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Fashion Inspiration: Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty


Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty

My last post about fashion inspired by Walt Disney’s Snow White got such a huge, positive response that I have decided to continue the series! Today’s post focuses on the style of another popular Disney classic: Sleeping Beauty.

While grown-up style might be the last thing most people would associate with Disney princesses, the goal of this series is to prove them wrong: it’s possible to use your childhood icons as fashion inspiration in your grown-up life — it just takes some creativity. Want to learn how to dress like a Disney princess without “dressing like a Disney princess?” Read on!

About Sleeping Beauty

In case you haven’t seen the film, here’s a basic rundown of Sleeping Beauty’s plot:

At birth, Princess Aurora received the gifts of beauty and song from her kingdom’s fairies. Unfortunately, she was also cursed by the bad fairy, Maleficent, who said she would die before the age of 16 by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. In order to protect the Princess from her terrible fate, the three good fairies gave up their magic, brought her into the woods, and raised her in a secluded cottage. They called her Briar Rose, and kept her true identity a secret. On the eve of her 16th birthday, however, everything would change.

The beautiful and kindhearted Princess Aurora had long blond hair, and a slender figure and delicate features based on none other than the lovely Audrey Hepburn. With such a legendary muse, how can Sleeping Beauty not be inspirational?

1. Briar Rose

Briar Rose

The princess was raised deep in the forest as a peasant girl. She was secluded from everyone except the three fairies who raised her, but she socialized with the animals. While singing with the birds and the owl in one famous scene, Briar Rose revealed that she often dreamed of finding true love. Much to her surprise, she met the man of her dreams in the forest, on the day of her 16th birthday.

Briar Rose outfit

Woven Bag- Topshop,  Scarf- All Saints,  Dress- Urban Outfitters, Earrings- Dorothy Perkins,  Owl Necklace- Modcloth,  Headband- Forever 21,  Shoes- Rocket Dog

The colorblock dress is reminiscent of Briar Rose’s because it is simple and casual, yet still elegant. The bag is a fun reference to the woven basket that she used to pick berries, and the scarf reminds me of her shawl.  The rose earrings are, of course, inspired by Briar Rose’s name. Finally, the owl necklace is a literal reference to the owl in the forrest.

2. Princess Aurora

Sleeping Beauty Pink Dress

While Briar Rose was frolicking in the forest on her 16th birthday, the three fairies were making a beautiful dress for her to wear later that evening at the castle. Two of the fairies, Merryweather and Flora, could not decide whether the dress should be pink or blue, so they continued to argue about it and never really settled on a color; however, Princess Aurora is often pictured wearing the pink dress.

Sleeping Beauty pink outfit

Necklace- Max and Chloe,  Clutch- Modcloth,  Top- Arden B,  Skirt- Alloy,  Earrings- Miss Selfridge,  Shoes- Urban Outfitters

This outfit is inspired by the pink version of Princess Aurora’s dress. The form-fitting, shoulder-baring top and A-line skirt mimic the dress’s silhouette, and the different shades of pink are similar as well. In the film, the Princess wore gold jewelry, which I echoed in this look.

3. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty Blue Dress

When Princess Aurora found out that she was betrothed to a Prince, she was devastated because she loved the man from the forest. In her state of deep sadness, she was tricked by Maleficent and pricked her finger on a spinning wheel. Instead of dying, she fell into a deep sleep because of Merryweather. who said:

“Not in death, but just in sleep, this fateful prophecy you’ll keep. And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break.”

Sleeping Beauty blue outfit

Robe- Lacoste,  Nightgown- Harvey Nichols,  Aromatherapy Lotion- Bath and Body Works, Aromatherapy Mist- Bath and Body Works,  Slippers- Patricia Green

Since Princess Aurora fell asleep while wearing the blue version of the dress, I decided to put together a cute and comfy sleepwear outfit. Because she was tricked, she had no problem falling asleep in a fancy ballgown, but for all of us who want to be real Sleeping Beauties, it may not be as easy. The nightgown, robe, slippers and aromatherapy set are sure to help us non-princesses to get our beauty sleep.

4. So, is the dress pink or blue?

Sleeping Beauty dancing

Fortunately, the man that Princess Aurora met in the forest ended up being… wait for it… the very prince she was betrothed to. After defeating the evil Maleficent, Prince Phillip woke her from her eternal slumber with a kiss. The kingdom was ecstatic, and the couple danced the night away at the ball. While they danced, the two fairies, Merryweather and Flora, continued to argue over the dress color and sent flashes of magic at the dress: it changed from blue to pink to blue to pink, and never stayed just one color.

