Headed to Disney? If you are planning to go to an amusement park this summer I urge you to think about the practical aspects of your wardrobe versus the stylish ones before you go. It may sound silly to get practical about fashion, but you will be happy you did. My family and I just got back from Disney and I was amused by some of the wardrobe choices made by park-goers. Some that stood out were a few ladies from over-seas sporting full length, colorful, tie-die, spandex unitards in 85 degree heat!
Here are a few my fashion do’s and don’ts while visiting amusement parks this summer:
Don’t Wear Full-length Spandex Unitards!
Make sure you choose loose fitting, comfortable, light-colored clothing. Clothing that is too tight could cause discomfort.
Don’t Wear Black!
Wearing dark colors makes you HOT – not in a good way! Dark colors absorb the sun’s heat and feels like you are wearing a heating blanket.
Do Choose the Right Shoes!
At Disney I saw women wearing heels, flip flops, wedges, you name it. Consider wearing closed toe shoes like sneakers with socks (there are plenty of slip on cute sneakers out there if you can’t bear to wear traditional sneakers). This may sound too hot or confining but it is the best choice for your feet. When you wear slip on shoes or heels it causes your foot to be fatigued faster than a shoe that is tight on your foot. Your foot has to work to keep on flip flops and slip ons, and most flip flops offer no arch support. You will be doing more walking than usual and your feet will appreciate the support. It’s OK, go ahead and be comfortable, the fashion police will NOT be there!
Remember that you may be riding rides where your feet dangle off the ride, shoes can easily be lost on these rides.
Do wear Sunscreen.
Sunscreen is a girl’s best friend. I just got a Fraxel laser facial which removes a lot of sun damage. Sunscreen is a must to keep us looking young and to prevent skin cancer, of which my mom is a survivor. Don’t forget your shoulders under your tee shirts. Clothing is said to be only an SPF 7.
Don’t forget your Accessories:
Warning: Some of these suggestions are extreme practical applications of fashion (not style). Fashionistas should consider removing these items before taking any pictures!
Bright Colored Hats.
Wearing hats/baseball caps in bright colors really comes in handy. It will be so much easier to spot each other in a crowd. Thanks to my Aunt Joan we all have fire-engine-red baseball caps to use when we go to our next park.
Spray Bottles with Fans.
We bring a spray water bottle with a battery operated fan with us to hot parks. It’s a wonderful treat to mist yourself as you are running around in sweltering heat.
Ok, I will totally deny this if anyone asks me, but I will be honest with you all…I wore a fanny pack this last trip to Disney. I KNOW – IT’S AWFUL! Having a degree in fashion, and being a card-carrying fashionista this is a crime! But listen here, it was fabulous! It was freeing! I know, sad but true! I reluctantly bought the least offensive, pink fanny pack with Minnie Mouse on it. I hung on it my Swarovski crystal Minnie key chain which made it tolerable, even cute. I really was happy I had it when we went on Tower of Terror or Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios! I never had to worry about a thing falling out! I did find a pair of sunglasses left on the Tower of Terror, probably from someone who was NOT wearing a fanny pack! -Meredith