plus size little mermaid haul
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Many young girls grow up with the dream of becoming a princess. 

As a plus-size Latina, I never personally identified with any of the Disney princess, but I was still obsessed with them. Flash forward to 2017, and we aren't waiting idly for Disney to give us characters that represent the full spectrum of human identity — artists draw fabulous trans Ariels and Aladdins, makeup artists and popular culture are giving badass villains their due praise, and brands like Hot Topic are making princess merch for ALL sizes.  

The latter has made the biggest splash in my community of curvy style influencers. So I tried the Hot Topic for Disney collection that has everyone talking — it's "The Little Mermaid," of course.

The first Hot Topic x Little Mermaid dress I tried on made me feel like a land mermaid IRL.

plus size little mermaid
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Ariel At Sea dress ($43.92, Hot Topic)

I tried the 3X but wished I had sized up since the dress hugged my belly.

plus size little mermaid
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By the second look, I was ready to have dinner with Prince Charming.

plus size little mermaid haul
photo: Revelist/Brittany Fowler

As a little girl, I dreamed of wearing Ariel's ICONIC blue dress.

plus size little mermaid haul
photo: Revelist/Brittany Fowler

I was shocked at how similar this dress is to Ariel's. The material is as comfortable as my pajamas and the top fits great. The lower half still clung to my belly, though. I wish the designers had gone for a belle-shaped or pleated skirt on the dresses. 

Ariel On Land dress ($43.92, Hot Topic)

Never in my life have I felt more like a lady than when I tried on this outfit.

plus size little mermaid haul hot topic
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I sized up to a 4X since I wanted a loose blouse effect rather than a snug cardi. The sleeves were a bit long, but the buttons closed up nicely without any gaping.

If you're looking for a subtle way to sport your Ariel obsession, this cardigan is perfect.

plus size little mermaid hot topic
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Mint shell cardigan ($21.96, Hot Topic)

On the other hand, there is nothing subtle about this skirt.

plus size little mermaid hot topic
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I tried the skirt in a 3X, which is equivalent to a size 18/20.  

Part Of Your World Sublimation skirt ($18.45, Hot Topic)

This athletic set had me ready to chase Prince Charming around the beach.

plus size little mermaid hot topic
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Scale Girls active capris ($31.12, Hot Topic); True Strength Ariel low impact sports bra ($26.32, Hot Topic)

The lack of support around my lower boobs doesn't make me confident that my girls would be supported during exercise.

plus size little mermaid hot topic
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But the motivational quote is a plus!

There can't be a "Little Mermaid" haul without a swimsuit look.

plus size little mermaid hot topic haul
photo: Revelist/Brittany Fowler

To make sure everything fit properly, I sized up to a 4X on the bottom but stuck to a 3X on top. Not only was this suit super cute, I could definitely see myself actually swimming in it. 

Ariel swim top ($34.32 Hot Topic); Ariel swim bottoms ($31.12, Hot Topic)

Finally, I am over the moon happy that this collection includes and Ursula dress.

plus size little mermaid
photo: Revelist/Brittany Fowler

Maybe it's because adult me identifies more with the evil witches than elementary school me does with the princesses, but this was my favorite look. The material felt slightly thicker than the other dresses; it was less like a costume. 

I Am Ursula dress ($42.32, Hot Topic)

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