Ever since audiences first learned they would be getting a Barbie movie, it’s practically been the only thing that anyone has been able to talk about, especially once buzz around the film started to grow following the announcement that Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling would be leading the Greta Gerwig film. One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Barbie is shaping up to be complete perfection: from its detailed set design created to mimic plastic toys and all the stickers that parents had to put on them – a set which also caused a shortage in pink paint – to the abundance of elaborate outfits that are pulled straight from the dolls over the years. And of course, Barbie is more than just her excellent fashion choices. Having had essentially every career possible, she’s a model for children (and adults) everywhere, letting them know that they can be and do anything that they set their mind to. While Barbie may be all about subverting audience expectations, there is one thing you know Barbie is going to give us: incredible fashion. So, let’s look at some of our favorite outfits from the new film.
10. Barbie’s Getaway Outfit
Barbie (Margot Robbie) might be trying something new when she leaves Barbie Land for the Real World, but that doesn’t mean she has to leave behind her impeccable fashion. Driving in her pink convertible, Barbie sports an adorable pink beret atop her braided hair, all tied off with a cute pink bow. And of course, what better outfit to ride off in than a blush pink dress with puffy sleeves and a Peter Pan collar? It’s certainly a more fashionable traveling outfit than our low effort go-to of a sweatshirt and sweatpants.
9. Pink Gingham Beach Dress and Hat
Barbie also wears a similar pink gingham dress and matching belt, but her beach dress and matching floppy hat outshine her day dress. The chunky pink seashell necklace and earrings push the outfit over the top in the best way possible, and it’s so totally Barbie to show up to a beach with a focus on cute fashion over practical swimwear. An adorable side ponytail finishes off the look by keeping Barbie’s hair effortlessly styled and protected from the sand and water.
8. President Barbie’s Gown
Barbie dolls have had several presidential-inspired outfits over the years, but many of these are in red, white, and blue color schemes. Issa Rae’s President Barbie goes in a completely different direction though. She sports a lavish pink ballgown with gold embellishments in the Oval Office, a bold statement necklace, and she finishes off the look with a sash across her chest to notably claim her title. President Barbie just proves that you can indeed do anything in a ballgown and high heels, including running Barbie Land. And come on, what leadership role wouldn’t be better with a pop (or several pops) of color?
7. Sequin Disco Jumpsuit
Barbie’s big, perfect waves here give us major hair envy. Talk about goals! When your hair looks this flawless, it really doesn’t even matter what the rest of the outfit looks like, but of course Barbie manages to bring her A-game. While the jumpsuit isn’t pink, it sure is sparkly and covered in enough sequins that Barbie herself could be the disco ball at her party. Matching jewelry and a gorgeous hair bow complete this nighttime party look, but we’re still wondering if our invitation to the celebration got lost in the Barbie Land mail system.
6. Just Allan
There’s only one Allan. While he was sadly discontinued, Allan, played by Michael Cera, gets another chance to make an impression as Ken’s buddy in the upcoming film. What better way to steal the show than in a rainbow-striped shirt, blue shorts, and striking red hair? There are an abundance of Barbie and Ken dolls in the film, but Allan is one of a kind. He’s just Allan, and although he can fit in all of Ken’s clothes, he has a distinctive, hilarious look that is all his own, and is a presence that only Cera could bring to the role.
5. Ken’s Denim Vest
Ryan Gosling’s Ken has a lot of great outfits, including a pink and green striped beach set, but it’s hard to beat denim on denim. Paired with Ken-branded white underwear, this outfit is straight out of a 90s fashion magazine cover, and we couldn’t be more delighted by it. With a bleach blonde haircut, this look just radiates “Kenergy” in every possible way imaginable. It’s simple yet iconic, created to compliment Barbie rather than to outshine her, and we fully expect it to be one of this year’s top Halloween costumes.
4. Western Attire
One of the first teases that we got of the new Barbie movie was Barbie in her pink western outfit, which really set the tone for what else was in store for the movie. It’s one of Barbie’s outfits that she wears in the Real World, making her even more likely to stand out amongst the crowd of black suits trying to track her down through Mattel’s offices. The look features lace-up pink bell bottom pants with star embellishments, a matching pink button-up vest, and a pink paisley handkerchief to tie it all together. Of course, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without a stylish white cowboy hat to finish it off.
3. Matching Roller Blading Set
Those who grew up in the 90s will remember one of the most beloved Barbie dolls to be introduced: Hot Skatin’ Barbie. This doll came with a posable body perfect for both roller skating and ice skating and was decked out in colorful neon pink athleticwear that looks like it was ripped straight from the carpet of a bowling alley – only way more fashionable – and is complete with neon yellow roller skates. The only thing that could possibly make this outfit any better would be the perfect accessory: which is made available in none other than a matching Ken.
2. Weird Barbie’s Whole Vibe
We all knew that one child – or maybe you were that child – that went wild with their Barbie dolls. We’re talking chopping off their hair, doodling on them with markers, coloring their clothes, and of course, making them constantly do the splits. But these are all just signs of a well-loved doll and a rich imagination. It makes perfect sense that Kate McKinnon would play this unhinged, all-knowing version of Barbie. Sporting choppy hair full of pink and blue streaks, a mismatched tutu and snake boots combination, and colorful tattoos drawn on with marker, Weird Barbie gives us one of the greatest life lessons: it’s okay to let loose, have fun, and be a little outside of the box.
1. 1959 Striped Bathing Suit
It would have been a huge miss on Greta Gerwig’s part to not pay tribute to the original 1959 Barbie doll. The first Barbie doll made its appearance at the American International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959 in an iconic and timeless black and white striped swimsuit with matching white sunglasses. And, although it may come as a surprise, this first Barbie was available in both blonde and brunette varieties. Fashion companies around the world have pushed out recreations of the swimsuit over the years, and for its 60th Anniversary, Mattel even created a new matching black and white striped dress for the doll in homage to Barbie’s roots. Barbie has brought inspiration and creativity to many over the years, but there is nothing that can beat the classic.
Live out your childhood fantasy in the DreamHouse and get tickets to see Barbie this summer, exclusively in theaters on July 21.