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Fashion Inspiration: Classic Walt Disney Characters


Mickey Minnie Daisy Donald

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse,  Daisy Duck, and Donald Duck are not only some of the most-well known Disney characters, they are also some of the most iconic images in the world. Mickey and his friends are part of the reason that Disney is one of the biggest worldwide entertainment empires to ever exist. Without Mickey Mouse, the previous Disney posts in this series wouldn’t have been possible, because, as it is often said, “It all started with a mouse.

Like the previous articles in this series, the purpose of this article is to use childhood icons as inspiration for outfits that you can actually pull off as a college student. All it takes is a little creativity!

For more Disney-inspired looks, check out our past articles on Walt Disney’s Snow White, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Walt Disney’s Cinderella, Walt Disney’s Princess Jasmine, Walt Disney’s Princess Tiana, Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jane Porter from Disney’s Tarzan, Megara from Disney’s Hercules, Emeralda from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Walt Disney’s Mulan, Walt Disney’s The Lion King and Walt Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Part 1 and Part 2.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Created in 1928,  Mickey Mouse is the icon of the Walt Disney Company. Although he is pictured in many different outfits, ranging from a wizard’s robe to simple jeans and a t-shirt,  Mickey is most often recognized for his original red shorts. Drawing inspiration from his classic look, I used a pair of tailored red shorts, a ruffled creme and black top, and a structured blazer.  I also used a yellow purse, which is more wearable than Mickey’s big yellow shoes.

Mickey Outfit

Tights- Emilio Cavallini,  Top- Old Navy,  Shorts- McQ, Shoes- Forever 21,  Blazer- Oasis, Bag- ASOS

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse

When Mickey was introduced in 1928, Walt Disney came up with a love interest for him named Minnie Mouse. Her look has evolved since the 1920s, but she is still most recognized for wearing a red and white polka dot outfit with a big bow and high heeled shoes a few sizes too big. Her look is easy to get inspiration from because it’s so classic – just remember to wear shoes that fit!

Minnie Outfit

Bow- American Apparel,  Shoes- Sourpuss,  Dress- Modcloth,  Tights- Gap

Daisy Duck

Daisy Duck

Created in 1937, Daisy Duck is an ultra feminine character who loves bright pink, purple, and blue hues. To create an outfit inspired by her, I used all of her favorite colors, paying special attention to feminine details, such as ruffles, puff sleeves, and hearts.

Daisy Outfit

Earrings- Marc by Marc Jacobs,  Cardigan- Dorothy Perkins,  Scarf- Bluenotes,  Dress- Shop Ruche,  Bag- Yes Style,  Shoes- Kmart

Donald Duck

Donald Duck

First introduced in 1934, Donald Duck is another one of Disney’s most well-known characters. He is best friends with Mickey Mouse and has Daisy Duck as a love interest. Short-tempered, but lovable, Donald is known for wearing a casual sailor-style outfit. Below, I used a sailor-inspired tee, yellow skinny jeans, comfy shoes, and of course, an adorable hat, to get his look.

Donald Outfit

Shoes- Toms,  Bag- Lori’s Shoes,  Top- Delia’s,  Hat- Nordstrom,  Jeans- Cheap Monday

What do you think?

Are you inspired by the classic Disney characters? Which looks are your favorite? Which Disney movies would you be interested in seeing posts about in the future? I want to know what you think, so be sure to leave your thoughts in a comment!

Posted on on November 3, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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37 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Classic Walt Disney Characters”

  1. 1
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 am

    These outfits are so nice! I especially love Mickey’s! Great take on these iconic characters!

  2. 2
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I love the Donald Duck outfit! You are so creative, Calli!

  3. 3
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    loved it

  4. 4
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I love these ‘Fashion Inspiration’ posts, but lately, I have noticed that they have all turned a bit too literal… a bit too costumy, perhaps? Maybe it would be fun if you could take it to the next level, where you take the inspiration and turn it into an outfit… not directly choose pieces that resemble the fashion worn by said characters.

    Having said that, I LOVE THE BLOG!
    Just a bit of constructive criticism, but seriously, keep up the great work!


  5. 5
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I agree with Luciana. I love love love the character inspiration, but I the Minnie outfit is a bit too literal. But I’m obsessed with the Daisy Duck one!

  6. 6
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    You are very talented! I love the first outfit the most. Not sure if I would wear the red dress with the yellow heels though..and i’d probably wear regular jeans instead of bright yellow ones in the last outfit. Keep up the good work though~

  7. 7
    November 3rd, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    The Minnie outfit is a bit too costume-y for me, but I really like the pieces separately, especially the shoes. The other outfits I love! I cannot even pick a favorite. I would forgo the hat, but the shirt and pants combo for Donald is too cute. Daisy’s might be my favorite just because it is totally something I would wear. My style is very feminine, so that is right in live with something I would put together. I love Mickey’s outfit in theory, but I would probably never wear it. Its a bit cold here for shorts (it has snowed already). But I like the idea of the read shorts and that top.