Sleeping Beauty pink and blue outfit

Bracelet-,  Earrings-,  Pumps- Dorothy Perkins,  Dress- Modcloth,  Bag- ASOS,  Ring-

Since the fairies couldn’t seem to make a decision, and there is no definitive answer on what color the dress ended up being, I made an outfit with a dress that is both pink and blue. Rather than suggesting you wear a tiara, I chose a ring with a crown to show that this outfit is inspired by royalty. I think that Flora and Merryweather would definitely be satisfied with this look.


Are you inspired by Sleeping Beauty? Which other Disney-inspired looks would you like to see featured here in the future? We want to know what you think, so leave your thoughts in a comment!

Posted on on June 25, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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87 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty”

  1. 1
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I love this!!

  2. 2
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    What a great post! I love how you incorporated the threads of the plot with the different aspects of the princess’s character, and then in turn, with your fashion ideas. Great organization and creativity :] Looking forward to more Disney princess posts from you Calli :]

  3. 3
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    LOVE! :) All three of the outfits are great (#1 is more my style though) and I love that they’re not as literal as the Snow White outfits. I’m still crossing my fingers for a post on Maleficent and the other villains though.

  4. 4
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I’m not familiar with Sleeping Beauty but I still loved this post. The outfits are cute and the writing is great. Can’t wait to read more! I’d love a Beauty and the Beast post.

  5. 5
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Amazing! I love the last outfit… great job.

  6. 6
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Wow, this is truly fantastic, I would LOVE to see a post on Princess Jasmin from Aladin, her style is so unique from all of the princess’s since it is set in a different country it would be amazing.
    Great job I love this series I look foward to the next addition :))!!!

  7. 7
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    yeah i’m in love with princess fashion adaptations. what a great idea!

  8. 8
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I love this! Princess Aurora is my favorite of all the Disney princesses and I think you did a fantastic job :)

  9. 9
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite movie…I LOVE this post!!

  10. 10
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I was really looking forward to this post, but I wish you had done more outfits actually insipred by her ballgown. It has really unique lines I haven’t seen on another princess, but only the pink outfit had the off-the-shoulder look (and just my luck that I don’t like pink :/ ) I liked your Snow White article much more but Aurora was my favorite princess! :(

  11. 11
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    LOVE it!! Do Jasmine next! When I was four my parents let me name my sister Jaszmine after Princess Jasmine. They also fake married me to Aladdin, but that’s a different story.

  12. 12
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Love the post, I agree with Megan and Brittany I would LOVE to see Jasmine from Aladdin, she is my favorite disney Princess!!!!

  13. 13
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I love the second outfit and I really like these posts on Disney Princesses!! Please keep this series going!!!

  14. 14
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I love this series. I’d love to see Mulan and Jasmine. I know this isn’t a disney princess but I’d love to see a Mary Poppins inspired look.

  15. 15
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Love this!! I’m an Audrey Hepburn freak, and I never knew Aurora was modeled on Audrey – beautiful! And I second the Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” motion :)

  16. 16
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’m not really feeling the first outfit- I think you could have done a lot more with the classy vibe. With the blouse and Audrey Hepburn likeness and all.

    The other two are nice, though- that’s a gorgeous gold necklace

  17. 17
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    love the last outfit interpretation of the aurora’s blue-pink dress.
    what a perfect match the nude pumps with the dress!!

  18. 18
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    These outfits are amazing! Nice job :)

  19. 19
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I love Sleeping Beauty & I think these outfits are great!

  20. 20
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I love this series! The Disney princesses are still my icons, and I would love to see a post on Belle!

  21. 21
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    i love this!! Sleeping beauty is one of mine and my nieces favorite disney princess movies!!
    i love all your outfits!! :)
    can your next disney princess be BELLE from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?
    :D thank you!
    this disney princess idea was such a good wonderful one!!!

  22. 22
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Just love the pink dress inspired look! :)
    Second vote on Jasmine.

    I hate to sound like a geek, but would you do other animation inspired looks too?
    I would die to have information on a fashion look inspired by Sheryl Nom from Macross Frontiers.

  23. 23
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I love these posts! I still watch Disney movies weekly and Sleeping Beauty is my absolute fav! and I love all the outfits you put together for this one and the last one. Definitely looking forward to future posts!

