In the fantasy realm of Disney‘s animated filmography, there have been quite a few iconic articles of clothing. Whether a dress, a suit, or an elegant cape, these character’s outfits have always left an impression on audiences. But none of them are quite as enchanting as the various coordinates on the official Disney princesses.
From those adorned by sleeping maidens to outfits on island adventurers, this list will examine Disney’s line up of leading royal ladies to discover the most incredible fashion looks from the bunch. So grab your favorite animal sidekick, and a pair of functional slippers, and let’s rank the 10 best Disney princess outfits!
10 Snow White’s Royal Dress (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Whether with or without a cape, there’s no denying that Snow White‘s yellow, blue, and red outfit is one of the most iconic of Disney images. It perfectly evokes the royal heritage of Disney’s first feature-length princess, while also symbolizing her childlike whimsy.
And though Snow’s adorable high heel shoes look less than functional for running through the woods, such aspects can be ignored. Because when you pair all of these items with this princess’s great fashion sense, it’s easy to see why this outfit continues to leave an impact on fashion and pop culture as a whole.
9 Mulan’s Palace Battle Dress (Mulan)
Though this warrior has many incredible fashion moments, the one outfit that shows Mulan at her most confident occurs when she arrives at the emperor’s palace. For not only does such an ensemble allow her to save her people, but it also represents Mulan’s entire narrative arc.
Wearing shades of regal reds and turquoise, Mulan’s entire outfit and color choices showcase her emotional growth as a woman and her courage as a solider. Plus, with her new hair cut and medal, Mulan proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style to become the hero you were always meant to be.
8 Rapunzel’s Long Sleeve Dress (Tangled)
With her ultimate fry pan accessory, Rapunzel is one of the best examples of a modern Disney princess. For not only is her positive energy hard to resist, but her color scheme and overall aesthetic is the epitome of whimsical fantasy glamour.
From the corset bodice, puffy sleeves, along with the pink and purple combo, Rapunzel’s signature dress brings about this princess’s creative personality in all the right ways. And when you take a moment to notice the beautiful embroidery on the skirt, it’s fun to imagine that this talented individual created them herself during her usual morning line up.
7 Aurora’s Birthday Dress (Sleeping Beauty)
If you ever grew up wishing a trio of fairies were throwing you a birthday extravaganza, while making you the ultimate fashionable present, then there’s a likelihood you wanted to have Princess Aurora’s signature blue (or pink) birthday dress.
Made with fairy magic, this gown is a unique blend of modern and classic. It perfectly represents the sharp and bold shapes used within the film’s overall artistic style, while also conjuring all of the whimsical perfection of Aurora. Is it perhaps the comfiest dress to fall under a sleeping spell in? No. But who cares! It is Disney princess style at its most majestic.
6 Jasmine’s Turquoise Outfit (Aladdin)
Whether she’s flying on a magic carpet or helping save her kingdom, Jasmine is one of the coolest members of the official princess line up. Why? Because she knows how to blend comfort and style into one regal fashion moment.
With the elegant off the shoulder crop top, the 90’s approved high waist pants, and the gold finishing touches, Jasmine’s signature outfit conjures the era of her design in the most timeless ways possible. And with that impressive hairstyle, Jasmine is truly a Disney fashion icon for the princess looking to see a whole new world and more.
5 Moana’s Finale Outfit (Moana)
Known for her courageous spirit, Moana is quite the inspiring princess. Besides her being one of the most adventurous members of the official line-up, she also has a natural and confident style unlike any other royal on the list – a fact correctly represented in her finale outfit.
Featuring her signature combo of a decorative crop top and skirt, this outfit (similar to Mulan’s) represents Moana’s journey from island princess to proud wave finder. And with the tiny seashell decoration to the jaw-dropping headdress, it all tells a story of a princess that anyone (of any age) should look up to.
4 Cinderella’s Blue Ballgown (Cinderella)
For over 70 years, audiences have wished to have their own “Cinderella moment,” mainly due in part to the iconic imagery from Disney (and concept artist Mary Blair‘s) own take on the timeless princess. And the look that genuinely cemented such a thought was Cinderella’s blue ballgown.
With a unique blend of fairy tale charm and 1950s aesthetics, this gown wonderfully showcases Cinderella without overshadowing her natural glow. It has sparkling details and simplistic elegance – everything a princess could want. And with the striking black chocker and pearl headdress, it would make any ball attendee feel like absolute fairy tale excellence.
3 Belle’s “Something There” Outfit (Beauty and the Beast)
Though many remember this reserved bookworm for her yellow ballgown, Belle is perhaps at her most beautiful during the “Something There” sequence. Why? Because aside from wearing the winning romantic combo of pink and red, this is also the instance where the Beast realizes his feelings for this natural beauty.
Between the fashionable cape and the comfy yet lovely pink dress, this outfit embodies all of the down-to-earth elements of Belle with a wintry regal touch. Plus, it’s obvious that Belle matched her nails for the occasion, and that’s an accomplishment that should indeed be celebrated.
2 Tiana’s Transformation Dress (The Princess and the Frog)
With all of her hard work (in human and frog form), Tiana is a lady that deserved the most beautiful gown any fairy tale ending could provide. And when she officially became a princess after kissing and marrying Naveen, such a fashionable kindness was granted to this fantastic (and incredibly stylish) individual.
Echoing the lilypad aesthetics of her transformation surroundings, this green dress perfectly represents Tiana’s natural beauty and her Bayou adventure. And when you add that stunning crown and veil to the final look, this outfit is just as enchanting as this New Orleans princess herself.
1 Ariel’s Pink Dress (The Little Mermaid)
If there ever were a cinematic fashion moment that evoked real princess goals, it would be Ariel’s iconic pink dress that she wears to dine with Prince Eric. It’s got everything – the puffy off the shoulder sleeves, the diamond-shaped details, and the ultra-fantasy pink skirt. Add those pearl accessories, and this look is head to toe royal perfection.
But what lands this specific outfit the number one spot is how it makes Ariel glow. It symbolizes her arrival to the human world in the most quintessential of fairy tale ways, giving fans similar fashion dreams for the last 31 years and counting.
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