In this guest blog, the fashion experts at The Mall at Millenia share their best-dressed tips for adventures at Orlando’s theme parks.
What’s a trip to Orlando without a visit to the theme parks? Between Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and all the other sights in The Theme Park Capital of the World, there’s so much to see and do. However, a jam-packed travel schedule equals a lot of outfit changes and family photos, so a well-thought-out wardrobe is a must. Once you add Florida’s traditionally warm weather into the mix, it’s even more crucial to be dressed appropriately for whatever you have planned. Fortunately, The Mall at Millenia is a one-stop shop for all your stylish sightseeing essentials!
Since everyone has a different theme park style, we curated a collection of clothing and accessory combinations based off your vacation vibe. Whether you’re addicted to adrenaline-pumping rides or are more comfortable lounging by the lazy river, here are the latest summer must-haves that you can find within The Mall at Millenia.
For the Active Adventurer
If you’re always park-hopping, you need outfits to match your on-the-go personality. Comfort is of the utmost importance when you have a hectic itinerary, especially one that includes upside-down roller coasters.
You can’t go wrong with stylish “athleisure” items like Lululemon leggings (this particular pair even reflects in the dark if you’re planning to stay late in the park). For anyone against wearing workout gear out in public, try a cute pair of Ted Baker shorts or Lucky Brand denim shortalls.
Practical accessories are crucial as well: Neon Versace sneakers or Gucci sandals deliver support without compromising on style, Tous’ knapsack and Urban Outfitter’s belt bag allows you to go hands-free, and Dior’s visor from Neiman Marcus shields your eyes and face from the bright Florida sun.
For the Disney Devotee
Show your love of Micky Mouse on your sleeve — quite literally — with Disney-inspired gear. Gucci, Coach and Ray-Ban all have cool collaborations with limited-edition pieces. Then, fast fashion stores like H&M and Forever 21 offer fun bomber jackets and tees.
For a more subtle approach, take style cues from Mickey and Minnie by wearing their favorite colors: red and white. A polka-dotted Loft jumpsuit accessorized with heart-shaped Urban Outfitters sunnies will make Minnie want to raid your closet, while checkered Vans will keep your feet happy despite the long lines. And if you have kids in tow, carry a clear tote like a Banana Republic bag, since it has enough room for souvenirs, SPF and more.
For the Animal Enthusiast
There’s no better time to rock a playful animal print than your next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. From an Anthropologie bird T-shirt to a leopard Hermès scarf to a parrot-shaped Kate Spade crossbody, the options are endless.
You also can’t go wrong with a classic cheetah print — use an H&M headband and pair of Billabong sneakers as proof. For a more classic take, embrace a safari-inspired look by pairing a Gap jumpsuit with Ray-Bans and a Tommy Bahama hat.
For the Water Park & Pool Lover
Sometimes all you want to do is hang by the pool. This is especially true when the temperatures are hovering in the high 90s. Planning to check out Universal’s Volcano Bay, Aquatica® Orlando or Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park? Get a suit from Athleta that provides enough coverage for water slides, tropical American Eagle slides for the hot cement, and a splash-resistant carry-all pouch from Everything But Water.
However, if you prefer lounging at the resort pool, cover up with a sheer rainbow robe from Everything But Water or a punchy “Girls Just Wanna Have Sun” tee from J. Crew. A hotel post also calls for more stylish accessories like shell-adorned Sam Edelman sandals, a BCBG pom-pom hat and a limited-edition Michael Kors tote.
For the Elegant Explorer
Just because you’re at a theme park, doesn’t mean you need to be dressed down. Case in point: sophisticated options that strike a balance between fashion-forward and functional. Look polished with a Lacoste dress or Lilly Pulitzer romper, bold Ferragamo shades, a Burberry belt bag or Louis Vuitton backpack, and an oversized raffia sunhat by Prada. As for footwear, upgrade your basic sneakers and sandals with glittery Jimmy Choo’s.
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