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Disneybounding: What Is It & How You Can Do It?

It's not cosplay


There are many rules to follow when you're visiting the "happiest place on Earth" — no outside food allowed, selfie sticks are banned, adults are not allowed to dress up as Disney characters and so on. While most rules are common practice, forbidding fans from wearing costumes may seem strange at first — but the reasons behind it do make sense. First, the resort is concerned that ill-intentioned people might dress up as Disney characters to lure children into following them. Second, it's to preserve the integrity of the characterisation (no mean Cinderellas, please!). 



However, Disney-goers have found a clever way to still dress up as their favourite characters sans a costume and it's called Disneybounding. Typically, this means having to interpret a character's signature ensemble using modern clothes or creating an outfit inspired by the colour palettes strongly associated with them. For example, if you want to dress up as Winnie The Pooh, you could wear a red shirt with an ochre skirt. It's all about capturing the essence of the look.



The term was coined by major Disney stan and style blogger Leslie Kay who gained popularity for her website for all things Disney called "Disneybound". Years after posting her first Disneybounding outfit, this style genre has become so popular that it went from niche to mainstream fashion. Wanna try it out? Here are some Disneybounding tips to get you started.


Determine the dominant colour



Most fictional characters, especially animated ones, will often have a signature colour or print associated with them. For Queen Elsa of Arendelle, it's teal. For Marie from the Aristocrats, it's always going to be baby pink. For Moana, it's orange geometrical patterns and the list goes on. Look closely at the character's ensemble and see which colour primarily pops out and work with that shade. It's the easiest to follow among all the Disneybounding tips on this list.


Wear iconic accessories



Colours are not the only thing that marks a character, particular trinkets are also what makes them distinguishable. Wearing a signature artefact is an easy cheat to putting together a great Disneybounding outfit. It could be in the form of a scarf, bag or shoes so you can be as creative as you like.


Go for colour blocking



One of the Disneybounding tips that you should never forget is that you don't need to emulate the costumes completely. Even something as simple as colour-blocking can already be great for the look. Pick several shades present in a character's costume and layer them up. Usually, these shades are already complementary so it's like taking style advice from the characters themselves.


Do it with a partner



Whether you're dressing up as the evil stepsisters of Cinderella with your bestie or as Beauty and the Beast with your bae, there's no doubt that Disneybounding is more fun when you do it as a pair. You can even go as the same character but in different style variations.


(Cover photo from: @utakowo/@littlesweetkaren)


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