This week we have our first post from our new contributor – Mother Of Figments. This talented lady is not only a runner, an accomplished knitter, and incredible singer/performer, but she is also our very own Disneybounding Expert! Here you will find the first post in her new series where she’ll not only introduce newbies to “Bounding” but will also be sharing her tips and resources for those who also want to get in on the fun.
My very first ‘Disneybound’ was completely by accident. As a fan of Once Upon A Time, I heard that there was a storefront at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park that was meant to be the storefront of Mr. Gold’s/Rumplestiltskin’s shop from the tv show. To show my love for the character, I bought gold eyeshadow and gold shimmer lipstick and wore my Loki t-shirt (because Gold/Rumple and Loki share much in common, in my mind). I had no idea that what I was doing was a ‘thing’ and that it was becoming more popular by the moment!
Around that time I started seeing people walking around the park in green, mermaid-scale leggings and purple tank-tops, obvious homages to Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’. It was later in that trip that I realized that what they were doing, and indeed, what I was doing with my Mr. Gold/Rumple homage and my ‘Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party’ costume had a name: Disneybounding.
Buzzfeed defines Disneybounding as: ‘When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters. It’s basically closet cosplay at its finest.’
A question that often gets asked is ‘What is the difference between Disneybounding and Cosplay?’ The members of the ‘Disneybounders Unite’ Facebook page generally say that when a costume is built to be an exact copy and wigs/prosthetics are involved, then it’s ‘Cosplay’. Otherwise, it’s considered “Bounding” (there can be other types of Bounding…I’ve seen Pokemon, Star Trek, Harry Potter, DC Comics, Dr. Seuss, Elfquest etc. represented!).
Bounding came about because of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland rule that “Costumes may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older; however, some costumes may be permitted during select special events.” Adult guests, however, wanted to show their love for certain characters so the idea of representing them in more contemporary ways came about. Google ‘Disneybound ideas’ and there are pages upon pages of images and Pinterest Boards devoted to outfits for almost any Disney character that anyone could think of.
As someone who loves dressing up and loves the idea of costumes as a whole, this idea fascinated me. The next time I attempted Disneybounding’was during Dapper Days, an unofficial celebration of all things Vintage at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. Everything that I wore that weekend came from my closet as I used the ideas of color and pattern to convey the characters I chose.
The Disneybounding Bug had bitten me! I started going through my closet, putting together outfits that, maybe with an accessory or two, would create a Disneybound for another character…or seven. I started collecting clothing items that could work as a ‘Bound’. Amazingly, there are quite a few retailers that have embraced and encouraged this trend, such as Hot Topic, Torrid, BoxLunch, Etsy, Unique Vintage, and even The Disney Store itself.
My favorite way to find items, however, is to first dive into my closet and pull up basics such as solid-color shorts or skirts and solid-color tops. I then see what color combinations might inspire a character for me. All it takes is a black shirt and a pair of red bottoms and voila! It’s Mickey Mouse! Then I think about what accessories might enhance the outfit. I’m a fan of enamel pins (that could be a whole other post!) and other jewelry bits that give a little hint. Sometimes those are a special purchase or can be easily made if you’re crafty (or know crafty friends).
If I’m missing something of a specific color or style, I then tend to look through consignment/thrift shops to see if anything might work if it’s not something I would normally add to my closet. There’s no need to buy something crazy if you’re only going to wear it once! That $8 purple t-shirt from a craft store or thrift shop is just as good as one from The Disney Store if you’re only going to Ariel-Bound once! It’s also a lot of fun to make pins or hair accessories from Fimo (molding clay) from a craft store.
For my trip in February 2019 for the Princess Half-Marathon weekend, I’m planning to Disneybound every day. Thus far I have Casual Snow White (t-shirt purchased from Etsy), The Genie (belt purchased from Pin Up Girl and t-shirt to be determined), The Mermaid Lagoon from Peter Pan, and Joy from Inside Out (dress purchased from Poshmark). All other items not specifically mentioned, have been pulled from my own clothing collection.
Budget is super-important to me, especially as the trips to the parks themselves are so expensive, but there is also no rule that says you can’t collect pieces as you come across them! I will also be the first to admit that I have put together an Evangeline (The Princess and the Frog) Disneybound that I’m quite proud of…even though every piece was purchased specifically for it. Disneybounding also isn’t just for the parks! I’ve worn some outfits to work that I have either accidentally or purposefully curated for Bounding purposes.
There are some great resources on Disneybounding on the internet including videos, Pinterest boards, and Facebook pages. In my next post, I’ll go into a little more detail about Closet Shopping and figuring out character color-blocking.
Anyone can Disneybound; all it takes is a little faith, trust, and Pixie Dust.
Happy Dinovember, advice-seekers! This is our favorite month of the year. Besides being a 30-day celebration of our glorious selves, it’s the month in which we celebrate our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. It’s the one day of the year you humans take in the right number of calories. This year, the feasting starts early – we and the Ladies are kicking off our celebration on Saturday, November 5th with our buddy Kyle Coston’s Gut-Bustin’ Thanksgiving special. The Ladies will be feeding Kyle a special treat, so don’t miss the fun!
