This one goes out to all the people out there that are being told by their significant others that they need to downsize their closet. I’m telling you right now to stop listening to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Here are the reasons why you should definitely not do that.
For those that don’t know, Disney Bounding started as a way for the adults of Disney to be able to wear an outfit that personified a certain character by using everyday wardrobe pieces! The reason for this is because adults are not allowed to wear costumes inside Disney parks but many people still wanted to “dress-up”. It’s honestly a genius way to work around the rule and it gets people to get creative with how they put together outfits!
This has quickly become one of the biggest trends in the Disney community as women and men look at pieces they shop for with a whole new imagination. Plus you can Disney Bound in casual wear or formal wear, and you can always find at least one person in the park Disney Bounding!! So next time you walk around the park and think to yourself “Oh they kind of look like Rapunzel and Flynn Rider”, odds are they are rocking the heck out of their Disney Bounds!
So let’s get to it already, why shouldn’t you get rid of items from your wardrobe?
1. Disney Bounding is an expensive hobby.
I’m sure you can understand that by purchasing items that may only work for one character (like this green blazer I originally bought for a Loki Bound) that the bill adds up, which is why it’s imperative that you don’t get rid of items that you could easily reuse again for another picture! I thought that blazer would be a one-and-done deal but I found so much use for it for a Slytherin outfit and countless holiday outfits! Also what if you took a picture of your Aladdin Disney Bound in the parks with Aladdin himself, but now you think it would also be cool to take it on a vacation where you might be visiting some sand dunes? Boom! You get two awesome pictures for the price of keeping one whole outfit.
2. Every new Disney movie is an opportunity to see new characters and make new Bounds.
We have no idea what new characters we will fall in love with in the future and who knows? That one cardigan you donated a month ago would have been PERFECT for that new character! If only you didn’t get rid of it….. And this also applies to OLD shows too! When was the last time you watched That’s So Raven or Even Stevens? You could have very easily gotten inspired by one of their outfits and want to do a throwback look!
3. The more you get involved with Bounding, the more easily you’ll be able to come up with new ideas!
Bounding, like any hobby we might have, will only be easier and easier to do with more time and practice with putting together outfits! So now that old t-shirt and faded pair of boot-cut jeans that you have been hesitant on getting rid of can now be used together for a whole new look that your friends or followers will be sure to recognize!
4. It hurts zero people’s wallet to keep clothes you’ve already purchased.
Ok this reason might be Hoarder 101, but inspiration can come whenever. You don’t want to possibly have to buy something to make the perfect Disney Bound when you already had the perfect thing but you got rid of it. I can’t tell you how many times I said I would only use something I bought once, but easily found other times to wear it. For example, the outfit I used for Ahsoka Tano (striped blue jeans and a neon orange crop top – very outrageous) is something I never thought I would wear for anything else, but one of my followers pointed out that it would also be a perfect outfit for a Lizzie McGuire bound of Kate or Miranda when they wore the same outfit!! WHAT!
5. A new relationship is new opportunities for couple Bounds!
Yes, maybe you did a beautiful Ariel Bound, but now you’ve found yourself a Prince Eric and you want him to look the part! (Lucky for your guy, Prince Eric is pretty dang easy for a guy that only owns jeans and plain white t-shirts. Add a little red accent and boom, it’s done.) So now you can Bound with him for some cute pictures to show everyone just how handsome and supportive he is of how big your closet is! Don’t get rid of your clothes if there is a significant other or best friend that you could easily Bound with and make some cute as frick content.
6. Mix and match to success!
There is nothing better than buying a shirt for one character and a pair of pants for another character and finding that the two together make a completely other character. What’s even better than that is using a piece from your closet that you already had because you thought it was cute and now you can use it for a Bound! That will help reduce the cost of a future Bound if you only need to buy one new piece to complete a look than buy a whole new outfit. Even for this Elsa Bound I did, I have had that sweater for about six years. It only dawned on me to use it for a Bound maybe a week ago. Behind the times? Of course. Totally worked for the post? DUH!
Now I know this next thing is not what you want to hear, but there is one exception to this rule of not getting rid of things in your closet. When clothes don’t fit. This is the absolute only way my boyfriend will ever get me to get rid of my clothes. Other than that, I just get kind of creative as to where I put my clothes.
If you are indeed running out of closet space, what I do is cycle my clothes in and out based on season. If I know this skirt I wear is great for a Rapunzel Bound, but I can’t wear it in the winter because it’s too cold, then that’s great. It doesn’t need to be in my immediate closet! I can easily pack into a box with other spring or summer items, and put it into a hallway closet or the top shelving of my bedroom’s closet and revisit the box in the next season. Out of sight and off of a hanger, but never far enough away where you can’t get to it if inspiration strikes!
Any way you slice it, keeping your clothes will only help your wallet! Not to mention it will also help you continue to make amazing outfits that other Disney fans will adore!
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