Since I’ll be in Disney World when this post goes up, I thought it fitting that Fashion Friday take on a Disney theme this week.
No, no, NO, please do not wear that. (Unless you’re 15. THEN you may wear that. If your momma let’s you out of the house in those shorts, anyway.)
But above all. DO NOT wear this. Anywhere.
Disney is certainly no fashion mecca, but that’s no reason to throw all sense of style to the wind. You really can be cute AND comfy at a theme park. It just takes a little bit of thought and planning.
Not to get all judgey, but I always marvel at some of the outfits people choose to wear to amusement parks. There’s always the sweet young thing in a strapless dress and heels, teetering around the park as if it’s a nightclub.
Then there’s the fanny-pack brigade. (Please don’t let that be you!)
And way too many people look like they pulled out their oldest tee-shirt just for the occasion.
I know it’s not all about how you look, but really, how difficult is it to put some thought into what you’re wearing? After all, even if you don’t care that you’re going to run into approximately 25,000 people in a day, those photos are going to be around for years.
I’ve been to Disney World twice with my family of five, so I’ve got it pretty much down to a science.
You’ll be doing a TON of walking, so you want to be comfortable. But you also know that there will be a lot of photographic evidence of the event, so you want to look cute.
You also want to be prepared for anything — a random rain shower, an errant spray of ketchup, a leaky toddler . . . so you need a bag that can accommodate all your gear.
Here is an example of a great theme park outfit.
What To Wear To Disney World
And here are a few more ideas.
Old Navy Slub Knit Hoodie, Old Navy Smocked Gauze Flutter Sleeved Tank, Blank NYC “Roll Up” Jean Shorts, Old Navy Boyfriend Cardi, Old Navy Crew Neck Pocket Tee, Cuffed Jeans (similar), Athleta Crescendo Skirt, Pink Chucks, Privo Haley Staarling Flats, Puma Speeders, Victoria’s Secret Cotton Backpack
Let’s break it down.
1. Keep it casual, but put some thought into it.
Leave the designer duds at home and go for a casual skirt, shorts or jeans. Top it with a favorite tee and bring along a hoodie or casual cardigan in case it gets chilly. Lightweight pieces are best because you will probably be sweaty, and you might get wet on an occasional water ride. For cooler weather, definitely pack jeans and a few long-sleeved tops or sweaters. Layers are your friends!
2. Wear shoes that are comfortable but cute.
Privos by Clarks makes adorable shoes that are much cuter than sneakers but give your feet the same protection and support. Puma makes some cute ones too. If you must wear a sneaker, go with a fashion sneaker rather than a clunky athletic one. There’s always Chucks!
3. Dress in layers, depending on the weather.
Always bring a sweatshirt or cardigan (evenings are often chilly, plus sometimes the indoor rides are cold and dank). And a lightweight poncho is always a good idea for those surprise rainstorms.
4. Bring a lightweight bag that is large enough for your gear.
I like the thin backpack bags for me (as pictured above) because it keeps your hands free but isn’t so heavy as to break your back. If you have kids with you, you’ll need something bigger. There are some stylish backpacks out there, though. I might actually have to invest in the black-and-white polka-dot one below. Isn’t that fun!?
5. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
You can see my outfits from my last trip to Disney on this post: Daily Mom Style | Disney World Edition.
Make sure to follow my Pinterest Board for What to Wear to Disney. I will try to keep it updated, as these items will eventually sell out.
Also see my post: 10 Tips for Enjoying Disney World with Kids