    Overall, LOVE!

  8. 8
    November 3rd, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Adorable! The Mickey one is definitely the most wearable as a whole, but I really like the individual pieces in the other outfits (just maybe not all together).

    (Haha, I’m all for costume-y, but I also have a 6-inch butterfly on a headband, so don’t mind me…)

  9. 9
    November 3rd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I never thought about taking inspiration from something like a cartoon character… But I really love the idea. I think the Mickey one is definitely my favorite though!

  10. 10
    November 3rd, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Finally! A post on Mickey Mouse!

    I love the outfit!

  11. 11
    November 3rd, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I adore all the looks except for minnie’s. It got a little to costumey as others have pointed out. Maybe a pair of white shorts with a polka dotted top instead of a full on polka dotted dress.

  12. 12
    November 3rd, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I forgot to add that I love the previous disney inspired looks its just the minnie one that looks slightly iffy

  13. 13
    November 3rd, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I dressed up as Mickey Mouse for a themed bar crawl last year :]]]
    I had red shorts, a white top and waistcoat with a blazer and black brogues.
    I made ears with a headband and painted my face :]]]
    My housemate was minnie!!

    Charlotte xxx

  14. 14
    November 3rd, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    i like all the outfits…but the donald duck outfit was my favorite!:D i love those yellow skinny jeans! the sailor top is super cute too!it is something i would definitely wear…thanx…and keep up the good work!:)

  15. 15
    November 3rd, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    OMG. These are adorable! I personally adore the Mickey look. :)

  16. 16
    November 3rd, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    This has been my absolute favorite Disney post so far! I would wear every single one of these outfits. Granted, I’m not exactly subtle with my clothing choices.

    Thanks for your consistent awesome Calli!

  17. 17
    November 3rd, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    This is sooo cute!

  18. 18
    November 3rd, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I love the last outfit! So much fun. Although it’s a bit too summery for the weather I’m having here in Denmark :)

  19. 19
    November 3rd, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    *haha* awesome colors. great job you guys! i think by now the disney posts are my favourite. the daisy-inspired outfit is totally cute.

  20. 20
    November 3rd, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    All of these are really coustume-y (sorry I spelled that wrong.) I was kind of disapointed in this as normally your outfits are cute.

  21. 21
    November 3rd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    very cute and creative outfits! i think the daisy duck look is my favorite :) i would love to see a post inspired by disney’s mulan!

  22. 22
    November 3rd, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Seriously, you continue to amaze with these Disney outfits! I loved the Mickey one the most, but they’re all so inspirational.
    As for them being a bit costume-y, that’s exactly what I love about them – they’re inspirational in themselves, and you can easily play them up or tone them down to suit your taste.

  23. 23
    November 3rd, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Mickey’s outfit is cute but all the others seem a little bit too costume-y at least for me.

  24. 24
    November 3rd, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    The Mickey outfit is very clever :)

  25. 25
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I loved the mickey and Daisy outfits definitely something I could see myself wearing… :)

  26. 26
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    This is SO cute and creative! great job!

  27. 27
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Love, love, love this! So great (: thanks for the amazing posts!

  28. 28
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    i would definitely wear the mickey and donald outfits! they are SO CUTE! esp. the donald duck one, it’s fabulous, i would just personally nix the hat (don’t wear hats…i have kinda big ears…esp when i have my hearing aids on AND my glasses, because both are behind my ears :S how awkward) love the yellow jeans…cheap monday is cool! great job :)

  29. 29
    November 5th, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I LOOVE the Daisy Duck one!! This brings back memeories!!! I had an operation when I was seven and I remember there was a mural of Daisy Duck above my hospital bed and I’ve loved her since then!!! Gotta say I love the Mickey one too!!xx

  30. 30
    November 5th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I wish you’d done Goofy in addition, but these are amazing. i love Mickey & Minnie.

  31. 31
    January 8th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love your Fashion Inspiration series! I always get excited whenever I see a post from you! I had an idea for a Disney character that you could do next: Mary Poppins! I think it would be really cool to see how you remix and update her look!

  32. 32
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Do one with goooffyyy!! Thank you :)

  33. 33
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Yep! Def do a Mickey one!! I luv these and would wear these but I’d really luuuvvvvvvv to see how you put together goofy to make him look normal :) u could also try some sesame street ones :) lol

  34. 34
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Meant to say GOOFY! Sry :P not Mickey :)

  35. 35
    May 6th, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I love these articles and I think you should do fashion from Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

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