WDWhat to Wear: In Praise of the Maxi Skirt

Many people dress sensibly for a day in park: outdoorsy shirt, shorts, and sneakers. If you’re happy and comfortable in such a getup, I will be the last person to tell you to dress otherwise. But with so many photo opportunities—creating memories that could last a lifetime—I like to feel a bit cuter than that, particularly if we’re going out for a nicer table service dinner. Dressing up for dinner has always been a fun part of any vacation for me, and I don’t like to give it up. Also, I hate, Hate, HATE wearing sneakers and socks all day in the heat.

I hope to post more in the future about various Disney fashion choices, particularly footwear alternatives to the dreaded sneaker, but I wanted to begin this series with my absolute favorite, if somewhat unconventional, item of Disney fashion: the maxi skirt.

DSC_0862Ladies (or more adventurous gentlemen), if you haven’t worn a maxi skirt to the parks, I encourage you to give it a try. The advantages are as follows:

1) Temperature Control: On all but the hottest summer days, a maxi skirt can keep you cool and comfortable. If I get a little warm, I just hike up the skirt or flap it around to waft some air up there. But the long length also makes it comfortable in over-air-conditioned restaurants and attractions.

2) Maneuverability: Any length skirt can work on many attractions, but with a maxi skirt, you can squat and straddle your way onto even Space Mountain with confidence. It’s also great if you’re icked out by having your bare legs touch benches and other seats.

3) Day-to-Night Style: A maxi skirt is my go-to for marathon days in the parks. It can look casual enough for daytime rides and still dressy for a nicer dinner. The flexible temperature control is also great if you’re traveling at a time of year with hot days and cooler nights and mornings.

4) Comfort: At the end of the day, who are we kidding? A maxi skirt is basically a blanket you wear wrapped around you all day. Bothered by a little friction where it isn’t wanted? Pop on a pair of shorts underneath, and you’re good to go. Or go without for the ultimate in breathability.

So there you have it, the ultimate in WDW style and comfort. I hope you give it a try!