Barbiecore fashion: Embrace vibrant colours, whimsical patterns and a cheerful vibe

22 July,2023 09:37 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Aakanksha Ahire

The key to Barbiecore fashion is embracing your playful side and having fun with colours, patterns and accessories! If you wish to sport Barbiecore fashion, we have some really vibrant styling tips by experts

Although pink is a dominant colour of barbiecore fashion, you can play with a variety of colours. Image Courtesy: Instagram

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Ladies, it's time to doll up! Go unapologetically pink or pick any bright colour you wish, because the Barbie season is here. Barbiecore fashion is all about embracing vibrant colors, whimsical patterns and a cheerful vibe. While we have been admiring Barbies all our childhood, we now have a chance to actually dress up like one. Every other woman is seen experimenting with Barbiecore fashion and so should you.

Confused about how to jump on the bandwagon? We have got your back. Whether you love pink or not, we have tips that will ensure you keep up with the trend. Barbiecore represents a style or aesthetic that is heavily influenced by the imagery, colours and fashion associated with Barbie dolls. It may involve embracing vibrant and pastel colours, glamorous fashion choices and an overall cheerful vibe.

The best part about this fashion trend is that it doesn't restrict you to just one colour. Niharika Raut, founder and creative director, "Around The City", says, "Barbiecore fashion can incorporate a broader range of colours beyond just pink. While pink may be a prominent colour, it is not limited to that single shade."

More than just pink

Although pink is a dominant colour of barbiecore fashion, you can play with a variety of colours along with wearing pink. Here are some that you can incorporate into your outfits:

1. Pastels
Barbiecore often embraces soft and delicate pastel colours such as lavender, baby blue, mint green and pale yellow. These colours create a whimsical and dreamy aesthetic.

2. Neutrals
Neutral colours like white, cream, beige and light grey can be used to balance out the vibrant and playful nature of Barbiecore fashion. They provide a more sophisticated and versatile backdrop for the other colours.

3. Brights
In addition to pastels, barbiecore can incorporate brighter shades to add energy and contrast. Bold hues like hot pink, electric blue, sunny yellow or vibrant coral can be used to make a statement and add a pop of colour.

4. Metallics
Metallic shades like silver, gold, rose gold and iridescent tones can be incorporated into barbiecore fashion to add a touch of glamour and shine. These colours can be used in accessories, shoes or clothing details to enhance the overall aesthetic.

Ways to style your outfits

Raut lists down styling tips for women who are always on the go and want to embrace the Barbie movie-inspired trends while also being conscious of not going overboard.

1. Statement prints and sparkles
Look for prints that are colourful and whimsical, such as polka dots, florals, gingham, or Barbie-inspired prints. These patterns provide a fun touch to your outfit. Barbie is all about glitz, so don't be afraid to incorporate shine and glitter.

2. Feminine silhouettes
Embrace feminine silhouettes that define your figure such as A-line dresses, fit-and-flare skirts and peplum tops. Barbie's style is often characterized by hourglass shapes and accentuated waistlines.

3. Versatile pieces
Choose clothing items that can easily transition from day to night. For example, a flared skirt or a jumpsuit in pink shades can worn depending on the occasion.

4. Embrace bold accessories
Add a touch of Barbiecore to your outfits with bold accessories such as y2k sunglasses, platform heels, statement handbags, and chunky jewellery.

5. Mix and match colours
Experiment with different shades of pink and complement them with other vibrant hues such as orange and yellow. Barbiecore is all about fun and playfulness, so don't be afraid to mix and match colours to create eye-catching outfits.

Barbiecore wardrobe essentials

Besides following these styling tips, you can also add some colour to your wardrobe by getting your hands on some Barbie outfits:

1. Pink graphic T-shirt
Opt for a pink graphic t-shirt with a cool design or slogan. It adds a playful touch to your casual outfits and can be paired with jeans or shorts.

2. Pink hoodie
A pink hoodie is a comfortable and cosy option for casual wear. Choose a soft and relaxed fit for a laid-back vibe and layer it over a t-shirt or wear it on its own.

3. Pink button-up blouse
A pink button-up blouse in a lightweight fabric is a versatile piece. Pair it with jeans or trousers for a chic look.

4. Pink joggers
Opt for a pair of pink joggers for a comfortable and athleisure-inspired casual style. These relaxed-fit pants can be paired with a t-shirt or hoodie for a relaxed yet trendy outfit.

5. Pink denim shorts
Pink denim shorts are a fun and casual option for warmer days. Choose a style and length that suits your preference, whether it's high-waist, distressed or cuffed.

