Dressing for Disney is just like dressing for any other event. You need to have the right clothes. Just because Flordia is usually warm, doesn't mean that it always is, and if you bring shorts in December, changes are you're going to get cold!
So what should you wear to Disney? Let's start with the basics...on a budget of course!
The first step is to look at the long range forecast. It's going to give you a ballpark so you'll know if you'll need a sweatshirt or light jacket, or if you are going to be wanting your shorts and tshirts.
While there is no need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for your trip, sometimes part of the fun is getting something new to wear. If you already know that you want to dress Disney while you are there, then scour your closet now! Whether you want to go Disney Bounding, or just wear shirt with a characther, or color inspiration from one, it's always easiest to find what you want in both terms of size and price when you've got lots of time to look. Some of my favorite Disney shirts have actually ben from the $3 clearance rack at Walmart, yet you'd not only never know, but you aren't walking around wearing the same shirt from your Resort gift shop that everyone else, wnating to be Disney, is wearing.
That said, there are some one of a kind shirts only available at Disney so if you want to get one, get one! Just think for a second to make sure it's something that you would want to wear at home too! While almost everyone at Disney is walking around wearing shirts with the House of Mouse in some form on the front, is that something that you'd want to wear back home on a grocery run? If so, get it! If you aren't sure, look for something that inspires Disney, but can go with your day to day, like Minnie's famous polka dots, or a Victorian style Haunted Mansion blouse.
Bottoms are super important, you've got to make sure that you have something that's not too tight (You don't want to be miserable when you sit!) Not too baggy (No one likes walking around, hitching up their waistband every 30 seconds) and the right material!
While jeans or khaki's work well in the fall and winter months, come spring and summer heavy fabrics are just plain uncomfortable. It doesn't matter how cute your denim capris look on you...they are going to cling, and feel heavy and icky in June. Trust me on this. Go for the poplin, anything light, and with a little bit of moment to keep you feeling cooler, and make it easier to move around. Lighter fabrics also dry faster, whether it's from a water ride, a misting fan or a spilled drink incident.
In a previous post that you can read here we went over how the right kinds of shoes can make, or break your trip, as well as all of our other tips for keeping your feet happy on your next trip.
It's important to wear shoes that you've worn before, and you know won't give you blisters. At Disney you do a LOT of walking, and if your feet are miserable, the rest of you is going to be too. Sometimes it pays to be more practical during the day and wear your sneakers, and save the dresses and sandals for in the evening at dinner, than to suffer all day long, and have sore, blistered feet that don't want to move the next morning.
Don't forget to wear socks, not ones with holes, but good, well cushioning socks to shield your feet a little bit from all of the hard work they are doing. Moistue wicking socks are a lot more common than they used to be, and really are useful for those who tend to have sweaty feet, or for helping your feet to stay blister free after an absolute soaking on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids!
Don't forget to dress one of the most important parts of your body! Your head! While it's mostly important in the warmer months, consider bringing a hat to shield you some from the sun, and chances are, no matter what time of year you are going to want some sunglasses.
Fun accessories, especially Disney ones, are great to have, but be practical with what you wear. A long day at the parks can really have you rethinking those bracelets you love but seem to catch on everything you walk past, or the belt that keeps coming loose. Try on your outfits ahead of time, make sure you can bend, twist, sit and be comfortable! That's really all you need!
One last piece of advice... be considerate. If you want to wear a bit hat, please take it off during an indoor show, or on a ride so everyone can see. And if you DO choose to wear big pieces of jewelry, like say, a huge ring that's really spiky and finger armor, then please keep your hands in your area. Because Lady who kept poking me on the Three Caballeros ride, I still remember you, and when I think about it, my shoulder hurts from getting stabbed half a dozen times and you just shrugging at me when I turned around. Don't be rude, friends. Even though we might have to get a little cozy at times, everyone still deserves to have a teeny bit of personal space on a ride to enjoy themselves!
What about you? Have a favorite thing to wear at the park to make your day a little more Magical?