Dressing Like Disney Characters For A Day
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Dressing Like Disney Characters For A Day

Hello friends, and welcome to another video. This week, I’m gonna be putting together
a Disney character inspired outfit, and Disneybounding. Now, If you don’t know what Disneybounding is, it’s essentially using normal/modern clothes to dress up like a Disney character, without looking like you’re wearing a costume. So, using the same color palette that the character wears, zeroing in on specific accessories, or just generally capturing the essence of the character in an outfit. The term Disneybounding comes from the blogger Leslie Kay, who created a general Disney fan-blog called DisneyBound back in 2011. Basically because she was going to Disney World and was excited that she was Disneybound. Then one day she created a few Polyvore sets of contemporary outfits based on some of her favorite Disney characters. And the response was so positive, that she made this the entire focus of her blog. As a result, creating a modern outfit in the style of a Disney character became known as “Disneybounding”. The trend also caught on because people over the age of 14 are not allowed to wear costumes to the Disney parks. I think because Disney doesn’t want kids mistaking non-park employees for the character actors that they hire to roam the parks. Probably both because you don’t want kids just running up to random people, and also because Disney is very particular about the way they train their character actors to stay on brand. So Disneybounding allows adults to dress up as Disney characters without getting kicked out of the park. And over the last eight years, DisneyBounders have grown into a robust community of fans who embrace the style challenge of dressing up like different Disney characters, and even Disney rides in creative ways. Now I remember seeing some of these Polyvore edits on tumblr years ago, And they always really interested me, Even before I lived in Southern California and went to Disneyland pretty regularly. But the trend popped back into my head a couple of weeks ago when I saw Refinery29 had done a video called ‘Why Adults Aren’t Allowed To Wear Costumes To Disneyland’. So I thought it would be fun to try and to give Disneybounding a go myself. And then take our attempt to Disneyland. Alright, so let’s see what we can do. So the first step to Disneybounding is to choose the character that one wants to bound as. Now because the Disneybounding community is pretty big and has been around for like ten years, people have bounded as literally anyone and anything, So nothing is off-limits as long as it’s Disney. I personally enjoy the classic 2D animation movies the best, preferably ones that came out before 2000, just so it has some nostalgia element for me. So that whittles down our list right off the bat. I’m also hoping for a character that has a clear romantic interest/friend/sidekick so I can make Tyler dress up with me. And that narrows it down even further. I think the first idea I had was to do Snow White. I think we’ve established a bit of a meme around Snow White or at least her well, and she’s definitely my favorite classic princess. Unfortunately Snow White’s clear second character would be Prince Charming who is probably, of all of the Disney princes, the one with the least personality. I mean, he doesn’t even have a name. And he makes the questionable decision to kiss a dead body. As MatPat says: Number one, corpse germs, and number two corpse germs. Snow White’s other pair options would probably be one of the dwarves or maybe the Huntsman, which I’m not super jazzed about Because of that whole ‘he might murder you’ thing. I mean he lets her go, but he thinks about it. So there’s not a great Tyler option with Snow White, in my opinion. My second thought was to do a villain character since most villain outfits are more in my preferred color palette. My first instinct there was Maleficent. Of all of the Disney characters, she’s probably the one I would want to dress like the most. I mean, she’s got the cape, the eyeliner, the bold lip, the collar, and she transforms into a dragon. She’s definitely petty, but she enacts her pettiness in style. However, there really isn’t a companion character to Maleficent. Her only friend is the little crow who hangs out with her. And unlike other Disney birds, he isn’t really a character himself. Other options for a second character could be… the spindle? And I think that’s about it So my third idea for a Disneybound was to do Jafar from Aladdin. AKA a Disney villain with a clear companion. Now from just some cursory research, the Jafar Disneybound seems like a decently unsaturated space. He’s been done, but not a ton, which is ideal. Jafar is also pretty underrated-ly stylish. He’s got a good color palette, some pointy shoulder pad