Mermaidcore is the latest Gen Z trend

Halle Bailey at the LA premiere of "the little mermaid," on May 8.

Mermaidcore is the latest Gen Z trend

Halle Bailey isn’t the only one making a splash.

The 23-year-old stars in “The Little Mermaid,” which opens Friday. In the live-action Disney film, she sports the iridescent flippers you’d expect, and at the various premieres for the movie, she looked the part in shimmering pastel dresses with flared skirts and intricate details.

Other young trendsetters outside the entertainment industry also opt for wet-and-wild looks.

On TikTok, the hashtag #MermaidCore is popular, with over 200 million views.

A recent report via Fashion website Nasty Gal I also found that Google searches for “mermaid style” have increased by 736% worldwide in the last year. On Pinterest, “mermaid core” searches soared 614% ahead of the movie.

The aesthetic mixes coastal loungewear, Y2K glamor and beach bohemian vibes. Shimmering blues, soft sea foam greens and metallic silvers are the primary color palette.

“Mermaidcore is a really fun and fresh trend inspired by oceanic colors and things like shells, pearls and crystals,” Jenny Rojinski, 32, a Fashion designer and content creator from Los Angeles, told The Post. “It makes me feel alive.”

Hailey Bailey donned a Valdrin Sahiti dress that looked like water splashes to the Los Angeles premiere of “The Little Mermaid.”

Jenny Rojinski in the pearl and seashell outfit she handmade for herself.
Rojinski tells The Post that mermaidcore offers a fashionable escape from the monotony of everyday life.

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Halle Bailey (left) as “The Little Mermaid” inspired TikTok content creator Chazlyn Yvonne (right) to participate in the viral #MermaidCore Fashion trend.
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As a DIY design project, Rojinski spent nearly 100 hours creating her own mermaid core lookhandmade a bralette and sarong belt from pearls, shells and fishing line purchased on Amazon.

She also stitched together a sand-white skirt and detachable sleeves from shredded knit, crochet, eyelet and silk brocade fabrics.

On TikTok, her creations have received nearly 700,000 views.

“People love mermaid because it’s an escape, it’s dreamy and it makes you feel like you’re in another world,” Rojinski said.

The coupling of deep-sea flamboyance and wearable art dates back to the 1930s, when couturier Jean Patou’s “water-inspired dress” made its debut in Vogue. In recent years, luxury brands such as Versace, Burberry and Blumarine have revived the fashionable look of the mythical sirens.

Manhattan Fashion consultant Amanda Sanders agrees with Rojinski about the look rooted in escapism.

“It’s a break from reality,” she said, liking the mermaid movement to the recent “Cottagecore” and “Barbiecore” waves.

Heidi Klum in a Jasmine Erbas dress at the LA premiere of Disney's "The little mermaid."
Heidi Klum dazzled in a shimmering blush minidress designed by Jasmine Erbas and shaped like an abstract butterfly.

Melissa McCarthy at the LA premiere of Disney's "The little mermaid."
Melissa McCarthy wowed in a blue Taller Marmo dress with a keyhole cutout neckline and fringe detail at the hemline.
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“’The Little Mermaid’ originally came out [in 1989] as a cartoon, so it’s nostalgic for millennials and Gen Z,” Sanders added. “It’s a fun, fantasy Fashion trend that lets people express a childlike playfulness through their wardrobe.”

Chazlyn Yvonne, 21, a self-confessed “funny content creator” on social media, told The Post that immerse herself in mermaid mania you unlocked her inner child.

“It’s liberating,” says the tastemaker.

She wore a $160 sea foam green “Siena” dress Wild Rose & Sparrow — along with pearl earrings and shell hair accessories — to a special screening of “The Little Mermaid” in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“I wasn’t even that into mermaids as a little girl,” says Yvonne, a 2023 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. “But this aesthetic—and see [Berry]someone who looks like me, to play Ariel, who I didn’t see as a child – is really inspiring.”

And haters who aren’t on board with the trend can swim away, she said.

“Gen Z loves micro Fashion trends like this,” said Yvonne.

“We’re going to keep doing what we do.”

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On TikTok, Yvonne’s mermaid look has earned her over 471,000 views.
Danielle McBrayer/@dphotopro

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Yvonne wore a $160 seafoam green dress, pearl earrings and shell accessories in honor of the mermaid core movement.
Danielle McBrayer/@dphotopro

Jenny Rojinski in the pearl and seashell outfit she handmade for herself.
Rojinski said she believes the mermaid core trend will be one of the hottest Fashion trends of the summer.

A tight shot of Jenny Rojinski's handmade mermaid bralette and sarong.
Rojinski spent nearly 100 hours creating her mermaid bralette and sarong, using hand-crafted pearls, shells and crystals.

Mermaidcore is the latest Gen Z trend

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