Vintage Flair: Dapper Day at Disneyland

Hats, gloves, pinafores, parasols: Revisit the past, fashionably, at the world's most famous theme park.


SUSPENDERS, CORSAGE, BOATER, GO: It's not a secret that a particular desert-beautiful California destination is experiencing quite the fashionable happening over the second half of April 2016. No hints required: It's the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which has become the sunshiny spot to rock your trendiest togs, whether those togs involve denim, a sundress, a bathing suit, or all of the above. But the Fashion Time Machine -- that's probably really a thing, since fashion has a remarkable way of zipping around the decades with apparent ease -- will leave the future, and the clothing of tomorrow, and head back to the past, and only days after the mondo festival in Indio wraps for another year. The time machine will land next in Anaheim, a couple of hours to the west of the desert, and the era this time around? It won't be contemporary styles, for the most part, but rather the vintage looks of yore. It's Dapper Day at the Parks, the twice-a-year strut-and-socialize gathering that takes Anaheim, and Disneyland Resort, by sartorial storm. The spring outing is just ahead, on...

SUNDAY, MAY 1, and while '50s-era looks do tend to dominate, any stylish ensemble is welcome, whether it reaches 80 years into the past or it reaches to the 1980s. Small details, interesting accessories, lively hairdos, and other touches regularly complement what attendees wear. This isn't a Disneyland-organized event -- it is private -- and admission to the park will be required. A two-day expo will take place at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall, on April 30 and May 1, and a launch party is set for Friday, April 29 at The Jazz Kitchen. Dapper Day has been around for five years now, with a 2011 start, which means that thousands of retro-dressy fans make the journey to The Happiest Place on Earth for the photo-ready gathering. Pin your corsage on your lapel, or place your boater upon your noggin, and prepare for one of the longest runways around. Dapper Day, after all, is for people to admire your vintage get-up, and for you to do the same as park goers swan past you, delightfully, while rocking their Sunday best.

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