action, a long sweeping cape, a golden cane, and some seriously villainous facial hair. Snidely Whiplash who? His sidekick, the parrot Iago, is also very brightly colored and has a lot of character, so he would be a great Disneybound for Tyler as long as he’s down for it. It’s also kind of topical because the live-action remake of Aladdin is coming out like, this month and, apparently, Jafar is hot now. Just saying. So I think Jafar and Iago should be our choices. Okay. So we have to put together two outfits that aren’t costumes and also don’t include any accessories that would get us kicked out of the park. They say anything that drags in the ground is a no-no, or masks. Now I’ve noticed in other Disneybounds, some people will stick with like a contemporary casual-wear look, and some people will go for a more mid-century vibe. I think because Disneyland opened in 1955, there’s sort of a 50s nostalgia wrapped up with the park. And Disney itself has also started selling Disneybound-ish dresses in a kind of mid-century silhouette. It’s like a decade-bound Disneybound. Now as a decade enthusiast, I think the idea of doing a retro Disney bound seems really fun. But I feel like Jafar’s aesthetic does not really lend itself to this look I mean the shoulder pads say no So I’m thinking why not pick a different decade to focus on and since and the movie came out in 1992 the early 90s seemed like an obvious choice the shoulder pads say yes. So taking a look online It seems like a direction we could go in for Jafar is like a fancy blazer Look, this is something that in my head is kind of late 80s like the Working Girl Power Blazer But it looks like there were still a lot of Blazers around in the early 90s like at these high fashion runway Shows so something like this could be a good base for like a non Costume Jafar walk now for Tyler’s outfit Iago is a parrot or to be more specific a scarlet macaw Whose tropical color palette fits well with the 90s theme as like bright and neon colors were pretty present early in the decade Iago’s look is more rounded and feathered when you compare it to Jafar’s like very severe Angular look so we can maybe ditch the Blazer for this one and go for something a little more casual something that incorporates Kind of like a color-block or pattern in? Iago’s general color palette sort of as seen on Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell And also very notably on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air himself Will Smith will also wears a lot of these flat Brim hats in fresh prints which could function well as a sort of beak Now here’s an interesting thing Hillary from Fresh Prince of bel-air Kind of wears the blazer style that I’m going for with my Jafar look like all the time So it’s kind of like we’re will and Hillary from Fresh Prince of bel-air now Here’s an even more interesting thing Will Smith is now playing the genie in the live-action Aladdin in 2019 So it’s all coming full circle this feels right? Well our outfits at least so we went out shopping to a few different stores Vintage and non to search for our outfits beginning with our blazer quest Not zero, yeah, they’d be more flip. I don’t know be able to find a true flip Yeah, but we need like something we decided pretty early on that We were gonna go for a black blazer partially because there just weren’t that many red options. It’s not quite right it’s more Cruella but also because Jafar’s outer layers are black and then the Inside of his cape slash robe thingy is red This proved to be more difficult than we thought the shape of it isn’t quite right now. Yeah, this is more like ringmaster But then we found this mannequin kind of decked out in like exactly The silhouette we were looking for the Blazer itself is pretty plain But it has the right boxy look so we decided to go with it as for what to put under it We needed something red so we found this high-necked plain t-shirt dress to represent his under cape and with the base of my outfit now accounted for it was time to Embark on an accessories quest the attorneys originally, I’m stuck So one of the defining elements of Jafar’s getup is his golden snake staff. He’s pretty into snakes I mean he turns into a snake so we were definitely on the hunt for some snake stuff We sort of like quickly stumbled upon this golden snake belt. That looks right. That’s pretty cool It’s not a Cobra but it is a snake. Could be a rattlesnake? Sure! A garter snake? Which besides being snake-y, could also serve to cinch our blazer at the waist like with this mannequin. So we snagged it. In addition to that, we also ordered this hand wrap bracelet thingy just for even more snake. Right now, I am to snake as that guy is to cowbell the other prominent accessory that Jafar wears is his headpiece Which is mostly black but includes a red feather and a red jewel on it Now there were a