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Fashion Inspiration: Barbie


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For over fifty years, Barbie has been a favorite doll for girls of all ages.

Not only has Barbie conquered the toy industry, but she has also managed to become a major style icon in the process. Her signature pink girly looks are exceptionally chic. Designers from all over the world have worked with the blonde beauty herself, either by designing dolls or putting her face on their products. More recently, 2009 brought the emergence of Barbie on the runway to celebrate her 50th anniversary.

Because of her fabulous fashion sense, Barbie is a fun source of inspiration for your own wardrobe. Below, I’ve created several outfits inspired by the doll herself.

Outfit 1

Dress, Cardigan, Shoes, Wallet, Earrings

Capture Barbie’s girly appeal in this outfit. Wear a hot pink dress with matching peep-toe pumps with a bow embellishment. Add a black button-up cardigan with white trim to contrast with the pink. For accessories, grab a quilted Barbie clutch wallet and put in a pair of cute pink heart stud earrings.

Outfit 2

Top, Skirt, Shoes, Earrings, Bow

For an alternate look inspired by the doll, wear a pretty ruffle tank in a fuchsia color with a floral print bodycon skirt. Add a pair of pink platform pumps to dress the look up. Put an adorable fuchsia bow clip in your hair and add a pair of black hoop earrings with bow accents to match.

Outfit 3

Dress, Shoes, Belt, Purse, Earrings

This outfit is inspired by the classic Barbie aesthetic from years past. Wear a baby pink polka dot dress with black wedge sandals with a bow accent. For an extra flair, add a black skinny belt to the dress. Put in a pair of heart drop earrings in black and pink and grab a small pink purse to finish off the look!

Outfit 4

Top, Jeans, Shoes, Bracelet

To achieve a more relaxed look, wear a long-sleeve graphic tee with bright pink jeans. A pair of bow-accent ankle booties give a Barbie-esque appeal. To complete the ensemble, wear this cute bangle that has actual Barbie shoes inside!

What do you think?

Have you used Barbie as a source of fashion inspiration? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on March 6, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Barbie”

  1. 1
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    When I was a little girl I used to always wish that my Barbies would come with big girl version of their awesome outfits. Especially the ball gowns and pink shoes!

  2. 2
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I absolutely love this blog post!! Barbie was one of my favorite toys to play with as a little girl so these outfits bring back a lot of memories. I love how wearable these outfits are when my barbie’s outfits were a bit more.. risqué if you will :]

    Amazing post xx

  3. 3
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Look 3 is my favorite!! Great idea an you picked Awsome outfits I think I’ve actually seen some of this stuff on barbies… Haha Great post! :)

  4. 4
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    These outfits are spot on, though am I the only one who is weirded out by a shirt with the word “doll” written across the front? Mayhaps I just read too much into things….

  5. 5
    March 6th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Love this!! Great job!!

  6. 6
    March 6th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    This is SUPER fun! Loved everything about this post!

  7. 7
    March 6th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Brilliant! What about doing a few Ken inspired outfits too?! Seriously though, excellent idea!

  8. 8
    March 6th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Dressing as Barbie is a super easy Halloween idea. I dressed in a pink, strapless dress with pink heels, a necklace that said Barbie, and pink earrings.

  9. 9
    March 6th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I dont think it can be pulled off so easily! it can get cheesy, but then, what’s not cheesy about barbie? :)

  10. 10
    March 6th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I love outfit #2 and the bracelet in outfit #4…I think I’m gonna have to buy it! But I have very similar items as in outfit #2 in pink, but I think I want to pair them with my floral shorts and some cute matching sandals or flats for a more day time outfit! Thanks for the post, I love Barbie and often get told I look like her because of my hair so hopefully I can pull these outfits off!

  11. 11
    March 6th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I love all of these outfits! Barbie is such an icon and I will always look to her for inspiration, after all me and her both like the color pink!

  12. 12
    March 6th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Favorite post ever! I love Barbie!!

  13. 13
    March 6th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I never thought to think as barbie as inspiration since Nicki Minaj

  14. 14
    March 6th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I adore those bow wedges from outfit 3. Gotta love Barbie!

  15. 15
    March 6th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    all of those shoes are beautiful *_*

  16. 16
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    CF will you ever consider a non girly outfit? Not all of us wear pink and bright colors. The last few posts have been so girly. I remember when you did the inspired by a character that didnt include girly elements if fashion is about being unique why do all these posts look pink?

  17. 17
    March 7th, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I agree with Lucy’s post. Don’t get me wrong, I love your girly posts, but I feel like the tomboys of the world need an article to rely on too! <3

  18. 18
    March 7th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I second Lucy’s post, this one has an overdose of pink!

  19. 19
    March 7th, 2012 at 2:00 am

    …how can a Barbie Inspiration outfit NOT include pink!?

  20. 20
    March 7th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I like Lucy’s point there is quite a lot of pink on this site, a tomboy article would be nice….

  21. 21
    March 7th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I don’t know if this bothers anyone else, but I really dislike having to click on a link to find out what store an item comes from. I can’t even mouse over to see… I would rather not bother loading a website for a store I don’t like or that I can’t shop at in my country. It’s a small thing, but I really appreciate when the store is typed out! Thanks!

  22. 22
    March 7th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I have the cardigan from outfit one, but after the second day I wore it, the seam on the sleeve ripped nearly completely around! I was so upset because it goes perfect with this cute, 60s, mod dress I have. Unfortunately, though, I think it’s unsalvagable.

  23. 23
    March 7th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I could definitely see this on Barbie, but i’d love to see a post that translates the literal, which is well demonstrated here, to actual inspiration. So, maybe little Barbie touches that serve as the foundation of an outfit but don’t look as if they’re straight of a Halloween costume.

  24. 24
    March 7th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    These outfits might be a little TOO coordinated.

  25. 25
    March 7th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Weren’t people just complaining that the “Inspired by Men” outfits were too androgenous? And now they are complaining that a Barbie post is too girly? There is something for everyone here, if you look!!! Tomboys and girly girls alike!

  26. 26
    March 7th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I was just commenting that lately there has been a lack if diversity in the posts. If you look up rocker or rebel looks or preppy or classy rheres barely any lately i can recall at least 12 posts inspired by reds and pinks in the last months.

  27. 27
    March 8th, 2012 at 1:41 am

    NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Damned and Cruella. I would try Cruella if I were you since Damned is more similar to what you already have.

  28. 28
    March 8th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    While I love pink, and these outfits are cute, Barbie has worn so many outfits in her time – not all of them are pink. It would have been nice to see a little more variety in the clothing. But cute pieces nonetheless.

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