As cliche as it sounds, one of the best things about a Disney princesses is her dress. In fact, I love that most Disney princesses have more than one outfit throughout their respective movies. In general, I think we tend to associate certain princesses with certain colors (i.e Tiana with green, Belle with yellow), but there are a few princesses who wear pink, even though they aren’t associated with that color by the mainstream audience.
So today, let’s break down all of the notable Disney princesses with pink dresses, including some princess-adjacent characters who are just as royal in my eyes.
The Best Disney Princesses with Pink Dresses
1. Ariel (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
I absolutely adore Ariel’s pink dress from her dinner scene with Prince Eric. The puffy sleeves are reminiscent of the era the film was created, but the dress itself reflects standard design patterns of the 1830s. Although the dress is borrowed from Eric’s family, I think it suits her well and represents her youth.
Ariel is cute and quirky, and this palace scene was just the right amount of awkward and adorable. Ariel is unsure of how to compose herself at the dinner table, and even embarrassingly brushes her hair with a fork (better known as a dinglehopper).
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think Disney did Ariel a disservice when they switched Ariel’s dress to the green ball gown with purple jewelry in the 2010s. Many thought the pink clashed with her red hair, and didn’t love that the dress wasn’t technically hers.
I think the dress suited her quite well, as it wasn’t an abrasive enough shade of pink to clash with her hair. I love that the pink dress is actually tied to the movie, and though it might not be her own, it helps show Ariel as a bit clumsy and relatable.
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2. Cinderella (Cinderella, 1950)
Cinderella tends to be known for her timeless light blue gown, but we can’t forget the pink dress made by her mouse and bird friends. This dress is symbolic of Cinderella’s need for a wish to come true, and it’s only to be torn up by her stepsisters the morning after its creation.
I’ve related to Cinderella not because I’m forced to do chores all day, but because there are times I just can’t catch a break. Every time things seem to be going well for Cinderella, they tend to take a turn for the worse. I think we can all admit that we’ve been there.
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3. Jasmine (Aladdin, 2019)
While Princess Jasmine is typically known for her chic turquoise two-piece set, I love the pink dresses she wears in the live-action remake. She wears a structured, magenta gown when meeting suitors for marriage, depicting how suffocated she feels in the palace.
When she meets Aladdin (who she thinks is Prince Ali), she wears a more free-flowing coral pink gown. Both dresses are heavily ornamented, symbolizing her royalty despite her desire for more freedom. Though I’m sure Jasmine would rather wear pants and run around the village, I love seeing her in these extravagant pink dresses.
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4. Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Princess Aurora, Briar Rose, Sleeping Beauty. No matter what you want to call her, I think she’s the first one I think of when I think about Disney princesses with pink dresses. Aurora’s off the shoulder pink gown is iconic. In the official Disney princess line-up, Aurora is the only one wearing pink, and I love that her dress is one of the less “poofy” ones.
I find it very interesting that during Aurora’s dance with Prince Phillip, her dress changes from mid-tone blue to the classic pink we see everywhere. Interestingly enough, filmmakers decided to change the color of her dress because they actually disagreed with each other in the studio.
Since they couldn’t agree on a color, they ironically transformed her dress in the film! I personally love the pink version of Aurora’s dress, and I think the transformation shows how she grew to be independent.
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5. Charlotte (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)
Although Charlotte is the lifelong best friend of official Disney princess Tiana, I think she’s a southern princess in her own right. At the surface, “Lottie” could come off as a spoiled, privileged southern belle, and her two pink dresses don’t exactly help that stereotype.
However, when you examine Lottie on a deeper level, you come to find that she’s actually quite generous and is always willing to support Tiana and celebrate her successes.
I find it notable that Lottie is so proud of Tiana for finding love, when that is very clearly what Lottie’s biggest dream is throughout the movie. She hyper-focuses on her appearance in hopes that she will meet a prince, hence the poofy pink dress. But she doesn’t show any jealousy or animosity when Tiana finds Prince Naveen, and I think that’s the kind of friend we all need.
6. Little Bo Peep (Toy Story series)
She’s definitely not an official Disney princess, but I still think Little Bo Peep is an iconic Disney lady in a pink dress. She starts out as a timeless storybook character who is always willing to help Woody. In the first two movies, Bo Peep wears a feminine pink and white dress that reads very princess-like.
But I love Bo Peep’s growth throughout the franchise; by the time Toy Story 4 comes out, Bo Peep has traded her dress for a blue jumpsuit with a pink belt, which I believe is paying homage to her old dress. Her outfit change is a reflection of her newfound independence.
7. Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Belle arguably has one of the best wardrobes of any Disney princess. She doesn’t quickly come to mind when thinking about pink dresses, but her pink dress/red cape combo she wears outside in the snow with the beast is stunning. I’ve always related to Belle the most of all the princesses, since she loves to read and doesn’t always prioritize social connections.
But in this winter scene, Belle really tries to connect with the beast and ends up forming a solid friendship with him. I think this pink dress is also a bit different from the rest, as it’s a deeper, more muted pink that’s simply perfect for wintertime.
8. Gisele (Enchanted, 2007)
Giselle has to be my favorite Disney princess in pink, even though she’s not an official Disney princess. I think the reason she’s my favorite is because this movie is such a comfort to me. It was the DVD I’d choose to watch just about every time I stayed home from school sick (which wasn’t too often because my parents hardly ever let me). For me this movie is nostalgic and cozy, and I love the novelty of animated Princess Giselle exploring the real world.
I think Giselle is such a dynamic princess, since she’s soft and feminine, yet hilarious too as she tries to navigate the real world. And I love her knack for making dresses out of any fabric she finds.
Her first pink dress we unfortunately only get to see when she’s animated, but she creates a beautiful pink off-the-shoulder floral dress out of Morgan’s blanket later on. This is the dress she’s wearing when she’s reunited with her prince, but if you know the movie, you know not everything is happily ever after just yet.
9. Mulan (Mulan, 1998)
Mulan has some very intricate outfits throughout the movie, and although her matchmaker dress isn’t all pink, I think pink is the primary color that the rest of the pieces coordinate around.
This is a more elaborate outfit with two pieces in the main layer, which is thought to symbolize how Chinese culture prioritized unity and harmony. Mulan’s story is an honorable one all about keeping peace and harmony within her family and village. I admire Mulan’s humility and willingness to try and please the people around her, even when it’s clearly not what she desires to do.
10. Megara (Hercules, 1997)
While Megara isn’t an official Disney princess, she’s still an iconic lead female with a personality that’s quite different from other Disney female leads. Her past experiences have caused her to be pretty cynical and bitter, but she’s also independent and quick-witted.
I admire that she has no interest in being involved with Hercules romantically until she really gets to know him. Her personality is unique, as is her dusty-toned, Greek-inspired dress. It’s such a muted pink that it could read lavender, and I think that shows that Megara isn’t your standard female lead.
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This article was written by Lexie and edited by Michael.