Gotta tell ya, I’m pretty new to this whole Disney bounding thing. At first, I thought, Why would anyone go out of their way to plan an entire outfit based on a fictional character? But then I fell down a rabbit hole looking at thousands of pics captioned #Disneybounding on Instagram. My thought process quickly went from “Why?” to “This is kinda cute” to “Man, I need to plan a trip to the Magic Kingdom and do this, ASAP.”
Disney’s movie stars aren’t just any old characters. They’re the ones that taught us soooo many important life lessons. Sure, “Let It Go” can get stuck in your head and be super annoying, but Elsa’s three powerful words low-key come to mind every time things get tough. It would definitely be fun to channel some of that magical energy, especially if you’re headed to one of the theme parks soon.
The key to Disney bounding: Your outfit doesn’t have to be literal or exact. In fact, the more subtle it is, the better, as long as anyone ~in the know~ gets what you’re up to. You could probably go to your closet right now and pull out an entire look. Think of these outfits as more inspired by versus an actual Halloween costume. Scroll on to see how some adorable folks are nailing this whole Disney bounding trend.
1. Simba and Nala from The Lion King
Nala and Simba were definitely #RelationshipGoals back in the day. Show off your love for the royal duo with a graphic T-shirt and have fun mixing polka dots with animal prints.
2. Rapunzel from Tangled
If you love metallics, take notes and bring to life the long-haired princess with this cool athleisure look. Wear your hair in a long braid and add floral-decorated pins for a theatrical finish.
3. Tinker Bell from Peter Pan
You’ll want to wear this neon dress all spring, especially since the color is one of the biggest trends right now. To truly channel the fairy, add pom-pom shoe accents and tiny fairy wings to your cart, ASAP.
4. Elsa from Frozen
You probably already have a blue dress in your closet somewhere. Get creative and add some wintery accessories—like these snowflake earrings and a belt made out of ribbon—to bound like a pro.
5. Winnie the Pooh from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
If you want to go as the cutest honey-loving bear, you have to come through with an equally adorable outfit. These suspender pants and bright top get the job done. You’ll, of course, need a bag to carry all the essentials, so you might as well grab a trendy fanny pack.
6. Piglet from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Don’t forget about Winnie’s cute sidekick. Have fun layering on all the shades of pink, and top things off with suede boots for good measure.
7. Daisy Duck from Mickey Mouse’s Club House
Donald Duck’s girl gets a Parisienne chic makeover with this cool beret, sheer-sleeve blouse, and lace-up skirt.
8. Yoda from Star Wars
Disney bounders are also making aliens look cute, btw, with cozy knit hats and sweaters. Hey, Star Wars is part of the Disney fam now, so it applies.
9. Peter Pan from Peter Pan
If you hate adulting, this classic Disney character and I are right there with ya. Master the I-don’t-wanna-grow-up look with a polo shirt, chinos, a hat, and boots.
10. Lilo from Lilo and Stitch
Lilo’s island vibes are also a fun way to get into the Disney spirit. Make sure you don’t forget to bring Stitch (or in this case, an animated purse, lol) along for your next theme-park visit.
11. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
So you want something that’s a bit more romantic, eh? Do a modern version of that unforgettable yellow dress, and add on some rose accessories.
12. Jasmine from Aladdin
You’ll look ready to take a ride on a magic carpet in this aqua dress. Make sure you have enough hair ties to help you get the perfect bubble ponytail.
13. Mushu from Mulan
This bounder went all out turning a thrifted saree into a custom skirt. But you can get the dragon-inspired look with the Amazon find below, a tank top, fluffy jacket, and fire (literally) sunglasses.
14. Mickey Mouse from Mickey Mouse’s Club House
You can never go wrong choosing the ultimate Disney star for your inspo. Plus, it’s so easy to recreate his classic look with red shorts, a white blouse, and a black blazer.
15. Cinderella from Cinderella
Gonna level with you: It totally wouldn’t be comfortable to walk around Disney World in clear heels, but the ripped jeans, cold-shoulder top, and princess-worthy accessories are easy to throw on.
16. Prince Charming from Cinderella
Or you could dress up as her lucky fella in flats, tailored red trousers, and a beige top.
17. Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
For those wanting to kick ass like this movie’s heroine, all you need is a comfy shirt dress, boots, leather belt, and elastics to secure those cool mini buns.
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