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The Mermaidcore Fashion Trend Is Making Its Comeback And We’re Excited

The Mermaidcore Fashion Trend Is Making Its Comeback And We’re Excited



his spring, get ready to make a splash in the fashion world with the resurgence of the mermaidcore fashion trend. This style incorporates elements of iridescence, scales, and sea-inspired accents into clothing and accessories—and those who have a knack for infusing fantasy and whimsy into their wardrobe are already nose-deep in this trend

Twenty-twenty-three is the year to dive into ocean energy and embrace your inner mermaid. Even if you’re not big on unlocking your siren energy, there’s no doubt some of the details are a sight for the eyes.

These mermaidcore fashion looks are still trending this year…

#1. Pearl embellished dresses

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Test the waters with ensembles with pearl-inspired details. These looks are ornately detailed and can be red-carpet-ready with statement jewelry. If you’re feeling a tad casual, dress down with sandals for a daytime look, or wear a pearl-detailed top and plain bottoms.

#2. Tail numbers

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Tail dresses have a flared hemline that resembles a mermaid tail, often in a fishtail silhouette. They are mostly paired with heels and statement jewelry. Due to their dramatic nature, they’re reserved for major occasions.

#3. Shell bra tops

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These tops feature shells or shell-inspired embellishments and are one of the major highlights of full-on mermaid-core fashion trends. They can be styled with high-waisted shorts or a flowing skirt for a beachy, boho look.

Take the shell theme up a notch by matching a hairstyle. This features braids adorned with shells or shell-inspired hair accessories. This can be achieved by braiding the hair and then adding small shells, cowries, or shell-shaped hair clips along the braid.

#4. Ocean-inspired prints

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Get ocean-inspired this year by wearing clothes designed with corals, palm trees, seaweed, and fish. Pair them with neutral colors for a subtle nod to the mermaid trend, or with other ocean-themed hues for a bolder look.

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#5. Blue hues

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Set free the mermaid energy in you by wearing blue hues. A pastel blue dress paired with brown sandals is the perfect inspiration for the oceans and the beach. Otherwise, rock a turquoise skirt and matching crop top with a brightly colored blazer for a more serious vibe.

To emphasize the look, have on mermaid braids. This hairstyle involves braiding the hair in a way that resembles the scales of a mermaid’s tail. Mermaid braids can be achieved by braiding small sections of hair one after the other to create a fishtail-like look. The duo is defo a pair made in Atlantis.

#6. Mermaid scale leggings

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These fish-scale-inspired leggings can be worn with a flowy top and sandals for a laid-back look or spruced up with heels and a sparkly top for a night out. Don’t forget to give your hair and face the color it deserves.

This mermaidcore fashion features hair dyed in colors inspired by the ocean, such as soft shades of blue, green, and turquoise. This can be achieved by using temporary or semi-permanent hair dyes, or by using hair chalk or color spray. Always consider the event you’re to attend, and slay accordingly. You don’t want to be over or underdressed.

Note: You can mix and match different elements of the trend, such as pairing a pearl-embellished updo with beachy waves or wearing a shell-adorned braid with a mermaid tail skirt.

#7. Ocean-inspired accessories

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The mermaidcore fashion trend includes several accessories, such as shell jewelry, starfish hair clips, iridescent bags, feather details that resemble seaweed, and mermaid-inspired headbands. These accessories can be incorporated into outfits in various ways, such as:

  • Wearing a shell choker necklace with a flowy, off-the-shoulder dress.
  • Adding a pair of iridescent hoop earrings to a denim jumpsuit.
  • Using a starfish hair clip to accessorize a messy bun or ponytail.
  • Carrying an iridescent clutch or handbag to add a pop of color to an all-black outfit.
  • When pairing accessories with specific clothing items, it’s important to consider the look you’re going for.

For a more casual, beachy vibe, pairing shell jewelry with a sundress or denim shorts can be a great way to achieve the mermaidcore aesthetic. Show up for formal events by integrating polychromatic bags and shoes to add a touch of luxury and glamor. It’s important to remember the balance of colors and textures when pairing accessories with clothing items.

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Leverage the mermaid-core fashion trend to tap into the fantasy side of your wardrobe. With its focus on rainbow colors and sea-inspired details, it’s a perfect way to switch on the playfulness of your everyday look. Whether you choose to wear a mermaid-inspired dress, a pair of colorful shoes, or a mermaid-inspired accessory, you’re in order.

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