6. Pink A-line skirt

A pink A-line skirt adds a cute touch to casual outfits. Look for a knee-length or mini skirt in a shade of pink that flatters your skin tone. Pair it with a t-shirt or blouse for a cute and effortless look. These pieces can be mixed and matched with other colours and accessories to create a range of casual outfits suitable for regular use, with a focus on a broader casual style rather than a specific aesthetic like Barbiecore.

Raut says these suggested essentials can be used for casual wear.

Fashionable outfits require the right accessories

Raut suggests, "When wearing accessories with Barbiecore outfits, keep in mind the overall balance. Opt for a few statement pieces rather than overwhelming the outfit with excessive accessories. Mix and match different textures, colours and styles to create a cohesive and fun look that complements your Barbiecore aesthetic."

Here are some accessories you can pair with your outfit:

1. Statement earrings
Opt for oversized or eye-catching earrings in playful designs, such as hearts, stars or bows. Look for pastel or metallic shades to add a touch of glam. These earrings can be paired with a simple hairstyle to draw attention to your face.

2. Hair accessories
Barbiecore embraces playful hair accessories. Consider headbands with bows or embellishments, hair clips with pearls or rhinestones or colourful scrunchies. These accessories can add a youthful and vibrant touch to your hairstyle.

3. Cute sunglasses
Choose sunglasses with unique frames or coloured lenses. Cat-eye or heart-shaped sunglasses often work well with Barbiecore outfits. Experiment with pastel frames or metallic accents to match the overall aesthetic.

4. Handbags
Look for handbags in vibrant colours or unique shapes. Crossbody bags or mini backpacks adorned with glitter, sequins or playful patterns can enhance your Barbiecore look. Consider pastel shades like pink, lavender or mint green.

5. Layered necklaces
Create a layered necklace look using dainty chains with charms or pendants. Opt for necklaces featuring hearts, stars or Barbie-related symbols. Mix different lengths and styles to achieve an eclectic and playful effect.

6. Playful bracelets and rings
Stack bracelets in different materials and designs such as bangles, charm bracelets or beaded bracelets. Look for rings with cute motifs like bows or hearts and mix and match them for a whimsical touch.

7. Colourful shoes
Barbiecore outfits can be paired with shoes in vibrant colours or with playful details. Consider pastel-coloured sneakers, strappy sandals with bows or heels with glitter accents. Don't shy away from bold or unexpected colours.

Not a fan of pink? Subtle ways to embrace the trend:

"If someone wants to embrace the Barbiecore trend but prefers to use pink minimally, you can try incorporating the colour in a subtle yet fashionable way."

Raut lists down some hacks to hop on the trend:

1. Accent accessories
Use pink as an accent colour through accessories. Opt for pink statement earrings, a pink belt, a pink handbag or even pink sunglasses to add pops of colour to your outfit without overwhelming it.

2. Colour blocking
Incorporate pink through colour blocking. Pair a pink top or blouse with neutral bottoms like white, beige or black. This allows you to showcase the Barbiecore influence without going all-out pink.

3. Patterned pink
Choose clothing items with pink patterns or prints. Look for garments that feature pink floral patterns, pink stripes or even pink gingham. This way, the pink is distributed throughout the outfit while still maintaining a balanced look.

4. Pink accents in makeup
Experiment with pink accents in your makeup. Use a touch of pink eyeshadow, pink blush or pink lip colour to incorporate the Barbiecore aesthetic into your overall look.

5. Pink footwear
Select pink footwear as a statement piece. Whether it's pink sneakers, sandals or heels, incorporating pink through your shoes can be a subtle way to embrace the trend without overwhelming your outfit.

6. Layering
Layer pink with other colours to tone down its impact. For instance, wear a pink cardigan or jacket over a neutral-coloured outfit. This allows you to add a touch of pink while still maintaining a balanced and approachable look.

Indianizing your Barbiecore look:

By combining Indian-inspired prints or embroidery with traditional jewellery, you can infuse your Barbiecore outfit with an Indian touch. Experiment with different elements and find a balance that reflects your personal style and celebrates the fusion of both aesthetics.

Raut suggests two ways in which you can Indianize your barbiecore look:

1. Incorporate Indian-inspired prints or embroidery: Look for Barbiecore garments featuring Indian-inspired prints or embroidery, like pastel pink dresses with intricate floral embroidery or tops with block prints in vibrant colours.

2. Accessorize with Indian jewellery: Add traditional Indian jewellery like jhumka earrings and colourful bangles to create an Indian fusion look.

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