The past few years, teen and young adult fashion has been rife with flower crowns. Aspiring hippies strutted around summer music festivals wearing everything from simple daisy chains to elaborate headbands as large as bouquets. They were so popular they even showed up as a Snapchat filter. Now, though, a different hair accessory has emerged.
Mermaid crowns are suddenly everywhere on Instagram and Etsy, with demand on the most popular Etsy shops being almost more than the artists can handle. These crowns are more like tiaras than the flower crown halo shape and are made of shimmering shells, jewels, crystals, beads, chains, and baubles, most with pieces that dangle down onto the forehead. The crowns are usually tall and ornate and rival the tiaras won by beauty queens. Many wearers pair them with body glitter and paint to complete the magical look.
Mermaid crowns have come on the scene in the midst of a strong mermaid trend in fashion and lifestyle choices. Swim classes where participants learn to take to the water wearing tail fins are all the rage. Cute knitted mermaid tail blankets and cool hued mermaid hair dye jobs have taken over Pinterest and Instagram. Whether it is the influence of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on this generation’s childhoods or a world full of sad events that draws young people to the sea, it seems that mermaids are here to stay.