lot of hats in the early 90s that people seem to have worn with Blazers But they don’t all look great on me. This can’t be right. No. Yeah, this can’t be right It’s almost like a Cyndi-Lauper-from-hell look. What’s happening? Where am I? Luckily, we happen to have this black bowler hat that we used in our 1987 fashion video that seemed kind of like the right look, and we found this red hair scarf that we could tie around it to Represent Jafar’s red feather. We should just try it out. Yeah. We should just test it out To stand in for the jewel on his hat We found this kind of like a dangly brooch online That seemed like it would pair well with a blazer and also looks a lot like his thing. So we ordered that too so with some progress made on my outfit it was time to take on Tyler’s look, which started with our hunt for a Color-block top. And luckily for us, this sort of casual 90s style is pretty in right now So we were able to find quite a few options to try on. That’s not bad It’s just like Toucan Sam vibes. Like windbreaker combos, It’s not quite red enough, is it? No it’s really… green. What I would describe as Chandler Bing-esque button downs. It’s kinda like a bowling shirt. And this pretty promising hoodie. Oh, that’s great That blue looks really good. It does have like the wings vibes. It’s very yellow and blue Yeah, but if the rest of your outfit is red I feel like it would work So we decided to go with this as our top. The other main features we had to shop for were his beak and his talons We had mentioned earlier that we would probably want a hat to stand in for his beak. I don’t know There’s so much yellow on this like hoodie. I feel like you should go red. His beak is orange, but his head is red So we figured that the shape of the Hat was enough to like suggest his pecking abilities Like that’s kind of the vibe as for his feet We found a pair of vans that could work could be a talent maybe and with those we were pretty much done with Tyler’s outfit especially since we had ruled out any other accessories early on yoga Keanu Reeves. Yeah Well, you leave Vanilli. So with our outfits chosen, we were bound to Disney bound. I’m sticking by that All right, so we are here now at Disneyland ready to vlog our outfits We did come in the afternoon a little bit just because it’s a little hot out and there’s a roller coaster going by And our outfits are pretty young too steep Voice crack really bad frosty Oh a parrot we had gotten into the park without a hitch So I think that our Disney bounds had passed the not a costume test So we’ve got a couple of hours of wandering around Taking some pictures and then seeing how we look it seems like a popular move to take a photo either with the Disney character actor that you are disney bounding as or to go to a portion of the park that has some theming associated with your character for Disneyland in LA Adventureland is the spot that has a little bit of that Aladdin Agrabah bizarre feel but there’s not a lot of it they use them in a lion themed restaurant, but it’s gone now But here all we’ve got as the bazaar and it was also very crowded your party town is a madhouse This is a busy area Everyone wants a piece of it even crying child. So for our all-important to Instagram, we went somewhere else So we’re actually right now filming by like where Star Wars land is gonna be just because they’ve gotten good like desert arid looking rocks Yeah, and with a sufficiently desert II background chosen it was time to review our final outfits so for my Jafar look I ended up with a black bowler hat and red sash our Shoulder-padded black blazer a red dress black tights red shiny loafers – golden snakes a golden bag Not a lamp, but it’s quilted and a few red and gold vintage jewelry pieces one good thing is that the sideburns are on-brand Unfortunately while my sideburns are pretty thick my other facial hair could have been better. I’ve noticed you trying to stroke your beard several times You had a long one recently, right? That was a mistake. I wasn’t thinking about the video lack of beard aside. I also put together a Jafar inspired makeup Look that included some purple eyeshadow and some heavy Eyeliner to both cement my villainy and also to protect my eyes from the Desert Sun So the eyeliner serves both a fashion purpose and a practical purpose. He’s like an evil football player in the desert always Exactly so as for Tyler’s final Iago look we ended up with a red flat Brim hat our red yellow and blue hoodie our red sweatpants and orange sneakers I didn’t shave because I feel like Iago is the kind of guy that has a 5 o’clock shadow Or in my case like a five day shadow I don’t grow facial hair very fast, but I thought it fit the personality now. I will say that though Tyler’s outfit had fewer elements than mine. I think he embraced his character with a lot of gusto As well as the 90s vibes feel