The Basics: Maleficent (Style to Bound to Cosplay)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opens today!

Am I excited? Truthfully, not so much. I know, shocking right?

See, I wasn’t really a fan of the first movie. The plot felt pretty forced to me, especially on the heels of Frozen. Maleficent breaking the curse was predictable at best. I didn’t enjoy the dumbing down of the 3 fairies, and my biggest complaint – she didn’t turn into a dragon, which was the coolest part of the animated version for me growing up.


Now this isn’t meant to be a review, but after seeing the trailers I’m not sure how much more they can do with this plot. But because it’s Disney, and because it’s me, I’m obviously going to give it a chance anyway. Who knows, they might end up giving us something special.

So in honor of its release, I decided to base this month’s Style to Bound to Cosplay (SBC) blog on Maleficent – who despite the live action I still believe to be one of the most badass villains ever.

In case you’ve never read one of these, this is a series I’ve been doing on this blog for a couple of months now, where I pick a movie or a character and show you how to interpret them in the 3 types of dressing in Disney: Disney Style, Disneybound, and Cosplay, hence the name. (I’ll link my other SBC blogs at the end for you)

And as always, here’s a recap:

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. 

“But, before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday,
she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die.”

Since I’m not really a villains type of gal, Maleficent never really made it to my list of dream cosplays. So for this blog it’ll only be two: Disney Style and Disneybound.


Disney Style


When I think villain, I think black and leather. So I thought I’d do both for this outfit. Since Disney Style is about personal style, I thought I’d do my tried and tested combo of high waisted jeans, ankle boots, and a moto jacket.


Wore them with this cool 90s looking Maleficent shirt I got from Bershka. (I can’t find it anymore unfortunately but I’ll link another Maleficent tee here). I also added a purple bowband to match the purple in the shirt.




The last time I cleaned out my closet, this dress was already in the pile I meant to get rid of. But then I realized how perfect it was for a Maleficent bound that I ended up keeping it for this look. I used it a long time ago for an opera recital, and never used it again until now. It’s funny how Disneybounding can make you look at your closet differently.


Wore the dress with black strappy heels. I also DIYed Maleficent’s horns – which I made out of rolled up paper, twine, and papier mache. Painted them black then just stuck them onto a wide headband.

Because this isn’t an exact replica of her costume by any means, this is still considered a Disneybound. You can obviously substitute the floor length dress with a shorter one if you’re going for a a look you can wear to the premiere or to a chill Halloween party.

“Now shall you deal with me o’ prince, and all the powers of HELL!”
Who else is watching Maleficent this week? Let me know what you guys think about the new movie on Instagram so we can discuss!
*Previous SBC blogs:
Belle (ballroom scene gown)
Belle (celebration dress)
Mary Poppins
Disney Style vs Disneybound



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