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What Is Barbiecore: History Of The The Pink Fashion Trend In 2023

Once you go, Barbie! You can never go back. The extra dose of dopamine when it comes to dressing in shiny and bright colors that are full of joy, with the added essence of feeling good, is what Barbiecore is all about. 

Ever since the Pandemic, people have been more open to the playfulness appeal of the Barbiecore trend. According to assistant professor of Emily Huggard, “People are really latching on the escapism and things that they know and feel safe with. When we think about this trend (Barbiecore), it’s pretty, it’s hot pink, it’s not too complex – I think people are craving a time when things felt leeds heavy.”

When Did The Barbiecore Trend Start?

When Did The Barbiecore Trend Start

The first Barbie was first shelved on March 9th, 1959, by the company Mattel, Inc. This toy has entered the entertainment industry in more than just a toy form. The Barbie brand entered the television industry with many Barbie movies and music that embody the essence of Barbie with the color pink such as Legally Blonde, Clueless, and also Mean Girls.

Barbiecore, as it is called now, was a trend that started way back in the early 2000s due to celebrity fashion icons such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Nicole Ritchie. They were the epitome of pink feminine fashion and anything glitzy and glamorous. 

Other than the Barbie movies, rapper Nicki Minaj, personified the image of Barbie at the beginning of her career. Moreso that her fans are called “Barbz.” Singer Ariana Grande also embodies the Barbie aesthetic with her signature ponytail and hyper-feminine fashion and personality. 

Along with that, over the year, many well-known celebrities have their own Barbie dolls, such as Beyonce, Cher, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Gigi Hadid, and Zendaya. 

But the sudden boom in the Barbie trend is due to the trending hashtag on TikTok since 2019. And it also helps that luxury fashion brand Valentino launched a Barbie collection. 

And who can forget the highly anticipated live-action movie Barbie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling? Due to the movie, the Barbiecore trend is stronger than ever. 

How To Dress In Barbiecore Fashion? 

How To Dress In Barbiecore Fashion

When it comes to dressing up in Barbiecore fashion, there’s not much to do except embody the color and spirit of Barbie. The Barbie spirit is all about being jolly, happy, and perky. And when it comes to the color, well, we all know what that is, Pink, Duh!

So according to trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson, “A much-welcomed mood-booster after the last few years, ‘Barbiecore’ is all about embracing vibrant hues – particularly the doll’s signature hot pink – in everyday life.”

She further added, “And with many nostalgic for simpler, sunnier, and more carefree times, it only makes sense that this 80s-inspired, unapologetically pink aesthetic is taking center stage as the ‘It’ style of the summer.”

When it comes to Barbiecore clothes, the range stretches from dainty fit and flare to body-hugging latex mini-dresses. The detailing of these Barbiecore outfits ranges from sparkles to feathers. 

Coming to shoes, the Barbie aesthetic is from super high pumps to jelly block heels. But the shoes do vary with every new Barbie edition, so you are gonna get an endless number of options for the perfect Barbiecore experience. 

Puff Short Sleeve Cut Out Bubble A-Line Dress

Puff Short Sleeve Cut Out Bubble A-Line Dress

To kick off summer, this is the perfect dress for you to wear. The dress is a perfect pink Barbiecore dress that goes perfectly with the Barbiecore aesthetic. 

Whether it is to go for brunch with your friends or on a coffee date with your partner, you can wear this dress anywhere you want to. 

Short Sleeve Knot Cropped Blouse

Summer is the perfect time to wear a gorgeous crop top and look as cute as Barbie as itself. The pink color that you choose can be of any shade as long as it is pink. 

But to grasp the Barbiecore aesthetic, I would say pick the hottest pink to go with the whole Barbie trend. 

Rhinestone Heart Shoulder Bag

Rhinestone Heart Shoulder Bag

When it comes to Barbie, nothing is too much. Rather, more is better, more pink, more sparkle, more rhinestones, and, of course, more pizzazz. 

