What I Wore to the Barbie Movie

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What I wore to the Barbie Movie by Wardrobe Oxygen

I don't think anyone who reads Wardrobe Oxygen is surprised I went to see The Barbie Movie as soon as it came out. I am a feminist, a mom, and a child who grew up playing with Barbies. I was expert in creating the most magnificent gowns for my Barbies with Kleenex and Scotch tape, much to the dismay of my mother who always ended up out of both when she needed them (and constantly reminded me that neither grew on trees).

I am not going to write a whole think piece about this film. I was not one of those sobbing in the theater, but I did thoroughly enjoy the film and recommend it to others. Some parts I felt weren't necessary, some parts I found corny and cliche, and other parts were really smart, campy in a good way, and well thought out.

What I Wore to the Barbie Movie

What I Wore to the Barbie Movie

I went to see Barbie with my 14-year-old daughter and my sister Debbie, who is three years my junior. We all enjoyed the film. All three of us also love an excuse to dress up, and love even more an opportunity to dress on theme, we decided to dress for The Barbie Movie.

What I Wore to the Barbie Movie
My sister asked me to stand like a Barbie doll

Matching Plaid Blazer and Shorts

I am wearing a pink plaid blazer and shorts from Ann Taylor that I got this past spring. I've worn the blazer with a t-shirt and jeans but didn't consider the shorts until they were on clearance and I felt I couldn't miss up the opportunity for a matched set. They had their debut for the Barbie movie! I am wearing the blazer in 16 petite, my usual size in Ann Taylor blazers. The shorts are 14 regular.

The suit is actually a reddish pink and lavender so I decided to pick up the lavender with a fitted tee from Amazon Aware, the company's in-house sustainable fashion brand. I've had this shirt for at least a year and adore the color however the L (what I'm wearing here) is a bit snug and the XL (which I have in white) is a bit too loose. Nice opacity, nice stretch, good sleeve length, but it's a very straight cut so those with curves may have the same sizing issue I have.

Barbie Movie outfit idea


I was thinking… what would take this look to a true Barbie level? Bright matching accessories! You saw these Sarto Franco Sarto sandals in my post on how to style neon. They are surprisingly comfortable and relatively roomy for my wide feet. They come in other colors if neon isn't your jam. I found them in stock at Macy's, Zappos, and the Franco Sarto website.

The sunglasses on my head are from Amazon and were purchased for a Halloween costume. The earrings are several years old and from BaubleBar; they are no longer available but these on Etsy are similar.

neon yellow accessories

The bag is from STAUD, and one of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases. I believe in the power of a statement color clutch and find I wear my wacky colored and decorated bags far more than my classic black clutches. I'm on a serious neon/chartreuse/acid green kick this year and was thrilled to have this opportunity to wear this fun bag!

My sister is wearing a caftan she got last summer at Unique Vintage. This print is no longer available but Unique Vintage has other fab caftans. Her sunglasses are these from Amazon; I own the same pair in black. My daughter styled her look with a Kate Spade heart-shaped bag that her Aunt Debbie got her for Christmas. Her white sunglasses I found a few years ago at Goodwill.

mom and daughter at Barbie beach
my daughter and I had a lovely time at the Barbie beach!

It was fun to dress up to see The Barbie Movie. The majority of the audience was wearing pink, and some attendees even came with their Barbie dolls! After the film, the local paper took pictures of a few of us together in front of the historic Old Greenbelt Theatre (no photos with us in them were used, but there were other fun ones in the latest issue!).

Barbie movie background
after the movie, we went to my sister's house. Isn't it positively dreamy?

After the movie everyone in pink in the town center were greeting one another with, “Hi, Barbie!” Fashion is political, powerful, and a way to connect with others. Some may see it as superficial, and some may think dressing up to see a movie as silly. But I am so glad we did it (and glad we had pink clothes already in our closets!).

After many years of being home, not going to the movies, and being more detached from neighbors, this was a fun way to bring many of us together over nostalgia, feminism, supporting our local indie theater, and dressing up to see The Barbie Movie.

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. How fun! You have totally captured the essence of Barbie, especially with the shoes and bag. You are a real inspiration to me! I’ve been reading your content for years and I always learn something new about how to have more fun with my wardrobe.

  2. So sweet to see all three of you!
    I love the plaid suit, but I think I’d go with your sister’s dress for movie watching in an air conditioned theater.

  3. I took my 92 year old mom, which was a bit of a struggle in terms of access (she didn’t want me to bring her wheelchair). She wore a white tee, pink linen shirt and pink embroidered white trousers and I wore a bright pink tee and white linen shirt and pants. We had a blast!

  4. I went to the movie with my 40 yr old daughter and her godmother, my best friend…..we had a blast all dressed in pink. I was an amazing movie which we all enjoyed especially the guys all strumming their guitars. How many times has that happened haha

  5. Wow! You all look great!
    And it’s incredible how deep the family resemblance is. But how clear of you looks unique. (hope that makes sense)

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