If you’ve been following along with my Disneyland Half Marathon journey, you know that one of the things I did for that race was put together a running costume. I usually do princesses when I run the Princess races, so for this one I wanted to do one of my other favorite female characters – so I picked Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame! Here’s how I went about putting together my Esmeralda running costume.
Esmeralda’s skirt is so iconic to her look that it was definitely the most important part of the costume. Etsy seller Vicky from Auntie Vicky’s Closet designed and created a gorgeous Esmeralda skirt for me – you can read more about it here, and if you’re looking for the skirt to create your own costume you can buy your own here! It was comfy and cute and perfect for this race.
This I put together myself – it was biggest part of DIY for this costume. I bought two tech shirts from Target – a white one and a blue one. I then cut off the top of the blue one so that I could attach it to the the white shirt to create Esmeralda’s look. The original plan was to sew them together but my sewing machine and I are not friends right now, so I ended up using hot glue, which worked fine. For the yellow stripes I used my silhouette machine to print evenly sized stripes onto their fabric material, which was then just ironed on to the shirt.
I wanted a thick headband to try and replicate Esmeralda’s look, so I got a pink bondi band. I was originally going to get a plain one but I picked out one with a small sun design on it which I thought went well.
The last iconic piece of Esmeralda’s look was an earring – if you remember from the movie she wears one large gold hoop earring. If you’ve already got gold hoop earrings and you have pierced ears, great – you can just wear one of them! For me, I unfortunately cannot wear earrings due to my allergies/sensitive earlobes! We happened to have a pirate kit in our costume box that came with one clip one gold earring, so I wore that. You can also find them on Amazon or I’m sure at costume stores during the Halloween season.
I wore my other usual running items, but tried to get things that would match my costume. I bought some purple compression socks for this one, and I wore my light blue flipbelt. And of course I had my usual running sneakers and a light blue sports bra.
What do you think of my Esmeralda running costume? Which character should I be next?
Check out my other Disney running costumes too!