Padme Amidala Disneybounds: 3 Iconic Outfits
With the reopening of Disneyland and our reservations and tickets already secured, I decided that it was finally time to take care of something I've been putting off forever.
Since Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opened up on May 31, 2019, I haven't been to the park. So I've never seen this entire new land, and I haven't watched a Star Wars film in years. Honestly, the storyline was just too much for me to be able to follow out of order and with the addition of all of the new Star Wars content on Disney+, I just got overwhelmed and shut it off.
BUT... since I've been putting it off for years, I decided that this was the perfect time to finally sit down and watch all of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga in story order. Of course, the first three star one of saga's most iconic characters, Queen (and then Senator) Amidala.
Re-watching these as an adult, my feelings toward Padme aren't as simple as they used to be the first time I saw the films in the early 2000s. Back then, Padme was just a character who was one of the only females, and who had a ton of outfits and a love story. Awesome.
As an adult, I now see Padme as the complex character that she was probably created to be: a strong-willed, passionate woman whose fearlessness in her governmental affairs makes her what some call "the heart of the Republic". Like many driven women, she falls in love with someone despite the fact that his ideals are quite different from hers, and he ends up destroying the potential that she had. You can totally argue with that point, all I'm really saying is that her character is far more complex than I could ever understand as a child.
Part of Padme Amidala's lure in the series are her elaborate outfits. Here, I aim to take 3 of her most iconic ensembles and translate them into outfits you could actually wear for a day around the park.
1. The Villa Dress
You remember it from the moment when Anakin Skywalker first kisses the Queen-in-hiding. While you've probably seen HerUniverse's version or another take on a casual version of the dress, I still wouldn't wear it around the park all day- so here's a version you can.
Top: Bella Dahl
Arm Cuffs: Etsy
2. The Arena Outfit
This one has to be a favorite for every fan out there. And if Padme can battle otherworldly creatures in it, you can definitely rock it around Galaxy's Edge. If you're afraid of the boots, try some Toms instead!
Top: Lovers & Friends
Arm cuffs: ZeroDreams on Etsy
Belt bag: Zara
Earrings: CreativeNerdStudio on Etsy
3. The Throne Room Ensemble
It is perhaps the gown most often associated with the young Queen- and definitely the one used most for Queen Amidala costumes- even though it sees maybe 3 minutes of screen time in The Phantom Menace.