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The very first Barbie doll was presented to the world on March 9, 1959. The toy, whose full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, has inspired the upcoming Barbie (2023) film, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken — and, given all of the hype the movie has gotten already, it's sure to inspire Halloween costumes too. Stay ahead of the trend this Halloween season by dressing up as the blonde-haired, pink-wearing doll.
One of the best things about dressing like Barbie — besides the fact it warrants a whole personality change for a night — is that you don’t need an official outfit to make it work. The only real requirement is that it includes a whole lot of pink, but even that's up to interpretation and can be substituted in for other bright hues.
Better yet, you can go as a general Barbie or channel a specific one, like Fitness Barbie, Career Barbie, ’80s Barbie, Malibu Barbie, etc. There’s no reason you can’t invent your own Barbie persona, too. Now come on, Barbie, let’s go party!
Malibu Barbie Costume
She’s ready for the beach, and you can be, too (even in October)! Whether your vibe is more tanning in the sun or hitting the waves with a surfboard, you can channel your inner summer-loving bathing beauty. If you don’t already have a pink swimsuit, that will be your first order of business to create this costume.
Fitness Barbie Costume
While you might head to the gym in leggings and a T-shirt, Barbie’s look is a bit more exaggerated. Think of unitards and two-piece sets in none other than her iconic pink hue. Bonus points if you really go all out with a sweatband and weights!
Career Barbie Costume
Barbie can be anything she pleases, so whether you see the doll as a doctor, chef, or businesswoman, putting together an office-ready costume is sure to stand out. Who says you can’t be taken seriously in an all-pink getup?
’80s Barbie Costume
The ’80s are calling, and we’re answering! It’s all about bold colors, including with your makeup. There can be an overlap with Fitness Barbie because we all know she had some fun looks for exercising. And, as it goes for all Barbie Halloween costumes, don’t forget to load up on the accessories to complete your costume!
Rockstar Barbie Costume
What would Barbie wear if she were trying to dress up like Stevie Nicks? We don’t want to speak for her, but we’d imagine it would involve a pink faux-leather jacket — for obvious reasons. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and animal prints to really take it over the top.
Vintage Barbie Costume
Break out the swing dresses and make sure to incorporate polka-dots — because Vintage Barbie is all about choosing a previous era and going all out with it. When choosing these pieces, we were inspired by the ’50s housewife, complete with collars and classic silhouettes.
Party Barbie Costume
You’ll surely be a Barbie girl in the Barbie world when you dress up as Party Barbie. You might already have pieces in your closet to use for this costume, but if you don’t, here’s some inspiration. If Barbie were going out with her girlfriends, she would probably wear a pink dress or something sparkly … or both.
Barbie Costume Accessories
Dressing in a pink outfit is a solid base when dressing like Barbie, but the accessories can really make or break it. From the wig to the sunglasses to the lipstick, these pieces will pull your look together so that you’re sure to be in the running for any best Halloween costume contest.
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