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Mermaidcore 2023: Styles Inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Mermaidcore has been making waves in the fashion world for over a century. But thanks to Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid and Halle Bailey’s iconic red carpet looks, mermaid fever is back with a splash! Ruffles, pearls, sequins, seashells, and cascading wavy locks are not just another TikTok trend. High-end fashion brands from Versace to Valentino embraced mermaid couture in their 2023 spring collections.

On the red carpet, A-listers can’t resist their inner siren. Supermodel Naomi Campbell blessed our eyes with a shimmering seashell bra moment in a figure hugging Schiaparelli gown at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Meanwhile, Quinta Brunson gave us flirty mermaid chic with a fringe Jean-Louis Sabaji gown accented with seashell detailing. And we can’t forget about Heidi Klum’s ethereal, water-inspired peekaboo gown at the premiere of Avatar 2: The Way of Water. But our all-time favorite goes to the spring 1997 Mugler couture gown passed down from 90s JLo to Beyonce to supermodel Irina Shayk!

Beyond the glitz and glam of runways and red carpets, Mermaidcore has found their place in everyday street style. Fashion icons like Blake Lively and Gigi Hadid opted for subtle oceanic charm with seashell necklaces. And we absolutely can’t get over Hailey Bieber’s sequin mini in an ocean turquoise.  So whether you’re doing head to toe mermaid glam, or adding a sea-sational touch with ocean themed accessories, get ready to dive into your inner sea siren with these 4 fabulous mermaid trends in 2023.

Mother of Pearl

Nothing says sophisticated mermaid babe more than organically shaped pearls. Compared to your standard round pearls, organically shaped mother of pearls still show the natural iridescent streaks, adding a hint of mermaid flair. Alana Marie jewelry is our go-to for subtle mermaid glam. Who knew mermaidcore fashion could be this effortless?

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Distressed Fabrics

Shipwrecked on shore, but make it Vogue. Not only are distressed fabrics perfect for summer weather, they also make cute swimsuit cover ups. Get them as an oversized statement piece, or wear them alone like this Coco Set from Thrifts + Threads.

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Seashell Bags

Bring some mermaid flair to your look with a seashell-shaped bag (say that three times). Opt for a metallic finish or classic nude to match any outfit and occasion.

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Wavy Locks

A mermaid’s hair is meant to blow in the sea-salted wind and cascade upon the sun-kissed naked body. R&B sensation H.E.R and Miley Cyrus show us exactly how it’s done. And like Khloe Kardashian, we’re obsessed with this tool for big, bouncy waves. Style your hair in dramatic XL waves or leave it shiny and slicked back like you just came out of the water. To go full on mermaidcore, complete your look with iridescent eyeshadow and dewy, glowing skin.

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