I couldn't have been more wrong. DisneyBounding is meeting of Disney fandom and everyday fashion (though sometimes more than just everyday fashion). As opposed to cosplaying, where the objective is to look as similar to the character as possible, DisneyBounding is more derivative, relying on a collection of clothing sharing the color palette or texture of a character or idea being portrayed. It's fancier than everyday wear, but it is not so extravagant as to cause heads to turn wherever one goes. But for observers who notice the theme being pursued, it can be a fun discovery to behold.
|A group of Big Hero 6 DisneyBounders poses with a Frozone from The Incredibles.|
The trend has been growing for the past one or two years, and this past Sunday, at Dapper Day, there were plenty of DisneyBounders in attendance. Some were more ornate than others, while others opted for more abstract representations. But a common thread throughout was creativity. Whether it be through patterns of colors or accessories, plenty of people found innovative ways to portray various characters of Disney lore in a manner that also wouldn't stand out that much at an everyday function.
|A "princess posse" poses in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.|
|Belle, Gaston, and the Bimbettes from Beauty and the Beast, in a bit of a more rockabilly motif.|
|You knew Ursula was clever, but you probably didn't think she could be cute. Think again.|
|I interpreted this duo as the Mad Hatter and March Hare.|
|This adorable couple went as Mary Poppins and Bert.|
I've always considered myself fashion-dyslexic, and I admire people who do things well that I myself do quite poorly. So on this gray but nevertheless entertaining Dapper Day, I was quite content to people watch, and more than eager to snap photos of the scene. To see so many guests in--I won't say costume, but something close--it reminded me of the spirit of Disneyland: fun, idealism, and enjoyment with loved ones.
|Peter Pan and Tiger Lily looking quite stylish.|
|A Loki and another Mad Hatter who was practically wearing a work of art anchor a Dapper Day quartet.|
|A pair of Snow Whites in vintage style.|
|A Pinocchio crew DisneyBound in quite the chic manner!|