I did admit that I was living vicariously through my daughter as she wore her princess dresses on our trip to Disney World. I knew that it was not within the realm of reality for me to dress up in princess dresses (and actually, it’s an official rule at Disney World that people over 14 are not permitted to wear costumes!). However, I knew that I could still have a little bit of fun with my outfits…
Quite a while ago, I heard about the concept of Disney-bounding. The basic idea is that a person chooses a particular character and selects an outfit that evokes the idea of that character– without actually dressing up as the character. You might select garments of the character’s signature colors and wear accessories that reference elements or icons in that character’s storyline. (Do some Google searches or Pinterest searches for examples– there are so many amazing ideas! Even Etsy has some great finds.)
I thought this was such a fun idea– you can pull off the outfits in everyday wear!– but it wasn’t until our trip that I seriously considered it for myself. I have been trying to refresh my wardrobe anyway, and this concept gave me some “rails” to choose some new pieces. I certainly can’t resist the fantastic palettes that Disney has created for their characters.
My favorite princesses overlap (in general) with my daughter’s, so I decided to coordinate some of my outfits with hers when I could. I tried to use what I already had in my closet, though like I said before, I am trying to refresh my wardrobe. I ended up purchasing a few tops, and I raided my jewelry drawer and created some other accessories as well. I must include a special thanks to some of my friends, who via Facebook, pointed me to some great ideas online. In the end, I had outfits for Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Briar Rose (Aurora/Sleeping Beauty’s in-the-forest identity), Rapunzel, and Ariel.
It was so much fun to wear these outfits in the park. It was a special treat for me– and there were people who noticed! Cast members commented, sometimes calling me “Princess,” and several guests at the resort or in the parks made remarks as well.
Without further ado, here are the outfits:
Belle: yellow top with a smocked/ruffle detail at the neckline/yoke; red rose pendant and bracelet. Small gold rose earrings (I received them as a gift shortly after I got my ears pierced, years ago!)
I looked on Etsy for jewelry inspiration and saw a number of rose pendants. Not only was I doing all of this at the last minute, but I knew that I could make something similar for a lot less. I got extra lucky when I found these resin rose bracelets on clearance at Michaels for $1.50:
I bought two. I took the elastic out and spray-painted the roses red…
…and then I re-strung one of the bracelets. Husband helped me wire one more rose into a pendant with a pearl drop bead that I had in my bead stash.
Rapunzel: playful purple top with a charm bracelet featuring icons that appear in Tangled. Pink rhinestone earrings. I also braided my hair (as best as I could, since it’s short! …but not short enough to recreate Rapunzel’s style at the end of the film…)
This was an old charm bracelet of mine when I was in elementary/middle school. I left the flute and the Bible charms on it– Rapunzel had plenty of free time and so I don’t see any reason why she couldn’t have picked up an instrument, or read the Bible–she had lots of books in her tower! 🙂 My keen-eyed daughter spotted the sun charm when we were hunting for accessory parts at Michaels (she is so proud that she found it!), and I asked Husband to drill a tiny hole into a metal dollhouse frying pan (from the dollhouse section at Hobby Lobby) so that I could turn it into a charm. My only regret is that I forgot to show the bracelet to Rapunzel when we met her in the Magic Kingdom!
Cinderella: light blue top (already in my closet!) with shoulder details. Clear rhinestone earrings– sparkly like a glass slipper. Black ribbon choker necklace.
I took a length of black ribbon and singed the ends so that they would not fray. I set an eyelet in each end and added a clasp so that it was easy to wear.
Snow White: blue top and yellow skirt (I’ve had the skirt for years!). Red ribbon tied in a bow in my hair and apple earrings. In the photo below, I am also wearing my daughter’s tiara, since after four straight days of wearing it, she decided she needed a bit of a break. I was happy to “hold” it for her 😉
I combined a red acrylic bead and Czech glass leaf bead to make an apple. I paid about $2 total for the beads (and I have a lot of different shapes of green and red beads leftover!) All of the jewelry findings were from my stash!
Briar Rose: Grey dress layered with black cardigan. Black headband with rose detail (borrowed from my daughter!) Gold rose earrings (same ones as worn for Belle). Pink necklace that has a shape and color that remind me of the waistline “petals” of Aurora’s iconic gown.
I wish that I had a better photo of this outfit (though I LOVE this photo!). It was SO cold on this particular day that I was wearing at least one coat at all times (and still chilled to the bone). I wore this outfit several times before our trip to “test it out,” since all of these items were already in my closet.
Ariel: Green dress (already in my closet) layered with a purple cardigan. Shell necklace (a piece of jewelry from my childhood!)
I regret that I have no photos of this complete outfit on our trip! I wore it on our last day (also a travel day). I had a second option, if it was warm: a purple top with green shorts and the same jewelry.
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The best part of this Disney bounding “project” for myself is that now I have six new outfits that I am excited about wearing even in everyday life! It helped me to put together combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of before, but that I think look great. I didn’t spend very much money on the new pieces — I think that every single piece that I purchased was on sale, especially the tops, since they were summer clearance!
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