Embracing the iconic Barbie style has never been more en vogue, especially with the resurgence of Barbie as a fashion muse. Whether you’re planning to attend a Barbie fancy dress party or simply wish to inject a bit of Barbie’s timeless glamour into your wardrobe, this article is your go-to guide. From her signature pretty-in-pink aesthetic to the more contemporary interpretations seen on the likes of Margot Robbie, Barbie’s fashion influence is undeniable and diverse. Read on to find out how you can recreate her best looks, ensuring you capture the essence of Barbie’s style, whether it’s for a themed event or just for fun. Get ready to dive into a world of vibrant colours, bold styles, and the sheer joy of dressing up as Barbie – one of the world’s most beloved fashion icons.

Margot Robbie’s Barbie movie inspiration

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The 2023 Barbie movie is like a Barbie fancy dress dream! The film, featuring stars like Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, showcased a plethora of eye-catching and stylish outfits that have transcended the screen to become a trend in real life. In London, the pink carpet premiere was a testament to the film’s fashion impact, with celebrities putting their own spin on Barbie-inspired looks. This influence is evident in the surge of Barbie-themed clothing and accessories that have become popular following the movie’s release.

Among the standout fashion inspirations are the pink tennis dresses and skorts, reminiscent of Barbie’s iconic style, blending sportiness with a touch of glamour. The movie also revived retro styles, such as Margot Robbie’s pink gingham dress and roller skating outfits, offering a blend of nostalgia and contemporary fashion. Additionally, casual wear with Barbie branding, like university sweatshirts and lounge pants featuring the classic Barbie logo, have become a hit, reflecting the movie’s influence on everyday fashion choices. These trends highlight the movie’s role in shaping current fashion, making Barbie’s distinctive style accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience.

Classic Barbie fancy dress ideas

In the words of Margot, here’s how to dress like ‘stereotypical Barbie’. Barbie’s classic looks are timeless and easy to identify, making them a good fancy dress outfit that people easily recognise (no one wants to be the person in fancy dress that everyone has to ask who they’re dressed up as). The original Barbie style is timeless. Think of the black and white striped swimsuit or the elegant ball gowns. We’ll guide you on how to recreate these iconic looks with a modern twist.

1. Classic pink Barbie dress

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Capture Barbie’s iconic look with a vibrant pink dress, preferably in a bodycon or A-line style to mimic her classic silhouette. Accessorize with high-heeled pumps, a pearl necklace, and perhaps a pink handbag. A blonde wig styled in a neat ponytail or loose waves will complete this timeless Barbie look.

2. Barbie as a ballerina

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For the ballerina outfit, choose a delicate pink tutu paired with a matching leotard. Ballet slippers are essential, and a high bun hairstyle will add to the dancer’s aesthetic. Accentuate the outfit with a faux pearl necklace or a light dusting of glitter for a magical touch.

3. Barbie the astronaut

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Embrace Barbie’s adventurous side with a white astronaut jumpsuit, adorned with NASA patches or similar space-themed badges. Accessorize with a toy space helmet, white gloves, and comfortable white boots. This costume can be enhanced with a flag or a model rocket for added authenticity.

4. Cowgirl Barbie

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This look calls for a denim skirt or jeans paired with a checkered shirt or cowboy-esque shirt, preferably in bright colours. A cowboy hat and boots are essential, and adding a toy horse or lasso can bring the outfit to life. For a fun twist, include a bandana around the neck or a fringed vest.

5. Barbie the rock star

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Opt for a glamorous, sequinned top paired with black leather pants or a mini skirt. Temporary colourful hair streaks, a toy guitar, and some rock-style jewellery like studded bracelets will enhance the rock star vibe. Don’t forget the high-heeled boots or platform shoes for that extra stage presence.

6. Barbie the doctor

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A white lab coat with a name tag reading “Dr. Barbie” is key. Underneath, wear smart, casual attire, and accessorise with a stethoscope and a clipboard for authenticity. Hair tied back neatly and minimal jewellery will complement the professional look.

7. Mermaid Barbie

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Choose a mermaid-style skirt in a shimmering fabric, paired with a bikini top or a sequinned bodice. Accessorise with a faux pearl necklace, and if possible, add some sea-themed accessories like starfish or shell hair clips. A wavy hairstyle or a loose braid will complete this enchanting look.

8. Barbie the pilot

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A pilot’s uniform complete with a cap and badge will create this look. Add a white shirt and a tie underneath the jacket, and for an authentic touch, include a toy airplane or pilot’s wingspin. A neat, professional hairstyle and polished shoes will finish off the outfit.

9. Barbie the gymnast

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Wear a colourful leotard with a matching skirt or athletic shorts. Hair should be tied back in a high ponytail or bun, and rhythmic gymnastics accessories like a ribbon or a hoop can be included. Athletic shoes or barefoot sandals will suit this sporty look.

10. Barbie the princess


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Select a long, flowing gown, preferably in pastel shades, and pair it with a sparkling tiara. Costume jewellery like faux diamond necklaces or bracelets will add a regal touch. Consider adding a sash or a cape for extra elegance, and style your hair in curls or an updo to resemble a fairytale princess.

