Students celebrate semiannual Dapper Days event at Anaheim theme park.

Story and photos by  Hayley Hart / Staff Writer


If ladies in polka dots or poodle skirts or gentlemen in three-piece suits and fedoras were spotted during a Disneyland visit, Dapper Day was likely the event with many LBCC alumni joining in on the fun.

Dapper Days are an unofficial Disneyland Parks event twice a year in the Fall, Sept. 18 and 19 this year, and Spring, set for Saturday April 30 and Sunday, May 1 in 2016. The stylish event originated in February 2011 with Dapper Day creator Justin Jorgensen.

SPRUCED UP: LBCC alumni couple Michael Morales, a music major, left, and girlfriend Ravin Marmolejo, an English major, attend their first Dapper Day.
SPRUCED UP: LBCC alumni couple Michael Morales, a music major, left, and girlfriend Ravin Marmolejo, an English major, attend their first Dapper Day.

Looking fabulous in the parks isn’t the only thing to do. Activities for the two-day event on Sept. 18 and 19 included an expo with live bands each night, a vintage car show on Saturday, a meet-up in the parks at both the Mark Twain Steamboat and a “race” on the carousel in Fantasyland, an after-party at the Jazz Kitchen and a slide show of early pictures of Disneyland at AMC Theater in Downtown Disney.

Participants dress in a variety of styles from different eras, but sophistication is the theme.

Ranitra Coleman, 37, an English major and LBCC alumna, said, “If you love vintage, this is where to be.”

Chrissy Lynn Kyle, 33, a makeup and special effects artist and hair and wig stylist in the entertainment industry and four-time Dapper Day guest at Disneyland, said the main appeal of the event for her is “styling an outfit from different eras between 1920-1960. The research that goes into it for me especially with makeup and hair. Then the hunt to print pieces to put together a complete ensemble. I also love looking at everyone else’s outfits.”

Some of the tips by Kyle for a first-timer at Dapper Day are get to the parks early, wear comfortable shoes and research the fashions one plans to wear.

Kyle said, “Have fun. Wear what you wish, there are no rules. Put your own twist into your outfit. Make it a little modern. Or stay strict about it.”

Dressing regally is one part of the styles seen around the parks. The other is “Disney-bounding,” which Deanna Truong, an animation major LBCC alumna who works at Ruby’s Red Ribbon-Sidecca booth at the Dapper Day Expo, said is people dressed up to resemble Disney characters.

The free expo was at the Disneyland Hotel. A fee of $25 for early-bird access included a light breakfast and a collectible pin.

Some vendors sold vintage items such as eyeglasses and clothing. Others sold vintage-inspired but newly-fashioned dresses, hats and other accessories. Some items and clothing were handmade.

The crowds in the Disneyland Resort and the surrounding areas during Friday and Saturday were dotted with dapper ladies and gentlemen styled from their beehived hair down to their authentic vintage leather shoes.

Sisters Desi Robba and Juliet Robba were styled in 1950s-era glam with their hair a foot high at least.

Juliet Robba said, “I love the creativity of Dapper Day.” She proudly displayed the skirt she made featuring the Siamese cats from “Lady and the Tramp.”

Couple Michael Morales, a music major LBCC alumnus, and Ravin Marmolejo, an English major LBCC alumna, both attending Dapper Day for the first time, were enjoying the atmosphere. Morales said he and Marmolejo always dress dapperly: “For us, this is every day. It’s nice not to stick out for a change.”