Tuesday, April 10, 2012

...you are at Disney World.

A friend and her family are heading to Disney World for the first time this April vacation and asked me what a more 'fashionable' person would wear while there.  Think about what you will be doing:  walking for miles, standing in lines, riding on rides.  For me, it starts with the shoes and you go from there.

You might first think about sandals.  I'm not sure I would go there.  You see, I get a little squeamish thinking about having open shoes in that kind of environment - on the rides and waiting on line, etc.  I prefer a more closed shoe in environments like that.  The second thought is sneakers.   But, not a running shoe.  Can we make them a little fashionable?  A little sporty?  I love the look of these Tretorns for a trip like this...with a sport sock that you really can't see, protecting your toes from blisters.
Image from jcrew.com.
Or, honestly, what's cuter than this Prada sneaker?
Image from nordstrom.com.
Usually, I'm not a fan of shorts in warm weather - I like skirts and dresses in the summer.  But, in Disney, you don't know what you'll be sitting on and rides might just blow up a skirt, so shorts are the option here.  If I have to wear shorts, I'm a huge fan of G1 shorts; I was first introduced to them at my favorite boutique in Kennebunkport, ME, The Green Tangerine, and now, I have seen them (this week!) at Bloomingdales in Chestnut Hill (but strangely, not online).  They are not inexpensive ($80-110 a pair), but the fit is great (no gapping in the small of your back), they have a mid-rise, and they don't stretch out.  They come in a ton of colors, and wear like iron.
Image from willowst.com.
I'm also a fan of J. Crew's shorts - online they have all different inseams (3", 4", 5", 7", and 9" - and you can roll up the longer lengths to your perfect length), so pick an inseam that you like, and stick with it.    The 7" ones are a good length for me and come in at least 10 colors.  I recommend a white, navy, stone, and a pop of color, like 'ornament orange'.
Image from jcrew.com.
Onto tops.  I'm always in search of the non-t-shirt-t-shirt.  I define this as a top you would wear like you would a t-shirt, except it's not a t-shirt.  Something different, a little more fashionable.  I usually head to Calypso for tops like this.  Their Skylar Habotai shirt is tough to type and pronounce, but how cute would this be over white or orange shorts?
Image from calypsostbarth.com.
This peasant top would be cute too over navy or orange shorts.  Lightweight and fun!
Image from nordstrom.com.
You definitely need a purse that you feel you can 'wipe off'.  Put your Louis Vuitton away, and reach for a nylon, Longchamp La Pliage bag.  Either over the shoulder, or the cute back-pack, it's a fashionable and sensible choice.  Pick a fun color to give a pop of color to your outfits, like this orange one:
Image from longchamp-mybag.com.
Sunglasses are essential too, and I love aviators!  I am seriously wanting these Tom Ford aviators...
Image from nordstrom.com.
...but am settling for these Marc by Marc Jacobs aviators, at $98.
Image from nordstrom.com.
Top off your outfit with some fun, stacked bracelets, and you are ready for Mickey.  Or Minny.  Or the Princesses.

Finally, I put together a little Polyvore outfit set for those of you headed to Mouse-land...just a little more fashionable than the family with matching tie-dyed t-shirts.  Not that there's anything wrong with that. ~ JH

Update - 3.26.2014 - See our new posts on what to wear during the day at Disney and evening at Disney!

What 2 Wear When...you are at Disney

Calypso St Barth long top
$150 - calypsostbarth.com

J.Crew chino shorts
$45 - jcrew.com

Prada shoes
$350 - prada.com

Longchamp travel tote bag
$145 - neimanmarcus.com

Chan Luu beach jewelry
$190 - calypsostbarth.com

Ray-Ban ray ban shades
£138 - eyewearbrands.com


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  2. I headed to the Museum of Science today - the perfect escape from the heat and the summer crowds weren't there yet! I grabbed a trusty Coach backpack I've had for years and realized I didn't like the styling or size at all anymore. For one, now that my kids are older, I don't need to carry as much. I ended up grabbing my pre-teen's cross-body purse (or mini-messenger bag, not quite sure what to call it). Although the size and wear of the purse was great I knew it looked lousy. Any advice for small, hands-free bags/purses when running around with a family this summer?