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Cute and Comfy Clothes to Wear at Disney
Before you go out and buy every shirt at the store that has Mickey on it, follow these tips about the best clothes to wear at Disney. You’re headed to the original Disneyland in sunny California and not sure how to dress for the parks? Or you may be wondering what are the best clothes to wear to Disney World in wet and humid Florida? There are definite considerations to be made for weather, shoes and accessories.
And I didn’t forget the kids! I’ve included ideas for the little Mouseketeers too. If you’re putting together your Disney World outfits or narrowing down what to wear to Disneyland, read on for all the Disney vacation packing tips!
1. Choose Breathable Fabrics
You’ll be happier and more comfortable when you choose breathable fabrics, like cotton. That’s why the souvenir Disney t-shirt is so popular! We’re all rockin’ the cotton Disney tee in this shot (except for my husband, who wears almost nothing but white t-shirts, ever!) Cotton tees dry quickly after a dunking on Splash Mountain too.
Disney Cuteness Tip: Choose women’s styled shirts, which are a little more fitted and shaped, instead of boxy or shapeless tees. LuLaRoe offers some fantastic Disney patterned tops in longer lengths to wear over leggings.
The Disney shops inside the parks as well as ShopDisney always stock tees in a wide variety of sizes and styles, including holiday versions (like the one I’m wearing below).
Even the adorable dresses from the Disney Dress Shop are appropriate for the parks and they are oh, so cute! You’ll see lots of ladies wearing these Disney parks inspired designs all over Disneyland and Disney World. They are styled with thin straps or short sleeves so they are ideal dresses for summer time, but you could certainly pair the dress with a cardigan and coordinated tights in cooler weather.
2. Consider the Weather
Southern California weather is pretty unpredictable. It’s generally hot in the summer and cool in the winter…sometimes. And maybe you’ll have a beautiful warm and sunny day in May and the following day it’s raining!
Also just because it’s December doesn’t mean you’re going to need a winter coat, it could possibly be a surprising 80 degrees! Make sure to check the 10-day forecast before packing if you’re heading to California.
Another great option, especially at Disney World in Florida when weather is wet and humid is a swim shirt. The swim shirts (ie: rash guards) from Lands” End are lightweight, dry quickly and covered my arms so I didn’t have to apply sunscreen.
Dress in layers if the mornings are chilly and the days are warm. Rent a locker to store the jackets and extra layers when you don’t need them.
Disney Cuteness Tip: Choose fun accessories like the knitted Minnie-inspired hat (shown in image below) when the weather is cold and you’re wearing a coat over your Disney outfit.
3. Disney Outfits Head to Toe
A hat is a must in my opinion and it’s fun to purchase them at the Disney Parks. I love to choose a hat (that doubles as a souvenir) on the first day of my trip so I can wear it every day.
Disney Cuteness Tip: Make sure to try the hat on in the shop. Be sure to check that it’s sized correctly and isn’t going to be uncomfortable.
What about Mouse Ear headbands? They don’t do much in the way of protecting your head from the sun, but they are REALLY cute. However some of the styles are also extremely uncomfortable. These sequined styles are notoriously challenging to wear, as they are heavy and often press too hard at the temples.
If you can’t try them on first, you might want to consider making your own with a comfortable headband you know won’t give you a headache! Or try Etsy, as there are so many truly creative and unique Mouse Ear headbands available.
Now for shoes. For the love of all things, leave the heels at home! Comfortable shoes are a necessity but you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are lots of adorable and comfortable Disney-styled kicks like these Minnie Mouse Vans. And the Disney-inspired Toms canvas slip-ons are fashionable and comfortable for walking.
I’ve been wearing my Keds Sneaker with low socks that look cute with both jeans and shorts, are water resistant and cushioned inside for comfort.
READ MORE: Best Shoes for the Disney Parks and find out why I love open-toed sandals.
Disney Cuteness Tip: Crocs clogs are a popular choice in the Disney parks and for good reason. They are comfortable and easy to wear in the summer because they dry quickly on water rides. However I think the smaller Crocs clogs are the cuter they are (ie: leave the Crocs clogs to the kids!)
4. Disney Bound
Use items from your closet arranged in a way to resemble your favorite character. Disney Bounding is a budget-friendly way to dress up Disney in the parks or even at home when you want to channel Disney characters.
READ MORE: Find out some fun ideas on my post What is Disney Bound?
Image Credits: DisneyBound.tumblr.com
Disney Cuteness Tip: Channel your Inner Minnie with something polka dotted. In my opinion, at Disney you can never go wrong with polka dots!
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5. Accessorize in Style
I totally bought a “fanny pack” on my recent trip to Walt Disney World…yes, I did and I’m not embarrassed about it one bit! I loved having my hands free and my neck was hurting from carrying a purse on my shoulder through the Parks.
Choose either a waist pack or a crossbody style in a Disney pattern to use specifically for your trip. It’s so helpful to have the individual pockets on a purse like the LeSportsac x Disney Crossbody Bag and having your hands free is invaluable. You can fit a surprising amount inside these bags! If you need more room for snacks or kid stuff, choose a Disney-themed backpack to store it all.
Disney Cuteness Tip: Jewelry accessories should be dainty to avoid damage or injury during the rides (can you imagine how your chin would feel after riding a loopy roller coaster with a statement bib necklace hitting you in the face?!)
6. Kid’s Disney Boutique Couture
I love making my kids coordinating outfits when we take Disney trips. Yeah, they’ll probably hate me for it later, but they do look adorable! If you’re not a seamstress yourself, Etsy is a go-to place for clever and unique Disney wear for your family. I love to find unique outfits for my kids to wear at the Parks.
For kids who prefer just a regular tee, check out these unique styles from Polka Dot Pixie Shop, like this “Wild Things” shirt my son is wearing. How great is that for a day at Animal Kingdom park?!
READ MORE: For more ideas on how to dress the kids for Disney, check out the Best Outfits for Kids at Disney.
7. Your First Day at Disney Outfit
Live and learn lesson from my first trip to Walt Disney World. Our checked bag didn’t arrive until the following day. Fortunately I’d packed a second outfit in my checked bag for me and my son (though my contact lenses, make-up bag and hairbrush were in the checked bag). My mom and brother had absolutely no fresh clothes and had to wear the same outfit on day two and buy something fresh as a “souvenir”. Pack your first day outfit in your carry-on bag!
Fortunately something my mom said rang true, “After ten minutes walking around and riding the rides in the Park, we’ll look hot and sweaty like everyone else.” And that was the truth!
What are your top “cute but comfy” tips for outfits at Disney Parks?