What to Wear to Disney World: Cute Outfits and Plus-Size Dresses
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The first couple times we went to Disney World we had toddlers, and I was more concerned about just figuring everything out and making everything work than I was with whether or not I was wearing a cute outfit.
However, now that we’ve all gotten the hang of “doing Disney,” planning a Disney trip also involves having a little fun, fashion-wise.
Here are some tips and ideas on what to wear to Disney in order to mange the heat, be comfortable, and still achieve a fun, pretty look.
Table of Contents
- 1 Wearing a Dress to Disney World
- 2 Disney Accessories for Adults
- 3 What to wear to Disney World in the Winter
- 4 What to Wear to Disney World — Plus-Size Edition
- 5 Plus-Size Fashion — Disney World Outfits
- 6 Disneyland Outfit Ideas for Curvy Girls
- 7 What to Wear to Disney World in the Summer
- 8 Don’t Forget How Important the Right Shoes Are!
Wearing a Dress to Disney World
I like dresses for two simple reasons:
1) I think they keep me cooler; and
2) I think I just look better in them.
Wearing a dress makes me feel like I’m doing something “special,” and not just traipsing around an amusement park, getting sweaty and feeling dumpy.
I get most of my favorite Disney dresses by searching for “Sundress” or “Casual Dress” on Amazon:
MOLERANI Women’s Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose DressHAOMEILI Women’s Casual Swing T-Shirt Dresses with PocketsOFEEFAN Women’s Cold Shoulder Tunic Top T-Shirt Swing Dress with PocketsMITILLY Women’s Halter Neck Boho Floral Print Loose Casual Sleeveless Short DressMSBASIC Women’s Sleeveless Adjustable Strappy Summer Beach Swing DressSidefeel Women V Neck Halter Printed Casual Short Strap Mini DressECOWISH Womens Dress Summer Tie Front V-Neck Spaghetti Strap Button Down A-Line Backless Swing Midi DressBerydress Women’s Casual Beach Summer Dresses Solid Cotton Flattering A-Line Spaghetti Strap Button Down Midi Sundress
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.”
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.
MOLERANI Women’s Short Sleeve Casual Loose T-Shirt DressUnbranded* Women’s Sleeveless Loose Plain Dresses Casual Short Dress with PocketsAUSELILY Women’s Short Sleeve Pockets Pleated Loose Swing T-Shirt DressKATEKATECAT Womens Casual T Shirt Dress
Disney Accessories for Adults
One of the neat things about this is that you can pair a sundress with, say, a baseball cap. It may sound like that won’t work … but at Disney World, it definitely does.
Disney Mickey Mouse CapELIVATA Womens Disney Castle Fitted Trucker Baseball Cap by Swarovski Bling hat,Gray Denim Trucker,One SizeDisney Womens Minnie Mouse Cap With Bow & Ears RedDisney Adult Hat Sequins Mickey Head, Black (Florida Namedrop)Disney Women’s Minnie Mouse Polka Dots Baseball HatDisney Women’s Belle Rose Beauty and The Beast Baseball Cap, 100% Cotton, Light Blue, One SizeDisney Adult Minnie Mouse Bow Visor RedDisney Classic Mickey Mouse Adult Hat Baseball Cap, White & Red
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!)
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!
More Disney Jewelry:
Minnie Mouse Silver Plated January Garnet Red Cubic Zirconia Pendant NecklaceBelle’s Rose and Heart Diamond PendantMinnie Mouse Silver Plated Brass September Birthstone Stud EarringsDisney Princess Castle Diamond Heart PendantMickey Mouse Aromatherapy Essential Oils Necklace PendantMinnie Mouse Crystal Hoop EarringsSterling Silver Pave Crystal Stud EarringsDisney Beauty and The Beast Silver Plated “Big Sister, Lil’ Sister” Set of Two Pendant Necklaces, 18” Chain
Here are some other accessories that can give your outfit a bit of a “Disney flair” that you can continue to use in real life:
This Minnie Mouse watch is easy to read and comes in 5 different styles, including a version with “classic Minnie,” back when she had a hat with a flower in it instead of a bow.
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.
The Best Crossbody Bags to Wear to Disney World
Mickey Mouse Gifts for Adults
What to wear to Disney World in the Winter
We’ve been to Disney World in both November and December, and I’ve worn sundresses then, too. However, I do bring a cardigan, jacket, and jeans, just in case.
When we went in November a few years ago, it was surprisingly cold.
Look at us, all bundled up! Not only that, but we were downright cold — uncomfortably cold — while watching Illuminations at Epcot that night.
I wouldn’t say that’s typical. That trip was significantly colder that when we went in December of another year. But be prepared, especially for the evening!
Update: I just came back from yet another November Disney trip, and yup, it was pretty cold again at times.
Now I don’t know about you, but I think I look pretty darn stylish in that photo.
I wasn’t even thinking about my Disney trip or Disney clothing when I signed up in September for something called the Fall Style Challenge.
Like I said, I wasn’t even thinking about Disney clothing when I signed up. I was just concerned about the fact that even if I buy a cute shirt or something, I never seem to know what to wear with it. rather how I never (If anyone else remembers Garanimals … that’s what I need.)
