The Basics: Belle’s Ballroom Dress (Style to Bound to Cosplay)

As promised, my regularly scheduled Style to Bound to Cosplay (SBC) blog for September is here! And since it’s Beauty and the Beast’s anniversary month, and it also happens to be my favorite Disney movie of all time, this is actually already the second SBC blog I’ve done. You can read the first one I did on Belle’s Celebration Dress here.

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For this blog, I chose this take on Belle’s iconic yellow gown, also from the live action version of the classic ballroom scene.

“Ever just the same, ever a surprise, ever as before,
and ever just as sure, as the sun will rise”

Before I proceed, those who have been regularly reading my blogs will know the drill by now. This is where I do a little recap on the 3 ways to dress in Disney:

DISNEY STYLE
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. 

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

COSPLAY
Wearing an exact replica of the character’s costume. 

 

Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s twirl right into it.

 

Disney Style

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I will emphasize once again, that Disney Style means styling your Disney pieces however you like. No characters involved except yourself. I personally just like everything to match in each blog that’s why I tend to favor the same colors, but this could be in purple or orange or I dunno, fuchsia and it would still work ever just the same. All you need to remember with Disney Style is how to have fun with your personal aesthetic.

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For me, this denim jacket with Cogsworth and Lumiere patches meant a yellow tie-front crop, a white denim skirt, white Vans, and a yellow gingham bowband.

Pro Tip: Disney Style can come from anything, even from something as simple as a couple of patches, a themed bag, or even a simple headband.
It doesn’t always have to be a Disney tee. Inspiration is always out there! 

 

Disneybound

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Now THIS is where you have to take color into consideration. Since I’m bounding as Belle in her ballroom scene dress, I had to incorporate elements from her costume.

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So I chose a yellow off-shoulder maxi dress, and accessorized it with a gold belt and Belle’s gold rosetree necklace. I also styled my hair the way she did in the film.

 

Cosplay

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And of course, the pièce de résistance is the actual costume. With its many layers of pale yellow chiffon and gold inlays, this dress is a dream to wear!

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I always end up dancing and frolicking in this every time I put it on.

“Certain as the sun rising in the east,
Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast”

I can never do too many Beauty and the Beast style blogs, so you know this is far from the last one.

I always say that dressing in Disney should be first and foremost, fun. And getting to do looks based on my favorite movie/character definitely fits that description.

So don’t wait for the last petal to fall before trying out your first Disney style/bound/cosplay!

*If you want to know more about this cosplay and the other Belle cosplays I’ve done, I have a full blog on that here.
*Other Style to Bound to Cosplay blogs:
– Disneybound vs Disney Style 
Mary Poppins 
Belle (Celebration Dress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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