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.
Another thing I did on our last trip was get a rose gold Mickey Mouse pendant with a matching set of earrings. Again, I got a received a lot of compliments on them.
The nice thing about the pendant and earring is that — unlike the mouse ears, sadly — I’ve been able to continue to wear them after we came home from our trip. And I get compliments on them in my “normal life” all the time too!
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.
If you’re worried about chafing (or “chub rub,” as it’s sometimes called), this product works wonders.
Plus-Size Fashion — Disney World Outfits
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.
I always like to wear sandals (not flip-flops, because having something between my toes personally drives me crazy). They go well with my sundresses, they also room for your feet to swell when you’ve been walking for hours, and I don’t have to worry about them getting soggy after going on Splash Mountain.
These sandals have been my go-to shoe for our last three Disney World trips, and they were amazingly comfortable, as well as kinda cute.
Here are some other flip-flops and sandals I recommend as being good Disney options: