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    Dry Mermaid costumes?

    Has anyone ever done any mer or ocean related costumes that are basically dry costumes rather
    than a tail that's only meant for swimming?
    Anything like sea nymphs, sirens, etc.

    People are always talking about tails but what about the other things that don't necessarially
    have to have bound legs?
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    Something like these!

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    OMG I so want that river Nymph outfit <br><br>I had an aqua fairy costume, back in the day, i loved it.


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    Do you have any pictures of it? :')
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    THAT FIRST COSTUME.
    OMG. THAT....
    ITS GORGEOUS.
    CAPS LOCK WAS DEFINITELY NECESSARY FOR THAT COSTUME. OHGOSH. <3

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    Yea the first one is probably my favorite too xD
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    its not really mermaid-related, but im trying to plan an elven ranger costume for halloween :3
    im trying to get my boyfriend and a few friends to have dungeons and dragons style costumes xD im so excited, lol. nerdin' it up. hahaa.

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    My tail is dry(ish), as it's open at the very bottom so I can pull it up a little and take awkward baby steps(think Morticia Addams!). Sometimes when ppl advise mers to not stand in our tails, my admittedly blunt response is "speak for yourself, my tail is MADE to be stood in". It's really not meant for serious swimming, as it was designed to be a "play" tail, meant to wear while in kiddie pools and what not, which is why my tailmaker Fin Fun now pretty much solely caters to children.
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    I'm pretty sure this is Photoshopped, but I like this one:

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    I have designs planned out based on the concept, but have yet to actually do anything with any of them. :P
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    Well KL I meant more like costumes where your legs aren't bound together for the most part :')
    Things that are from the ocean and have an aquatic and very mermaid-y look without actually being
    a mermaid.

    Holy geeze Spin.. That outfit is awesome @_@
    it would look amazing in the water I bet! it looks too beautiful to be real xD
    But who knows, maybe it is! If so, that's the coolest dress I've ever seen!
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    I've always wanted to make my swimmable mermaid costume parts work for dry "legged" events, or those days I actually want to walk around without being carried in tail. Sort of like the other side of my character when she comes on land, or something. I just haven't figured out a suitable skirt/pant/shorts/dress thing to work with my legs yet.

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    I did a kind of sea-nymph inspired ensemble for a masquerade ball I went to on New Year's Eve.

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    It was subtle but fun

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    Also Rossetti Couture has a wonderful seashore corset that is TO DIE FOR:

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    I am loving this thread! I can't wait to see what else shows up!

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    Here's a pretty cool video of some mermaid/nymph/siren characters that could essentially work well
    as dry and wet costumes :'D



    @Lorelei: I know, I'd love to make an amphibious mermaid costume that can be worn to an event and
    also work well in the water. I think something like that would be great for renaissance fairs and anime
    conventions and you could also take it to the pool and people would probably be less picky about it
    like they might be for mermaid tails. Not to mention photo ops are a lot easier xD you don't need to
    put on and take off your outfit when moving to different areas.

    @Nirix: Nice job! I assume you added those little details yourself? It's a nice subtle touch :')
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    Well that's a different kind of fishing, pretty cool

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    I did a siren costume several years ago, but it didn't quite come out the way I wanted it to. I was trying to go for the older style, when they were still considered to be half bird creatures, rather than the more mermaid-ish look they have these days.

    It was a really quick outfit I threw together with my friend in a rush. We used only scrap material and an old bra. I like some of the photos we got, but I'd love to do it again with more time, effort, and planning put into it. Planning being the key word here. >>;

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    And I absolutely love the pictures posted so far! The bright blue one is so eye catching, and the river nymph is absolutely lovely!

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    Oh my gosh that reminds me of a Final Fantasy costume someone did once xD
    It's some sort of summon creature that's called a siren and it's basically the ones you're talking about.

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    I have no idea how that girl even did that costume... I envy it so much xD
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