How To Make a runDisney Costume

Today I am talking about the ever important making of the runDisney costume and will walk you through the creation of mine for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon!

Step 1
Figure out who you want to be! Do you want to channel the latest Disney film heroine/hero? Or are you a classic lover? I am running as Cinderella, because I have loved her for as long as I could watch movies. So we have our character!

Step 2
Distinguish your color palette for your character. Cinderella is obviously shades of blue. 
You will need this to be the base of what you are shopping for.
Step 3
Time to go shop! First we are shopping for the base of the costume.
Running Gear – you will need to find the usual running gear in the color palette that you identified above. I like to shop at Target and athletic store outlets. I went with a blue tank top, and have options for both blue shorts and leggings, depending on the temperature. You should use brands you are familiar with take your race wear out for a trial run before the race. Check for any chafing issues and that all is comfortable. Also make sure to consider weather! You will see people running in full out costumes, and they will not be as happy at the end of the race as you will for actually using running gear. Be smart, these clothes will need to go the distance!
Step 4

Now we are shopping for the items that take us from running gear to pretty princesses – or whatever you are shooting for! This can be done through tutus, sparkle skirts, felt add ons, etc. Now – you will want one main item to start building your character.  I am using a blue tutu to serve as Cinderella’s ball gown.Other examples were for our Tweedle Dee and Dum costumes it was a felt bib. I purchased my tutu at the Halloween shop before Halloween, so this does take a bit of planning. I will also be adding peplums to my tutu to give it the extra wow!(Tutorial Here) -> Live on Thursday!

My Cinderella TuTu

Step 5
Now we get to have fun and accessorize! 
For Cinderella I will wear a blue glittery Sweaty Band and a mini crown pushed into my bun.
Currently I am opting out of the gloves – I want my arms to look good in pictures and not be hot.
When it comes to headgear, please remember less is more, you do have to run 13.1 miles in it.
I recommend the mini comb tiaras for running – light and will stay in place. We found ours at the Disney store in Texas. Headbands are great to bring a costume together, and they keep your hair back. I will also get my nails done in pale blue and wear my new Cinderella New Balance Shoes!
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  • Lime green top, tutu, wings, GLITTER!!!
Tweedle Dee and Dum and old favorites and great for a pair of runners.
  • Red hat, red bottoms, yellow top, and a felt bib.
Any and all Disney princesses
  • Basic instructions above, just change your colors.
Mickey and Minnie
  • Black top, red bottoms, and ears! Bonus – if you have yellow shoes.
Woody and Jesse
  • Costume stores sell these excellent accessory kits at Halloween – you can add them to running clothes to create your character.

The most important thing is to be creative and love your runDisney costume!
Points for creativity!

  • Love the Cinderella color palette. Thats such a great idea for pulling together a costume!