Add a touch of ‘The Little Mermaid’ magic to your look with these style must-haves

From footwear in bold colors to summer-perfect jewelry pieces.

After years of waiting, the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “The Little Mermaid” is finally upon us. We rediscover the tale of Ariel as she journeys her way from the wonders of the sea to the human world. And just like the animated feature, the new film offered awe-inspiring visuals, one can’t help but wish to be part of that world. During a special screening of the movie hosted by Ayala Mall Cinemas at Glorietta 4, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle witnessed the retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale through the direction of Rob Marshall with Halle Bailey as the young mermaid princess Ariel. 

While the stunning underwater images and classic tunes are enough to make anyone fall head over heels for the film, award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood’s visions also got our attention, giving us many style inspirations to cop this season. Below are some of our favorite style moments in the film and some pieces to help you integrate the magic of “The Little Mermaid” into your summer ’fits.

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'The Little Mermaid' stars Jonah Hauer-King and Halle Bailey (Photo from @disneylittlemermaid/Instagram); Salt-Water Sandals’ newest pieces in Cobalt Blue, Light Blue, and Latte

Look at these sandals, aren’t they neat?

While on land, Ariel ditched her heeled boots with a fun pair of sandals. She definitely has her idea of how she wants to spend her time on land, which involves comfort and classic style. This got us thinking of Salt-Water Sandals’ newest play of colors for its spring-summer 2023 line. The collection features three new hues that reminded us of the sea. Its sandals in Cobalt Blue mirror the color of the deep water. The pairs in Light Blue, defined by Pantone as “pure and watery,” is much like the color of the sky. While the pieces in Latte mimic the tone of the sand. 

Salt-Water Sandals for adults and kids are available in The Playground stores at Robinsons Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, TriNoma, Ayala Malls Feliz, and online at, and in Rustan’s Department Stores at Alabang Town Center, Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Rustan’s Cebu. Shop online at 

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Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina (Photo from @disneylittlemermaid/Instagram); Pieces from Imono x Lovi Poe jewelry collection

Gold for a touch of royalty

Apart from new songs, the live-action adaptation film also introduced fans to a new character that is Queen Selina, Eric's mother. Portrayed by actress Noma Dumezweni, the character is a vision of elegance, always adorned with gold trinkets. Channel her regalness this season with the summer collection of Imono Jewelry in collaboration with its brand ambassador Lovi Poe. Featuring whimsical and feminine designs, these accessories bring a touch of joy and radiance to any style, perfectly reflecting the spirit of the sun-kissed season. Crafted with 316L stainless steel, the pieces are non-tarnish and hypoallergenic, ensuring that they not only exude luxury but also withstand the test of time.

Check out the complete collection on or follow @imonojewelry on Instagram and Facebook. Imono Jewelry is available online at Shopee and Lazada, and boutiques. 

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Melissa McCarthy as Ursula (Photo from Walt Disney Studios/YouTube ); Arao's Eleanor earrings

Bewitching beauty

Love her or hate her, Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula is never afraid of being dramatic, which is echoed in her style. Completing her character’s look are jewelry pieces featuring the natural gems of the sea like shells and pearls. Bring that sense of moody charm to your summer OOTDs with Arao’s “Eternal Summers” fine jewelry collection. Our top pick is a pair of Eleanor earrings made with 10-11mm South Sea black baroque pearl earrings with sky blue topaz gemstones set in 14k white gold.

Arao is available online at

Planning to see the live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” this weekend? Then you’re in for a treat. Across all Ayala Mall Cinemas this May 27 and 28, guests who purchase The Little Mermaid movie tickets can take part in the two-day “Under Water Treasure Trove” experience right before the show. It features a variety of activities, keeping your little ones entertained while waiting.

What’s more, Ayala Malls is hosting the Princess Sea Adventure Party happening on May 27, 1 p.m., across all 23 malls. To participate, families can purchase the Sea Princess Adventure Party bundle—this gives guests access to join the party, watch the movie, and participate in fun magical games like “Bring Me,” karaoke sing-along, and other all-time favorites. There will also be lots of sweet treats to try, and families can even snap their treasured bonding memories at the photo booth. One lucky princess who watches The Little Mermaid during the party in any Ayala Malls will have a chance to win a special gift—a Disney x Pandora bracelet and charm.

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