I actually ended up wearing two outfits from the Style Challenge on this trip. One of them was perfect for Animal Kingdom!
If you’re interested in the Style Challenge (whether it’s for Disney World or just for help in shopping and putting together outfits in real life), check out this video that explains how it works:
But getting back to dressing for Disney in the winter … the best advice I can give is to be prepared, and pack layers!
Disney Hoodies for Women
Instead of (or in addition to) cardigans, you might want to bring along a couple Disney hoodies, especially for the evening:
Disney Junior Minnie Mouse Silent Hoodie Fleece PulloverDisney Adults Minnie Mouse Peeking Fleece HoodieDisney Women’s Hoodie Minnie Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small – Plus SizeDisney Mickey Mouse Womens Hoodie Peeking Print Pullover SweatshirtDisney Women’s Mickey Mouse Classic Kick SweatshirtDisGear Disney Parks Home for The Holidays Unisex Character Hoodie for WomenDisney Juniors Sassy Minnie Mouse FleeceDisney Exclusive Adults Minnie Mouse Fleece HoodieMinnie Mouse Disney Character Name HoodieDisney Hoodie Mickey Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small – Plus Size
In addition to wearing layers, here are a few particular clothing items you might want to add to your Disney packing list in the winter:
Thermal shirts are great for layering. You can easily wear them under something else to add warmth, but not much bulk. They won’t take up too much room in your suitcase, either.
At strange as it might sound to wear a knit hat to Florday, at night it can get cold, and it’s better to be prepared. Plus, hats are always cute.
Like the thermal shirts above, down jackets are good at keeping you warm without too much bulk — either when you’re wearing them, or when you’re trying to pack them in your suitcase.
What to wear to Disney World at Christmas Time
If you’re going to be going to be going to Disney World at Christmas time (which, by the way, begins in November), you should have a little extra fun by adding some Christmas bling to your outfit.
Candy Cane Plush Fabric HeadbandChristmas Necklace for WomenChevron Sheer Infinity Scarf – Green/Red/WhiteClassic Cashmere Feel Check ScarfChristmas Infinity Scarf Lightweight LoopChristmas Tree Cubic Zirconia Pendant Necklace
And if you’re going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you might want to wear a Christmas sweater, both to keep warm and to look cute.
Snowmen Christmas SweateReindeer Christmas SweaterChristmas Reindeer Knitted SweaterSweater Women Plus Size Christmas Sweaters Reindeer Snowflakes SweaterNovelty Christmas SweaterBlizzard Bay Women’s Cold Shoulder Christmas Pullover, red, Medium
What to Wear to Disney World — Plus-Size Edition
Bianca Karina loves wearing leggings when she goes to Disneyland. “Leggings are breathable, flexible, and stretchy so you can fully enjoy the Disney magic without getting swamp butt,” she says.
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.”
April at Pixie Dust Savings, who describes herself as “Pooh-sized” and a “plus-size princess,” lists these as her 5 favorite places to shop for plus-size Disney clothes:
2. Pinup Girl Clothing
3. Cherry Tree Lane Dress Shop in Disney Springs
4. Walmart (the selection is huge in physical stores near Disney World)
5. ModCloth (not necessarily “Disney” clothes, but has some good options for Disney Bounding)
The pin below is a dress that April featured from Torrid. Cute, huh?
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.
Disneyland Outfit Ideas for Curvy Girls
The Best Shoes to Wear to Walt Disney World
What to Wear to Disney World in the Summer
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.
One thing I would absolutely “wear” at Disney in the summer (or even the fall and spring) is a Frogg Togg Chill Pad Cooling Towel.
Yes, these really do work. You wet them with cold water, squeeze out the excess, and it feels incredibly cool (yet dry) against your skin.
Being an Irish redhead, I particularly like how it gives me added sun protection on my neck, back, and shoulders.
On our last trip, Rob liked my cooling towel so much that he bought one for himself at the parks, where they sell a version by a brand called CoolCore.
He said it definitely did NOT get as cool as my Frogg Togg cooling towel did.
Don’t Forget How Important the Right Shoes Are!
I have another post all about the best shoes to wear to Disney World, but I thought they also deserved a quick mention here.
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.
Here are some other flip-flops and sandals I recommend as being good Disney options:
Nike Womens Ultra Celso Thong, Chlorine Blue/White-White, 7KEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal,Dark Shadow/Ceramic,8 M USSanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flop,Black,8 M USTeva Women’s W Original Universal Sandal, Miramar Fade Dark Purple/Multi, 6 M US
If you prefer to wear sneakers to the parks, these are some of your best bets:
ASICS Women’s GT-2000 5 Running Shoe, Mid Grey/White/Pink Glow, 9 M USSaucony Women’s Triumph ISO Running Shoe, Twilight/Oxygen/Citron, 8.5 M USSkechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,pink/multi,9 M USSkechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,Navy/Multi,9 M US
Now let me hear from you.
What are your favorite things to wear to Disney World? Are there any lessons you’ve learned the hard way about what NOT to wear? Please share below in the comments!