Fashion Inspiration: Classic Walt Disney Characters

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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

Also read: Movie Inspiration: The Lego Batman Movie

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!

31 thoughts on “Fashion Inspiration: Classic Walt Disney Characters”

  1. 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!


  2. 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.

  3. 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…)

  4. 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!:)

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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~

  8. 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!

  9. 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


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