There are all kinds of Disney fans and they all express themselves in different ways. Some are way more obvious than others. Some like it, some love it, and some are fanatical about it! Many are into Disney Cosplay which is becoming more and more popular. Others are more into Disney Bounding.
Although Disney Bounding has been around for many years, I just recently starting getting into it myself. I’ve been interested in it for a while but I think I just let myself become overwhelmed with getting started.
First let’s answer the question “what is Disney Bounding?” Disney Bounding is essentially everyday fashion that is used to represent something in Disney fandom. It could be a character, a movie, a park, or a park attraction. If it’s Disney, it could be used for Disney Bounding. It really shouldn’t be a costume, but lean more towards day-to-day wear. Some people are just a little more “flashy” than other’s so it’s understandable with some Disney Bounding looks a little like a costume.
When I first showed interest, I really wasn’t sure where to start. I would Google images and was able to find some inspiration but I still had a hard time figuring out where to start. I think that was part of my problem. So one day I joined a group on Facebook and they were doing a month-long challenge where a movie was represented each day. The challenge was to pick something from that day’s movie and bound that and take photographic evidence of it. I decided I would take the challenge and try my best to only use clothing that I already had in my closet.
Suddenly, it was like I said “Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” and I had the inspiration that I needed to get started! Sure, I did buy a few things, but they were very minimal. I made it through the month doing each of the challenges. I really think that challenge was what I needed to really get started.
If you are interested but don’t know where to start, I would suggest that you first join a group on social media or look for images online. Then take an inventory of what you have in your closet. You don’t want to buy a ton of new clothes unless you have a specific purpose for them because you’ll probably be wasting your money. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Throw a few things together and try them out. You may end up looking a little odd but you may also end up putting something together you really love!
I would also suggest taking a color inventory. What I mean by that is, look at some of your favorite Disney things and what colors you would need to represent them. What do you already have and what do you lack to have all those colors represented? Then go shopping! Take your time and look around. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect pieces! I would also suggest taking photos of your finished looks and sharing them with your friends!
I’m going to be honest, to me, Disney Bounding is much easier in cooler weather since you can layer your clothing and come up with some pretty interesting looks. It’s a little more difficult when it’s so hot outside and you really don’t want layers. But you can certainly still come up with some really good looks! Inspiration sparks inspiration so once it gets started you never know where you’ll go!
Disney Bounding at the parks can be even more fun! It’s always fun to see people trying to figure out who or what you’re representing. This can also stretch your creativity to figure out ways to Disney Bound while still staying cool and comfortable, especially in that Florida heat and humidity.
So what about you? Have you stepped into the world of Disney Bounding or are you just thinking about it? Tell us all about in the comments below!
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