As we continue our journey checking out the best fashion at all the Disney parks around the globe, it’s only fitting that we’d take a trip to Disneyland Paris.
After all, Paris is the fashion capital of the world, and Parisians have a truly effortless, glamorous touch when it comes to their style…even for a day at Disney.
Locals love to show off their personal style while also keeping things effortlessly chic, and even in jeans and sneakers, they manage to look like the most stylish people to grace the streets of a theme park.
They may not go decked out in head-to-toe Mickey gear, but they always know how to make a sophisticated statement in their park attire, and Parisians will find the most subtle ways to show off their Disney style for a day at the two French parks, Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Park.
There’s a reason why the French have that certain je ne sais quoi – the world is their stage, and Disneyland Paris is their runway.
Check out some gorgeous examples of the unique fashion at Disneyland Paris – maybe these looks will inspire you for your next day at the parks.
Please welcome Arielle Tschinkel to the disneyBOP family!
To the uneducated masses, it would seem that every Disney Park is the same – after all, is it really that different to ride Space Mountain whether you’re in Florida or France?
But true Disney fans know that what makes the Disney parks so special is that each one around the world has its own spirit…there are undeniable differences in culture you’ll find whether you’re stateside in California or across the world in China.
One of the best parts of heading to Disney is people watching, and that’s never truer than at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Disney fans in Japan pull out all the stops for a day at the parks, and their enthusiasm and love of Disney shines through in their elaborate fashion and style choices.
Sure, some are content to put on a pair of Mickey ears, but more often than not, you’ll see entire groups of people in coordinating Disney outfits and costumes. It doesn’t matter what season it is or what the weather is like – Tokyo Disney visitors face unbearably hot and humid weather in the summer thanks to their proximity to Tokyo Bay, and snowy wet weather in the winter – but they still enjoy dressing up no matter what the forecast calls for.
Check out some awesome examples of the unique fashion at Tokyo Disney – maybe these looks will inspire you for your next day at the parks.
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Aracely is the owner and operator of the etsy shop Parlor of Pretties and if you aren’t instantly obsessed, you must not like joy. Or happiness. Or pink.
She is best known for her Sparkle Ears and her PoP Patch Caps. While many people design and sell ear headbands and hats, you’ll immediately know a design from the Parlor when you see one. They have their own unique flair that pulls from jewel tones, patches, and lots and lots of pink.
Aracely began the shop after getting so many compliments on the ears she rocked throughout Disneyland. With the amount of times she told people that she made her own ears, she decided that she could start making them for everyone.
Her design process is a never stopping train of creativity. She finds inspiration everywhere, then goes all over LA to find the perfect supplies and decorations to add to her artistic creations. She pulls from ideas and trends, but she likes her ears and designs to be trendsetting themselves.
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She’s really excited when her favorite Disney style girls interact with her shop on Instagram, but she just loves to ability to make something that people love.
She has some ideas on how to expand the shop further down the line, going with items that aren’t just headbands, but for right now, she’s content. Aracely will keep on making them as long as people still want them, as she enjoys making them during her “me” time when her family is fast asleep. She hopes the brand becomes known for the “prettiest products” and dreams of one day owning a small storefront.
Now, the two questions I ask every shop-owner:
1. What are your go-to items you have to wear at the parks?
A: Minnie Ears, of course! I really can’t go without them, I feel naked, my outfit just doesn’t feel complete. That and a cute backpack.
2. If you had comps and a time machine, what you experience in Disney history?
A: I’ve been dying to get into Club 33! I guess if everything were comped I’d choose to dine there. That and also get a VIP tour of the park and get to see and walk through Walt Disney’s apartment above the firehouse on Main Street.
If a time machine could take me back I’d love to visit Disneyland in the late 1950’s because I just love how everyone would get all dapper to visit the park!
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This adorable Seven Dwarves inspired line is centered around a really adorable logo and as someone who has always thought the dwarves deserve more merchandise, this is perfect.
