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The Girly Girl aesthetic is characterized by a feminine and playful style that embraces elements such as floral prints, pastel colors, ruffles, bows, and cute details, reflecting a love for all things sweet, delicate, and whimsical. Girly girl, or hyperfeminine, is an umbrella term for girly aesthetics like Coquette, Softgirl, Barbiecore, Bimbocore, and others, although not every girly girl look is going to fit into a specific different aesthetic. Not to be confused with the Japanese Girly Kei style.

History[]

The history of the girly girl aesthetic can be traced back to various periods and cultural influences. While the concept of femininity and its expression has evolved over time, the girly girl aesthetic celebrates traditional notions of femininity, emphasizing playfulness, charm, and a love for all things considered traditionally feminine.

In the early 20th century, the Gibson Girl, popularized by the illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson, represented the idealized image of the modern, independent woman. She was characterized by her fashionable clothing, poise, and confidence. The Gibson Girl aesthetic embodied a blend of elegance and femininity, which set the foundation for later expressions of the girly girl style.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the girly girl aesthetic was further shaped by the post-war culture in the United States. This era saw the rise of feminine fashion icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, who epitomized grace, glamour, and timeless femininity. Pastel colors, floral prints, full skirts, and tailored dresses became popular elements of the girly girl wardrobe.

The 1980s witnessed a resurgence of the girly girl aesthetic, influenced by the rise of pop culture icons like Madonna and the "preppy" fashion trend. This era embraced bold colors, ruffles, bows, and playful accessories. The girly girl style was characterized by a blend of youthful innocence and exuberance, with a focus on bright, eye-catching fashion choices.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the concept of the girly girl aesthetic experienced a shift as it incorporated elements of the "kawaii" (cute) culture from Japan. This influence brought forth a new wave of girly girl fashion, characterized by pastel colors, cute characters, frilly details, and a sense of childlike whimsy.

Today, the girly girl aesthetic continues to evolve, influenced by various subcultures, fashion trends, and individual interpretations. It can be seen in a range of styles, from vintage-inspired looks to modern takes on femininity. The girly girl aesthetic celebrates femininity in all its forms and provides individuals with a platform for self-expression through fashion, embracing elements like delicate fabrics, floral patterns, bows, ruffles, and soft color palettes.

Visuals[]

Girly girl visuals encompass a range of elements that evoke femininity, softness, and a playful aesthetic. Here are some examples of girly girl visuals:

  • Floral prints: Girly girls often gravitate towards clothing and accessories featuring vibrant and delicate floral patterns. These prints can be found on dresses, skirts, blouses, scarves, and even shoes.
  • Pastel colors: Soft pastel hues like pink, lavender, mint green, baby blue, and peach are commonly associated with girly girl visuals. These colors create a gentle and dreamy atmosphere.
  • Ruffles and lace: Girly girl fashion embraces frills, ruffles, and lace as decorative elements. They can be seen on sleeves, collars, hemlines, and even socks or tights, adding a touch of femininity and romance to the overall look.
  • Bows and ribbons: Girly girls often incorporate bows and ribbons into their outfits and hairstyles. These accessories can be found on dresses, blouses, headbands, hair clips, or tied around ponytails or braids.
  • Flowy silhouettes: Girly girl fashion often features clothing with flowy and flared silhouettes. Dresses and skirts that twirl and move gracefully are a common choice to enhance the feminine and playful vibe.
  • Cute and whimsical details: Girly girl visuals can include playful and whimsical details like animal prints, polka dots, cartoon characters, or cute motifs such as hearts, stars, or unicorns.
  • Delicate jewelry: Girly girls often wear delicate and dainty jewelry pieces like charm bracelets, delicate necklaces with pendants, and earrings with feminine designs such as flowers or butterflies.
  • Sweet and feminine makeup: Girly girl aesthetics can be complemented by soft and natural makeup looks. This may include rosy cheeks, pastel eyeshadows, fluttery lashes, and soft pink or peachy lips.

Fashion[]

Girly girl fashion refers to a style that embraces femininity, softness, and a youthful aesthetic. It often incorporates elements such as floral patterns, pastel colors, ruffles, lace, bows, and other delicate details. Girly girl fashion emphasizes a sweet and romantic look, with an emphasis on dresses, skirts, and feminine silhouettes.

Some key characteristics of girly girl fashion include:

  • Dresses and skirts: Girly girls often gravitate towards dresses and skirts as their go-to clothing choices. These pieces are typically flowy, with flared or A-line shapes, and may feature floral prints or lace accents.
  • Pastel colors: Soft, pastel hues such as pink, lavender, mint green, baby blue, and lemon yellow are commonly associated with girly girl fashion. These colors evoke a gentle and feminine vibe.
  • Frills and ruffles: Girly girl fashion embraces frills and ruffles as decorative elements. They can be found on sleeves, hemlines, or collars, adding a touch of playfulness and femininity to the outfits.
  • Cute accessories: Girly girls often accessorize their outfits with bows, ribbons, headbands, and floral hair accessories. These details enhance the overall girly and youthful look.
  • Feminine footwear: Girly girl fashion incorporates feminine footwear choices such as ballet flats, Mary Janes, kitten heels, or sandals with dainty embellishments. These shoes complement the overall aesthetic and add a touch of elegance.