like I’m ready like try it There you go. There you go. Yep, you’re going so fast Those are you want to go out of frame? All right, go for it Further further you’re not out. Nope further further. Are you out though? Unfortunately, I think all of his dancing made him get pretty hot pretty fast After our individual shots, we needed a few pictures of Jafar and Iago together starring mary-kate and Ashley Olsen in that pursuit of power And world domination and after a few different attempts including a couple where Tyler almost injured himself We finally had a few photos that were suitable for the Graham now Although Disney bounds like don’t have to be super obvious to other people I was curious to see what you guys would think of our attempt specifically if you guys could guess who we were trying to be and also if you thought we pulled it off so I Uploaded these three photos to Instagram to get a few opinions now based on your guys’s comments I would actually say that a majority of you were able to identify that we were trying to be Jafar and Iago I think that Tyler’s posed in the third picture is a little bit of a hint but regardless I feel like it’s a positive indicator for our efforts that you all were able to guess I was also very excited to see a lot of people guessing our like late 80s Early 90s Inspo like Will and Hilary from Fresh Prince Lisa and screech from Saved by the Bell Dionne and Murray from clueless the Heather’s just Generally and also the Backstreet Boys in Paris gone wrong, which is a thing I guess there were also a few less accurate guesses that I enjoyed like Caillou Carmen Sandiego and Alvin the chipmunk Cruella Deville and Snow White the Pixar ball and my last two brain cells deciding what I should wear so I guess all in all I would say this was a successfully conveyed Disney bound mostly now with the social media portion of the Disney bounding Experience complete it was time for us to explore the park in character. Watch out mind control, uh Back off buster do we get some churros? You will buy churros and marry me to the princess So we headed back to our little slice of Agrabah in Adventureland or we did find a magic carpet Mosaic to pose next to but disappointingly not much else. Here’s another Aladdin themed attraction It’s a penny flattening machine that is prime content right there They’re really going light on the Aladdin TV, especially for having a movie coming out yeah also because all three of the designs are Milano looms in fact I was pretty shocked at how few Aladdin products they had for sale. Where’s the Jafar? Merch. Where’s the Iago March? We’re both getting us right in the stick here Listen, I’m hot now don’t you know, so I had to settle for some rubber snakes say hello to my little friend Do you need more snakes? Jafar meets Britney And then Tyler for his part found like a yellow and red Macaw, that could have been Iago or could have just been a Rando bird from the Tiki Room Are you in a stare-off with an acrylic parrot like that Birdman? That’s a mating dance. Are you trying to mate with the acrylic parrot? Should I be jealous? This is bizarre after we had thoroughly exhausted all of the Aladdin themed stuff We could find we continued exploring though I would say that the heat of the multiple layers of my outfit and Tyler’s sweatshirt were increasingly taxing All right. Tyler’s feeling pretty hot feeling pretty steamy pretty sweaty. I knew okay My back’s a little sweaty just under the blazer and the belt and the tights but my feet are doing okay for now Which is a big win? I feel like part of the challenge of Disney bounding is that you have to wear your outfit around Disneyland and I’m doing okay So far, so after bouncing around the park riding the carousel eating some dinner and trying to steal a giant torch I think it was time to end our Disney bounding day. All right. Are you ready to go home? Yes My feet have finally started to hurt. I’m sweaty Fresh Prince of bel-air more like swamp prince of bel-air Am I right about to get a caramel? So that was our Disney bounding experience overall? I very much enjoyed the process of putting together these outfits from choosing the characters to figuring out how to Represent different components of their look with modern clothing in our case including a 90s inspired vibe made it a little more challenging But you know, I love me some decades so I’m always down besides that I also thought it was fun to try and straddle the line between Like outfit and costume and I think there is a possibility that we will try Disney bounding again in the future Come to think of it Maleficent and the spindle could be an interesting choice I mean, maybe we could get Tyler into one of those spiky punk hairstyles that sticks straight up. It’s not necessarily decade appropriate for 1959 but it could be fun. 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