Mermaids are popular in folklore, television and film. Their beauty and mysterious qualities are part of what makes them so fascinating. While it's not possible to live underwater, you can show off some of the qualities of a mermaid at school. Dress up like a mermaid and use accessories like a shell necklace. Then learn about mermaids so you can behave confidently at school.
Part 1 of 4: Dressing up like a mermaid
Step 1. Choose Ocean Shades
Using shades of blue and green will allow you to look like a mermaid without compromising the school's dress code. Light tones such as turquoise and aquamarine are well associated with ocean colors. However, you can use other colors too. A touch of purple or orange will add a tropical feel to your look.
View photos of marine life to copy and match some of the color combinations
Step 2. Wear a shell or fish print shirt
Mermaids often use shells to cover their chests. While it's not a good idea to wear only shells on the top for school, you can buy T-shirts that mimic fish scales or have shell prints.
These prints can also be found on sweaters, jackets, dresses and skirts
Step 3. Wear a mermaid skirt
Mermaid skirts are generally tighter at the hips and wider as they reach the feet. You can wear whatever skirt you like, but shades of blue and purple are the best. Combine the skirt with a shell print or fish scale blouse and your look will be complete.
Step 4. Try wearing mermaid tail pants
As mermaids are becoming more popular these days, there are many more related products available. The mermaid tail pants appear to be covered in scales. Wear them with a navy blue blouse to complement your look.
Step 5. Wear a costume if the occasion calls for it
Typically, avoid wearing mermaid costumes to school. But if there is a play or a costume party, feel free to use it. Buy a mermaid tail, wear a skin-tone blouse, and wear shells as a "bra." Just check beforehand that your costume meets the school's dress code.
Part 2 of 4: Creating a Mermaid Look
Step 1. Let your hair grow out or wear a wig
Mermaids are known for their long, voluminous locks. If you want to commit to the look, let your hair grow. You can also wear hairpieces or a wig. Hair extensions are available in a variety of colors, so add a streak of color to your hair for a special touch.
See if your school allows colored hair before adding the highlights
Step 2. Spray your hair with a salt spray
That way, you'll look like you've just left the beach. If you like, buy ready-made sprays at cosmetic stores or make your own. To do this, mix 240ml of warm water with a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of Argan oil and two or three drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray directly onto the strands and style the hair with your hands.
- An essential oil option would be lavender.
- You can also use avocado oil instead of Argan oil.
Step 3. Paint your nails in ocean colors
Blues, greens and purples are great nail polish options. You can use a shimmering nail polish too, which resembles fish scales. If you like to be more creative, draw scales on your nails.
Step 4. Coordinate your makeup with your outfit
A light touch of blue on the lips or in the outer corner of the eyes will further enhance your look. If you want to be more obvious, add glitter to your eye makeup. You can also add some light to the cheeks to make them look like fish scales.
For a costume, you can draw fish scales on your face
Part 3 of 4: Using accessories
Step 1. Choose mermaid shoes
To create an even more neat look, wear mermaid shoes along with your outfit. A simple pair of glittery or sparkling sneakers is enough to complement your look. Or, if you find it, wear sneakers with a fish scale print.
You can also paint fish scales on shoes you already own
Step 2. Wear shell jewelry
Buy a shell necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings. If that's not possible, go to the beach and find a small shell. Sometimes there are small holes in the shells, big enough for a chain to pass without breaking. Otherwise, you can make a hole in a shell to use as a pendant.
Step 3. Wear maritime themed hair clips
Look for lugs shaped like marine animals such as starfish, dolphins, fish and seahorses. Use the barrettes to hold a portion of your hair back.
Step 4. Buy a shell-shaped bag
Carry your personal items in a bag that looks like a shell. If you don't like bags, use a backpack in the same format. Or, buy a shell case or wallet too.
Part 4 of 4: Learning More About Mermaids
Step 1. Read about mermaids
Start with ancient mythology. Mermaids come from all over the world, from Russia to Greece. Then head to the fiction stories. For example, “The Little Mermaid”, by Hans Christian Andersen, is considered the greatest mermaid tale of all time.
In addition to Andersen, there is also the short story “The Fisherman and His Soul”, by Oscar Wilde, “The Shadow over Innsmouth”, by H.P. Lovecraft and “Aquamarine” by Alice Hoffman
Step 2. Watch TV shows about mermaids
Start with Disney's “The Little Mermaid”. “Splash” is a 1984 film that shows a woman who always becomes a mermaid when she comes in contact with water and can be a great guide for you to learn how to behave like one. These are a few examples, but there are plenty of mermaid movies and shows to watch.
- Aquamarine is another great option.
- Also watch the movies “Him and the Mermaid”, “Peter Pan”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Sailing in Mysterious Waters” and “The Creature of Destruction”.
Step 3. Visit a mermaid camp
Explore marine life even further by joining a mermaid camp called Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida, USA. They have special camps for young people and children, who can wear mermaid tails and swim. If Florida is an unfeasible destination for you, see if there is a mermaid camp in your area.
Step 4. Watch a mermaid performance
At places like the Weeki Wachee, you can watch performances by artists trained to act like mermaids. If there is no such presentation in your region, look for videos on YouTube.
Step 5. Get involved with marine life protection groups
A true mermaid is concerned about the risk of destruction of its habitat. Join an organization that protects animals, the oceans or does pollution awareness work. Research the dangers of rampant fishing and oil spills. If you live near a beach, participate in cleaning efforts.
- Appreciate your natural beauty. Mermaids are always confident, but never cocky or arrogant.
- Practice your singing techniques. Mermaids are known for having a beautiful voice. If your voice is already naturally good, sing the songs you hear on the radio or join the school choir.