Top: Hot Topic Skirt: Helmut Lang Bag: Kate Spade Sunnies: Dolce and Gabbana Shoes: Nordstrom Rack
So as of late, I have really started to embrace my fashion roots. You know the kind that include plastic, sparkles, lots of pink, frilly dresses and yes Disney. Lots of Disney. So it should be no surprise that first stop on the Disney wardrobe train was Hot Topic. Now I was raised to believe Hot Topic is strictly for Marilyn Manson groupies or religious fans of the Craft. Like no joke, growing up I was not allowed to step foot in Hot Topic. Well, I was also not allowed to wear black.
Before my dear mother starts rolling in her grave, I partnered with my local Hot Topic to fulfill my Disney styling needs. And she’d be happy to know I don’t even think they carry Marilyn Manson pieces anymore. Music is still super loud though. Alas, as much as I love paying homage to my favorite Disney princess or any other Disney character for that matter in frilly dresses, and trust me I love Disney Bounding I thought I would pay homage to one of my favorite princess’ in a more modern way.
So I traded the traditional bright colors and frills today for an edgier ensemble. And I truly believe edgier captures the more adventurous spirit of Ariel. After all she was the one to defy her father and give up her voice all in the name of love. Which is why I had to accent this outfit with a heart bag. Ariel once said, “I don’t understand how a world that makes such wonderful things, can be so bad.” I feel like this is exactly what I should have said to my mom growing up, as this is exactly the misconception from Hot Topic. Who’d have ever thought I would have gotten princess inspiration from a store overshadowed by goth roots?
Dress: Forever 21 Sandals: Chanel Necklace: Saks OFF 5TH Sunnies: Miu Miu
Do you ever have those epiphany moments where all of a sudden everything makes sense? While that tends to happen quite often to me (it helps when you’re a hopeless optimist who truly believes everything happens for a reason) today was no exception. While digging through my closet for something that was appropriate for 90 degree weather, I stumbled upon this little gem from Forever 21 purchased a few years back. And why exactly was that an “aha!” moment? Well this morning when I woke up, in my recently re-designed bedroom that makes me feel like I wake up a princess, I turned on the TV and what was playing other than one of my favorite movies “Maleficent.”
For anyone that knows me, they know I’m a Disney girl. Always have been, always will be. Sadly though, it is no longer appropriate by adult world standards to play dress up in my favorite princess’ attire. Thank God though for the grown up version of dress up called “Disney Bounding.” Never heard of this? Basically it’s the concept of dressing up super cute in the theme of your favorite character, and far less dramatic than the alternative cosplay. A few years back I Disney bounded to “Dapper Day” as Jessica Rabbit. And today it would appear as though subliminally I was Disney Bounding as none other than Princess Aurora. I had a flowy long dress in her signature pink. I also like to believe there was a woodsy element with my Boho chic accents. And what fashion princess outfit wouldn’t be complete without some Chanel sandals? As any girly girl can probably attest to, growing up you put your outfits to the Princess dress test. There were two conditions I took into consideration before something could pass and that would be 1, if it passed the twirl test and 2, if it just flowed perfectly in the wind. And no I’m not talking about that wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen Marilyn Monroe moment kind of wind. I’m talking about you can totally picture Princess Ariel wearing it on the side of a beach somewhere, arms outstretched waiting to embrace Prince Eric kind of flowy. Fortunately, this dress passed both those tests. Although, maxi dresses typically exude that unless they’re of a cotton fabric.
I love maxi dresses for a number of reasons. One being that they are ridiculously comfortable! Second, I like having an opportunity to prove nay sayers wrong. Traditionally people like to believe us vertically challenged fashionistas are not meant for maxis. Understandable, worn incorrectly they can in fact appear to drown a pint size individual in fabric. However, worn correctly and we fun size fashionistas can also take advantage of one of Summer’s most notorious silhouettes. The key here is to keep in mind you want to control where the dress cuts you off before the dress and haters do. In my case I decided to accentuate the empire waist with a contrasting belt. And wouldn’t you know this simple trick worked like magic and not only made a cute compliment but elongated the dress making it appear as though I was not drowning in fabric. The final look when completed with accessories, well I like to believe it was something I saw once upon a dream.
Dapper Day Ensemble! Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs Belt: Saks Fifth Avenue Black Label Shoes: Betsey Johnson
For future reference, Dapper Day at Disneyland is the fashion event of the season. Even though I had mentally been preparing myself for Disney’s most fashionable day for months, I honestly stepped into California Adventure feeling like an underachiever. First of all, there was supposed to be a Roger to go with my Jessica but Roger got called to work. What do ya do? And even though I walked past the Dapper Convention at the California Grand Hotel, I didn’t have a chance to stop and check out all the vintage awesomeness. It was also one of my best friends birthday and naturally I was running fashionably late to our lunch date.
In case you live outside of So Cal and don’t have the luxury of being able to visit Disneyland on a weekly basis, let me enlighten you on what Dapper Day is. Pretty much it’s an excuse to justify wearing heels to Disneyland and dust off your favorite vintage pieces. Plus, I gladly accepted the challenge to coordinate my outfit in the spirit of a Disney character.
The girls in our group were complaining they were hot but I reminded them we were the last ones to be complaining. My fashion props for sure went to the guys walking around in triple digit heat wearing full on suits, dress shirts and basically layers upon layers. I wish I would have gotten more pics of all the adorableness that was walking around the park but alas there just wasn’t enough time in the day. Plus, the day again was for my friend. She got to call the shots since she was the birthday girl. So even though, I didn’t get a chance to visit the convention or even Disneyland for that matter. I did have a chance to be Dapper on Dapper Day, and for me that’s enough. Next Spring though, it’s on!
Syle is more fun when done together.