The line goes live for purchase on their website August 16th at 8pm EST through a password sent out to newsletter subscribers. There will be two t-shirt colors (Topaz and Peridot), two tank top colors (Sapphire and Ruby), a pin, and a patch.
The newest collaboration between Disney at Cath Kidston finally has a release date. On Thursday, September 21st, the new collection will fly in from Neverland and the previews we’ve seen are adorable.
FashionUnited has some great pictures of the new line of products being released and I can’t take how cute they all are. The Tinkerbell collared shirt is genius. Tinkerbell on a Peter Pan collar. I can’t deal with the brilliance of that. I’m also loving the flying over London pattern, especially on the backpack.
Be sure to head over to Cath Kidston’s website to sign up for updates on the collection and the eventual announcement of the next film collection that will be released, apparently in time for the holidays!
Dapper Day is my favorite Disney event of the year, and it isn’t even operated by Disney. Beginning in February 2011, the event began in Disneyland in the hopes to bring back the idea of “stepping out in style” at the parks. When we look back at the park in the 1950s and the concept art that accompanied it, guests were dressed to the nines. Dresses and heels, suits and ties, hats and glasses. It paired so nicely with the parks. The event hoped it bring that sophistication back to the parks one day a year.
Since that initial event, it has only grown. Twice a year, the parks in Orlando, Anaheim, and Paris deck themselves with classy looks to celebrate fashion and Disney. In California, the event is usually paired with an expo of photo ops and shopping opportunities to further celebrate style. Some people serve period looks, while others serve modern sophistication. Disneybounding has also become synonymous as some guests try to evoke a certain character with their style. Few things make me as happy as walking through the park and seeing so many people looking so gosh darn classy.
I always tell as many people as I can about the event, but some are still overwhelmed by the ordeal. It can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m compiled a list of some tips and tricks I’ve used during my Dapper Day experiences that can benefit newcomers. Now, I am not a pro whatsoever and I don’t believe that I am a style icon (as I write this, I’m wearing my hair in a Survivor: Guatemala buff, like the garbage person), but I want to help newcomers experience the magic of the event anyway I can.
Come up with a concept: It’s hard to start from scratch or get inspiration from shopping aimlessly, so I go into stores with a specific goal. I like to Disneybound these events, as it adds another layer of fun, so I usually go with a character in mind. That way, I can look for certain colors and hues. If you aren’t Disneybounding, go in with a time period or outfit concept. Say to yourself “I’m going for Tinkerbell 1950s realness,” and from there, you can search for green dresses, yellow accents, flats, etc.
Don’t be afraid to dye: This past Epcot Dapper Day, I wanted to evoke an underrated character that embodied Epcot, Jose Carioca. However, his green and yellow colors are very specific, and it was hard to find dress pants and blazers that fit that hue exactly. What I did instead was bought a plain white pair of pants and jacket that fit me well and dyed it using RIT’s products. It was relatively simple, you just place the dye in a big vat of hot water and stir for 20 minutes, throw it in the wash, and you get these vibrant colors that match the character beautifully. Disneybounding or not, if you have a specific color in mind for your look, research the possibility of dyeing your own clothing.
Accessorize: The art of the outfit lies within the details. For my Jose Carioca outfit, I found an adorable parrot broach that was the exact same colors. For ladies, handbags in various shapes and designs can add that last bit that creates a full look. Gentlemen, don’t be afraid of hats.
Thrifting is your friend: Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other thrift stores are an essential stop to creating a look. Here, you can find items that fit the look perfectly and for cheap.
OMG SHOES: Comfort is key. I have walked around the parks in shoes I haven’t broken in and upon removal, my feet throbbed for three hours after. It was bad. I’ve been with friends in heels who are in so much pain it hurts to watch them walk. Make sure you take your shoes out for a spin first to make sure they are wearable. Even if you are comfortable in them, make sure to bring some thick socks, band-aids, and mole skin just in case.
