Barbie has been with us since the dawn of time (or it feels that way, at least). After 64 years, Barbara Millicent Roberts (if we're calling her by her Christian, you're-in-trouble name) has certainly been a loyal friend to many across the world.
I don't need to ask whether you've seen the Barbie film. Because of course, you have. What a stupid question. Apologies. If you're here, that can only mean one thing. You're after the best Barbie outfits. We, here at heat, were kind Kenough to find the most iconic looks, just for you. Perfect for dressing up for Halloween, but cute enough to wear all year round.
The Barbie film, released in July 2023, was incredible. Perhaps not at the level of perfection as say, the classic Barbie princess movies (Barbie: Mermaidia anyone?) but it will suffice. Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, amongst the many other incredible performers, have created a film which will go down in cinematic history. Sublime!
Here is our guide to recreating the best Barbie outfits from the film, as well as some other historic Barbie outfits that you'll know and love. Afterwards, keep scrolling for our separate list of the best Barbiecore buys on the high street.
How to recreate Barbie's most iconic outfits from the film and beyond
Barbie's Pink Cowboy Outfit
"She called me a fascist! I don't control the railways!" Here is Barbie's iconic pink cowboy look from the film, and we've got the goods on how to recreate it below.
Barbie's Driving Dress Outfit
"Did you bring the roller skates?" "Of course, I literally go nowhere without them." Replicate Barbie's driving outfit with this beautiful dress from New Look, paired with accessories from Etsy and Amazon.
Barbie's Navy Swing Dress Outfit
We could see ourselves wearing this outfit all year round. If only our clothes would magically appear on our bodies like Barbie. Instead, we have to spend twenty minutes having to squeeze into a pair of jeans. I digress...
Barbie's Retro Blue Outfit
We're so in love with this retro sweetheart dress and blue headband combo seen in the film. Pair with some jewel-embellished heels and you're good to go.
Barbie's Pink Gingham Outfit
Perhaps one of the most iconic outfits to come out of the film, Barbie in pink gingham is a moment. We've found the perfect elements to make the look, including a dress from Cider you'll be wearing to every summer BBQ.
Barbie Dance Party Outfit
Who else can't stop thinking about the dance party scene? Cinematic perfection. We've found a perfect dup[e for Margot's strapless jumpsuit from ASOS for £225, or a more affordable option for £110.
Barbie's Beach Sailor-Themed Outfit
FLAT FEET 🤮. Recreate this look with a slightly spenny (but gorgeous) dupe from My Beachy Side, or save some dough with a cheaper option from Cider. Finish off with the accessories below.
Barbie's Neon Rollerskater Outfit
Another look we love from the film is this fantastic neon number, which is super easy to replicate with the right ingredients. Ryan Gosling is, unfortunately, not included.
Barbie's Original Retro Chevron Swimsuit Outfit...
This outfit dates back to 1959 when Barbie first hit the scene, and it's an absolute classic. It even appeared at the start of the Barbie film, 2001: A Space Odyssey-like. Here's everything you'll need to reproduce that retro look.
Barbie's Totally Hair Barbie Outfit
Released in 1992, this is a Barbie doll that is instantly recognisable - she has a cameo in the Barbie 2023 movie. The '70s print, the bright neon earrings, the crimped-to-high-heaven hair. Everything equates to an iconic look.
Barbie's '80s Inspired Outfit From Toy Story 3
Who could forget Barbie's incredible cameo in Toy Story 3? Ok, quick - let's move on from thinking about Toy Story 3, otherwise, we might start crying. It's a sore point for us all... 🥺😭
Barbie's Princess and The Pauper Dress
We've got all the elements to recreate Erika's beautiful gown in The Princess and The Pauper. You could also use these items for other Barbie princesses, such as Princess Genevieve or Rapunzel.
Although Millenials and Gen Z have disagreements (aka Gen Z roasting Millennials for using words like "doggo" and jokes about coffee), we can all agree on one thing: growing up with a Barbie doll was one of the best things about our childhoods. Dressing her up in all different clothes and those surprise visits to Toys R Us where you'd run down the Barbie aisle with glee. What a time to be alive.
It's no surprise, then, that the Barbiecore trend has taken over the fashion world. But what is Barbiecore?
What is Barbiecore?
Pink pink... and more pink. Barbiecore has changed definitions over the years, but one thing stays the same - pink. Barbie's fashion aesthetic started off broader in the '60s and '70s eras, simply copying the styles of the time. Whatever appeared in the coolest fashion magazines, Barbie would soon be wearing it. Plus, a fun fact: Barbie started off as a redhead.
By the '90s and early noughties, Barbie had developed an aesthetic of her own, henceforth called Barbiecore. Inspired by LA Valley girls, with hints of Y2K (because everything has to have Y2K flavourings these days), Barbiecore included layers of pale pink, denim jackets and lip gloss. That typical girl-next-door vibe.
Nowadays, Barbiecore is more of a sexy, editorial look. Plastic, skin-tight latex clothing and bright hot pink. Of course, the girl-next-door vibes still stand, but the aesthetic developed to include more high-fashion clothing. For example, Zendaya rocked this Barbie pink suit during this year's Paris Fashion Week and looked stunning.
SHOP: Barbie-inspired outfits to rock the Barbiecore trend
What better way to pay homage to your childhood, and the upcoming (life-changing) Greta Gerwig
This denim corset, embellished with diamantes, is the epitome of Barbiecore fashion.
One reviewer remarks on the tube top, "So cute!! I wore this for the festival and it was perfect!
Kipling x Barbie is the collaboration we never knew we needed. With a wide range of bags adorned
It's summertime, and a pair of Barbie-pink sandals are sure to pop in the sunshine.
Super sexy, and ultra-SKIMS-Kim-K-inspired, this catsuit will have heads turning. Pair up with
Utterly obsessed with this latex PLT dress, coloured in a beautiful baby pink shade.
We're predicting Barbie will be BIG for fancy dress parties and Halloween this year, so we suggest getting in early doors with the CHICEST outfits to pay homage to your favourite icon.
Ruby Barry is a Product Writer for heat, specialising in fashion and beauty. The team has nicknamed her “dupe queen”, as there’s not a product in the world she can’t find a cheaper alternative for.