Hey, friends! It’s me, Irene. If you’ve read any of my Brit + Co posts
, chances are you already know about my obsession with Disney
. I’m literally listening to my Disney orchestra playlist on Spotify right now to get in the zone to talk about my latest DIY… Disney Couples Halloween costumes! Today, I’m showing you (and your boo) four ways to dress up as the cutest Disney couple there is.
I’m not a huge fan of being super literal when doing Disney DIYs
, so I made these costumes more like Disneybounding
outfits. If you’re not familiar with Disneybounding, it’s essentially just wearing normal clothing inspired by a Disney character. Not going so literal makes the DIYing easier, and it means you can repurpose the outfits for other occasions (like Disneyland Dapper Day!) Let’s have a magical Halloween!
First up is Carl and Ellie from Up. I love everything about Up, even though I sobbed uncontrollably during most of it.
For Ellie’s Adventure Book clutch, I bought a HDE Leather Envelope Clutch
($9) from Amazon, then traced the letters in Illustrator and ironed them on using dark iron-on transfer paper. You can use this printable
to make your own Adventure Book clutch!
For Carl, I found a pair of brown pants, a brown jacket, brown dress shoes, and a blue tie from a thrift store. I bought a pair of moda Clear Lens Eye Glasses
($8) and a yellow H2H Men’s Sweater Vest
($22), both from Amazon. Jon brought his own white button-down and expert modeling chops to the shoot.
Fun Fact: The creators of the movie designed Carl to have a square shape and Ellie to have a round, balloon-shape, to show how Carl was a bit stuck in his ways but Ellie rounded Carl out. So cute and clever, right?
The next one is from the Disney short, Paperman
. If you haven’t seen it, it’s truly magical. This one was a special one for Jon and Paige, because Jon asked Paige to marry him with a Paperman-inspired proposal
. (I’m not crying, you’re crying!)
These costumes were almost entirely built from thrift store finds! I definitely encourage everyone to visit thrift stores for costumes. You’ll be surprised by what you can find and how cheap they are. Jon brought his own white button-down and black dress shoes and Paige brought her own black heels, and everything else was from Goodwill.
Hair and makeup guru Misty Spinney
totally brought the dapper look to the next level. Misty: “It’s all about the pin curl, wingtip liner, bold brow, and that red lip! To prep your hair, follow this glam curl tutorial
and get the perfect pin-curl set.
"Let your hair cool in this set while you move onto your makeup. Keep your skin flawless-looking with a high-impact, full-coverage foundation, a brightening concealer, and luminous setting powder. Go bold on your eyes and brows with a wing-tip liner and two coats of mascara, and be sure to fill in those brows baby! For your lip, keep it classic with that bright red matte hue and exaggerate your cupid's bow with a liner.
"Back to your hair — take out the pins and then gently brush through your curls, allowing the shape to take place. You can manipulate the shape of your waves by gently twisting and tousling your curls with your fingers. Spray a medium hairspray to hold your waves in place, and you can even pin anything that you are having trouble with.”
And at last... they found each other.
For this dapper Little Mermaid Halloween costume, I definitely debated between doing Ariel and Eric or Ariel and Flounder. Obviously Ariel and Flounder are not a real couple, but their friendship is pretty darn cute.
I glued sequin ribbon in a scallop line long the pencil skirt to reference Ariel’s scales. Ariel’s turquoise wedges were from a thrift store.
Under the sea, under the sea! Darling it's better, down where it's wetter!
Lastly, is Wall-E and Eve. I love their love story so much. This ensemble was the trickiest to put together because, well, how do you make robots look dapper? The most important thing when doing DIYs inspired by movie characters is to play on their motifs and colors, which is precisely what we did!
You are my directive.
Which Disney couple will you and your S.O. dress as for Halloween? Share your photos on Instagram using #britstagram.
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DIY Production and Styling: Irene Lee
Model: Paige and Jon Weber
Hair + Makeup: Misty Spinney
Photography: Brittany Griffin