Come On, Barbie, Let's Go Party

How to Channel Your Inner Barbie This Summer

Summer 2022 is all about hot pink.

By Megan McDonald August 4, 2022

Margot Robbie as Barbie on the set of Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie.

Margot Robbie on the set of Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie.

If you're a person who uses the internet, you've likely seen photos of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling rollerblading around the set of the new Barbie movie with bleach-blond hair, sparkling smiles and a whole lot of neon-pink clothing. And if you're an adult of a certain age who grew up pining for a Barbie Dreamhouse or Barbie convertible, you may be experiencing some major flashbacks.

The hype surrounding the movie—plus a crazy-popular hot-pink runway collection by luxury fashion house Valentino, which worked with the color gurus at Pantone to concoct its custom fuchsia color, PP Pink—have helped kick off summer's hottest trend: Barbiecore.

Movie aside, Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli sums up why celebs like Lizzo, Harry Styles and Kim Kardashian are donning so much pink: "Pink [is] a manifestation of the unconscious and a liberation from the need for realism," he wrote on the Valentino website. "It enhances individuality, capturing values and feelings."

Here are a few pieces from local shops that will help you embrace your inner doll this summer. In the immortal words of Aqua: "Come on Barbie, let's go party!"

Impala quad skates in pink tartan

Impala quad skates in pink tartan

Impala Quad Skates in Pink Tartan, T. Georgiano's Local

$109.95

1409-B First St., Sarasota, tgeorgianos.com

If those images of Robbie and Gosling rollerblading around the Barbie set are making you want to strap on your skates, look no further than this darling pair from T.Georgiano's. The pink tartan print and hot-pink wheels up the ante on the fashion. You'll be proud to lace 'em up at the roller rink (or just in your driveway).

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Camilyn Beth's Fae gown

Camilyn Beth's Fae gown

Image: Camilyn Beth

The Fae Gown, Camilyn Beth Local

$390

75 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, camilynbeth.com

You'll be the belle of the ball in this striking fuchsia gown from local designer Camilyn Beth. The halter top and A-line skirt are timeless, and box pleats and loose ties at the back offer extra interest.

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Hot pink puff-sleeve dress from Influence

Hot pink puff-sleeve dress from Influence

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Puff Sleeve Dress, Influence Local

$198

474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, influencestyle.com

This easy-to-throw-on dress by Sundry is perfect for running errands—but you could easily add heels and some statement jewelry to dress it up. It's hard go wrong with simple, comfy pieces like this—especially during the dog days of summer.

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Proenza Schouler Square Strappy Sandals

Prozena Schouler square strappy sandals

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Proenza Schouler Square Strappy Sandals, Lotus  Local

$795

1462 Main St., Sarasota, lotussarasota.com

Looking for a statement shoe? We give you these Proenza Schouler sandals in fuchsia satin, which incorporate another of-the-moment trend: the square toe. Made in Italy, these heels have silver hardware at the ankle, a padded insole and a high heel that's not too skinny, meaning they're comfortable, too.

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Nars lipstick in Schiap

Nars lipstick in Schiap

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Nars Lipstick in Schiap, Sephora Local

$26

140 University Town Center Drive, Suite 279, sephora.com

Valentino may be playing a big part in rejuvenating our love of hot pink, but designer Elsa Schiaparelli was the O.G. pink lady. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Schiaparelli loved her signature "shocking pink" because "it represented her desire to shock those around her with her unique and sometimes avant-garde designs." This beloved color from Nars, named after Schiaparelli, pays homage to the designer and is the perfect statement-making lip color. If you've been wanting to switch out your classic red, try this.

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Bond-eye Mara one-piece bathing suit

Bond-eye Mara one-piece bathing suit

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Bond-Eye Mara One-Piece, Lotus Local

$165

1464 Main St., Sarasota, lotussarasota.com

Make a splash at the beach with this bright-pink one-piece swimsuit from Bond-Eye—a suit we think Barbie herself would wear. The one-size suit has adjustable coverage, wide shoulder straps, a low scoop back and lots of stretch. We think it would make a great bodysuit, too.

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Essie nail polish in Sleepover Squad

Essie nail polish in Sleepover Squad

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Essie Nail Polish in Sleepover Squad, Target Local

$9.99

5350 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, target.com

Dip a toe—or a fingernail—into the Barbiecore trend with this color from Essie, which boasts the fun name "Sleepover Squad." It's a great way to try out hot pink without committing to a full-on lewk.

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Amanda Uprichard Portman skirt

Amanda Uprichard Portman skirt

Image: Influence

Amanda Uprichard Portman Skirt, Influence Local

$176

474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, influencestyle.com

Pink as a neutral? Hear us out. We think this skirt from Amanda Uprichard goes with everything—a white T-shirt, a striped marinière or a crisp button-down. Dress it down for brunch or add a blazer for the office and you've got a truly versatile piece. For maximum effect, pair it with the matching top.

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Valentino Rockstud PVC thong sandals

Valentino Rockstud PVC thong sandals

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals, Saks Fifth Avenue Local

$450

140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, saks.com

A round-up of all things Barbiecore would be incomplete without a piece of Valentino—and for sunny Sarasota, we like these Rockstud sandals, which are as easy to wear to the beach with a swimsuit as they are with jeans to a dinner date.

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