Living an hour away from one of the world's leading tourist destinations has its perks. I mean, heading over to Disney World for the day doesn't require a plane ticket, twelve hour car ride, or even a hotel stay, and I love it.
As a Floridian, I'm pretty much an expert when it comes to handling the parks. I know the what roads to take to avoid traffic, when not to go to Magic Kingdom, and what to do when I'm there. In the fifty plus times that I've hopped aboard the monorail, I've also learned what to wear for a day at the happiest place on earth (no, really, it is!).
If you're like me, style is everything. I love any excuse to dress up! However, Disney World is not a place to rock your new tulle skirt and platform booties. It just isn't. Save those for dinner at the resort hotels, trust.
While I'm a fan of DisneyBound, not all the outfits are sensible enough to wear to the parks. It's common knowledge that Florida gets hot. Like, REALLY hot. And humid, which makes you feel kind of gross and sticky. Ew. Don't even get me started on afternoon thunderstorms!! With this in mind, it's best to be practical when packing for a Disney trip.
Lucky for you, I've hand-picked a winner of an outfit that combines style and comfort. With a little faith, trust, and pixie dust, you'll be on your way to infinity and beyond while looking cute and staying comfy!
Top - Choose something that is airy and light-colored to avoid absorbing heat. This pretty top from J. Crew is just the solution!
Shorts - Avoid dresses or skirts. Again, trust. A classic pair of denim shorts can easily take you from Splash Mountain to Thunder Mountain and back to Cinderella's Castle. Make sure they're an appropriate length, though. After all, you don't want a wardrobe malfunction before posing for a picture with Mickey himself. Awkward.
Sandals - I've worn both tennis shoes and sandals to the parks, but I have to say, my Jacks always win! Whatever shoes you decide to wear, ensure that they're broken in. You don't want a painful blister halfway through the day (been there, done that).
Backpack - Okay, this is my one free "tourist" item. I think backpacks are almost necessary for day-long stays. If you go for a few hours, a crossbody bag will totally make the cut. But, if you plan on staying from opening until the Wishes fireworks, I recommend a backpack to hold your essentials. Plus, it keeps your hands free. I love this lace one from PacSun. Stylish, but functional!
Sunglasses - ESSENTIAL. It's bright! Bring a pair that won't fall off your face and keep them with you at all times. I love these Ray-Ban aviators - so classic and chic.
Jewelry - Keep it minimal. I love this Alex and Ani Disney bracelet for obvious reasons, but these are also great because they won't fall off your wrist. The band is adjustable, so you don't have to worry about losing it getting off a ride.
Mickey (or Minnie) Ears - Okay, I lied. This is definitely another tourist item that you just have to have. They're obnoxious and sparkly and just scream "I AM READY TO MEET THE PRINCESSES!!!" But, really though. There's tons of options, from the classic Mickey ears, which can be embroidered in the parks, to a Minnie Mouse headband, to Princess crowns...it's hard to choose just one! I recommend waiting until you get to the parks to get these vs. ordering online because 1. trying them on in the store is soooo fun and 2. the parks tend to offer more of a selection. These really just take an everyday outfit to the next level, don't you think?
Are you visiting a Disney Park soon? What do you wear to theme parks?