how to dress like a barbie girl

    bts of our barbie-inspired shoot

    by michael kozak · April 27, 2015

    photo by michael kozak

    My obsession with Barbie started as a young fantasy fashion crazed child; I would spend hours brushing, styling, and braiding her California blonde hair and dress her up in whatever her job title was of the moment (my favorite was the '90s tight purple Pucci style print long sleeve mini dress—I know you remember!). Ironically I feel I still am doing this, only now in real life with real models and real dream clothes. My childhood Barbie days may have been spot-on foreshadowing, or perfect training for the future me. That being said, I’ve always wanted to do an entire Barbie tribute story ever since I can possibly remember. And with Jeremy Scott’s Moschino SS15 Barbie Girl Squad collection, there was absolutely NO better time to do it but now.
    For my April fashion feature story, 'Plastic Fantastic',  I wanted her to be exactly what she is: BARBIE!—the dream blonde California girl who lives in her Malibu mansion, has amazing (all pink) designer clothes, shops her days away in Beverly Hills and on Rodeo Drive in her pink convertible, and chills in her mansion dialing Ken on her pink dream phone to make plans for a glamorous night out in Hollywood. I tried to represent a little bit of every favorite era and moment of Barbie in my story: a bit prom, a bit princess, a bit '80s, a bit '90s, a bit rich kid.
    Take some easy spring styling notes from the story and learn how to dress like Barbie any day:
    Head-to-toe pink: Wear any shade of pink (ideally hot pink or fuschia) and do what Barbie would do: Mix and match all your pink shades.
    80‘s light wash denim: We all know Barbie loved her acid wash/light wash denim moments. Throwing on a vintage Levi’s light wash denim jacket or high-waisted jean will give you that early '90s Barbie vibe.
    ALL Pink Accessories: If you can’t make the actual full clothing commitment to pink, do it in your accessories—bags, shoes, sunnies, jewelry, necklaces, cell phone cases... whatever! 
    Bold statement piece: A pink faux fur stole or jacket (think Tommy Hilfiger SS15), anything with sequins, a pink bag (House of Holland and Shrimps have some cute options), and platform printed shoes, with socks of course.
    I took my Polaroid with me on the Beverly Hills set to take some behind-the-scenes snaps of my fantasy dress up pink Barbie world. Click through the gallery below and transport yourself to a plastic world.
    Also, make sure to pick up the April issue to see the entire Barbie Dream house story come to life! <3<3<3
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