Food and Drinks[]

  • Bubblegum
  • Cakes
  • Cake pops
  • Chantilly
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Cotton candy
  • Cupcakes
  • Donuts
  • Ice cream
  • Lollipops
  • Tea
  • Marshmallows
  • Milk
  • Milkshakes
  • Strawberries
  • Toast
  • Boba tea
  • Smoothies
  • Crepes
  • Eclairs

Activities[]

  • Shopping
  • Trying on clothes
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Doing your nails
  • Taking care of your hair
  • Skin care
  • Doing your makeup
  • Going to beauty salons
  • Eating desserts
  • Watching movies and series primarily aimed at female audiences
  • Daydreaming
  • Collecting flowers
  • Taking care of animals
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Reading magazines
  • Listening to music (especially pop music)
  • Posting on social media
  • Going on dates with romantic partners
  • Going out with friends
  • Smelling Perfumes

Criticism[]

Narrow definition of femininity[]

By heavily emphasizing traditionally feminine traits, such as wearing pastel colors, embracing frilly clothing, and adhering to stereotypical beauty standards, the aesthetic may inadvertently reinforce societal pressures and expectations placed on women. This can limit self-expression and create unrealistic ideals, suggesting that femininity is confined to specific appearances and behaviors.

Materialism[]

Another criticism relates to the consumerism associated with the girly girl aesthetic. The aesthetic often revolves around the consumption of fashion, beauty products, and material possessions. This consumerist aspect can promote a culture of excessive consumption and reinforce societal pressures to constantly strive for new products, which can be detrimental to both the environment and individual well-being. Analysts have observed how stereotypical representations of femininity have traditionally been associated with consumerism throughout history, as seen in Marie Antoinette.

Media[]

Girly Girls are one of the most used character tropes in popular media.

Television[]

  • Strawberry Shortcake (TV series)
  • Barbie
  • My Little Pony
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Care Bears
  • Hello Kitty's Paradise
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • The Smurfs
  • Rainbow Brite
  • Middlemost Post
  • Any Sanrio cartoon
  • Monster High
  • Ever After High
  • Bratz
  • Winx Club
  • Totally Spies!
  • Some Disney Channel series
  • Lalaloopsy
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Polly Pocket
  • Precure
  • Tokyo Mew Mew
  • Sailor Moon
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Pripara
  • Idol Time Pripara
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Rainbow Rangers
  • Little Charmers
  • Shimmer and Shine

Film[]

  • Pretty In Pink (1986)
  • Pretty Woman (1990)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  • The Virgin Suicides (1999)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001)
  • Sugar and Spice (2001)
  • The Hot Chick (2002)
  • How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003)
  • 13 Going On 30 (2004)
  • Mean Girls (2004)
  • A Cinderella Story (2004)
  • The Devils Wears Prada (2006)
  • She's The Man (2006)
  • Bratz: The Movie (2007)
  • The House Bunny (2008)
  • Wild Child (2008)
  • 16 Wishes (2010)
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • K-12 (2019)
  • Disney Princess movies in general
  • All Barbie movies (including the 2023 one)
  • All movies in the "Tinker Bell" franchise
  • Isn't It Romantic (2019)
  • Pitch Perfect trilogy

Fictional Characters[]

