Making Waves with Mermaidcore

We just can't get enough of mermaids, their mythos is embedded in our psyche, often depicted as deceptive forlorn creatures singing mournful songs full of beauty and tragedy, this sense of melancholy adds to their allure which can be reflected in it's dark and delicate aesthetic: Mermaidcore.

Mermaidcore has its roots in 90s and Y2K inspirations such the animated Disney movie The Little Mermaid and infamous dolphincore aesthetic. We love this aesthetic because of how versatile it is, drawing inspiration from the mystery that is the ocean, full of bountiful life and a treacherous temperament. You can style Mermaidcore delicately, darkly, full of rough textures or soft glossy polishes which we'll explore later in this article.







Mermania

For an mythical concept from the times of old, the symbolism of mermaids is alive and well in the modern age. Take a close look and you'll spot it everywhere from Disney, Barbie and Starbucks, where you'll be greeted with green and white double tailed mermaid that's all over their coffee cups.

In the last 30 years of media we've seen releases such as Disney's animated movie The Little Mermaid and recent live action remake, H2O: Just Add Water and Mako Mermaids. Inspiring a wave of interest in all things mermaid that's been set in the hearts and minds of the many who grew up around its magical influence. It makes sense now in the 2020s that Mermaidcore is ripe for resurgence.



 

How to style Mermaidcore?

It's characterised by a range of gentle colours, especially pearlescent ones full of deep sea blues and greens or shell like tones of pink, purple, All the way to sunset and coral shades of yellows and orange to convey beautiful diversity of corals, fish and sea shells. You can already imagine the magical underwater kingdom feel of it all. 

You can style mermaidcore to your own personal tastes, be it bright and bountiful, softened with delicate colours or dark and mysterious, It's entirely up to you!
We'll explore more on how versatile this aesthetic is below, but first, let's touch a little on the history of an infamous icon.


Y2K Dolphincore xo

There's a little thing called the Y2K dolphincore that's locked deep in the hearts of many who grew up in this era and whom are ready for its second coming. Dolphincore unashamedly RAN at full pelt so that mermaidcore could walk. It's full of sparkles, bright colours and oceanic magic. Garish to some, illuminating to others.





Not afraid to be bold? If the kitsch vibrancy of tropical fish and glittering dolphins speaks more to you then why not lean your mermaidcore a little more into Y2K dolphincore. With bright vibrant hues, anything that sparkles and a  ̶u̶n̶healthy dose of dolphin statues. 

The perfect piece of décor to pull off this entire look is lustreware. Ceramic goods often depicting fantastical oceanic things, glazed with an iridescent glaze which shimmers beautifully from all angles. there's good reason it's called ✨Lustre-ware✨ it truly gives you a lust for life, just take a look!



 Shiny shell shaped vase with dolpin decorations


Thank you to Dolphincore for igniting oceanic aesthetics and who  ̶p̶a̶v̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶a̶y̶  rode the waves for mermaidcore, but perhaps it's not quite to your tastes. Let's shake things up with a change of direction. Here's a few examples of how you can fit mermaidcore to your aesthetic.


Swampcore

Think of a the lady of the lake but in a forbidden and moody tone, a siren of the swamp who's home is filled with tones of deep earthen browns and green tones, trailing vine plants and rugged natural textures such as gnarled grainy woods, hessian fabrics and rough edged stone.

This aesthetic plays well into the foreboding and darker nature of the forlorn mermaid. With a healthy dose of greenery, this look gives a luscious, sophisticated and mysterious feel to your abode.

We would pair this look with this live edge wooden vase with dried flowers.
On a deep green background you could pair this piece with a metallic accent colour for a truly alluring aesthetic.

 
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Vintage Memories

We think of entrapped mermaids broken free from the circus, writing love letters to whom they can never be with. Strewn pearls across a antique vanity filled with haunting mementos. Oh the romantic tragedy. 

Chose a faded version of your favourite colour and pair it with tarnished metals and luminous pearlescent touches, matched well with pastel greenery such as liquorice plant or eucalyptus.

We would pair this look with this intriguing nickel carry tray with central shell shaped indentation, perfect for jewellery.

 
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Sirencore

So you like the darker side of things, we've got just the aesthetic for you with base colours of midnight ocean blues and deep abyss blacks, highlighted with ghostly echo's of white and turquoise. Either add a punk touch with a bioluminescent neon or for a glam look go for a bold metallic such as gold.

We opted for the glam look on this occasion with this ceramic black sea shell dish with golden accents. Use it for your jewellery, trinkets, pocket change from pulling pirates to their doom, or a soap bar.

 
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Why is Mermaidcore on the Rise?

We can give thanks to cosy and nature-inspired styles such as cottagecore, hobbitcore and farmhouse that focus on bringing the beauty of the natural world into our lives.
Sustainability and environmentalism have become more important than ever, looking to the ocean, this trend highlights these values we hold of deep love and appreciation for something so great and so mysterious, simply, swimmingly.

Some say it is our last earthly frontier, with only 5% of the entire oceans being explored. such ventures for underwater tours and deep sea exploration have become possible due to the rising interest of this mythical realm.

Boats have existed since between 8200 to 7600 BC so let's give thanks to the brave sea farers who brought us captivating ocean myths. Inspiring publications such as the original book published in 1837 "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christen Anderson, Inspiring so many iterations of mermaids, their magical stories and alluring tragedy for the last 200 years.

How will you style your mermaidcore aesthetic?  🧜‍♀️🐚🐠
See our shell, dolphin and mermaid related items.


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