This Spring was my very first Dapper Day at Disney World Florida and WOW was it a blast! I had always seen everyone dressed up so amazingly in the parks and never been part of it.. EXCEPT THIS YEAR! This year I got to join in all of the fun and I am so thrilled to be joining my friends at Royal Enchantments for the fall.
What is “Dapper Day” you ask? Its a twice a year event where you visit Disney in your “dapper” looks. Most people choose to go vintage inspired and many even choose Disney inspired looks (for instance I was “dapper Alice”). But its about honoring when people used to dress up to go to a Disney park.
This is Florida the sun and heat are NO JOKE! I believe strongly in umbrellas, water and sunscreen. Once again for the people in the cheep seats umbrellas, water and sunscreen! FYI they make spray face sunscreen that rocks so you don’t ruin your makeup HERE. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts the Ben Nye Final Seal is your friend in keeping your makeup on and this was no exception! (The article is here) My face stayed all day an man it was HOT!!!
Now umbrellas are important because simply they help with shade and sunburns which can seriously put a damper on your day (and week following) and because frankly they look adorable. Now the umbrella I linked as you can see is sturdy and will last more than one use, is super cute, and is very popular for these exact reasons at this event.
Keep applying that sunscreen, once in the morning isn’t gonna cut it here! You have to apply every couple of hours or YOU WILL BURN TO A CRISP! Nor is the sunscreen in your makeup gonna cut it! And keep drinking, they always taught us in the parks, if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated! Gatorade or Powerade are great to drink but don’t only drink them, they will dehydrate you if you solely drink them there has to be a mixture of both!
Florida is hot, humid and hair doesn’t like to keep styles. That means if your hair is like mine I choose to wear wigs (mine are from Royal Enchantments who will be thrilled to bring whatever your vision is to life), this past spring she made me the PERFECT Alice hairstyle and it looked perfect 6 hours later (my hair would have been a limp sad mess lets be honest). If you want to try to style your hair I strongly suggest invisible hairnets, they will be your best friend to keeping that style in place.
Keep your outfit comfortable! I don’t think I can stress this one enough! My amazing dress is from Kitty Vintage Boutique (Coupon code Jess10 for 10% off) is made of an amazing lightweight BREATHABLE fabric. This made so much difference, Dapper Day can be hot so really look at what the fabrics are so you don’t end up with something thats not going to make your life more difficult and make you sweat a lot more!
Accessories are really important for a few reasons, sunglasses in Florida will save you! That sounds dramatic but not having them will give you headaches! Tights will keep your temperature down as opposite as that sounds, they wick away moisture and stop any sticking or chafing that might happen and they completed my outfit perfectly (its also total habit from under gowns).
Lets talk shoes, like really talk shoes! These ones I’m wearing above are decently comfortable… decently, granted I got drug all over the park by my friend (I still love you) so about 3 hours before the end of the day my feet got MAD! They really needed additional padding in the ball of the foot area. These are what will be added to the ball area of these shoes to make them more comfortable to walk in, I would also strongly suggest a pair of purse flats that fold like these that have a carrying case that can be tossed into your bag and taken with you so your shoes can be taken easily on and off for photos as well! Its ok to throw on the cute shoes for pictures and wear something comfortable for walking around. You don’t have to murder your feet and back to look cute! ITS TOTALLY OK TO BE COMFORTABLE!
I have spoken about and with both Royal Enchantments and Kitty Vintage Boutique and they are both going to be having some great options for Dapper Day! Kitty Vintage Boutique is offering 10% off with code Jess10 and will be offering some really amazing Dapper bound options as well as just gorgeous vintage pieces worth drooling over year round! I hope this guide helped so you can have an amazing Dapper Day!