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Ah, mermaidcore — the TikTok aesthetic first gained traction last summer, but it’s quickly ramping up to become the social platform’s favorite fashion style for summer 2023. After all, The Little Mermaid live-action remake is hitting theaters May 26, so it’s only natural for people to want to copy Disney’s latest “It princess.”
Mermaidcore pulls inspiration from TV and movie mermaids like Ariel and Aquamarine. All you need is a few embellished pieces — think pearls, rhinestones, beads and sequins — and to lean into the blue, teal, aqua and green colors. Nonetheless, you don’t have to be at the beach or even at the pool to live your best mermaid-inspired life. You can wear the style pretty much anywhere. Pair your look with natural beach waves and glittery eyeshadow or go all out with jewelry, whozits and whatzits galore.
Take a look below at seven items to help you achieve your own mermaidcore look this summer.
1. Sunset & Spring Embellished Denim Jacket, $128
This pearl-embellished denim jacket is slightly oversized and looks great with skirts, slip dresses, shorts and more.
2. Lulus Sleek Essence Blue Satin Halter Sleeveless Mini Dress, $68
Slip into this blue halter dress and pair it with metallic or sparkly heels for a summer night out.
3. Hey Harper Olivia Earrings, $59 (Orig. $67)
All of Hey Harper’s jewelry is waterproof, meaning it won’t tarnish or fade. So, you can be like a real mermaid and wear your earrings in the ocean (or in the pool) worry-free.
4. Steve Madden Haydn-R Rhinestones Sandal, $89.95
These comfortable flat sandals come in several metallic and solid colors. However, the most mermaid-esque ones are this rhinestone pair or another embellished with pearls.
5. LPA Ryclen Open Knit Midi Dress, $198
Crochet knits and mesh are all over stores this season. You can wear this dress as a swimsuit coverup or pop it over your favorite slip dress for a more beachy vibe.
6. Staud Beaded Bean Convertible Bag, $168.75 with Code SAVEMORE (Orig. $225)
Staud’s Bean Bag has a removable shoulder strap you can remove to carry it like a clutch. Score it while it’s 30% off at Bloomingdale’s in this gorgeous beaded blue. (Nonetheless, if you like the embellished look but want to spend less, Bloomingdale’s Aqua brand also has this gorgeous blue sequin baguette bag for under $100.)
7. Lulus Catch a Spark White and Beige Sequin Romper, $66
This romper has a sheer mesh overlay adorned with shiny white sequins that don’t sparkle too much (aka, you won’t feel over the top, even if you wear it during the daytime).
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