  24. 24
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Great post. I’d LOVE to see you do Tiana from the Princess & the Frog It would also be great if you did some female Disney characters who weren’t necessarily princesses, like Esmerelda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Jane from Tarzan.

  25. 25
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Calli, I absolutely LOVE this! Every single outfit perfectly captures Aurora’s classy style in Sleeping Beauty. The first outfit goes perfectly with her peasant look because of its neutral colors, but it also looks super cute and I would honestly wear it. Outfit number two is also something I’d wear. The dress is perfect–off-the-shoulder, pink, and flawlessly similar to Sleeping Beauty, but definitely can work in real life. And as for the third outfit, that’s so creative to include sleepwear! It looks super comfortable, but super cute aswell! Ensemble 3 is probably my favorite, because being the huge Disney fan I am, if I was going to channel Aurora in my outfit then I know I’d want something blue AND pink; the dress has the exact colors I’d wear.

    And for those who comment saying that Calli didn’t live up to our expectations, they sadly need a reality check. I was a huge fan of Snow White post, but this one surpassed it by FAR. Now I’d like to see Jasmine next!(:

  26. 26
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This was so precious! I especially loved the pink and blue dress- so cute and creative :] I LOVE the Sleeping Beauty- it’s my favorite story!

  27. 27
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Great post! I really think these posts stay true to the outfits but are actually wearable inspiration. My favorite of this set is the pink combo. I wouldn’t personally wear pink, but the shape is dead on for her gown.

  28. 28
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    this posts are incredible! keep ‘em coming :)

  29. 29
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I LOVE this post as well, and it seems everyone else does too – Congrats! Job well done. To echo what everyone else is saying: I love this series and what you have done with it, so, do you mind continuing with the series and doing all the different Disney Princesses? I know that’s a lot of Princesses, but you don’t want to leave out anyone’s favorite (I couldn’t possibly choose!) and it will also give you a ton more article ideas. Please? : )

  30. 30
    June 25th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Another great article!! I’m glad you’re sticking with this series!! Please include the newest Disney princess in one of your posts!~ (the one from Princess and the Frog!)

  31. 31
    June 25th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Jasmine! or Belle!

  32. 32
    June 25th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Awesome ouftits!! Very creative :) I really like the first one. Keep up the good work!

  33. 33
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Yay! This is great. Outfit number two is too cute. And I agree with Kyoko (comment 22) – other animation (like Macross) inspired looks, in addition to the Princesses looks, would be fantastic.

  34. 34
    June 25th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    This is a really great idea, do you think you could do oufits based on Toy Story characters? Like Jesse, Bo Peep, Barbie etc. Just an idea :)

  35. 35
    June 25th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Since it’s summer, maybe Ariel would be appropriate.

  36. 36
    June 25th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I love the first look. I’m not sure about the scarf though– a scarf with a tube top (or tube dress) like that? In my head it’s a little weird, because of the shape it would make in the shoulder area, but I love the color scheme. And that owl necklace! Super gorgeous.

  37. 37
    June 25th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I absolutely love this!!!! I adore Disney princesses. I can’t wait for my favorite princess…Ariel!!

  38. 38
    June 26th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Calli, you’re so creative!! I love this post, especially outfit 2!!

  39. 39
    June 26th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I really loved the last look! The pink ball gown inspired outfit was a little too 80’s flash back for me. I am like the 20th person who would love to see Jasmine. I would also like to second the vote for Mulan and Ariel!

  40. 40
    June 26th, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I LOVE this post Aurora is my favourite disney princess and these outfits are absolutely brilliant, please do more disney princess inspired outfits its just such a great idea!

  41. 41
    June 26th, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I absolutely love these posts! It’s such a cute idea, and you’ve captured Aurora’s style in a creative and non-tacky way which is amazing. I know she’s not Disney specifically, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a post like this on Anastasia!!!

  42. 42
    June 26th, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I love these posts, I’m such a disney nut that I always find myself thinking what would “insert character here” wear is she was around today, so these posts are just what I was looking for! I also second Belle and Mary Poppins, but I would love to see an interpretation of Wendy because she was always my favourite.

