Here’s how to dress like Barbie’s Ken this summer
It’s Barbie week, and if you’re wondering how to style like Ryan Gosling as Ken, look no further
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words Rhys Thomas
Here in the wooniverse, we are casting our pinkest telescope out toward the Barbie-verse as we eagerly await the premiere of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie on July 21. And, sure, Barbie is about Barbie, as it should be! And we’ve already seen Margot Robbie dressing much like Barbie dolls of the decades gone by, including the first ever Barbie Doll (released in 1959) who - get this - didn’t wear pink! And there’s plenty of info on how to nail Barbiecore out there, but now we’re casting our gaze on Ken.
Specifically, Ryan Gosling's iteration of Ken. The actor, who first snared hearts in The Notebook is back as the sweet, heart-warming, life-affirming heartthrob (and queer icon) that is Ken. The Ken doll has many vibes. From the iconic Earring Magic Ken, to the uber Club Tropicana-leaning Cool Times Ken, to the Sugar Daddy Ken - there’s a lot that Gosling’s Ken could’ve pulled from (and does). But he’s not quite sticking to the narrative of Ken - the doll's - wardrobe.
What underpins the Gosling Ken look is that it stays on the cheery and lively side of elegant, and the elegant side of cheery and lively. That’s what we’re going for with the vibes here. If you’re looking to get your big Ken energy this summer, then you’ll want to read on. Enjoy!
no shade, but yes shades
Obviously, Ken knows the importance of eye protection (and making sure it’s elegant and understated). These silver aviator-style frames with a black plastic ear grip are very sleek, making a statement without taking over the general vibes of a look. Perfect summer sunnies. They’ll look neat in a shirt pocket, too.
Made in Italy out of linen, this beige suit is easy, breezy, beautiful. The fit is quite top heavy so if you’re looking for someone that feels a little oversized but fits well, this is a good option. We reckon this is a great lounging-around-on-holiday suit. Wear a little white vest instead of a shirt, have a little glass of water, watch the world go by while your Barbie does some shopping or goes about being a doctor/CEO/lawyer/anchor woman. Bliss.
because of course
While Normal People’s Connell may have set hearts racing with the chain a few years back, we all know a chain is still a hot boy thing, and Ken won’t necessarily make it his signature flourish, but he will absolutely be in the cohort of hot bois who wear little chains. Garbstore’s classic curb-link chain is ideal for both styling alone and suspending your favourite pendants on. It’s thin, sterling silver, and can make even more of a statement if you want it to. Perfect.
if movies had scent
Ken smells good, always. And there’s smelling good and there’s smelling so good that it makes you feel good. This is the latter, but that’s by design, see Gabar uses aromatherapy as primary influence in designing their great smelling fragrances that genuinely help you to feel a certain way. Oh, and some profits are donated to charity, Ken smells good and Ken does good.
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