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A Mermaid Tail - Every Girl's Dream Costume

Whether you're planning a hen night or pool party for your friends or children, dressing up as a mermaid adds to the fun of the occasion and whatever their age, girls will love it. Attending a fancy-dress party dressed in this way is equally unique. It allows you to look so different than you usually do and feel both glamorous and feminine. If this idea appeals to you, a mermaid tail is an indispensable part of the costume. eBay has a wide range of tails to suit every age and size, so you'll be sure to find one that appeals to you no matter what your budget is.

What should you consider before buying a mermaid tail?

Apart from your budget and whether you wish a new or used tail, think about the following factors:

  • Your costume: Items might consist of the tail alone or might be accompanied by a matching bikini/tankini and/or monofin.
  • Size: Children's tails are sold according to height while adults' tails are available in sizes S-XL.
  • Colour: Tails are sold in a wide variety of colours and might have a rainbow effect and/or fish scale pattern.
  • Material: Tails are usually made of synthetic materials, such as nylon and/or spandex, some of which have a sequin trim.
  • Other features: The costume material might be fade resistant for use in salt and chlorinated water.
What accessories do you need for a mermaid costume?

If you're buying the mermaid tail for a fancy-dress party, you should buy one which has a zip opener or cut-outs at the bottom, so your movement isn't hampered. Alternatively, a fish-tail skirt is ideal partywear, and some have a sequin/glitter finish for extra sparkle. The tail can be worn with summer footwear, or you could go barefoot. With it, you could wear a bikini/tankini top or corset, and hair should be left loose. If your hairstyle is too short, wigs and other fancy-dress accessories for a mermaid costume (such as tiaras and seashell headbands) can be purchased separately on eBay.

How can you choose the right size of mermaid tail and/or costume?

Many of the mermaid costumes sold on eBay have 4-way stretch material and an elasticated waist to ensure a snug and comfy fit. Mermaid tails vary in size, but they are always in proportion to the wearer's height. Children's costumes range from 100-110 cm (suitable for kids aged 5-6) up to 130-40 cm for girls aged 11-12. Adult sizes (in height) are as follows:

  • Small: 144-155 cm.
  • Medium: 154-162 cm.
  • Large: 160-65 cm.
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