that are a little too believable.
3. Start colorblocking: Now that you have a character, it’s time to start pulling the building blocks of your outfit. Is your character mostly one color? A comfy dress or a romper that’s one solid color is a great foundation. Dressing up as Joy from “Inside Out”? Start with a simple yellow dress. If your character wears a different colored top and bottom, pay attention to that. For example, if you were wearing an Ariel ‘Bound, a plain purple top and green pants, shorts or a skirt would give you that instantly recognizable look. But no matter which character you choose, solid color basics (tees, button-downs, jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, etc.) will always be your friend. Of course there are the occasional ‘Bounds that require a specific pattern (hello, Minnie Mouse polka dots!), but those are pretty self-explanatory.
4. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize: Just like in your everyday life (although Disney life is so much more exciting, am I right?), accessories are what will really make your outfit pop, and will make it “read” as a character to others. This is where you can take cues from your character’s movie or TV show for jewelry, handbags and more. For a Rapunzel get-up, you can never go wrong accessorizing with anything floral. Or if you want to revisit the Ariel idea, grab some jewelry featuring starfish and a novelty handbag that looks like a seashell. Keep in mind that shoes, sunglasses, belts, phone cases and more can (and should!) also be used as coordinated accessories for your look.
If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by this step, or even the last one, don’t fret! You can always find more ideas for outfit basics and how to put them together on my Instagram, and I will do a separate post about the best places to find Disney outfit essentials and accessories.
5. Have fun with it: You’ll enjoy your whole trip so much more if you have fun injecting your own creativity into your outfit. Remember, you can always start off simple and add more detail to your ‘Bounds as you get the hang of it. Much like Disney World itself, the perfect Disney-inspired wardrobe isn’t built in a day, so give it a shot and see where it takes you. I bet if you dress like Aladdin or Jasmine, it could even show you the world!
Have any questions about Disneybounding or which pieces you need for a certain character? Leave me a comment below!
See you in Neverland,