A Plus Size Ariel Halloween Costume Because Mermaids Don't Have To Be Little

My favorite Disney princess has always been Ariel from The Little Mermaid, so naturally the thought of a Little Mermaid Halloween costume has forever intrigued me. When I was a kid, I got an Ariel wig on a family trip to Orlando, Florida and didn't take it off for about a year. By the end of it, the wig was just a ball of static and knotted plastic, but I still absolutely adored it.

As an adult, I've become more appreciative of the bad guys in Disney movies, so one of my life goals is to pull off an excellent Ursula costume. Somewhere along the way, I started to leave behind the idea of crafting an amazing plus size Ariel costume. Maybe the clue is in the name: The Little Mermaid never sounded like it could apply to my plus size, unable to swim, body.

That, however, is the point of Halloween: Dressing up, pretending to be someone else, and totally throwing every ounce of your imagination into a totally cool costume. If I can pretend that someone else's face paint whiskers make them a cat, I can definitely bring my fat body to embody even the littlest of mermaids.

If I were thin, it would likely be way easier to find a Little Mermaid costume, wear said mermaid costume, and have a happy Halloween. As a plus sizer, I have to get a little bit more inventive. Homemade or put-together-yourself costumes are always more fun, though. So here's how to dress like a plus size little mermaid.

1. A Red Wig

Deluxe Red Ariel Wig, $33, Amazon

The popularity of Disney princesses is always a good thing when it comes to Halloween, especially when you can just purchase an Ariel-inspired wig rather than having to mess around with a standard red one to get the parting just right. Thankfully, you're not an overly enthusiastic, excitable, eight-year-old me, who would have completely messed up this wig by the end of the night.

2. The Shells

Glittering Pink Seashell Pasties, $10, Etsy; Starfish Mermaid Seashell Bra, $28, Etsy

The shell bra of an Ariel costume has always excited me more than attempting the tail ever would. There are just so many options. If you're feeling adventurous, seashell pasties could give your Little Mermaid costume that little bit of edge. If you're not, a personally customized seashell bra will totally make your costume stand out while giving you all the support your ta-tas need. And if you're feeling crafty? I'm sure gluing glitter and shells to a bikini top would actually be a pretty fun project.

3. The Tail

Green Mermaid Leggings, $50, Etsy

You might not know this (I didn't until sitting down to write this article), but you can totally buy a fully functioning silicone mermaid tail on the Internet. Because, you know, why the hell not? As far as costumes go, though, the thing is pretty impractical. Instead, these leggings will let you walk, dance, and can be styled into a cute outfit after Halloween as well.

Who said little mermaids couldn't be plus size babes?

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