Where to Buy Barbiecore Aesthetics in Philadelphia

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Life in plastic is fantastic. Stand out in hot pink selections from some of our favorite local boutiques.


Lili bags in calfskin and suede by Jurgi / Photography by Cory Foote

Maybe it was the picture of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling rollerblade around Venice Beach as they film the upcoming Greta Gerwig-directed movie Barbie film. Maybe it was Anne Hathaway arriving at the Valentino Fall/Winter show in head-to-toe sparkling fuchsia. Or maybe there are enough of us for whom “we wear pink on Wednesdays” is not frequent enough.

Either way, the Barbiecore aesthetic is brighten up paths and sidewalks same with anything hot pink. Valentino’s Fall 2022 collection is flooded with hueand you couldn’t miss it during Paris Fashion Week last month.

Left to right: Giambattista Valli Fall/Winter 22/23 at Paris Fashion Week (Photography by Dominique Charriau/WireImage); Anne Hathaway arriving at the Valentino Fall/Winter 22/23 show in Rome (Photograph by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage); Armani Privé Fall/Winter 22/23 at Paris Fashion Week (Photograph by Stéphane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Elena Brennan, shoe designer and founder of Bus stop shop at Queen Village, explains, “The Barbiecore aesthetic is built on nostalgia and joy, a much-needed mood booster after the past few years. We crave nostalgic, simple, sunnier and carefree times, so it only makes sense that this ’80s-inspired pink aesthetic is the ‘it’ style of summer.

Not ready to stock up on Elle Woods? Gregory Seitter, Personal Stylist at Boyds, says: “How to achieve the Barbiecore aesthetic varies depending on the style of the person. For the less daring woman, that might mean a pair of pink denim jeans and an almost neutral blouse. For the more daring, it could be an eye-catching hot pink micro-mini dress.

Whether you’re looking for head-to-toe pink or just a splash of color, here’s where to shop the Barbiecore aesthetic around Philadelphia.

Boys

Left to right: Candy Woven Cassette by Bottega Veneta, knitted dress by Balmain, Le Chiquito bag by JACQUEMUS / Photographs courtesy of Boyds

“Barbie has been setting trends since the 1950s with her pink aesthetic,” says Seitter. “The Barbiecore aesthetic is here to stay and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.” Balmain leans into the look with fall-appropriate dresses like this one mini knit ($2,195) and this hot pink twist on tweed menswear ($2,795). Seitter also recommends adding a pop of hot pink with on-trend mini bags, like those from Bottega Veneta ($1,150) and JACQUEMUS ($595). Looking for something a little sportier? Try that quilted hoodie from Moncler ($1,150).
1818 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.

Joan Shepp

From left to right: Moschino jacket; Balenciaga dress and Think Royln bag at Joan Shepp / Photographs by Laura Swartz

The Best of Philly-winning boutique isn’t one to chase trends, setting the tone since 1971 – so they’re onto next season with some transitional pieces that prove pink is appropriate 365 days a year. Co-owner Ellen Shepp attributes the resurgence of all things Barbie to our collective nostalgia for childhood sweethearts and recommends pieces like Moschino’s fuchsia tweed jacket ($1,380) and Balenciaga’s pinker-than-pink long-sleeve dress. ($1,890) pictured above and in-store right now. We also fell in love with this metallic bag by Think Royln ($128).
1811 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.

Bus stop shop

Bus Stop Boutique Pink Topaz Strappy Sandals / Photography by Schuyler Alig

The latest collection of BUS STOP X shoes designed by Brennan, LOUD explores the psychology of color through playful and intentional design. One of the styles in this new collection — the Pink Topaz Strappy Sandal ($295) in pink suede with gold and pink two-tone recycled fishskin and a shimmery pink beaded metallic patent leather heel – is the perfect Barbie shoe. “The pearly pink iridescent accent on the heel adds just a hint of shimmer and sparkle,” says Brennan. “We like these Pink Opal sandals paired with a pink mini dress in any shade of pink, a bold pink floral dress or a pink jumpsuit.
727 4th Street South, Queen Village.

Lilly Pulitzer

Left to right: Donna square-neck romper, Pollie midi dress and Clarise shift dress / Photographs courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer

Of course, this list could never be complete without the ultimate Barbiecore supplier before Barbiecore. The brand’s founder once said, “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink,” and moving its headquarters from Palm Beach to King of Prussia hasn’t dampened that ultra-bright vision and aesthetic. . With a “Resort 365” attitude, Lilly Pulitzer peddles candy pink splashy prints all year round, from dresses and sweaters to shoes and diaries. Our favorite current deals to get that Barbie-chic style are (pictured above): the Donna Square Neck Romper ($188), the Pollie Midi Dress ($258) and the Clarise shift dress ($228). But honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of their items.
25 Coulter Ave, Ardmore; 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia; and 2009 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ.

jurgi

Calfskin and suede Lili bag by Jurgi / Photograph by Cory Foote

You may remember this show-stop fuchsia Lili bag ($390) from our August issue, and we’re still obsessed. The calfskin and suede bag has a detachable shoulder strap so you can take it from day to night effortlessly, much like when Barbie’s dress turned into a mini with the magic of Velcro! Lithuanian-born, downtown-based designer Jurgita Stahlecker only sells her bags on lineand they sell out fast, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

LILA Philadelphia

Left to right: June dress and Giornata dress / Photographs courtesy of LILA Philadelphia

“Our approach has been towards more sustainable fashion that our customers can wear for years, rather than just one season,” preface Laura Anne Lamprou, co-founder of LILA Philadelphia. “However, there are definitely a few pieces in the store that speak to the Barbiecore trend. I think – all pink! We were immediately drawn to the light dress Giornata ($155) and covered heart June dress ($188) whose über-adorable print is kept out of sweet-sweet territory by its more conservative silhouette and midi length.
4339 Main Street, Manayunk.

Shop Sixty-Five

Aminah Open Toe ‘Barbie’ Pumps / Photo courtesy of Shop Sixty Five

We still haven’t finished this boutique leaving Rittenhouse, but it’s worth a visit for a selection of pink perfection from brands like LoveShackFantasy and Hemant and Nandita. Plus those amazing open ends Aminah “Barbie” pumps ($505) and candy pink Paris Texas knee high boots ($778) are everything. “Mix and match your 50 shades of monochromatic pink from head to toe,” recommends Jamie Tucker, head of fashion at the boutique. “The comeback is always stronger.”
53 West State Street, Doylestown; and 8411 Ventnor Avenue, Margate, NJ.

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