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What the Heck is Bounding?

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One of the best ways to express your fandom without straight up cosplaying is bounding.  “What the heck is bounding?” you might ask, and I’m going to tell you!  Like, right now.

Bounding was created a few years ago by Leslie Kay.  She is a hard-core Disney fan and loves to visit the Disney theme parks.  Kay wanted to cosplay at the parks, but as you all probably know, that is against park rules.  Disney has good reason for this.  They have paid costumed characters that work for the company and follow the company’s strict guidelines in dealing with guests and their costumes are 100% screen accurate.  This is a good thing.  Disney has an image to preserve, and they can’t have some Capt. Jack Sparrow cosplayer running around a little “too” in character around kids.  So, bounding was born!

Bounding or Disneybounding is a way to dress as your favorite character using street clothes as an inspiration.  The best way to explain bounding is to show you some examples.

All of these photos are from .  Please visit Kay’s site to view her endless bounding ideas.  Pintrest is another site to visit for inspiration.

Other great bounding outfits can use the uniform dress as a start.  Please visit my piece on uniform dresses here.

I’ve written about Elhoffer Design a lot on this blog, and I’m going to talk about it some more.  Elhoffer Design creates fantastic bounding looks that are size inclusive and beautifully made.  Visit them here to order your own look.  Here are two looks Scout and I have from Elhoffer Design:

Now, you boys can also bound!  Not to leave you guys out at all.  Here are a couple of looks for men from the site:

Like Elhoffer Design, Hero Within has bounding looks for you guys.  Here are some of their designs:

Visit their site here to pre-order these jackets.  They are size inclusive, running up to 2XL.

Bounding is a great way to use your imagination to create great geeky looks for everyday.  Please send us pics of what you come up with!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*Photos of bounding from

*Photos of Hero Within designs from


Kim Henderson McAndrew, author of the book "In Plain Sight: Using Everyday Cosplay To Express Your Inner Superhero". She loves nerdy fashion, everyday cosplay in particular. Her main fandoms are Marvel, Star Wars and Disney.

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