When Dua Lipa wore a Versace mermaid dress to the 2020 American Music Awards, I instantly had flashbacks to watching H2O and Aquamarine as a kid and wanting to be a mermaid at least for one day. (Come on, you know you did too.) Versace’s S/S 21 runway collection heavily featured everything of the under-the-sea variety (down to the models’ wet-hair looks), and the trending theme has only gotten bigger since then. I know what you’re thinking—it’s obvious. Summer is the time for beaches and seaside vacations, so why not carry the theme into your ensembles? I just didn’t see it coming in such a big wave, that’s all. (No pun intended.)
From prints that mix in mermaids and dolphins to summer colorways featuring blue-toned ocean hues, there’s a lot to love about this beach-ready trend.