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.
I took a trip under the sea recently (more like the Straz Center for the Performing Arts) to see the touring company of The Little Mermaid. Now, this is a licensed tour and not put on by Disney Theatricals themselves, but let me tell you that Diana Huey can SANGGGG.
She performs the role of Ariel on the tour and my goodness, she is fantastic. I hope to see her on the Great White Way soon, as she is wonderful.
ANYWAY, I decided to do a little DisneyBound for the occasion because I’m that person. I had a few moms point me out to their children as they grabbed their booster seats before heading into the theater, which made me smile.
This was a very easy Bound for me to put together, as I had everything already (sans one item). I wore my black Chelsea boots with a pair of skinny jeans I had. I can never tell (and Disney can’t seem to, either) if Eric’s pants are black or dark blue, so I just went with the darkest wash on denim I could find in my closet. I had the white button-up already, but I bought a very cheap red cloth belt on Amazon for $7.99 to complete the look.
I loved that I had basically everything ready to go for this one at home, so I’m looking forward to scouring my closet and drawers again soon for more easy DisneyBounds.
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*
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.