Let’s face it, it’s Barbie’s world and we’re all just living in it. With all the hype surrounding the highly anticipated live-action premiere of the “Barbie” movie, Barbiecore aesthetics have been trending in a massive way. From all-pink fashion staples and accessories to pink wine, scented candles, and makeup, there is a perfectly pink item to suit every Barbiecore enthusiast’s taste.
Though hot pink is preferred, other shades such as bubblegum and fuchsia also embody the trendy aesthetic. The colour is only one part of the trend though, as the second part is channelling the proper decade, which spans the 1980s to the early 2000s. Barbiecore is really just about having fun with your look, whether you’re headed out for drinks, going to the office, or setting off on an international adventure. You can go full Barbie with a head-to-toe hot pink “fit”, or just add a little sprinkle of Barbiecore with a fun pair of earrings or a mini-bag. Basically, think about what your look would be if you were part of the BCU (that’s Barbie Cinematic Universe, obviously).
Digital creator Lethabo Shai at the Mall of Africa Barbie Movie Premiere
Silhouettes range from denim mini dresses to dainty fit-and-flares, while details include everything from feathers to the Barbie staple: sparkles. Between ultra-high pumps to jelly block heels, shoes vary just like the toy’s endless options. Furthermore, holographic and fluorescent accessories and plastic hair clips make fabulous additions.
Embracing the Barbiecore aesthetic, retail giant ZARA has unearthed an array of fashion staples inspired by the trend over the past few months. Moreover, the fashion juggernaut launched a fashion range in collaboration with Barbie the Movie and Warner Bros.
Here’s a list of our top ten Barbiecore picks from ZARA to help you hop on this nostalgic trend.
Nothing looks classier than a one-shoulder top paired with straight-leg or palazzo-style pants. ZARA’s white silhouette comprises an asymmetric neckline, exposed shoulder detail, as well as modish side gathered details. A fabulous pair of shoes and a great bag are all you need with this fashion staple.
Come on Barbie, let’s go party! ZARA’s mini bucket bag in rhinestone fabric is a must-have party staple. With a lined interior, shoulder strap, and handle, as well as a magnetic clasp closure – the bag is perfect for when you’re dancing the night away.
Colourful gemstones are often eclipsed by diamonds but don’t underestimate what the flash of green, red, blue, or orange in a colourful earring can add to an ensemble. These metallic dangle earrings with multicoloured resin appliqué Push-back fastening are Barbiecore must-haves! Think about the instant lift that plush colours can give to a breezy white summer dress, a classic button-down shirt, or a cocktail dress. Moreover, embracing coloured stones in earrings can bring a desired warm or cold tone to the face.
There’s no denying it: Regardless of the season, fashion’s obsession with denim is unwavering. With a loose silhouette and sweetheart neckline, ZARA’s off-the-shoulder denim jumpsuit is guaranteed to keep you on trend. Comprising a classic style belt in the same fabric with an adjustable metal buckle, the statement piece exudes timelessness. Moreover, the wide-leg denim boasts a dark-wash colour which is a hot trend at the moment.
Nostalgia has made its way into our closets and it’s here to stay with the hottest trend to make a comeback: the halter top. ZARA’s design of the back by popular demand top is made of metallic denim. Furthermore, it boasts a stylish V-neckline, patch pockets with flaps on the chest, as well as metallic fastening buttons. This versatile top can be styled with flare-leg pants or a denim mini skirt among other timeless pieces.
This season, there’s a new shoe trend that is eclipsing all our favourite slender peg heels. After completely dominating the Spring/Summer 2023 runways, block heels have made their full-fledged return. ZARA’s invention of the court shoe comprises a slingback, a square toe, as well as embellished golden metal on the front. The panache shoe has many charms, including its easy-to-balance nature and its subtle ’70s flair.
There’s no outfit that an extra swirl and splash of colour can’t uplift. With that said, adding a quirky tie-dye piece to an otherwise solid outfit might be the easiest way of doing it. This orange tie-dye midi dress from ZARA is a must-have Barbiecore staple. Boasting a straight-cut neckline and exposed shoulders, draped fabric on the sides, and contrast lining, the ensemble can be styled with various outerwear items during winter.
Ask anyone about their go-to wardrobe staples and they’ll probably tell you that blazers are essential. Not only are they majorly versatile, but they have a knack for balancing out statement-making pieces and adding an elevated edge to casual looks. For all the corporate Barbies, ZARA’s textured cream-white blazer is perfect for a day at the office. The blazer features a lapel collar and a golden double-breasted button fastening at the front.
While 2023’s fashion season has seen its fair share of bold colour trends, no look has permeated the style kaleidoscope more this year than silver metallics. These pink low-rise metallic denim trousers from ZARA are a must-have Barbiecore piece. Featuring a five-pocket design and zip fly and top metal button fastening, the trousers are modish with a nostalgic ’90s twist.
Barbie needs her beauty sleep. Therefore, ZARA’s collared satin shirt with long cuffed sleeves is a must-have. Featuring embroidered Barbie detail on the chest, contrast piping trims, and side vents at the hem, this piece will help you get your beauty sleep in style.