If you’re more into dinosaurs than turkey, be sure to follow the adventures of our pal TR Henri and his friends at the Henrietta Public Library. These guys get up to all kinds of hijinks!
And now, without further ado, we solve your problems. These questions come from some of our friends who attended LadiesCon 2016! If you don’t see your question, fear not – we will address it in a later installment.
Ah, summer! A time for sun, surf, and outrageous betrayal by loved ones. This month all three of our questions come from J.O., a charming young man we met at a fun shindig the Ladies brought us to, Kyle Coston Tonight! This live chat show was a real hoot to do. Don’t worry if you missed our fabulousness – the whole show is available here for your viewing pleasure. You’ll probably notice that we had to share the stage with the Ladies, which we’re sure was a misunderstanding that will no doubt be rectified in our future appearances.
J.O. had three questions. He began:
Dear Fashion Raptors, It was great meeting you ladies at the Kyle Coston show – thanks for the fashion tips and not eviscerating anyone! Yay! I was curious if you ever worry about sudden yet inevitable betrayals?
Thank you for writing in to us after the show! It was one of our first public appearances since Boston Comicon, but we guarantee that it won’t be our last. While you ask about sudden yet inevitable betrayal, you didn’t quite indicate by whom we might be betrayed. If you are referring to the Ladies, we are not too concerned. For one thing, have you seen them? They are weoefully inadequate in a fight to death, what with their pitiful (though brightly colored) claws, distressingly blunt teeth, soft, rendable skin, and laughable running speeds. Honestly, 7 miles per hour is the best they can do? If they betrayed us, we could easily be bathing in their viscera before they even knew what happened. For another thing, what possible motive could they have to betray us? This blog needs us – we are clearly the star attraction, here.
Now, if you are asking whether we might betray each other, we remind you that raptors are pack hunters – we’re better together. Though…now that you mention it, there’s very little evidence for that in the fossil record. Way more raptors seem to be loners. Huh. Guess we’ll both be sleeping with one eye open from now on. Thanks for that, J.O.
J.O. went on to ask, “Also, what is your position on Luau / Hawaiian shirts? I enjoy the sense of “bringing the party with me” but is there every a time when a Luau shirt might be the wrong answer?”
Ah, the Hawaiian, or as it’s known in Hawaii, the Aloha shirt, that brilliantly colored piece of kitschy comfort. We think they’re great! Besides indicating a willingness to relax and enjoy a party atmosphere (possibly with excellent cocktails), the tropical patterns can provide excellent camouflage in the right environment. They also do a bang-up job of obscuring those unsightly blood stains, an all-too common occurrence after a long day of stalking and disemboweling your prey.
You ask if they’re appropriate for every occasion – this is one of those situations that is all about context. On the islands of Hawaii, the answer is nearly always yes, particularly if the occasion is semi-formal, such as a wedding. The culture is such that more formal attire might even be considered inappropriate. Additionally, tropical places will be where you will get the most out of that camouflage effect. Bright flowers and parrots blend in poorly on the gray streets of Boston in winter, and are not recommended.
Then too, if one is presented with a somber occasion, such as a funeral, more context may be needed. If your deceased loved one wants a “celebration of life” type send-off, go for it! For other folks, a touch more gravitas might be required. Luckily, black offers many of the same stain-hiding and stealth advantages of aloha prints – and has the added bonus of being quite slimming!
Finally, J.O. wanted to know: Also, while it clearly is possible to pay too much for one (T. Bahama!) is it ever possible to pay too little (Going to the Thrift Shop with Macklemore!) Thanks! Have a great one!
Once again, J.O., it is important to consider context. For the most part, we raptors find saving money to be extremely fashionable. It’s all well and good to splurge on a Coach purse or Max Gengos dress, but so much better to unearth a 60’s Emilio Pucci dress at the local thrift shop for a song. Thrift shopping is all about the thrill of the hunt, chasing your treasure and taking it down in a frenzy of savage beauty, blood, and fine leather goods. Even when the big scores don’t hit, there’s joy to be had in finding out how much you can acquire for less.
But – we caution you not to be hasty in your purchases – don’t buy something just because it’s cheap! If it’s not well-made, or doesn’t really fit you well, is it even worth the few dollars you spent? Take it from us – mistakes can be made.
Thanks to J.O. for all of the great questions! If you want to ask us questions, email the Ladies at firstname.lastname@example.org – they’ll pass them along. And tune in for end of summer update, when we finally address the burning question of white after Labor Day!
In which our agony aunts, the Fashion Raptors (or Fraptors, as I like to call them) answer your questions on fashion, etiquette, and life in general. If you’ve got questions for our saurian sages, email us at email@example.com and we’ll pass ’em along.
If I actually lived by the advice “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” I would probably end up in my boss’s office explaining why I thought it was okay to wear an Iron Man suit to work (or maybe this). Point being, as much as we want to show our fandom, there is a time and place and your 9-5 desk job isn’t always that place.
But never fear, it’s not all business casual or Ann Taylor Loft from here on out. There are ways to push the boundaries (especially on casual Friday) to let your geek flag fly even without wearing that super cool Captain America hoodie you got at Target.