So to embrace the Barbie trend, buy a heart-shaped shoulder bag covered in pink rhinestones. This is a must-have bag that you need to have in your closet. 

Ribbed Triangle String Bikini

The summer is the time to go to the beach, so if you know Barbie, then the beach is the ultimate destination to showcase your Barbiecore aesthetic and fashion. With a matching pink triangular bikini top and bottom, you can be the perfect beach Barbie this season. 

Satin Effect Midi Slip Dress

Satin Effect Midi Slip Dress

We all grew up knowing that the Barbie aesthetic is all about wearing the shiniest pink dress, so to match that aesthetic, wear a gorgeous satin slip dress. 

You can wear such a dress anywhere you like to brunch, a garden, a museum, or to a wedding; a pink satin dress goes great with any occasion you want. 

What’s The History Behind The Barbie Trend?

What’s The History Behind The Barbie Trend?

Barbie has always had a great influence on the world of fashion ever since it was created by Ruth Handler. It was a direct reflection of her. 

Author Tanya Lee Stone, in her book, “The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie: The History of a Doll and Her Impact on Us,” said, “Handler was a savvy an style-forward businesswoman who created Barbie when she saw that baby dolls and paper dolls dominated the toy market. With Barbie, Handler created a doll that could give little girls the chance to embody their future dreams – whether that was becoming an astronaut, a doctor or a fashion model. And she had the clothes to match.”

Stone further elaborated, “The physicality of that kind of play for girls at the time was really limited, so she thought, ‘What if I made a three dimensional model that could look fabulous in anything? And girls could dream up whatever career or type of person they want it to be and try it on fir size,’”

“The element fashion as a way of imagining the future was so important to Handler/ Mattel designed Barbie’s head to pop off easily, to make it easier to change her outfits. Her mission was to allow girls to have the imaginative kind of play that would allow them to dream about being anything they wanted to be at a time when women couldn’t be a lot of things… she wanted them to be able to be astronauts and surgeons and she was also all about haute couture!”

For Ruth, it was very important that a Barbie would represent any and all women in society who are portrayed in doll’s clothes. A single outfit has the ability to change the whole outlook, even the lifestyle and career as well. 

Stone further wrote in her book, “Unlike play with a baby doll – in which a little girl is pretty much limited to assuming the role od Mommy – Barbie has always represented the fact that a woman has choices. Even in her early years Barbie did not have to settle for being only Ken’s girlfriend or an inveterate shopper. She had the clothes, for example, to launch a career as a nurse, a stewardess, a nightclub singer.”

What Makes A Modern-Day Barbie? 

If you wanna be a modern-day Barbie, then there are a few things that you need to do, so here is a list of them. 

  1. “They love hot pink. Hotter pink. Hottest pink. Duh!!”
  1. “They have an eagerness to try new things (despite only wearing hot pink). They hike the trail they’ve been saving pictures of, they ask the cutie out of their morning commute, and they take themselves out for a fancy solo dinner.”
  1. “They apply lip gloss mid-presentration at work and then nail the follow-up questions.”
  1. “They’re free the nipple advocate (inspired by Florence Pugh).”
  1. “They delete every pictures of their ex off their phone. Yes, all of them.”
  1. “They sit on the side of the table with good lighting and then ask their date to take a picture of them sipping an espresso martini and immediately post it.”
  1. “They apply a six-step skincare routine on a two-hour flight.”
  1. “They successfully convinced the Ken in their life to get a therapist.”
  1. “They regularly update a detailed five-year plan.”
  1. “They suggest karaoke every time they go out.”

Wrapping Up!

The Barbiecore trend now is more inclusive to women of all shapes and colors and not just a girl with blonde hair with the perfect figure

Now everyone can see themselves as Barbie herself. So if you are someone in love with the Barbiecore fashion trend and loved this article, then give a like and comment down below.

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