What to wear to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter…

Sporty Chic – Day 25

To any Harry Potter event, you should always wear a cape, wand and magical animal of your choice.  But if it’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios in Orlando and it’s ninety degrees, you could also wear this —


I chose a kind of maxi tribal inspired dress (Mrs. Kingsley Shacklebolt?) for the day because all my Sporty Chic dresses are sleeveless and I didn’t want to get sunburnt.  My kids love the Harry Potter books (and I love the fact the books were written by a woman!) and so we had to make a pit stop at Universal to explore the magical and touristy world of Mrs. Rowling.  My opinion?  Great butter beer, fun rides, but too many Muggles…


Despite the heat and the crowds, we had so much fun and I couldn’t help but be inspired by the moms I saw.  It’s not easy going to these kinds of places with kids even though these places are for kids.  The lines for everything are so long, the food is super gross and the fear of losing your child in the crowd is ever present.  And yet, we do it, time and time again, just for our kids.


So my “Mom of the Day” award goes to this woman —


I can’t imagine wearing traditional Middle Eastern garb on a cold day, much less a humid, ninety degree Orlando day.


But it starts to rain and instead of just leaving, this mom puts a plastic, Mickey Mouse poncho over her already incredibly heavy outfit — and then rides the carousel!

By the end of the day I was exhausted carrying a sleeping August to the car while I cursed my Mrs. Shacklebolt dress because I was so sweaty it was clinging to my body in the most unflattering way possible.  Meanwhile, Buck and Emerson were so tired they couldn’t steer properly in their Heely shoes and mowed several small children and elderly people over.  I almost gave up.  I wanted to just call my husband and tell him to fly to Orlando and help us walk to the parking garage, but then I thought of poncho-Middle-Eastern-garb-mom and I kept walking.

You never know who is going to inspire you or more importantly, who you just might inspire..






  • After she tore through the entire series twice, I took my kiddo on a pilgrimage to Wizarding World in September a couple of years ago. Not quite as scorching but plenty warm. Dressing for Orlando weather is a feat of sartorial engineering all unto itself.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      That’s so true. I couldn’t help but laugh at all the fake snow on the Hogsmeade buildings when it was ninety outside.

  • Cheryl says:

    You’ve never looked better! I love your maxi!
    You should do a month of maxi dresses.
    I love how you drew strength from that woman. I would have felt the same way.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks for the compliment. A month of Maxi dresses might be perfect! And moms have to get inspiration from each other! I’m inspired every day by other moms.

  • JoulesDellinger says:

    Love the dress and the hat. Cute AND useful for keeping from getting sunburned!

    My husband and I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few years ago (before our boy was born) and I LOVED it! We had stayed in an on-site hotel, so we were able to skip the lines and we promised that it was worth the extra money to do it again when we came back with a kid. Also, butter beer is my jam.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      I loved the world of Harry potter too. We have to go back and see more of it. One day isn’t enough!

  • Angela says:

    You looked great! I agree with you about that Mother. I was recently at a pool with my kids (wearing my skirted mom suit) when an Islamist mom came in with her kids. She was wearing a track suit, and her head scarf in the pool! I actually think she had it made. She was covered, and warmer than the rest of us. (Even Oregon pools are cold) Wow for you going to an amusement park with 3 kids by yourself. That’s pretty heroic too. :)

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Wow, I’ve never seen an Islamic mom in the pool wearing that whole thing! That’s not easy! Although if the pool was cold maybe it could be a blessing!

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