Nothing goes together quite like bright colors and summer style, so it’s no surprise that stylists, celebs and everyday fashionistas are head over heels for the internet’s latest aesthetic trend: Barbiecore. This bold and bold, unabashedly playful, and feminine trend is dominating runways. TikTokAnd just about everywhere else.
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“Barbiecore fashion is anything that references the fabulous world of Barbie,”This article explains celebrity and personal stylists Samantha Brown, “particularly in hot pink and bubblegum.”Celebrity stylist K.J. MoodyHe agrees, describing the style in pink, pink, more pink. It’s “monochromatic and simple, but still over the top,”He explains. “Fun and girly, but still very classically chic.” Think bright colors and exaggerated proportions, minidresses and giant platforms, glitter and sparkle — anything that you’d see on the iconic doll herself.
There’s also a nostalgia element to the Barbiecore trend. Both Brown and Moody explain that the trend has an ’80s and ’90s or early 2000s flare to it, which isn’t a surprise given similar style resurgences like Y2K fashion. “Barbiecore is defined, like most other core trends, as having a highly particular and targeted aesthetic,”This is how celeb stylists do it. Britt Theodora. In addition to being all about pink, it’s also “embracing, as Barbie would, a ‘more is more’ energy,”She elaborates. “Matching your shoes, bag, jewelry and accessories is imperative.”
Barbiecore is about more than just the right pieces. It’s also about women reclaiming and embracing their power, explains celebrity stylist Erin Walsh, who’s responsible for styling Anne Hathaway’s iconic Barbiecore look from Valentino’s fall 2022 show. It’s about “celebrating the divine feminine and going for exaggerated feminine color, shapes and silhouettes,”She elaborates.
“From a fashion perspective, the trend certainly skyrocketed after Valentino showed their fall 2022 collection,”Theodora explained. The entire collection was made of “shades of hot pink that creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli developed directly with Pantone,”She shares. “Many designers, celebrities and fast fashion houses quickly jumped on the pink bandwagon,”Brown adds
The trend has been around for a long time. “I styled Beyoncé in the Versace platform heels last year,”Moody shares Moody, which he thinks was part “the fire and flame that lit a resurgence to the Barbiecore fashion trend.”
“Undoubtedly, the rise in Barbiecore popularity is closely related to those behind-the-scenes photographs of Margot Robbie playing Barbie in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming movie,”Theodora explained. This is also a testament to the trend’s durability. Even if monochromatic ensembles of hot pink eventually fade, there’s a lot that we (and our expert stylists) love about Barbiecore.
“Barbiecore represents the idea that fun, brightly colored and over-the-top looks do not need to be reserved for just a doll,”This is Theodora. “Barbie herself represents female empowerment and the idea that a woman can do or be anything she wants,”She says, “and the same goes for Barbiecore dressing.” While minidresses and platform shoes are quintessential Barbiecore aesthetic, you can also dress the trend down for more of a sporty or athleisure look, she explains, as long as you’re accessorizing correctly.
“Some of the Barbiecore trend elements are actually classic style and fashion,”Moody explains. “Who can resist the heart-shaped glasses, upscale glamour and the pink and purple of it all?”Brown agrees, stating that Barbie’s fantasy is all about freedom and being who you want to be. It feels great! “fun, lighthearted and celebratory,”She explains. “and bright colors dictate a time for celebration and happiness.”
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This bold dress is Theodora’s recommendation for the ultimate Barbiecore look. This minidress has a mix of sharp cutouts, a knotted front (which creates a cute bow-like look), as well as a classic portrait neckline. The long sleeves make it sexy and elegant.
“While this dress hits the trend,”Brown explains. “the silhouette is wearable past this season and doesn’t feel as costumey.” It’s a chic yet timeless way to incorporate some Barbie pink into your wardrobe.
If you’re looking for a chic yet very wearable way to rock the Barbiecore trend, Theodora recommends this safari-style dress. The dress’s large sleeves and belt highlight an hourglass figure. This dress is a surprising way to play with your proportions.
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Sparkles, feathers and an asymmetric hem — this dress has got it all.
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Moody recommends this gown for night outs where you want to show your skin. “amazing.”
If you’re looking for an absolutely showstopping dress, we’ve found the one. “It’s so 1980s Barbie,”Brown explains. “And if you’re going to go for it,” she says, “why not go all the way?”
Walsh recommends this unique, halter neck cutout minidress. She describes it as having a “very feminine” feel. “fun play on proportions.”
“Blazer dresses have been trending for a while,”shares Brown “but this feels fun and fresh in Barbie pink.”
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“This feels like Barbiecore meets Balenciaga,”shares Brown “and I love that it’s so edgy.”The gloves can be used to tie together a minimal piece of clothing, making it easy to layer your favorite Barbiecore accessories.
Tops and bottoms in Barbiecore
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“This Alice McCall top shouts ‘Clueless’ vibes,”Moody is a rave. “The outfit with the matching pant would be such a cute set.”You could also try a pink miniskirt paired with a white pump, he suggests.
Brown calls this corset-top a “corset top”. “fun way to embrace the trend without committing the whole outfit,” and the leather pants a perfect update to a trendy piece in “the season’s signature color.” While you can wear them together for a statement look, they’re equally effective on their own paired with neutral pieces.
