The Basics: Mary Poppins (Style to Bound to Cosplay)

Remember when I said last month that I was starting a new series showing you the difference between Disney Style and Disneybound? Well for this month I’ve taken it a step further by adding Cosplay into the mix.

For today’s demonstration, I’ve chosen one very special character for one very special reason: Mary Poppins! Because today is her 55th anniversary.

“A cover is not the book. So open it up and take a look.”


For those of you who are just joining me now, here’s a little review on the 3 variations of Disney dressing (For a full explanation, check out the first installment of this series here)

Adding Disney magic to your personal style without dressing as a particular character. Disney Style is dressing in Disney as no other person but yourself. 

Creating character looks by using elements like colors/placement of colors and accessories without actually wearing the character’s costume.

Wearing an exact replica of the character’s costume. 


“You’re too focused on where you’ve been to pay attention to where you’re going.” 

Disney Style


What I love about Disney Style is you can pretty much wear anything you like. You take a Disney element – be it a shirt, or ears, or a hat and dress it up in whatever way suits your fancy. I personally still like going on theme even with Disney Style outfits so I chose this black, white, and red ensemble. But you can totally rock any color, in any way.


For my Practically Perfect shirt, I went for this ruffled Dupplin Check skirt with suspenders. And for a pop of color (and to stay on theme) I added a bright red beret.

“Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.”



To give you a clearer picture of the difference between Disneybounding and Cosplaying, I chose the exact same costume of Mary’s as my base: her Jolly Holiday dress.


I picked out this white off the shoulder lace dress to show you how how simple it is to turn an everyday piece of clothing into an instant Disneybound – all I did was add a red belt, and snap! Mary Poppins! As simple a fix as a spoonful of sugar.

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game


IMG-2904.JPGThis one is pretty self explanatory I believe. Though I don’t consider myself a true cosplayer – I’m not as dedicated as the cosplayers I admire who really copy everything down to the last and tiniest detail, nor do I ever do wigs – I do still enjoy creating and wearing costumes I find beautiful. Mary Poppins’ iconic white dress is one of them.



After all, it is filled with things that make up every little girl’s dream – bows, flowers, and lace. Needless to say I felt absolutely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in it.

“If you say it loud enough, you’ll always sound precocious

You floated into my life on an umbrella, and opened your bag and my heart to a world of adventure and possibilities. Thank you for the fun and magic that made my childhood, and the lessons I’ve brought to my adulthood.

Happy 55th Anniversary Mary Poppins! Whichever home you are filling with love and hope now, know that you will remain in my heart forever.

*Photography: Ayn Rand Parel

*I’ve actually done a Mary Poppins Disneybound blog before! If you haven’t read it yet and would like to check it out, click here.



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