  • Abby Hatcher (Abby Hatcher)
  • Alice (FriendZSpace)
  • All of the Kawaii Crush characters
  • Ambar Smith (season 1, 2, and the end of season 3 of Soy Luna)
  • Ami (HiHi Puffy AmiYumi)
  • Amity Blight (The Owl House)
  • Amy Rose the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Angel (Devilish Hairdresser)
  • Anna Banana (Rainbow Rangers)
  • Ashlynn Ella (Ever After High)
  • Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Baby (Kuu Kuu Harajuku)
  • Ballora (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • Barbie
  • Bijou (Hamtaro)
  • Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)
  • Blythe Baxter (Littlest Pet Shop (2012))
  • BonbonRibbon (Sanrio)
  • Briar Beauty (Ever After High)
  • Brittany Miller (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
  • Bubbles (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • C.A. Cupid (Ever After High and Monster High)
  • Candace (Phineas and Ferb)
  • Carly Shay (iCarly)
  • Cat Valentine (Victorious and Sam & Cat)
  • Charlotte (Making Fiends)
  • Charmy Kitty (Sanrio)
  • Cheer Bear (Care Bears)
  • Cher Horowitz (Clueless)
  • Chii (Chobits)
  • Chloe (Chloe's Closet)
  • Chloé Bourgeois (Miraculous Ladybug)
  • Cleo (FriendZSpace)
  • Cocoa (Is the Order a Rabbit?)
  • Cream the Rabbit (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Daisy (Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!)
  • Dakota (Total Drama)
  • Daphne Blake (Scooby Doo)
  • Dee-Dee (Dexter's Laboratory)
  • DeeDee (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • Dionne Davenport (Clueless)
  • Disgust (Inside Out)
  • Draculaura (Monster High)
  • Ella (Total Drama)
  • Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
  • Emma Manicotti (the first half of Pastacolypse)
  • Flaky (Happy Tree Friends)
  • Flora (Winx Club)
  • Fluttershy (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Foofa (Yo Gabba Gabba!)
  • Framboiloulou (Sanrio)
  • Funtime Chica (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • Garnet (Jewelpet)
  • Gidget (The Secret Life of Pets)
  • Giggles (Happy Tree Friends)
  • Hannah Montana (Hannah Montana)
  • Hello Kitty (Sanrio)
  • I (Alphablocks)
  • Ichigo (Tokyo Mew Mew)
  • Iris (Mighty Mike)
  • JJ (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • Jeanette Miller (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
  • Judo (Bluey)
  • Julie Joyful (Welcome Home)
  • Kate (Puppy in my Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville)
  • Katie Forester/Fumika Kodama (Yo-Kai Watch)
  • Keia (Puppy Dog Pals)
  • Kiki (The Fresh Beat Band)
  • Kitty Fairy (Gabby's Dollhouse)
  • Kongsuni (Kongsuni and Friends)
  • Kuromi (Sanrio, due to her having a girly side)
  • Lammy (Happy Tree Friends)
  • Lavender LaViolette (Rainbow Rangers)
  • Leni Loud (The Loud House)
  • Licca-chan
  • Lili (Tekken)
  • Lola Bunny (The Looney Tunes Show)
  • Lola Loud (The Loud House)
  • Lola Martinez (Zoey 101)
  • Loopy (Pororo the Little Penguin)
  • Lori Loud (The Loud House)
  • Lovetchi (Tamagotchi)
  • Ludmila Ferro (Violetta)
  • Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls)
  • Mandarin Orange (Rainbow Rangers)
  • Mangle (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • Marie (The Aristocats)
  • Marinette Dupain-Cheng (Miraculous Ladybug)
  • Meilin Lee (Turning Red)
  • Melory (Cocotama)
  • Mia (Beatcats)
  • Miffy
  • Mimi (Canimals)
  • Minka Mark (Littlest Pet Shop (2012))
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Miwaku Sakurada (Paradise Kiss)
  • Mofy
  • My Melody (Sanrio)
  • Nana Komatsu (Nana)
  • Owly the Owl (Cueio the Bunny)
  • Pacifica Northwest (Gravity Falls)
  • Pammee (Yoohoo and Friends)
  • Pearl Krabs (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Penny Ling (Littlest Pet Shop (2012))
  • Petunia (Happy Tree Friends)
  • Pilou (44 Cats)
  • Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Polly Pocket
  • Poppet (Moshi Monsters)
  • Poppy (Trolls)
  • Pretty (Kaeloo)
  • Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Rainbow Ruby (Rainbow Ruby)
  • Rarity (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Regina George (Mean Girls)
  • Rita (Jelly Jamm)
  • Rochelle Goyle (Monster High)
  • Rose Lavillant (Miraculous Ladybug)
  • Rosie (Animal Crossing)
  • Sasha Waybright (Amphibia)
  • Sassette Smurfling (The Smurfs)
  • Savannah (LPS Popular)
  • Serena (Pokémon)
  • Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl)
  • Sharpay Evans (High School Musical)
  • Sheree (Julius Jr.)
  • Shimmer (Shimmer and Shine)
  • Shine (Shimmer and Shine)
  • SmurfBlossom (The Smurfs)
  • Smurfette (The Smurfs)
  • Starfire (Teen Titans)
  • Stella (Winx Club)
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Sugarbunnies (Sanrio)
  • Sweet Piano (Sanrio)
  • Sylveon or any Fairy-type Pokémon (Pokémon)
  • Talking Angela (Talking Tom & Friends)
  • The 3 Spies (Totally Spies!)
  • The main Precure protagonists
  • Tilly Green (Big City Greens)
  • Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
  • Toy Chica (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • Tsumugi Kotobuki (K-ON!)
  • U*SA*HA*NA (Sanrio)
  • Unikitty (Unikitty!)
  • Valerie (FriendZSpace)
  • Venus (Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls)
  • Wanda (The Fairly OddParents)
  • Yui Yamada (Kase San)
  • Zoe Trent (Littlest Pet Shop (2012))

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