How to Wear the Barbiecore Trend
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 one of this year's hottest trends: Barbiecore. We don't think the trend will subside with the release of the movie's newest teaser trailer, either.
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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 and possibly inspire future outfits. In the immortal words of Aqua: "Come on Barbie, let's go party!"
Impala Quad Skates in Pink Tartan, T. Georgiano's Local
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).
The Fae Gown, Camilyn Beth Local
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.
Puff Sleeve Dress, Influence Local
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.
Proenza Schouler Square Strappy Sandals, Lotus Local
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.
Nars Lipstick in Schiap, Sephora Local
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.
Bond-Eye Mara One-Piece, Lotus Local
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.
Essie Nail Polish in Sleepover Squad, Target Local
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.
Amanda Uprichard Portman Skirt, Influence Local
474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, influencestyle.comPink 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.
Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals, Saks Fifth Avenue Local
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.