five outfit formulas inspired by runway polly pocket
hot take: I preferred the styling for Marc Jacobs over Margiela
Fashion’s been on a doll kick since 2022, and the Marc Jacobs show gave us a marionette reverie of plasticky clothes, blown-out hair, spider eyelashes and stiff Mattel-syndrome joints. While the models resembled 1960s Barbies, the gummy clothes were Polly Pocket to a tee. As a Polly Pocket girl (I have a few of the 90s lockets), I loved the universe Marc Jacobs created with the oversized table and chair set—a real dollhouse. Like that exhibit at the Broad Museum.
Between the oily sheen of the Marc Jacobs clothes and the viral doll-skin Pat McGrath makeup for Margiela, the plastic effect is having a moment. I interpret this as the designer’s commentary on artifice vs. reality with respect to our bodies. I mean, scientists have found microplastics in our bloodstream and in fetal tissue so…it’s like, on a cellular level we sort of are becoming plastic dolls. I can’t think about that too much without feeling a massive sense of doom.
Back to Marc Jacobs. The more colorful looks in particular were a near perfect match for 90s Polly Pockets. I only wish the models were sent down the runway with Polly Pocket lockets around their necks.
Below, five outfit formulas inspired by runway Polly Pocket. If you have a pair of tights and mary jane heels, you’re honestly halfway there already.
Ochre Leather Jacket + Tights + Mary Jane Heels
Red Crewneck + Leather Effect Long Shorts + Loafers
Purple Velour Track Set + Mary Jane Heels
Light Yellow Chunky Knit + Navy Skirt + Mary Jane Heels
Neon Pink Crewneck + Navy Skirt + Mary Jane Heels
I scoured secondhand sites for similar pieces that capture the spirit of the look. They are more ready-to-wear and affordable than the runway versions.
Note: these looks are all hosiery dependent so I recommend the $15 Calzedonia tights (they have a great pair in cherry red).