Pocahontas is an adventurous soul who thrives on nature and has a strong spiritual connection with the Earth. Although she only wears one outfit during the film, she is still a great source of fashion inspiration. So, for this installment of our Disney-Inspired Fashion series, rather than focusing only on the character’s clothes, I decided to get a little more creative and draw inspiration from her environment and from the songs in the movie as well.
Like the previous articles in this series, the purpose of this article is to use a childhood idol 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, and Walt Disney’s Princess Tiana.
About Pocahontas: Movie Summary
Pocahontas is the daughter of a Native American Chief. She thrives on adventure, but is also very wise, spiritual, and in touch with nature. Early in the film, Kocoum, one of her tribe’s greatest warriors, proposes to Pocahontas. Although she knows this is an honor, Pocahontas does not believe it is her destiny to marry Kocoum.
One day, Europeans, including Captain John Smith, arrive in America in search of gold. Although her tribe knows the dangers of Europeans, Pocahontas is naturally curious and ends up meeting John. They communicate with each other, and Pocahontas teaches him that her people are not savages, as the Europeans believe. Pocahontas and John Smith have many secret meetings, talking about their lives and cultures. Pocahontas even takes him to meet her spiritual guide, a tree named Grandmother Willow. Eventually, they fall in love.
One unfortunate evening, Kocoum catches Pocahontas kissing John Smith. Before he can attack, one of John’s friends shoots and kills Kocoum. John Smith takes the blame for it, and is taken prisoner by Pocahontas’s tribe and sentenced to death.
Pocahontas realizes that the execution will cause a war between her tribe and the Europeans, so she throws herself in front of John Smith right as her father is about to kill him. Her father then comes to his senses and does not murder John Smith. The cruel Governor Ratcliffe shoots at the Chief, but John Smith dives in front of him and takes the bullet.
Because of his injury, John Smith must return to England. He begs his love, Pocahontas, to accompany him, but she makes the heart-wrenching decision to stay. She believes her calling is to stay with her people, because they need her. The two kiss goodbye, and she tells him that even when they are apart, she will always be with him.
1. The Beginning
Throughout the film, Pocahontas wears a one-shouldered dress with a belted waist.
To translate her dress into the modern day look below, I used mostly neutral colors, but looked for texture and pattern to make the outfit wearable and interesting. I also added a pop of red with the earrings, reminiscent of Pocahontas’s red arm tattoo.
Earrings- M Butterfly, Shoes- Delia’s, Top- Modcloth, Bracelet- Fossil, Skirt- Jane Norman, Bag- Forever 21
2. After The Engagement
After Kocoum’s proposal, Pocahontas wears her mother’s turquoise necklace to symbolize their engagement.
To channel this look, I made an outfit with a one shoulder dress, which is similar in style to Pocahontas’s dress. I used a skinny belt to emphasize the waist, and added a turquoise necklace to pay homage to her necklace in the film. Finally, I chose leaf earrings to symbolize Pocahontas’s connection with nature and her spiritual guide, Grandmother Willow.
Necklace- Avalaya, Belt- Miss Selfridge, Dress- Urban Original, Earrings- Republic, Shoes- Piperlime
2. Just Around The Riverbend
Although Pocahontas is mostly portrayed as a serious person, the song “Just Around the Riverbend” shows her fun, spunky side.
To capture the essence of the song, I created an outfit around a brightly-colored dress with a tribal-inspired pattern. To add interest and light, I then added shiny accessories with gold details. I finished this look off with a tan bag, which reminds me of Pocahontas’s dress.
Earrings- House Of Harlow 1960, Shoes- Endless, Dress- Tilly’s, Bag- Urban Outfitters
4. Colors Of The Wind
Pocahontas sings “Colors Of The Wind” to explain to John how every part of nature is important and spiritual. This is one of the most colorful and epic scenes in the film, featuring autumn-hued leaves, twinkling stars, and a cloud of prismatic butterflies.
To channel the energy from this scene into an outfit, I used a long, colorful maxi dress and some adorable wolf earrings, both inspired by nature. I finished the look off with a wooden bangle, some pretty sandals, and a fringed bag that will move with the wind.
Bracelet- ASOS, Shoes- Target, Dress- ASOS, Earrings- Modcloth, Bag- Pacific Sunwear
Are you inspired by Pocahontas? Which Disney characters 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!
23 thoughts on “Fashion Inspiration: Walt Disney’s Pocahontas”
These weren’t my fave of some of the other posts but they fit Pochahontas to a tee.
I really LOVE this one!! Do you mind doing Jessie from toy story?? Can’t find a outfit for Holloween!!:( Or mabey Wendy or Jane from peter Pan also a Ice Princess outfit would bw great!! You did AWESOME!!
This is beautiful, I especially love the last dress you chose, it completely reminded me of the scene.
i dressed my daughter during her custom day in school as pocahontas and she loved it…. i love jasmine and would love to see some of your inspirations so i can copy them:)
next disney princess should be mulan
Fantastic Job!!! Please do the snow queen next?
I’ve been waiting since the first one if these to see Belle! She’s my favorite princess by far because she has a brain ancient sitting waiting around for a man to save her like snow white and Cinderella. Please do her next! Belle all the way.
I love this series! I think you should do Mulan next (even though she’s not technically a princess).
Pretty. The third outfit is my favorite. I love love love this series of posts!
Lovely how you did four Pocahontas outfits while Pocahontas herself wears the same dress the whole time. Very nice outfits!
I've been saying since Day 1 that I wanted to see a Pocahontas post since so many of us love her! And this post really exceeded my expectations!! Granted, some of these outfits I wouldn't wear, because they simply aren't me. But I certainly appreciate them, and if I saw anyone wearing this outfits, I would automatically think of Pocahontas. You captured it really well. Thanks, Calli!
I love this post especially the last dress! Great job!!
mulan mulan mulan! and belle, belle, belle! haha
Amazing job and just in time too 😀
You should do Jane from Tarzan 😀 she’s one of my favorite characters from disney I’d love to see that!(: Great Job on Pocahontas!
Do Kida from Atlantis 😀
The first outfit portray Pocahontas really well.
I love this post- Pocahontas is my favourite Disney princess/princess movie.
This comes just in ime for a costume party I have next week :).