For some, a trip to Disneyland is a once in a lifetime experience. For others it may be a once in a month type experience. No matter where you fit on that scale, creating the perfect outfit for Disneyland can be a struggle. Since I've been lucky enough to have worked at the park and currently have an annual pass I've seen plenty of Disney outfits that ranged from the good, the bad, to the WHAT IS THIS??
For all of you lovely ladies planning a trip to Disneyland in the near future, here is a quick guide to making the perfect Disneyland outfit:
Step 1: If you're going to go Disney, add a touch of cool
Don't worry. I totally understand.
You've seen pictures of celebrities and normal people alike smiling in their Minnie Ears or Mickey hats while running around the park. You've already planned which pair your going to grab when you get inside and you can't wait to find the perfect Disney themed top to go with it.
The problem is… so has everyone else. Locals, people from out of state, people from out of the country. You name it, they have the same t-shirt you do. Even worse, their ENTIRE family is wearing the same t-shirt you just bought (Ummm are you our missing child??).
The solution: Add something cool to your outfit, and by cool I mean YOU. For me that can mean adding my favorite red leather jacket and black ankle boots, or throwing the top over my favorite tank dress and tights. Whatever you add, make it something that you find unique. If you come to the park in Denim shorts, flip flops, and the minnie tee above you'll get lost in the crowd.
Step 2: Pick a theme
My favorite part about Disneyland has to be the different themes. Somedays I just feel like sitting in New Orleans Square all day, while others I feel like running around Fantasy land. If you don't feel like wearing actual Disney products all you have to do is find your favorite theme within the park.
Personally my top two choices for themes are the haunted mansion and mermaids.
My mermaid themed days have been sponsored by Wildfox Couture:
My Haunted Mansion themed outfits mainly circle around skeletons
We really love elephants =) Sweatshirt by Wildfox
Step 3: If you're going to wear shorts choose a lighter fabric.
The pair above are my go-to shorts for Disneyland. Satin type fabrics that hang looser on your body are A. unique in a see of Denim cutoffs and B. More flattering.
Seriously I can't tell you how painful it is to watch girls tug at their denim diapers all day.
If you do choose to wear denim shorts, please make sure they fit you properly!!
Step 4: An alternative to shorts? Try overalls!
Not only are overalls in style right now, but they're also extremely easy AND comfortable. Since they fit you looser than your denim shorts you won't be tugging at them. They also give you the perfect opportunity to wear your Disney T-shirt without being too loud about it.
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Step 5: If you're going to "pin trade" do something creative with your pins.
Along the same lines of not blending into a see of identical Minnie Tees, going to Disneyland with lanyards of pins isn't always the best option. While working at the park, my discount heavily influenced my decision to buy up pins for pin trading. It was extremely fun (and still is if you visit the park with patient friends) but I grew tired of wearing lanyards of pins all the time. Not only are they heavy, but they can also ruin an outfit faster than Indian Jones can break down.
Today I decided to put some of my pins on my overalls for a musketeer look. You could barely notice them in my pictures but other guests loved how I added them to the overall straps. It also helps you add a Disney flare to your outfit without going overboard.
Lipstick by Lime Crime: get it here
Overalls by Volcom: get them here
Step 5: If your not into pants, throw on a dress and fun tights!
This combo is easy, comfy and cute. Grab a baggy sweatshirt for the night time and you're good to go! Just make sure your shoes are comfortable!!
Themed sweatshirt, easy tank dress, faux knee highs and comfy boots. Done!
Get the sweatshirt "I'm Really a Unicorn" here before it's sold out!!
Step 6: If your going to go with a crop top take a cardigan along
Get the flower crop top here
Crop tops are the top of the season, but Disneyland is a family theme park. If you choose to wear a crop top to Disneyland, you have to be prepared for crowds of people starting at you. Cardigans can help you feel more confident in your crop top, but most importantly it helps you keep modest in front of little Suzy and her nana. When the weather starts to heat up, you can always wear a crochet cardigan on top. You're still showing skin, but having that extra layer tones down the outfit.
My FINAL tip is to NOT pair crop tops with denim diapers. Please please please just don't. You'll be uncomfortable and everyone around you will be uncomfortable watching you pull at your clothes all day.
Hope you enjoy your stay at the park! You never know what you'll see or find!