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13 Barbiecore Pieces to Add Some Fun Into Your Child’s Summer Wardrobe

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written by MAUREEN BURKE

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Graphics by: Kirra Wallace
Graphics by: Kirra Wallace

Take a style cue from this summer’s it-girl: Barbie. Yes, the childhood classic is front and center in the fashion world thanks in part to Greta Gerwig’s upcoming film. Brands and shoppers alike are eager to bring Barbieland to life through clothes, shoes, and accessories. And of course, there are plenty of Barbiecore kids items to choose from as well. If you’re not familiar, Barbiecore is the term coined to capture the bold style and carefree spirit of the iconic doll—and it’s one of the season’s hottest fashion trends.

The world is crazy about Barbie, and with good reason! In fact, Barbie embodies a range of qualities that make her an ideal role model. She’s kind, friendly, adventurous, and dares to achieve any goal she sets her mind to—and her friends and sisters are just as great. Personally, I welcome all the passion behind my childhood’s favorite plastic girl. While it may be challenging to have a dream house in Malibu, California like Barbie, it’s easy to channel her warm, fun-loving energy through fashion.

This season, many retailers offer vibrant pink and neon pieces, heels that create a Barbie toe look, and classic silhouettes a-plenty. I’m not complaining, because pink is always a fun color to wear, especially during the summer months. And of course, nostalgia has a prime role in current trends (looking at you, low-rise jeans). Thankfully, kids also get in on the fun doll-inspired looks. Barbiecore is truly a fashion moment that cuts across ages and genders.

I love the Barbiecore look for kids. From accessories to suitcases to play clothes, there are so many options for children to enjoy the joyful and bright aesthetic. It’s almost as though the trend embodies the entire vibe of summer break. These trendy picks are totally fantastic for girls and boys at the pool. Packing for camp, and also a variety of other summertime activities.

Keep scrolling for 13 Barbiecore kids items to add to your child’s closet this summer:

kids pink overalls
Loose Fit Canvas Bib Overall

Just like Barbie, kids can do anything and these bib overalls help to get the job done. The color is an effervescent shade of bubblegum pink. The loose fitting shape is great for boys or girls, and the 100 percent cotton fabric is breezy during warm summer months and ready to continue the Barbiecore trend into the new school year.

sizes 3M - 4T

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kids barbie skirt
Gap X Barbie
Kids High Rise Logo Denim Skirt

The Barbie logo is as iconic as the doll itself. Pairing it with the classic Gap lettering creates a unique pattern that takes this retro skirt to the next level. Pink denim is an unexpected, yet welcome choice that would fit right in with Barbie and her friends.

youth sizes 5 - 14

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neon boys swim trunks
Boys' Active Dock Short

Ready for play all summer long, these shorts give off a relaxed Ken vibe. An elastic waist, drawstring ties, and pockets add comfort and function. Dress up or down and wear anywhere from the tennis court to a backyard barbecue.

youth sizes 2 - 16

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kids barbie graphic tee
Old Navy
Barbie Unisex Graphic T-Shirt

OK, this piece is a bit obvious; but, who can pass up on a good graphic tee—in toddler sizing no less? The array of pink hues and variety of dolls capture the ethos of Barbie. 

sizes 12M - 6T

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rollerskate printed kids dress
Hannah Andersson
Print Smocked Dress

Fitting for warm nights or walks around town, this carefree dress will become a go-to choice this summer. It’s not pink, but is totally serving up a Rollerblade Barbie look. Sweet smocking details and dreamy soft cotton fabric make this a fantastic choice for little fashionistas. 

sizes 2 - 12

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kids athletic pink skort
Athleta Girl
Goal Getter Skort

Kids these days want skorts, and there’s no denying this sporty piece is a winner. Made with performance fabric and featuring the color of the season, this chic skort can move with your child from the sports field to the court in a cinch.

youth sizes XS - L

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beis colorblock kids backpack
The Kids Backpack

Sail through summer travel or pack for sleep away camp with this colorful bag that’s designed with kids in mind. The color is straight out of the Barbie universe. It features plenty of pockets and compartments for clothes to stuffies to little treasures. Bonus: A removable fanny pack will have your little one looking straight out of the Barbie movie trailer.

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pink teva sandals
Little Kids Hurricane Drift Sandal

Skip the Barbie feet look and opt for an ultra comfortable and supportive lightweight sandal for your child. This pink style is ideal for camp activities or (Malibu) beach day trips. It’s easy to imagine that Barbie would support Tevas recyclable program and vegan design, too. They also come in a fun pink patterned option!

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pink sparkly native shoes
Native Shoes
Jefferson Bling Child Shoes

Your child can make a bold statement with these sparkly and magical pink shoes. Made for summer, the lightweight footwear can withstand a variety of core summertime activities: water days, bike riding, climbing local play structures, walks to the ice cream shop, and everything in between. An easy-to-clean material ensures your kiddo will always have a perfectly polished look, just like Barbie.

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pink heart glasses kids
Zenni Optical
Kids' Heart-Shaped Glasses

No Barbiecore look is complete without an accessory. These heart-shaped glasses are a sweet and practical option for radiant summer days. Available in tinted or clear lenses, whether your child has an optical prescription or not.

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barbie hair clips
Assorted Claw Clip Set

Sweep your little one’s hair into a variety of Barbie-inspired hair styles with this clip set. The vibrant pink shades and patterns introduce a burst of color and Malibu beach-ready looks. Each set includes three pieces, which means parents can accessorize, too! 

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barbie girl bracelet
Little Words Project
Barbie Girl Bracelet

Life in plastic really is fantastic. Slip this adorable bracelet onto your child’s wrist. Bursting with nostalgic energy, it’s a stand-out choice to complete any Barbiecore outfit. Sizing is based on adult wrists; may be best for older kids or to purchase two for mommy and me ensembles.

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pink bow headband
Macy's | Baby Bling
Infant-Toddler Knot Headband

Looking for a way to have your infant join the Barbiecore trend? The beloved KNOT headband is now available in festive neon colors. Uber stretchy so as to not harm baby's head, this accessory will finish off any look with an extra special. pretty-in-pink touch.

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