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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Adelphi chapter.

Although the semester just started it feels like already your out of ideas of what clothes to wear clothes. How about instead of buying new clothes with money you don’t have and try instead of styling them in a whole new way.

Maybe one of those ways as your favorite Disney character? Well, say no more now you can. It’s called Disneybounding. Disneybounding is when you use the color scheme of Disney characters and you use your own clothing to dress up or be ‘inspired’ by them. This idea has been created by Leslie Kay in 2012 with her Tumblr blog of the same name.

Arguably the happiest place in the world is none other than Disney World & Parks.


If only there was a way to bring that Disney fun and happy vibes home… well, now there is!

DisneyBound is an idea coined by Leslie Kay around 2012. The idea came to her when she started her blog on Tumblr titled, DisneyBound when she and a friend went to Disneyland for a trip. She got many likes and follows and the idea blasted from there.



DisneyBounding is when you dress like a Disney character or a park using their color scheme in modern day clothing. Adults or children over the age of 14 cannot wear a traditional costume because of the fear of confusing younger children with the Disney Characters walking around.  It was only a matter of time before Disney fans found a way around that rule.

Celebrities like Christina Aguilera have tried the latest trend but more notably, John Stamos and his wife, Caitlin McHugh, are big DisneyBound fans Even her Instagram name has it in the title!

Now, I’ve done it at my last two Disney visits but I thought how much more fun it would be DisneyBounding back at home… and what a fun week it was.


Day 1: Jack Skeleton, The Nightmare Before Christmas



I used a black shirt that I got from Forever 21 with a nice white shirt from Cotton On, and for his tie, I decided to use the scarf that was given to me at the latest Her Campus Fashion Show last year and decided to turn it around and use it as a tie. I wore black heels to help get to his height (hey a short girl can dream, can’t she?)


Day 2: Sleepy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


For my next DisneyBound look I chose our cute dwarf, Sleepy, that is the spirit animal of any college student (hey, who doesn’t like to sleep?)

For this day since I do not, unfortunately, own a dark moss hat I had to use what I had.  I didn’t think that the moss green shirt and the light green would work together, but they kinda do! But that’s the fun in DisneyBounding, it gets you out of your comfort zone with a little fun dress up in the mix.


Day 3: Perdita, 101 Dalmatians



Being a fan of 101 Dalmatians since I was a little girl, it was a load of fun doing my favorite, Perdita. I wore a short sleeve denim shirt as her blue color and wore a black and white polka dot sweater, hair bow, as well as a handbag to replicate her spots. Since I didn’t have a spotted skirt in my closet I used a black skirt and boots.


Day 4:  Kim Possible, Kim Possible


Oh yes, I did! One of the absolute best-animated kick-ass women that came from the early 2000’s and boy do I wish she was our BFF! I wore camouflage pants with a brown belt and a black top crisscross sweater with my favorite heeled boots that are great for running in (I’m serious they’re runnable heels!) as well as fighting crime and looking cute too.


Day 5: Mal, Disney Descendants


Rotten to the Core, Mal, the daughter of Maleficent, is and she knows all the Ways to be Wicked. But just because she is the daughter of the most heinous villain, it doesn’t mean that Mal has to be that way too, right?


For Mal’s look, I wore a black gothic styled skirt, a dark maroon almost purple top to solidify the look I wore purple lipstick and green and purple jewelry to make the character really pop!

Disney bounding can work for an everyday look or even nice enough for work too. It adds a little magic with a smile in your day and helps you keep the clothes you have and save you some money for a spring break vacation for example. A trip to Disney anyone?


Hi, I'm Kait. I am currently a senior at Adelphi University and I am a Communications Major with a concentration in Digital Media and Cinema Studies. I love writing and have written stories ever since I was a little girl. Once I graduate from Adelphi University I hope to become a screenwriter working for film or television. But until then you'll see me socializing with my friends and family, studying for the next exam, or writing my scripts in the library.