Here’s hoping your inaugural Dapper Day visit is as magical as it can be. Feel the best you possibly can and think of the parks as your runway! *cue America’s Next Top Model theme song*
Over at the Lucky Rabbit Supply Co, they are already getting into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. They have just released their new line of Halloween products and they are to DIE for. *pauses for pun to set in*
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The Ghost pin and Nightmare Before Christmas inspired shirt both are cute additions, but I am SO here for any and all reference of the Boo To You Parade for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It’s bright and cute and covered in candy, so obviously I need it. ADORABLE.
Be sure to check out their Halloween collection (which is going fast) here and the rest of their great products!
Formerly known as the Lost Bros Trading Co, The Lost Bros have changed their name and expanded their selection of designs and products once again.
Their upcoming big release is for their 90s Time Capsule box. It includes a slap bracelet, a bottle of bubbles, MAGIC (their version of MASH, your favorite “I’m bored in the 4th grade, so someone hand me a piece of paper” game), and a Glazed by the Belle tank/tee. Colton and Cody always know how to create fantastic designs and concepts, and this box is no different. These go live on July 31st.
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On top of that, they have two new shirt designs that are so rad (Sorry, stuck on the 90s box). Their McQueen Florida 500 Tour shirt replicates classic heavy metal bands and is distressed to add that thing that says “I saw them live and it’s so much better than the record,” that makes you feel snooty and others want to punch you in the face. LOVE.
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They also just introduced their Olaf’s Snowcone Shack design, which continues their line of sidekick food shirts. They’ve given us San Fransokyo Sushi and Mushu’s Chinese Take-Out, so Frozen joins the game this go around. I love the yellow and looks great IN SUMMMMMERRRRR.
We are big fans of The Lost Bros here, so be sure to check out their newest releases!
I had a super fun day at the Kingdom recently and decided to try my hand out at DisneyBounding the Splash Mountain hare. I’m really trying to up my DisneyBound game, especially since men have less options to work with as far as accessories and such.
This time around, I looked at what I had available and tried to work out a DB based on what I already had. It’s harder to do, as you don’t have a specific character in mind to start, but thought this was a perfect Magic Kingdom choice. However, I did feel out of place outside of Frontierland!
I had a plain J.Crew Pink V-Neck T-shirt lying around, along with a pair of Abercrombie & Fitch Royal Blue shorts. Now, just the color blocking needed something else to help scream “Brer Rabbit,” so I went on Amazon for some inspiration. I ended up finding this Red and White Polka Dot Headband on Amazon, which reminded me of his sack he carries around with him. I decided to wear it on my wrist instead, since putting on my head made me look like a straight up idiot. Well, more than normal.
It was a very quick bound, but fun nonetheless. I’m hoping to find more outfits already in my closet, ’cause I am on a BUD*claps*GET.
Recently, we highlighted the fantastic “Disney Design Challenge,” which was Disney Style’s first foray into a competition series. OTIS College students competed to have their Frozen inspired designs turned into a reality, along with a college scholarship. The series was short, but the designs were stunning and fantastic.
Friday at the D23 Expo, they finally unveiled the designs that would be produced and be on sale. Once again, the designs were gorgeous, but then I went on the site in the hopes to purchase. Then, I saw the prices. Woof.
Nineteenth Amendment partnered with the series to release the clothes and I get it, they cater to an audience with tons of cash lying around. I also understand high fashion labels collaborating with Disney for various clothing lines, but when it’s a YouTube series, maybe we should drop the price a bit.
Just by nature, a Disney Style YouTube series is going to be watched by a very young demographic. That’s just how YouTube works. So, when you then release the items and a t-shirt goes for $118, that’s a tad insane.
The items up for sale are all good quality, gorgeous items. I planned on picking up this wonderful bomber jacket inspired by anna, but at $325 (!), that’s a plane ticket to NYC to see Frozen in March.
I am here for Disney clothing at all price points. However, when you base a YouTube series around upcoming items for purchase, maybe make everything, ya know, affordable?