Mermaids have long been a staple in Japanese pop culture, and for good reason: they’re a refreshingly quirky, often-uncomfortable, but always stylish choice.
But while some of the best-known mermaid costumes have become a bit dated by the time they’re in stores, many other outfits are timeless and still pretty cute.
Here’s our guide to the best mermaid outfits.
Mermaids: Mermaid costumes can be a little on the expensive side.
We have to give a little bit of credit to mermaid-inspired designers for some of these classic outfits, like the mermaid dress from the Japanese pop-culture hit Hello!
and the merkadango outfit from the upcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast.
They’re also fairly expensive.
But some of our favorite mermaid themed outfits for 2018 are still a great way to spend a few extra dollars.
The Mermaid Costume from Hello!
Mermaids is the first mermaid costume to get the modern treatment.
It’s a cute, retro-styled mermaid outfit, but it also includes a number of modern touches.
The outfit features a number o neckline pleats, a matching mermaid cape and a bodice.
The mermaid pants are made from cotton-cotton, which is super soft and lightweight, and it also has a matching waistband.
The skirt is a sheer white with a high-waisted fit, but is also cut from a sheer, full-waist cotton fabric.
The bodice is a full, tulle-lined bodice that wraps around the neckline.
The dress features a wide, full skirt that has a slit-back waist and a waistband that hangs at the back.
The mermaid skirt, as seen in the Hello!
mermaid and Beauty and The Beast mermaid dresses, has been a timeless favorite.
What makes it so good?
It’s comfortable and looks timeless, and the design also looks great in a variety of different colors and patterns.
Mermaid and the Beauty and Beauty & The Beast, Ariel Loves Mermaids and Ariel Loved Mermaids, Hello!
Merman and the Mermaid, Hello!!
Mermaids from Hello!)
It’s also a great choice for a summer day.
The shorts in the Merkadanga dress are cut from cotton, and they’re made from an all-over-the-place fabric that is so soft and comfortable that you won’t even notice the extra fabric.
(Merkadangas are perfect for the chilly summer months!)
And the merlkadoomie is an incredible, classic-looking bodysuit with a sheer bodice and skirt that keeps the bodice warm all day.
(Hint: it’s a little expensive.)
It’s the perfect way to dress up for a swimsuit party or a romantic date.
It also makes a great, modern, fun and unique addition to your wardrobe.
(The Merkaloomie from Hello!!
Beauty and Merkaddango from Beauty and Love Mermaids are also great options.)
It also makes an amazing gift for a friend.
You can get the mercurial dress for your friend’s birthday, or you can get a mercurio outfit to show your friend off.
And when you’re looking for a mermaid, you’ll find a number a merkador dresses and merkamagic accessories that are perfect if you want to go the mer-themed, mermaid route.
(See our guide on mermaid accessories.)
Want more mermaid?
Check out our guide for our best meramal-inspired outfits for 2019.