Here are a couple dresses that I bought for our last trip, but ended up returning. I still think they’re cute, but it was one of those, “Um, it looks better on the model than it looks on me” situations.”
One important note if you wear a dress to Disney World:
Got some Jockey Underwear Skimmies to wear underneath your dress. They are more comfortable, prevent “pantylines,” and make you less self-conscious about flashing your underwear when you get in and out or a ride. NOTE: These are NOT shapewear.
Disney Accessories for Adults
An easy way to give a regular dress or outfit a cute Disney look is simply to pair it with a cute hat or headband.
On our last trip, I wore a couple pairs of mouse ears that I got from Rachel Wallace at The Mouse Project on Etsy.
I felt cute and pretty the entire time and was complimented on them multiple times a day. (I told Rob I don’t think I’d ever received so many compliments in one week before in my entire life!)
This crossbody handbag has a beautiful collage of Bambi, Thumper, and Flower, but you almost wouldn’t know it if you weren’t looking for it; it just looks like a really pretty handbag. Great if you want to show off your Disney love without looking tacky or garish.
Bianca also likes to wear a t-shirt dress paired with sneakers, claiming, “You get all of the breeziness of shorts and the stretchiness and comfort of leggings.”
Wearing a dress when you’re plus-size and walking several miles in one day means chafing (or “chub rub,” as it’s sometimes called) can be a problem. Body Glide works wonders for this. (My family has also used it on our feet to prevent chafing against our shoes.)
Heather Traska, a size 16 Disney Style contributor, likes to wear bright colors and lush fabrics that “makes me feel like a real life Princess.” And she always wears shorts, leggings, or Spanx under her dresses while at Disney.
Well, okay … I guess maybe I would go if someone paid for the entire thing. But I haven’t been to Disney World during the summer months since I was 8 year old.
I found this helpful bit of advice about dressing for Disney during the summer months on the WDWMagic Forums:
Actually, wearing skimpier clothing (e.g., tank top and short shorts) — especially if they contain non-breathable fabrics like polyester or spandex — can make you feel hotter than if you wear fuller-coverage clothing that breathes.
In a tank top, for example, your sweat just pools on your shoulders and in your armpits — in a breathable top with short sleeves, it gets absorbed and wicked away from your body. (Locals in tropical climes put this principle to work all the time — ever notice how when you visit someplace like India or the Caribbean, everybody’s wearing long pants, button-down shirts and hats in the heat? They’re doing it in light colors, and breathable fabrics, and staying cooler as a result than if they were wearing less.)
My suggestion would be to either go full-on vacation wear in breathable, natural fabrics, in styles that offer some protection from the sun (chambray rompers or sundresses — no polyester, no spandex, etc.!, lightweight cotton maxi dresses, linen button-downs and bermuda shorts), or if your personal style is more sporty, to opt for athletic wear that doesn’t necessarily look like athletic wear (e.g., golf polos and skorts).
Steer toward light colors if you want to repel the sun even more, and if you’re a “hat person,” by all means adopt a crushable floppy hat or a straw fedora with a decent-sized brim. If your hair is long, wear it up, or braid it, to keep it off of your neck and shoulders.