Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fairytale Style Crush: Mermaids

Fairytale Style Crush: Mermaid 1
Fairytale Style Crush: Mermaid 1 by quirkichik featuring nautical home decor

I haven't done a 'Fairytale Style Crush' post a second time yet and I thought I would like to write another. Here it is! I did recieve a request to write a 'Little Red Riding Hood' post, but I don't really feel inspired to do that right now, so I thought I probably wouldn't put as much thought into it as I would like. I am definitely hoping to write one for that character in the future though. The idea behind these posts is to create everyday outfit inspiration from fairytale characters, but if you wish to use these as ideas for fancy dress go right ahead.

When I was a young child I had a Video of 'The Little Mermaid'. It was the 1975 cartoon of the original story where the mermaid turns into seafoam at the end. Later on, my sister and I obtained a taped copy of the 'Sabrina Down Under' movie where Sabrina from 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' goes to Australia and meets two mermaids. This movie was much more cheerful and a whole lot of fun. I never saw the Ariel episode on 'Once Upon a Time' or really paid that much attention to Disney's version of 'The Little Mermaid'. However, I did watch 'Splash', the 'H2O' TV series, part of 'Mako Mermaids' TV series, And, a movie called 'Aquamarine'. I also think that Courtney Love had a very bohemian mermaid-esque look during 1998, but that could just be me wanting to relate things to celebrities that I think are cool...

mermaid palette
mermaid palette by quirkichik on Polyvore

Above I have posted a palette of colours that I think are very mermaid-y. The colours don't look as bright as I had hoped. I tried to go for colours I had seen mermaids illustrated as or dressed up as, as well as colours found on the beach or in the ocean. In 'Aquamarine' the mermaid's tale is the same colour as her name (and yep the movie is named after her), while the girls off of 'H2O' have gold tales, And, the Merman on 'Mako Mermaids' has a blue tale.

 I included several shades of blue and blue-green to match the sea, Coral colours to match the shells and starfish, bronze colours to match the sand and the rocks, And, Mauves because of the sunset.I would also include some more neutral colours such as white, beige, black, navy and grey. As well as metallics like pearl white, gold and silver. I don't think that an outfit has to be limited by this colour palette, to show that it is mermaid-inspired, but I think these colours definitely help.

I think shiny fabrics like Satin, as well as flowy fabrics like chiffon and plain fabrics like cotton or polyester are appropriate. Denim would create a casual look and fit in well with the colour palette. Cool textures would be textures that give off shine or a pattern that resembles scales such as beaded textures, sequins, glitter and lace. Modern attempts at 1920s fashion seem to suit this style especially well, because some of the ruffles, scallop cuts, scallop patterns and art deco patterns are very suited to creating a scale effect.

fairytale style crush mermaid 2
fairytale style crush mermaid 2 by quirkichik on Polyvore

I think a lot of 1920s and 1930s silhouettes suit this look. Some of the bohemian styles that were re-introduced in the mid 00s were also very suited. Detailed tank tops, art deco style lace tops, maxi skirts, oyster skirts, flared pants, crocheted cardigans, And, formal/semi-formal dresses that have a form fitting bodice and a flared skirt are all items I consider (with the right colours, accessories and details) to be suited to that look.

Well, mermaids didn't really wear shoes, even in their land form. I would probably go with some sandals or embellished flats, but each to their own. You can do what ever you want.

Clam-shaped clutch bags are cool and very mermaid-like. Other cool mermaid inspired jewels or accessories could include a belt with a shell clasp, starfish brooches, sea themed bracelets, locket necklaces and scarves with sea-style print. 

mermaid style crush 3
mermaid style crush 3 by quirkichik on Polyvore

Hair set into curls or waves is very traditional for a mermaid. I would also suggest a braided up do or a wet-look hair style set with gel. You could also include sea-themed hair accessories or put beads in the hair.

Mermaids are most often illustrated sitting on rocks, brushing their hair and looking into mirrors. Don't ask me where the mirrors come from, but with all that sitting in the sun, with light reflecting off of the water and sand particles stuck to their bodies, they ought to look a bit bronzed and shimmery. I suggest a bronze, pale apricot or  mauve blush. I also suggest a natural to medium colour on the lips and a shimmer applied to the cheek bones. While silver, gold and bronze shimmers can be used to accent parts of the face (like the lips in the board above) darker, more intense shimmers would look nice on the eyes. I would choose a clear or dark brown mascara. 

I've seen a lot of really nice nail-art as shown above, There are sand designs, scale designs and shell designs. 

That was all folks. I hope you enjoyed my Style Crush post and I look forward to hearing any requests you have for these posts (fairytale or not) I promise I will get around to them all at some stage.

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Jessica Cangiano said...

Splendidly lovely post! My inner child - who still knows just about every word of Disney's Little Mermaid by heart - as well as my adult self both smiled gleefully over this beautiful ode to one of the best mythical beings of all time.

♥ Jessica

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

thanks :)