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Classic Barbie Body vs New Barbie Body

Classic body Barbie and new body Barbie can not always wear the same clothes

Article explaining the Barbie body differences

I have been meaning to write this article for a long time now so I thought that with the site makeover, it would be a good time to add it.

Most people, I am sure, are aware of the changes that occurred with the Barbie doll's body in the last decade. It was slow to happen at first but eventually the Barbie doll bustline started to shrink from 5 1/2 inches, which is what I call the "classic" doll body, to 4 1/2 to 5 inches, which is what most of the dolls have at this time. 

You may still find the more expensive collector Barbie dolls with the classic build, but for the most part, dolls being manufactured now and most of them manufactured in the last several years, will be the newer body.

When you go through checkout, sometimes you may wonder why you can't leave the page where you fill out all your information. If you look closely, you'll see that there is a pull-down which is required. This has the choices of telling me whether your Barbie has a 5 1/2, 5 or 4 1/2 inch bustline. If you honestly don't know and you don't have the doll in hand, just make an educated guess. If your child is under 7 years old, there's a good chance she has the newer Barbie. The safest choice when shopping for Barbie clothes if you are not sure about the specific measurement of the new Barbie is to go with 5 inches. Normally what I make for the 5 inch will still fit the 4 1/2 inch bustline Barbie doll.

But it's a whole different ball game when you try to put a strapless gown which is made for the classic doll, onto a newer 4 1/2 inch chested Barbie. It will be way too loose and quite simply, will probably fall down causing a major wardrobe malfunction along with a little embarrassment. It's possible that the classic may fit the 5 inch if you pull it in a little tighter.

It's always best to be safe and have some idea of the bustline measurement of the doll or dolls you are buying for. Hopefully now you know a little more about why I think it is important for me to know what type of doll you have.

Here is a picture just to show you the difference between my classic doll (on your right) and my newer Nikki (on your left), one of the Barbie friends dolls:

Barbie Body Comparison classic vs new