mysterious mermaid (aka homage to ariel)


Maybe it’s because I’m a water sign (oh yeah, I read my horoscope daily, you guys), but I’m really drawn to and soothed by water. I like rainy days, pools, baths, puddles, the ocean…well, you get the idea. Anyway, so when I found this mermaid skirt I knew my aquatic mermaid dreams were about to be realized in grown up form. I mean, yes, my real dream is to rock an Ariel Disney pajama set, but, I settled for a really close second mermaid inspired ensemble too. I don’t know…maybe it’s the water…the colors…the sparkles…but mermaids seem so elegantly mythical and mysterious, singing their siren song. And who doesn’t love humming Part of Your World and toe tapping to Under the Sea with Ariel?

Well, we all know that when I get to story telling about a piece that I’m totally swooning dreamy eyed about fashion. My storytelling has me imagining what Ariel would look like all grown up, wearing heels, parking
her car, and headed to another day at the office. This is my homage to my favorite mermaid, Ariel, and all the other mythical mysterious mermaids from days passed.

“I guess I’m an underwater thing…there’s a sea secret inside me…” Tori Amos, Liquid Diamonds


Top: Banana Republic ($9 marked down from $65)

Skirt: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $90)

Sweater: H&M (approx $20 marked down from approx $40)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Tights: gift
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve been really impressed with Banana Republic upping their game lately. Sometimes, their clothes can seem a bit repetitive to me, but lately, their stuff has been so creative and different. They still have all of their old faithfuls, which I do love, but also some new pieces that look unique and very chic. Additionally, their sales continue to be great at change of season (aka now). I purely shop in their sale section…of course, when there is an additional markdown on their sale items. I don’t find the online sales to be as good as in store sales, but maybe others have had better luck than I have!

2) Monochrome gives you a lot of flexibility for patten mixing. In this look, the top, skirt, tights and shoes were all different patterns, but the black and white kept the look really coherent. The top had a tiny bit of neon green at the collar, but that was the only accent color in the look. I kept my jewelry very simple, though to be honest, I was tempted to rock a giant neon green necklace. Ha! Maybe next time…

Anyone have monochrome outfit tips? Love monochrome? Not loving it?

31 replies to “mysterious mermaid (aka homage to ariel)

  1. Absolutely agree about BR upping the fashion quotient and their game! Love this skirt and such a steal on the top as well! Loving this simple, classic and very elegant outfit on you 😉

  2. LOVE the cut of the skirt! And you’re so right…monochrome provides the freedom to wear different patterns together!!

  3. Great look–love how you’ve paired a large + small scale pattern together…
    and the flounced “mermaid” skirt creates such a flattering silhouette~
    PS Totally impressed by work BR is doing at “upping their game” too 😉

  4. Love this! Also, I know this isn’t related to mermaids at all, but I love Banana Republic! And even more unrelated (hehe), their oscar haiku to Jennifer Lawrence was the BEST 🙂

  5. That skirt is amazing! Love how you combined those patterns. It’s definitely tricky to mix patterns but you did it so well!

  6. wow!! this is definitely one of our favorite outfits that you’ve posted, so gorgeous!! we love the cut of the skirt and the flawless print mixing. super fabulous!!

  7. I love love love this outfit!!!!! I’m not one who comment much but just had to scream out that i LOVE this outft!!!

  8. Love the outfit: the contrast in the different prints and the shoes are just beautiful and chic. Favorite pics: The top one and also the one where you are holding yourself agains the wall with you hands behind yourself.

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