“Mom, will you take us to the 2nd hand store?”
“Sure. Give me 30 minutes and we’ll go.”
Yes, this happens often in my house. My girls LOVE to go thrift store spelunking! They have fun rifling through racks, digging through dresses, and shuffling through shelves.
The reason the eldest daughter (Mother Gothel, above) wanted to go was to look for cosplay items. For those of you who don’t know, cosplay is costume-play. It is where a person dresses as their most beloved character and role plays them. It is sweeping the nation. There are Instagrams, Pins, Facebookers, tweeters, everything about cosplay. I THINK it started as a Japanese anime or Manga things; but it has grown to include almost anything that you can dress as. Disney, Dreamworks, Warner; be it sci-fi or fantasy.
Okay, fine. I can live with this hobby. It feeds right into my Disney addiction. So I loaded up the eldest, the twins (Flynn Rider, above, the other twin is a crafty gal who was making Stitch pillow and didn’t have time to cosplay), and a beautiful friend (Rapunzel, above) and we headed into town. The mom in me went looking for acceptable school clothes. The Disney addict in me went looking for Disney outfits fit for the parks. I let the girls shop and explore for quite a while. Eldest and friend found many thing for their addiction to ‘Miraculous Ladybug’, a French cartoon super-heroine.
We found some great buys. I got some amazing deals for school clothes: jeans, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, shirts for layering, etc. And the two looking for cosplay items found some treasures that had them acting like kids in a candy store.
But right before we went to check out, I rallied the troops. “Find me a Disney outfit.” That was my order as General, and BOY OH BOY did these gals deliver!
First off, the lighting was terrible. And all we had were our phones. We were trying to NOT be in other people’s way and not make a ruckus and get thrown out. So here are our not-so-great-pictures of our super-awesome-Disney-themed-outfits. Some we bought, some we hung back up….
Check these out:
This is a plain blue dress, a yellow cardigan, and a red belt. But it became SNOW WHITE! (Total cost $13)
This blue dress was also used for a version of Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen from Disney’s Descendants. The beautiful friend in lavender is dressed as Maleficent’s daughter, Mal.This simple blue dress can be used as a base for :
1. female version of Aladdin (just add a wider belt, the correct little hat, and some sandals)
2. a Donald Duck costume (just add sailor hat and anchor jewelry)
3. Stitch (add some purples)
4. Sully (again, add some purples and maybe a head band with horns)
Maybe Anna, Dory, Merida, Belle, or Cinderella. All you need is the right accessories.
Here is a pair of men’s khakis, a white shirt, a vest, and a belt. All from the men’s department. (cost less than $20)
We had some of this at home, so we put it all back. But when we put ours together, this ensemble became Flynn Rider from Tangled.
You can see the brown pants, the denim vest, and white shirt. We added a brown satchel and some boots…and an attempt at a smolder. (No comment :D) However, it is easy to find costumes that men are comfortable with too. No more excuses, Guys!
With these brown pants and white shirt and the right accessories you could become:
1. Mad Hatter, Yoda, Indiana Jones or Peter Pan. Add green, the right hat, and a belt. Or a purse.
2. Pocahontas (add darker brown and turquoise)
3. Abu (just add monkey jewelry and maybe change the shirt to yellow)
4. Simba or Nala (add yellow and oranges)
5. Put a white baggie shirt on top and you could be a Jedi
This would be a great start for Merida, Jane Porter, or even Goofy or Pluto. Change the shoes and add-ons. You’re good to go!
The beautiful friend in lavender dress, let’s talk about her for a moment. Just a simple lavender dress with SO MANY possibilities! Here are a few:
Here, she is Rapunzel complete with frying pan. BTW, you can’t carry one around in Disneyland with you. (Cost $8)
Other option for this highly versatile piece are:
1. Ariel (add greens and a flower to your hair)
2. Meg (add golds and a wide belt)
3. Esmeralda (add turquoise and white, some coin jewelry and a wide belt)
4. The Haunted Mansion (add blacks, grays, and creepy accessories)
5. Maleficent (add blacks and bright greens)
This dress is also a great base for Mulan, Buzz Lightyear, Tiana, or even The Hulk from Disney’s Avengers.
Brown pants and a yellow collared shirt (cost less than $10). We did not buy this one, but here are some thoughts:
Prince Narveen, Chad Charming, Winnie the Pooh, Animal, Brier Fox, or even Pluto or Goofy. This is super simple and economical and I can’t think of a man that doesn’t own something like this already. Just add the needed shoes or hat or belt and you are good to go.
A plain blue frock and a white shirt. So many possibilities (cost less than $12)
Okay, this looks a bit frumpy to me. But when my daughter told me her ideas I totally got it! We didn’t buy it, it wasn’t our size; but the whole set cost less that $12. These two items together open the door to:
1. Belle (add an apron, black flats, and a blue hair bow)
2. Cinderella (add White shoes, a cute purse, maybe some pearls)
3. Mr. Smee (add a red belt, cute hat, and some sandals)
4. Genie (add red shoes and belt and gold jewelry)
5. Pinocchio (add the right hat, yellow shirt, blue bow tie and red belt)
Elsa, Alice in Wonderland, Stitch, Sully, Wendy, Ariel (with legs), and so many more….
Here are those brown pants again. This time with a purple shirt and a beanie (cost less than $10)
Youngest was trying to be Aladdin but ended up more like Fred from Big Hero 6. Either way, she is super cute and was enjoying it. Super easy and comfy!
Here are some greenish-blue pants and a purple shirt (cost less than $12).
This was Ariel, complete with flower in her hair and a fork for brushing. Super cute, and school clothes appropriate! These two pieces can be matched with certain hats, belts, and jewelry to make:
1. Esmerelda (add gold bangles and sandals)
2. Rapunzel (add darker greens and flowers)
3. Buzz Lightyear (add different shades of greens and purples)
You could even bring out your inner Tiana, Tiger Lily, or Hulk.
An embroidered blue shirt and a pair of jeans (less than $10)
My girls were saying Merida or maybe Mulan. I was thinking a casual Ana or Alice or even a female Hans. Just add colored shoes, hats, and jewelry.
Many things already hanging in your closet lend themselves to Disney characters. You just need to use your imagination…
Red dresses could be Minnie Mouse, Aurora, Smee, Lady Tremaine, Snow White, Sorcerer Mickey, or even Iron Man if you add the right stuff to it.
A flowered long shirt, paired with the right leggings can be Mulan, Ana, Rapunzel, maybe Daisy Duck.
A green shirt, dress, or blouse goes a long way in the Disney Universe. You can have Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Merida, Ariel, Tiana, Mulan, Quasimodo, Brier Fox, Yoda, Goofy, or the Mad Hatter. I’m sure that I’ve forgotten so many possibilities.
The point I’m trying to make is that dressing like a Disney character does NOT have to break the bank. I have 3 teenage daughters that each have their favorite princess and characters. I can swing $20 a girl for a multi-use outfit… I cannot do $200 a person for a one-time-use costume, no matter how amazing they are. And as always costume jewelry is a girl’s best friend. Not to mention hats, scarves, and neat shoes.
Disney does have costume rules, please follow them. And of course, you want to be safe and comfortable for a day in the Disneyland Parks. So use common sense. Please.
Amazon has costumes you can buy. . . . But don’t be afraid to play around. I had a blast with my girls ‘playing dress up’…um, I mean doing cosplay. I don’t care what you call it, it was a blast! I hope to do it again very soon!
What DIY costume ideas have you used?