I’m a Disney bound novice. I’ll be the first one to admit it. I started Disney bounding for the first time during this March’s Disney Bound Challenge on Facebook and Instagram (I did end up doing a couple of accidental bounds while I was at Disney World). So even though I’m new, I learned a lot about bounding and I’d love to share it with you!
First off, maybe you’re asking what is Disney bounding? The main idea behind Disney Bounding is taking elements from a character, like their color scheme or accessories that bring them to mind, and creating an outfit around this. It can be anything to a super casual everyday outfit, to a very lame Dapper Day outfit. Anything goes! The idea is to have fun incorporating Disney into your own style. If you want to learn more or get more information make sure you also check out the Disney Bound Instagram and blog.
This was one of my “accidental” bounds while I was in Disney World. I think Minnie is one of the easiest characters to dress like, basically anything polka dotted works, and if you’re in the parks, just throw on some ears and you’re set! My dress is from Charming Charlie a few years ago, so unfortunately I can’t link it
Winnie the Pooh
This was a pretty casual and more subtle bound, and it ended up being one of my favorites. This was for the last day of the Disney bound challenge and the theme was a character you’ve never bounded as before. I chose Winnie the pooh. Clearly this isn’t exact. Winnie is yellow and wears a red shirt, and he doesn’t wear flowers. But I used the colors associated with him for this outfit and I think the flowers on my shirt bring in a springtime in the Hundred Acre Woods vibe. Disney bounding isn’t cosplay so you can really make it your own!
Yes you can bound as a drink! Or an attraction! Or a wall! Whatever you want! When I spotted this adorable lemon wedge bag from Forever 21, I thought it seemed perfect for a Violet Lemonade bound!
Just add a purple dress like this one from Amazon
and maybe some flowers in your hair (or flower crown Minnie ears) and you’re all set!
So here are the basics to start any bound…
- Color! Think about the color your character (or wall or attraction) is or wears and start your outfit with pieces that match.
- Silhouette: You can really do whatever kind of outfit silhouette you want, but if you are trying to be true to a character you’ll want to pay attention to this. So if you were bounding as Meg from Hercules or Princess Jasmine, you would want to pick a flow top or dress as their clothing is more this silhouette. Most of the Disney Princes tend to have very structured outfits, though, so you would want to pick a structured jacket or vest. I don’t think this one is mandatory, but maybe you might want to incorporate it.
- Accessories! Here’s the fun part. These can be quite literal with the character on it, or you can mix in elements that would make people think of the character. So if you’re bounding as Alice, accessories featuring teacups, flowers, cats, or rabbit would work because they all have to do with Wonderland. Before my Disney trip I found a necklace on clearance at Kohl’s with a tiny gold teapot. I thought this would work nicely to wear to the Grand Floridian, but I could incorporate this into bounds of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Belle, Mrs. Potts, or Chip. Get creative!
Have you every Disney bounded? Who is a character you would love to bound as? Let me know in the comments!!