Walsh is passionate about Barbiecore. “crop top with a teeny high-waisted short.”This structured and satin option is fun, but still feminine, to a skirt or dress.
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This knit cardigan, a pick of Theodora’s, is an effortless and seamless way to incorporate Barbie pink into your wardrobe. It can be worn with a casual, high-waisted jean, or cargo pants. Or you can go all out with it. matching knit skirt.
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Moody suggests pairing these leather pants and a crop top to create the perfect summer look. When it comes to colder temperatures? “Add a pink blazer or faux fur-trimmed sweater,”He explains.
Brown recommends pairing this jacket with a boyfriend jacket matching shorts. “This set is so fun because it can be styled in so many different ways,”She elaborates. “Wear it together, break it up, heels, sneakers — so versatile!”
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This stunning satin midi skirt from Theodora can be worn in many different ways. The waist strap with logo embossed is a luxurious and unique touch. It should be paired with a shorter top. Theodora recommends choosing the Logo-Embellished Satin BlouseIt makes for a beautiful set.
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Feathers make bold pieces stand out.
“Pink denim is a great way to style this trend more casually and in warmer weather,”Brown. This jacket is a great way to add a pop of pink to neutral outfits.
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Walsh and Moody both recommend the Valentino platform. And if Barbiecore could be encompassed in a single piece, it’d be this shoe. “They are sexy, chic and comfortable,”Moody shares
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This patent leather option by Schutz is a great alternative to the Valentino pumps. It is extremely comfortable and can be worn for hours. The style is on-trend in blush pink, but it is also available in a variety of fun and neutral colors.
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Ankle-wrap sandals have been a hot item this summer. If you’re interested in taking part, Theodora recommends this stunning pink option, which is both dainty and high quality.
If Barbie’s shoes came to life, they’d probably look something like these. Moody recommends this mule which he describes at “so chic and fun.” Simply slip it on, and you’re ready for a stylish night out!
Brown recommends this classic pumps, which are another great option if you want the Valentino style but for a lot less.
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Platform sandals are back in fashion. Theodora recommends this ruched-leather option. It is slightly more fashion-forward but still a nod to the ’90s fashion Barbie.
“I think that shoes are a great way to experiment with your look,”Brown recommends platform Mary Jane pumps. These pumps are both edgy yet super feminine and can be styled in a variety of ways.
These stunning, 100% Barbiecore-certified crystal earrings were recommended by Moody. Even if you’re not completely committed to the color pink, the other colorways still achieve an exaggerated yet totally wearable Barbie-esque look.
“There’s a Barbie accessory for every occasion,”Brown shares. And we’re huge fans of silk scrunchies, an always useful accessory that can be paired with just about any outfit.
“Why not opt for a great, giant headband,”Walsh adds that BaubleBar offers some of the best options available on the market.
Sunglasses make a great accessory. Theodora recommends these Versace gold and fuschia frames, which look great with any pink ensemble.
Theodora recommends this gorgeous clutch. It is equal parts compartment to hold your stuff and a piece art.
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This saddle bag is a more casual and everyday option that can be channeled posh Barbie.
“I am obsessed with Swarovski jewelry,”Moody shares “It’s affordable, but still very high fashion.”
“Barbie is known for her style and accessories,”Brown explains. “and there are many great options that speak to Barbiecore.” This feathered bag is a perfect way to fully embrace the trend no matter what outfit you’re wearing.
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“I think the easiest way to access this trend as a beginner is to simply add on a hot pink or fuchsia lipstick to your regular makeup routine,” explains Keys. This lip tint is a favorite of Keys. “The vegan formula lightly tints the lips and stays put while pampering and refreshing,”She shares.
This beautifully pink palette, which Theodora recommends, has both shimmer and matte shades. It can be used to create dramatic and soft looks.
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For the perfect ponytail every time, we’re fans of turning to Insert Name Here’s extensions. They’re super easy to apply, and make it so that you can achieve that doll-perfect hair without much effort at all. This particular length is perfect to achieve dramatic Barbie locks.
“When it comes to beauty,”Brown explains. “mix a more natural eye with a bright lip or vice versa to avoid looking like an actual doll.” This luxe satin lipstick is a favorite of Theodora’s.
“I love blush draping,” shares Keys, “where you dust your blush on the apples of your cheeks and take it up towards the cheekbones and even on your temples — it’s a very fresh way to wear Barbie pink.” She recommends this oil-infused blush, a coral-leaning pink that’s known for being universally flattering.
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False eyelashes are a great option to achieve that doll-like look without using complicated makeup techniques. Doe Lashes offers a chic option with a little drama but is still comfortable and wearable.
Gloss is essential for a perfect pout. Keys recommends this super-shiny option which she describes to be promising “maximum volume, extreme plumping and carbon-neutral packaging, leaving your lips with a natural glow.”
Moody would incorporate makeup trends into a Barbiecore look. “Pastel lip and nail colors, soft and bright pastel eye shadow and big false eyelashes,”He shared. This pastel pink polish is essentially feminine neutral and should be in your regular rotation.
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