I have always had an affinity for vintage dresses and accessories. Even as a teenager, I was drawn to the silhouettes and styles of 40’s and 50’s fashion. There is just something so romantic about the time when ladies got dolled up to do even the most mundane activities. Dressing up just makes me feel good about myself.
I also have a very deep love for all things Disney. My happiest moments are when I am fully immersed in the magic, hope, and possibility of a Disney story. You will find me twirling, singing, and smiling my brightest when I am strolling down Main Street USA with my soulmate. And a limit does not exist to my Mouse Ears collection. Combine my love for vintage fashion and Disney together and you have absolute perfection.
In the spring of 2017, Disney Parks launched a new merchandise concept called The Dress Shop. The collection was designed to focused on retro-inspired dresses and accessories with a Disney flair. Some dresses in the collection have focused on iconic park attractions like The Haunted Mansion and The Enchanted Tiki Room, while others have focused on characters like Minnie Mouse and Snow White. Each dress has jewelry, hair accessories, and handbags that coordinate to create a complete look. Some dresses even have matching neck ties, so you can step out with your favorite guy and look Disney-tastic together.
While these beautiful dresses were only available at the Disney Parks at first, they are now available to purchase on shopdisney.com as well. Sometimes, you can even get lucky and find them at a significant discount at the Character Warehouse in the Orlando Premium Outlets. The dresses are well-made and have a lot of special details. One of my dresses has a silver Mickey zipper pull that I adore. And all the dresses have pockets! The full skirts are perfect for twirling, and can be worn with a crinoline to give it a fuller look.
In general, the dresses run a little big. I have been able to consistently size down one size from my “normal” dress size, and can sometimes size down two sizes. This is great news for plus size girls like me. They are definitely an investment piece for the average customer. Most dresses start at $125; however, if you plan on wearing them somewhere other than for just a day at the park, they are well worth the price. Coordinating accessories run from around $15 for a headband to over $200 for a matching Dooney and Bourke bag.
Each season, the dresses get better and better. This year, they have released some really fantastic dresses that pay tribute to Mickey Mouse for his 90th birthday, with coordinating Dooney bags (some day I will own one.) They have also released some seriously cute snack themed dresses and have done some great park collaborations with Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe. I have my eye on the Dole Whip dress and the Spaceship Earth one for my collection.
I appreciate having a beautiful and thoughtful collection to wear to the parks. It makes the day feel much more like a special event than just wandering around in shorts and a tee shirt. While most people feel that the parks are where the collection was designed to be worn, I believe they are much more diverse. As a girl firmly planted in the Midwest most of the year, I have worn my Dress Shop clothes for all sorts of things… dinners out, parties, work… or you know, random sad Mondays.
I am excited to see how the dresses and accessories continue to evolve over time and hope that it is something that is well supported in the shopping world. Just take all my money Disney.
You can find the Dress Shop Collection here https://www.shopdisney.com/collections/the-dress-shop-collection