Each of these Barbie fancy dress ideas captures a different aspect of Barbie’s versatile character, perfect for themed parties or costume events

Modern Barbie fancy dress ideas

Barbie isn’t stuck in the past. Today’s Barbie is all about embracing contemporary fashion trends. This section delves into the world of modern Barbie fancy dress ideas, showcasing how you can embody Barbie’s diverse and dynamic personas. From a chic businesswoman to a creative artist, and from a tech-savvy entrepreneur to an environmentally conscious activist, these costume ideas celebrate Barbie’s journey beyond her traditional roles. Each idea is designed to inspire and reflect the many facets of today’s women, embodying both style and substance.

11. Modern business Barbie

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Embrace Barbie’s career-oriented side with a chic business suit, preferably in a bright colour like pink or blue. Pair it with a smart blouse, high heels, and a briefcase or laptop bag. Style your hair in a sleek ponytail or a professional updo, and add glasses for a sophisticated touch.

12. Gym Barbie 

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Opt for vibrant, form-fitting athletic wear, such as leggings and a sports top. Wear with a headband, wristbands, and sporty trainers. Carry a water bottle and a yoga mat to complete this health-conscious look.

13. Barbie the scientist

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Opt for vibrant, form-fitting athletic wear, such as leggings and a sports top. Wear with a headband, wristbands, and sporty trainers. Carry a water bottle and a yoga mat to complete this health-conscious look.

14. Barbie the artist

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Choose a bohemian-style outfit with a smock or apron covered in paint splatters. Pair it with comfortable, casual clothes underneath. To finish the outfit, carry a paintbrush, palette, and wear a beret to capture the artistic flair.

15. Barbie the tech entrepreneur

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Dress in smart-casual attire, like a trendy blazer, paired with jeans or stylish trousers. Add tech accessories like a smartwatch, headphones, and carry a tablet or laptop. A casual hairstyle or a messy bun will suit this modern look, but you could also go classic Barbie perfect hair too.

16. Barbie the social media influencer

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Wear something super stylish, even if it’s not your usual style but you know it’s everywhere on Instagram and Tiktok. Then have a smartphone, selfie stick and sunglasses to hand. You could also attach a selfie round halo mirror to your outfit with some creative way of making it stay up.

17. Barbie the chef

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Don a chef’s jacket with a name tag, paired with comfortable trousers and a chef’s hat. Carry cooking utensils like a spatula or a whisk, and maybe a cookbook. A neat, hairstyle will keep the look professional.

18. Barbie the DJ

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Choose a cool, edgy outfit like a graphic tee, paired with baggy jeans. Add headphones around the neck and a mock DJ mixer or vinyl record. A funky hairstyle, possibly with colourful streaks, will enhance this music-savvy persona. You could also crimp hair and add a bit of Barbie’s fun, crazy character here.

19. Barbie the fashion blogger

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Wear a high-fashion, eclectic outfit that showcases a mix of current trends and personal style. Carry a camera or a fashion magazine, and combine with statement jewellery and a stylish handbag. A chic hairstyle and bold makeup will make this look stand out.

Margot Robbie’s Barbie fancy dress ideas seen in the film

The 2023 film starring Margot Robbie as Barbie has set new trends, inspiring a wave of Barbie-themed fancy dress ideas. This section delves into a curated selection of outfits inspired by Margot Robbie’s portrayal of the iconic doll in the film and her press tour looks. Each ensemble captures the essence of Barbie’s versatile style, ranging from glamorous gowns to playful casual wear.

20. Vivienne Westwood-inspired Gown

Inspired by Margot Robbie’s appearance at the London premiere, this outfit features a stunning Vivienne Westwood gown. The look is accentuated with a white tulle stole, adding a touch of elegance, and a classic three-strand pearl necklace, embodying the glamour associated with Barbie. Ok, you might not have your own VW gown, but for a Barbie fancy dress you could try seeing what evening gowns they’ve got at your local charity shop.

21. Pink & Fabulous Barbie doll outfit

This outfit replicates the 2015 Pink & Fabulous Barbie doll, featuring a chic halter Valentino minidress paired with elegant white Manolo Blahnik heels. It’s a perfect blend of Barbie’s signature pink style and modern fashion sensibilities.

22. Skater costume

Margot Robbie’s Barbie Skater Costume from the film showcases a retro roller skating outfit, embodying a fun and energetic Barbie look. This iconic costume is perfect for those who want to capture the playful spirit of Barbie in a lively and colourful manner.

23. Black and white swimsuit

The opening credits sees a stunning Margot emerge from the water in the iconic black and white bandeau swimsuit. For this outfit, make sure you have your hair in a ponytail with the front in big round curls. Add sunglasses and high heels. If this feels too cold to go out in, why not opt for a black and white bandeau dress instead? It will still have the same impact and overall look.

24. Pink gingham dress

The pink gingham dress, inspired by Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Barbie, offers a simple yet charming outfit choice. It’s a nod to Barbie’s timeless charm and is perfect for those seeking a classic yet understated Barbie look.

These modern Barbie fancy dress ideas reflect her evolution into various contemporary roles, offering a fresh take on the classic Barbie style for themed events or parties.

Barbie has some of the best fancy dress inspiration to help you find a great costume. You can even make it work for couples: Barbie and Ken or Barbie and Barbie, or why not go in a group with each person allocated a different kind of Barbie? For more  group ideas, check out these group fancy dress costumes. Or why not get inspiration from different decades with 80s fancy dress or 90s fancy dress?