If you want to Disneybound for the first time, or are just looking for a few pointers to up your Disneybounding game, you have come to the right place. Disneybounding is a fun way to express your Disney side without breaking the rules while you are at Disney Parks. While kids get to have the fun of dressing up in costume, it can be confusing when Adults do the same. To avoid confusion in the Parks Disney does not allow adults to resemble their princesses or other characters. But that just means we get to be even more creative when we show our Disney passion and pride. Here are some really helpful tips, to get you started.
The idea behind Disneybounding is that you represent a Disney character in normal clothes. While you can just buy an outfit for the occasion, it is far better to start with what you already have. I like starting with this step, especially if you have never Disneybounded before, because it is a natural source of inspiration, using the clothes you already feel most comfortable in. Try to avoid any clothes with Disney prints as you are going for a more figurative, or abstract interpretation of the character. You don’t need to have a character in mind yet, just take out anything and everything that you think might have potential for a Disneybounding outfit.
Once you have your inspiration out in the open, you can start to think about what specific character some of these items embody. You don’t need to have a whole outfit right in front of you. You only need one or two items to jump out at you and provide the basis for the character you want to Disneybound as. It’s possible that you won’t find anything and that is fine, too. It just means you can start with a blank slate. However, if you can find something to work with in you closet, it is a good time and money saver. If your lucky, you will come up with a whole assortment of Disneybounding starter kits in the forms of random shoes, belts, skirts, etc.
Once you have the inspiration to Disneybound as a particular character and you have selected items from your closet that you can use, it’s time to create a whole look around your outfit that will clearly point to the source material. As you create your look, remember that you are not attempting to recreate the costume. You really should not look like the character at all, but rather allude to them. Look for stand out traits that can be reinterpreted. This can be limited to the costume the character wears, or some other aspect of the character that can inspire a change in how you are dressed. For example, Jane Porter is bookish, so you can incorporate that personality trait into your wardrobe and overlay it with the right color scheme.
Along this line of thought, try to choose a character that allows you plenty of freedom to get creative with the look without going too far into costume territory. Goofy is a great candidate for Disneybounding because he has signature colors, and style and has a big personality, that you can translate into something new. Pluto on the other hand is a more difficult subject to tackle.
As you build your ensemble based on your character’s look and personality, try pricing the rest of the outfit together by focusing on signature colors as well as key patterns, and detailed textures. The colors are the first things people will notice. In specific pairings and combinations they can be a dead giveaway.
However, sometimes it’s not that easy, and sometimes you want to go for a little bit more gusto, so don’t rely solely on color. That goes for patterns, too. In some cases a pattern is more of a giveaway than a combination of colors. It’s a useful tool, but it is best used sparingly as a way to seal the deal. A good tip is to put together an outfit that will make someone wonder about your character, then add the pattern that clinches it. This gets a better end result than starting with a particular pattern and then building your outfit around it.
Textures are awesome. They literally make your outfit more three dimensional. You can use different textures and fabrics to convey more about your character. Whether you go with something matte, glossy, rough, or smooth you have an opportunity to bring a practical aspect of your character to life, by representing it in your own Disneybounding apparel.
Disneybounding can be accomplished on many levels starting with simple color schemes and details that hint at a character. They can also develop into more elaborate signals that become far more obvious. Be careful as you accessories and bring more to the outfit. The better you accessorize, the more impressive your Disneybounding will be, but more is not necessarily better. You should avoid props as much as possible and focus more on shoes, belts, bracelets,necklaces, watches, earrings,scarves, hair accessories (Scrunchies,hair bands), and hats. Some accessories like gloves, or parasols/umbrellas are a gray area. Avoid being too on the nose. That goes for the jewelry you wear to. Jasmine and Pocahontas have distinct jewelry that it is best not to imitate directly.
The shoes you wear can be a pivotal part of you Disneybounding attire. Make sure you consider your comfort above all else, as you will be spending the day walking in a theme park. Beyond that shoes provide a tremendous opportunity to enhance your Disneybounding on multiple levels. Look to the style, color, texture, etc. to find just the right pair for the job.
After you have done your best to match your design with what you have available to you, you will need to get the rest of your outfit elsewhere. In many cases, you can find what you need and it will be easier to buy it. However, sometimes it will make sense to do it yourself. This is especially true if you are looking to duplicate a particular pattern that gives your character away. Ultimately the choice comes down to how crafty of a person you are and how hard it is to find what you need. If the solution is too cost prohibitive and you don’t have the means to DIY, you may just have to start over, or simplify your plan.
DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASE
You all know I am a huge fan of Captain Marvel, so of course I had to try and create my own Captain Marvel look. I had to do it just in time to celebrate the DVD and Blu-Ray release!
A physical copy of “Captain Marvel” is available as either a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray™+Digital Copy) or a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray™+Digital Copy), granting fans the flexibility to watch on devices of their choice. The spectacular, 1990s-era Super Hero adventure, which electrified and inspired audiences worldwide and surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales, is available on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere May 28, and lands on Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ June 11.