How To DisneyBound In 7 Easy Steps

DisneyBounding a great way to get into the Disney spirit whether you’re at the parks or at home. What is DisneyBounding? For those of you who have been missing out on this latest trend, it’s when fans use a particular character or movie as inspiration for their wardrobe. As it is not a costume, it allows Disney fans to show off their Disney pride in a creative and budget-friendly way. If you’d like to get in on the trend here’s what you’ll need to do.

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The first thing you should do is get acquainted with what DisneyBounding is. The official site that started it all posts suggestions for outfit ideas based on different Disney characters. Fan also share their pictures on the site and a few get selected to be featured as well. Once you have a better understand of what DisneyBounding is, you’re ready to create your own character-inspired look.

6. Pick a Character

The next thing you’ll need to do is select which character you’d like to mimic. The decision can be based off of your favorite character or movie, or by what you already have laying around your house. Keep in mind you don’t have to limit your decision to characters of the same gender. Men have taken inspiration from Disney princesses and women have dressed as their favorite princes and super heroes. Remember, it’s not a costume so you can interpret the character design any way you want.

5. Study the Color Palate

Once you have your Disney character selected, study the colors used and where they’re located. Does the character have a hat? What color is his/her shirt? Pants? Shoes? If the character doesn’t wear clothes, like the animal characters, what colors are shown and where are they located? In creating your DisneyBound look, you’ll not only want to find similar colors, but try to layer them in the same order. For example, if you’re DisneyBounding as Anna from Frozen, you can have blue bottoms (pants, skirt or shorts), a black top, and a fuchsia sweater, cardigan or tie to wear over it. It’s not just about matching colors, but about getting the layering down as well.

4. Find Similar Colors at Home

Before you go shopping to create your Disney wardrobe, take a look at what you already have at home. Shirts and shorts you never thought to pair together may actually create a great DisneyBound outfit. The colors don’t have to be exact, but should be close enough that you can tell what part of the character’s outfit you’re trying to replicate.

3. Visit Thrift Stores and Outlet Malls for Great Deals

If your DisneyBound outfit is only meant for your trip to the Disney Parks, you won’t want to spend too much on a new wardrobe you may not wear very often. It’s best to check thrift stores and outlet malls first for the best deals. You can get hard-to-find colors and styles that best fit in with your look at these locations. When making your clothing selections, remember to keep it weather appropriate. Shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops are great choices for the summer, but if it’s cooler out you should opt for pants and long-sleeve shirts. For more formal occasions, look for dresses, dress shirts and bowties.

2. Add Accessories

When you have your basic look together, make it pop by using accessories to tie it all together. Consider using jewelry, belts, hats, gloves, ribbons, or themed watches to enhance your DisneyBound look. For example, if you’re DisneyBounding as Donald Duck, you can wear white shorts and a blue shirt, but you can also include a red bowtie or scarf, yellow sneakers or leggings, a blue hat, or jewelry that has a nautical theme. If your inspiration is Snow White, you can wear a blue shirt with a yellow skirt, but also include a few apple accents. They may not be a part of her costume, but apples tie into her story and can be added to your outfit to emphasize which character you are. Dressing in blue and yellow could also be inspired by Dory from Finding Nemo. Accessories can help differentiate your character.

1. Put It All Together

When you’ve got everything together, you’re ready to DisneyBound. You can go for something subtle or in-your-face. It’s entirely up to you. The best part is you can DisneyBound in the parks. Disney has a policy that adults cannot wear character costumes inside the parks so that younger guests don’t mistake them for the real characters. By DisneyBounding, you can dress up as your favorite character in Disneyland or Walt Disney World and not break any rules.

The more familiar you get with DisneyBounding, the more creative you can be. Try getting inspiration from the lesser known Disney characters or the side-kicks. Be a villain. Be a character from a live action movie like Tomorrowland. Work with what you like, what you have, and what you can afford. Overall, just have fun with it.

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Kristina is a freelance writer and full-time marketer who is a loud and proud Disney fan. Besides Disney Fanatic and How To Disney, she has also written for Examiner.com, Disney Avenue, and XOJane. A frequent visitor to Disney World, she enjoys trying something new each trip and experiencing all Disney has to offer. She lives in New York with her cat, Lizzie.

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