Dapper Day was the name of the game for Spring 2019! I was lucky enough to travel to Disneyland Resort in California to attend Dapper Day weekend with several of my Disney Parks Moms Panel friends. We decided to Dapper Disneybound as Princesses, and I called a Pink version of Cinderella to create my Dapper Day look! The Pink Cinderella Dapper Day dress was a total success for me because of a lot of practice (hair-wise) and tons of prep work.
I used a vintage pattern (reset to modern sizing) to create the silhouette. Making a Dapper Disneybound means that I’m trying to follow retro patterns or vintage lines while overlaying character colors or accessories. It’s important that it doesn’t fully become a costume (for Parks regulations), although many regular folks would assume wearing such “old” clothing would be costumey anyway.
Much of the pink skirt shape was draped on a mannequin, especially the light pink bunting sash, since I wanted to eyeball the proportions. The bows (all three of them) were made to the same measurements and tacked on.
I wore a Disney Store crinoline under my dress, but I’m thinking I need to shop stiffer tulle skirts on Amazon for more of a bell shape. I feel that this inexpensive petticoat (while a great place to start) falls a bit flat after a few years. There’s no way to hang it upside down and increase the fluff level!
Cinderella Dapper Day Photos in Disneyland
When one attends Dapper Day, yes, you visit attractions and shows, but you mainly take photos! Our group of 6-7 people snapped photos for each other and were extremely patient with Photopass folks. Disneyland Park has Snow White’s wishing well and a beautiful rock formation with statues of the Dwarfs to one side of Sleeping Beauty castle. The morning shade cast the perfect light for a bunch of pictures together and separately!
And when one is dressed as a Disney Princess, once must VISIT said Princess. I chatted with Cinderella, and my friends saw Rapunzel, Gaston (for Jan’s Belle outfit), Aurora and Ariel. We paused at the front of the Park for railroad station photos with the iconic “Disneyland” sign and many more walls throughout the Park. (I even repeated this photo walk in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Florida).
Cinderella Dapper Day Accessories
Accessories can make or break an outfit! I wanted both a vintage, polished vibe as well as a quirky one! I used my daughter’s Jaq and Gus Gus hairclips from an Etsy shop on my keds laces. These shoes were less than $15 from Poshmark, which I find to be a great source for items for any Disneybound or costume; you’re getting the silhouette or color you need without breaking the bank!
I also picked up these jade beads from an Etsy seller, too. This listing is made for a child, and I have an 11″ neck… so they barely fit. But the craftsman offered to lengthen the beads if needed. A great pick with the perfect color.
Paired with my Pink Cinderella Dapper Day look are my handpainted parasol and my retooled Gus Gus purse. The purse was a nice nod to Cinderella without a garish backpack (which I nearly opted for before I found these pink keds). The parasol was the hit of the Park – and remains one of my favorite items!