Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Unlikely style icon: Ariel

The mermaid look is big news this season...

Thanks to Versace and Chanel, mermaid-esque fabrics and underwater prints are dominating the shops, making an appearance through soft metallic tints, underwater-inspired colours and crustacean-themed jewellery. Think soft blues, greens, whites, silvers and peaches in floaty, tangible styles. Never thought of Ariel as a style icon? Maybe it's about time you did!

Versace's seashell print was a big hit on the SS12 catwalks, as were Chanels soft metallic dresses and separates, rounded off by a few amazing accessories (see Chanel's seashell clutch and Versace's seahorse wedges if you still need convincing):

Chanel SS12

Versace SS12

Now whilst most of us can only dream of owning a Chanel seashell clutch (or a Versace mermaid blow dry for that matter), there are plenty of mermaid-inspired items available on the high street for a fraction of the price, my particular favourite being the peach-metallic pleated skirt from Topshop. Wear with a silky tee, shimmery skin and nude heels for a stunning look. Look for fabrics that lightly skim the body, details such as fishtail hems and soft shades with a metallic sheen and you can't go wrong.

(Clockwise from top left)
T-shirt, Topshop, £26
Seashell necklace, Forever 21, £4.90
Pink maxi dress, Miss Selfridge, £55
T-shirt dress, ASOS, £45
Clutch bag, Accessorize, £12
Peach pleated skirt, Topshop, £65

Catwalk images from
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