  43. 43
    June 26th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Oh. My. God. It’s like reliving my childhood all over again. Love it! (:

  44. 44
    June 26th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    These are so creative! I think everyone still has a soft spot for Disney princesses, no matter how old they are. Great job :)

  45. 45
    June 26th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I love them all! This is a fantastic series, please do more Disney princesses! :D

  46. 46
    June 26th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I love this post!!!
    The last outfit is so cute I would deff wear it!
    Please do BELLE or ARIEL next!!!

  47. 47
    June 27th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Love the post! Great to see how easy it is to be a princess in daily life…

  48. 48
    June 27th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I love the series could u try doing a guy character though would love to see what you choose!

  49. 49
    June 28th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I’d love to see one on Jasmine (from Aladdin)!
    Alternatively, I’d love to see Mulan too =)

  50. 50
    June 28th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    absolutely love this!

  51. 51
    June 28th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Unlike many other people, I actually like that you didn’t approach Sleeping Beauty the same as you did Snow White. Its nice to have a variety. I thought the outfits were fantastic. I especially liked the jewelry in this post. I am in love with the owl necklace and the crown ring.

    My requests: Jasmine, Mulan, and Pocahontas!!!!

  52. 52
    June 28th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this post, and I especially love the way you were able to add references to the movie while still making the outfits mature rather than “dressing like a Disney princess.”

    My request would definitely have to be for some villain inspired outfits. ;P

  53. 53
    June 28th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Wow! I’m so glad to see fashion inspired by my favorite (well, now second favorite to Tiana) Disney princess! I’ve always loved Aurora because she wasn’t just the girl who sat there and took it. She had personality and mischief. Plus she has the best Disney prince who actually was awesome and took more crap for her than any others.

    An interesting thing I learned is that the prince’s horse in the movie is designed after W. K. Kellogg’s (of the cereal fame) favorite horse. The actual horse is also buried under the rose garden’s gazebo in my university Cal Poly Pomona, the property that Kellogg once owned to raise his horses.

  54. 54
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    These are amazing, I loved Snow White and I love this just as much!! My favorite is definitely the first although the 3rd comes in super close! Sleeping Beauty is my absolute favorite, can’t wait for more!!

  55. 55
    June 30th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    absolutely fabulous! i love these posts! keep them goin!

  56. 56
    July 1st, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    i prefered the snow white one because i prefered the outfits but please keep up these disney inspired posts!
    Please could you do Mulan ( you could do some awesome kimonos), and just go through all of the disney princesses please? I know thats loads but these are awesome posts! :) Also i love the toy story idea and cartoons would be awesome as well. You could do The Powerpuff Girls (i know it may sound babyish but their coordination is soooooo cute) or The Harajuku perfume because their outfits always look adorable ( I no thats not a cartoon but o well) and for another cartoon Mickey and Minney Mouse would be cute :) Loving the posts and this is an amazing site! :)

  57. 57
    July 1st, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    O and when i said co ordination i meant how they all had their cute colours (and they have cute winter outfits too)

  58. 58
    July 4th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Beauty and the beast pretty pretty please? Add lots of roses and touches of candle, teapot, and clock pins.

  59. 59
    July 8th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    i LOVE the second outfit!
    I tried looking on the site, but I couldn’t find the top OR the skirt :(

  60. 60
    July 8th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Oh wait, I got the skirt, I just can’t find the top :/

  61. 61
    July 9th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    You are a friggin’ GENIUS! I love your work!

  62. 62
    August 12th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I have never seen this movie, but I love the disney posts and this on is no exception. Exspecially (spelling?) love the pink one

  63. 63
    November 24th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    love the first look! <3

  64. 64
    December 14th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Oh my goodness I love these outfits! I’m a huge Disney princess fan, my favorite being princess Aurora. Not only are they absolutely to-die-for-gorgeous, they’re also reasonably priced. Thank you so much for this! Keep up the good work.

  65. 65
    January 2nd, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    love this!! Aurora was always my fav

  66. 66
    February 20th, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Oh you should totally do some Ariel outfits, other then Belle and Meg (is she a princess) she my fave!

  67. 67
    February 27th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I’d love to see one for Belle! These are so adorable!

  68. 68
    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Epic.It’s hard for me to be be Snow Whiteish (I’m a curly-haired golden blonde), but Sleeping Beauty is simalar but more of my style. Awesome post.

  69. 69
    June 15th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I would love to see Flora, Fauna and Merryweather inspired outfits!

  70. 70
    August 29th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    i love the off the shoulder top and wanted to look at it online and it wasn’t on the website

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