Barbie Clothes

Here’s a post that you can skip entirely if you do not have a little 4-6 year old girl or niece.

Our little Ella Joy, like so many girls in her age, likes to play with her Barbie dolls. Knowing that Santa is busy wrapping up gifts, she told me she really hopes Santa will bring her new outfits for her Barbie dolls for Christmas. I told her I’ll send him a text to let him know.

So, I just spent 15minutes perusing Amazon in sheer disbelief! Can anyone explain why the official Barbie clothes are so incredibly provocative?

I just couldn't get myself to buy any of these and tried Etsy. Hoping that I can't be the only mom out there wishing for more stylish, less skin revealing Barbie fashion! Very much to my surprise, there are PAGES and PAGES of handmade stylish Barbie Clothes. All you Etsy Fairies, I love you! Everything that you can think of is for sale: hats, dresses, leggings, knitted sweaters, panties, you name it.

And hey, there's even a fancy orange-white knitted sweater for Ken.

Here are some of the shops I ended up buying some outfits for Ella’s dolls:

Grandma Linda’s House
Love 2 Knit Doll Clothes
Poppy Frocks
Marianne’s Collection, Handmade Doll Clothes
The Designing Rose
Little Miss Crafts
All 4 U
TrailsCrafts

25 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Even when she’s a Doctor she looks like she is about to burst out of an oversized cake. Drives me crazy.

  2. Olivia, that comment made me laugh out loud!

  3. You should also check out http://www.tinyfrockshop.com/ … its run by my friend Pamela!

  4. Store bought barbie clothes are just so…can i say slutty? and really really inappropriate. Etsy is a really wonderful resource and i’m really glad it exists. There’s just so many wonderful sellers that are so incredibly talented. Also Etsy helps support local artists and small business which is always great.

  5. You forgot about all the little boys who happen to like playing with Barbie… My 4 year old son is getting his second Barbie doll for Christmas (because our dog amputated the first one; those stick legs – so great to chew on :-)

    I totally agree with you on the provocative issue. I buy only vintage Barbie clothes – on ebay.

  6. “if you do not have a little 4-6 year old girl or niece.”
    - There are adults who like to collect dolls and play with them, share photos of them, etc.
    Anyway, thank you that you bought from me :)

  7. When my sisters and I were little our absolute favorite Barbie dress that we’d fight over was a long, flowy (not at all scandalous) handmade dress. These unique pieces will be appreciated so much more than any generic super short and tight “future Frederick’s” outfits.

  8. Are you aware of the Barbie “I Can Be…” range?

    “Barbie® I Can Be…™ dolls and accessories empower girls to play out different roles and “try on” fabulous careers.”

    Here’s Barbie, “Computer Engineer”:

    http://shop.mattel.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4032107

  9. I feel your pain. My girls are now in their late teens, but even back a dozen years ago slutty clothes ruled. It gets worse when you try to buy clothes for your daughter in the juniors department. Half of the selections violate most school dress codes. :P

    When I was a kid, my mother had two friends who made my sister and I entire wardrobes. One friend made exquisite dresses…wedding, formal, ballet, travel outfits. The other knitted ‘sportswear’. I loved every outfit–yet had no idea how special they were until my own daughters had the dolls.

  10. As a father, it’s mostly this reason that I do not buy my children Barbies. I think she represents unrealistic expectations in more ways than one. My girls love the american girl dolls, which are WAY too expensive IMO, but Target and Home Sew have some 18″ doll knock-offs that they love just the same. The nice thing too is that my wife can make them clothes a lot easier (and fancier) than Barbie, and they feel like they are playing with a daughter or little sister, rather than an adult. Anyway, kudos for standing up for modesty!

  11. Here is another great site: http://www.lovvbugg.com

    Doll-clothes, accessories and creative play, owned by a mother of 4 children in Virginia!

  12. Totally agree about Barbie, but TEXTING Santa…??

  13. @Rebecca, how do YOU communicate with Santa?

  14. Totally agree….thanks for saying that out loud!! The clothes that Mattel produces are really inappropriate given their “target audience”- 4-9 year old little girls! I was shocked to see the 3-pack of slutty outfits that my daughter received as a gift…looked like clothes for a hooker.

  15. I have to assume that reception stinks at the North Pole (Santa has an iphone, you know), so I go old school and write a letter, addressed to:

    Santa
    c/o Workshop
    The North Pole
    At the top, World 01010

    Some years I just close my eyes and WISH real hard.

  16. I have a son, but even when I was a kid I made my own barbie clothes. A few years ago, I knit some clothes for a neighbor girl’s bratz doll. I think those dolls are even worse than barbie, not to mention how disturbing it is to have to pull their feet off in order to dress them.

    Anyway, I email Santa: http://emailsanta.com/

  17. My mother detested Barbies, too, and refused to buy any of these clothes, So we started to sew, crochet, glue our own Barbie fashion – lots of fun, and a steep learning curve, very much to the motherly satisfaction!

  18. I hope you will all come and check out my resale Barbie clothing shop that Jamie mentioned called Tiny Frock Shop.

    We are having a big Holiday sale on select merchandise!!! Use coupon code Holiday10 at check out for an additional 20% off!!!

    We also sell gift packs in 10, 20, 30 and $40 amounts if you want a broad array of items picked by our Tiny Frock Shop stylists!

    http://www.tinyfrockshop.com

    Thanks for checking us out and pass it along!!

    Pamela :)

  19. You should also check out http://www.fashionetteparis.com. Their clothes are made by two Parisians with fabrics sourced for designers of prêt-à-porter. And, yes, they ship to the United States.

  20. SM–I did the exact same thing! My four year old has Barbies, but the clothing..ugh, and those hooker shoes! So, I went on to Etsy and Ebay– got a whole slew of amazing 70′s and 80′s era clothing for them for the price of 3 of those “provocative” new outfits…not to mention a vintage gray and pink Camaro convertible!
    Only problem is, I seem to like to play with them now more than my daughter!

  21. I thought I was the only person who refused to let her daughter have Barbie s**t clothes. I throw them away and only keep decent jeans, shirts, skirts etc and (mostly) sensible shoes. It is a trial to find them, but I must have managed as a friend told me all our Barbies dress like KD Lang. Good!

  22. I too found the clothes currently available inappropriate for my 3 year old grandaughter, thanks for pullig all of these site together.

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  24. I have a lot of hand made Barbie clothes and vintage. I would appreciate any comments on where to sell these or donate for a good cause. Thanks

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