Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll likely know that the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is making waves online for its updated retelling of the classic Disney tale, primarily for its watershed casting of Black actress Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid, Ariel.
The film has also given rise to a new addition to TikTok's repertoire of 'core' micro-trends: move over, Barbiecore and cottagecore - the tides are changing.
Mermaidcore, an aquatic aesthetic inspired by the resurgence of under-the-sea fantasy, has made quite a splash on runways and red carpets alike in recent times. Drawing inspiration from Ariel's ethereal, otherworldly underwater kingdom, the trend utilises sequins, shimmer and metallic sheen to mimic the lacquered shine of wet scales and mother of pearl iridescence.
Details such as scalloping, seashells, pearls, crochet, fishtail hems and aquatic-themed prints and motifs lean into marine life, while ruffles, slinky, silky fabrics and body-skimming silhouettes represent the gentle roll of waves and fluidity of water.
Alternatively, you can play into Ariel's status as the merfolk's princess with soft, floaty shapes, tulle skirts, drapery, fitted corset bodices and jewel tones.
Of course, colour is an important element of the mermaidcore aesthetic: drench yourself in the colour spectrum of the deep sea, such as ocean blues, seafoam green, aquamarine and violet purple. The colour palette also plays into Ariel's signature style: a purple bikini top and her iconic iridescent blue-green tail and fins.
At the time of writing, #mermaidcore has amassed more than 259.6 million views on TikTok alone, while in the latter half of May - ahead of and coinciding with The Little Mermaid's release on May 25 - Pinterest searches for 'mermaidcore' skyrocketed by 614 percent.
A recent analysis of Google data also found that searches for 'mermaid style' have risen 736 percent worldwide in the past year, while in May, searches for 'shell bikini' and 'purple bikini' - Ariel's signature styles - had increased by 244 percent and 311 percent respectively in the month prior.
Sure, the fun and fantastical element of mermaidcore isn't exactly for everyone, but there are simple ways to incorporate nods to the trend in everyday outfits. Pearl and seashell accessories have been everywhere, from fast-fashion chains to fashion houses, and have become a street style staple in recent months. If you want to dip your toes in, jewellery is an easy way to lean into the trend - without donning a fishtail skirt and clam-style bikini. Otherwise, think halter tops, raffia bags and crochet for subtle maritime touches.
With that being said, whether you're dipping your toes in or diving head-first, we've curated a selection of mermaidcore-themed pieces and accessories to help you incorporate the trend into your wardrobe.
Alexander Wang Micro Marquess in Silver or Mint Julep, RRP$1199 via Superette
Brie Leon Antonia Bag in Lapis Lacquer, RRP$248
Brie Leon Tie Knot Baguette in Cashew, RRP $298
Olli Ella Rattan Shell Bag Straw, RRP$29.70 via Smith and Caughey's
Zara Pearl Bead-Shaped Minaudière, RRP$79.90
Anoushka Van Rijn Mermaid Love Choker, RRP$279, and Giselda Earrings, RRP$229 via Karen Walker
Brie Leon Spiral Earrings in Silver, RRP$185, and Marie Pearl Choker in Gold, RRP$295
Luna & Rose Clam Shell Pearl Earrings, RRP$209 via Smith and Caughey's
Meadowlark Nell Shell Necklace, RRP$415
Seed Heritage Shell Earring, RRP$39.90
Simone Rocha Crystal & Pearl Flower Drop Tiara, AW22-23, RRP$750 via Zambesi
Zara Metal Bralette with Rhinestone Stars, RRP$65.90
- Bec and Bridge Fleur Maxi Dress, RRP$449
- Caitlin Crisp Pearl Dress in White, RRP$725
- Forever New Chiara One-Shoulder Glitter Gown in Pacific Green, RRP$199.99
- Manning Cartell High Voltage Slip Dress, RRP$669 via Superette
- Paris Georgia 06 Dev Dress Mini in Sea, RRP$690
- Wynn Hamlyn Saturday Dress in Baby Pink, RRP$595
On the top
Aere Fringed Crochet Knit Top, RRP$138 (AUD) via The Iconic
Caitlin Crisp Tinkerbodice in White, RRP$495
Knuefermann Sequin Bralette in White Gold, RRP$345
Paris Georgia 04 Elemental Eliana Bodice in Dune, RRP$370
Zara Sequinned Crop Top, RRP$49.90
On the bottom
Knuefermann Aramis Long in White Gold, RRP$650
Moochi Glide Maxi Skirt, RRP$299.99
Paris Georgia 06 Marnie Pants in Sea, RRP$690
Ted Baker Velina Sequin Ombré Midi Skirt, RRP $699.00 via Smith and Caughey's
Trelise Cooper Tulles Rush In Skirt in Powder Blue, RRP$549
Zara Sequinned Knit Mini Skirt, RRP$85.90
The above products have been independently selected by Newshub Lifestyle.