Disney isn’t the only company that realizes what a gold mine the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast can be. In these weeks before the movie’s March 17 release, the hype for its merchandise is everywhere. This isn’t about little girls’ princess costumes and that one odd-looking Emma Watson doll. Thanks to nostalgia for the 1991 animated version, there’s a market for products geared toward grown women. There are dresses, makeup, jewelry, and more, at high and low price points, all licensed to let us relive that tale as old as time on any occasion.
Not all of it is available yet, and we can’t possibly review it all in this space, but we thought we’d give a sampling of some of the merch, ranked from best to beastly here.
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1. Vincent Camuto & Ruthie Davis Shoes for HSN
A ballroom is so not necessary for these dancing shoes. See the full collection on HSN.
2. L’Oréal Lipstick and Nail Polish
Will these colors make us look like Belle? Highly unlikely. Will pulling a Belle-embellished lipstick out of our purse immediately brighten our day? Yes. Plus, you can play dollhouse with the box in the privacy of your own home — that is, if you can get a hold of one of these kits, which are available only in Italy right now.
3. Danielle Nicole Cross Body Bag for HSN
This is a playful accessory that dares to have the words “Beautiful as a Rose” written in gold on one side and still manages not to look like it belongs to someone with a bedtime or a curfew.
4. Minkpink Jeans
Belle, who always did like to read more than she liked to show off, would appreciate the subtlety of these rose-embroidered jeans.
5. Kohl’s Belle Dresses
Summer dresses have permission to be a little kitschy with their pop-culture references. You can go super literal with your homage in yellow. But if you want only the pure of heart to know of your fandom, perhaps embrace that Belle spirit in the blue or floral prints.
6. Juicy Couture Capsule Collection
The ’90s are back in more ways than one with Juicy Couture’s Swarovski crystal-covered jackets. If you want one of these, you’ll have to crack open the piggy bank, as the above jacket retails for $698.
7. Hot Topic Beauty and the Beast Formalwear
EW.com has the exclusive pics of the entire Hot Topic Beauty and the Beast line, which goes on sale Friday and includes so many lace-up dress options … and also a cape. The yellow dress and velvet men’s jacket are very school dance-ready.
8. Minkpink Denim Jacket
For when you’re ready to go public with your Beast lust. Hopefully, no one will take this literally.
9. Kohl’s T-shirt
Giving us flashbacks of all the things our parents didn’t buy for us at the Disney World gift store.
10. Morphing Mug for HSN
When heated, this mug goes from black to animated. But the reverse is also true, and no one needs to be reminded how sad it is when your coffee’s gone cold.
11. Hot Topic Swimsuit
Too much inscrutable detail on your bikini bottom is never a good thing.