Under the Sea: The Obvious Summer Trend I Still Didn't See Coming

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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.

Rixo Lucile Printed Crepe Maxi Dress ($365)

I dream about this dress on a daily basis.

Notte Jewelry Lucky Dolphin Earrings ($39)

You can't tell me this isn't the cutest pair of earrings you've ever seen.

Urban Outfitters Shell Metal Claw Clip ($12)

The perfect way to clip back your beachy waves.

Zara Tie Dye Slip Dress ($50)

How beautiful are these ocean tones?

Rixo Payton Printed Crepe Blouse ($220)

Rixo is known for its florals, but I may have found a new favorite print.

Lisa Says Gah x Subliming It Comes in Waves ($48)

I love this collab between Lisa Says Gah and Subliming.

Patbo Embellished Underwired Bikini Top ($395)

This will surely make a statement at the beach.

Rixo Holly Printed Silk-Crepe Midi Dress ($365)

Funky perfection.

Versace Jersey Bodysuit ($695)

Straight from the runway.

Versace Trésor de la Mer Gold-Tone, Enamel and Crystal Earrings ($795)

How luxe?

& Other Stories Cropped Shell Button Rib Knit Cardigan ($69)

Perfect little shell buttons.

Versace La Medusa Printed Triangle Bikini Top ($350)

Now that's a solid swimsuit.

Zimmermann Cassia Crochet Bikini Set in Beige ($235)

The shell detail adds a little something.

Fisch Grenadins Bikini Top ($149)

Kitschy but cute.

Eliou Delphin Earrings ($280)

I have no words.

Frankies Bikinis Tia String Triangle Bikini Top ($70)

A striking ocean print.

Gimaguas Blue Ma'Am Waves Shirt ($83)

Keep it wavy, baby.

Frankies Bikinis x Revolve Jax Bucket Hat in Ocean Tie Dye ($50)

The perfect hat to pack in your beach bag.

Patbo Cutout Embellished Underwired Swimsuit ($550)

You can't tell me you wouldn't want to show up to a pool party in this.

Farai London Farai London Delilah Dress in Ocean Blue ($103)

This is what I call a statement dress.

Casa Clara Courtney Shell Earring ($48)

Simple but stunning.

House of Sunny Wave Rider Halter ($82)

Pair this with jeans or denim shorts this summer.

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