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Key West Kitten (also known as Coconut Girl) centers around the Nymphet interpretation of tropical beaches typically associated with Florida from the 1960s to the 2000s. It creates an atmosphere that expresses the femininity and youth associated with young women vacationing during the summertime.

Origin

The aesthetic originates from Tiktok by young women who have developed a fascination with the unreleased songs of Lizzie Grant (Lana Del Rey), specifically the songs "Mermaid Motel," "St. Tropez," and "Wayamaya."

The last song is largely the most frequently played in Key West Kitten Tiktoks, and its imagery largely codified the aesthetic; ukelele, Lana's girlish and dreamy tone, and lyrics centering around vacationing in the upper-class areas of Hawaii are traits that can be easily translated into visuals.

Like other aesthetic Tiktoks, these content creators play the songs while rapidly showing images of Key West Kitten aesthetics.

Visuals

Much of the imagery associated with this originated from the Surf Crush trend of the early 2000s, combined with the brightly colored and plastic Tween culture of the time period. And due to the influence of Lana Del Rey/Lizzie Grant, Americana motifs are common.

  • Ice cream
  • Tropical beaches
  • Disposable Camera/Polaroid
  • Halter tops
  • Miniskirts
  • Temporary glitter tattoos
  • Hibiscus prints
  • Shell or beaded jewelry
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Tropical fruits like mango and coconut
  • Dolphins
  • Butterflies
  • Crochet
  • Patterned bikinis
  • Chunky sandals
  • Blow up chairs
  • Blue nail polish

Popular locales that can be associated with the Key West Kitten aesthetic include:

  • Southern California beaches
  • Florida (Key West)
  • Hawaii
  • Any Caribbean Island

Fashion

Popular Key West Kitten fashion opts for fashion from and inspired by clothing and brands that were popular in the early 2000s among the Teens and Tweens of the time. Some of these brands can include: Roxy, Billabong, Delia*s, and Claire's. A very common fashion figure associated with the Key West Kitten aesthetic is the early 2000's version of Rihanna with her eclectic blend of the sort of pop music that was popular at the time with the stylings of her native Caribbean islands (Barbados, to be exact).

  • Brightly colored swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Brightly colored roller skates
  • Flower hairpins (usually Common Frangipanis or Hibiscus flowers)
  • Pink, blue, or yellow acrylic nails
  • Hair in a ponytail hairstyle
  • Somewhat secure jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, stud earrings, etc.)
  • Temporary glitter tattoos

Media

Movies

  • Aquamarine (2006)
  • Blue Crush (2002)
  • Scales: Mermaids Are Real (2017)

TV Shows

  • Zoey 101 (2005-2008)
  • The O.C. (early seasons) (2003-2007)
  • H2O: Just Add Water (2006-2010)

Music

Artists

  • Lana Del Rey
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna
  • Honey Gentry

Albums

  • Surfers Paradise by Cody Simpson
  • Born To Die by Lana Del Rey
  • Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey
  • Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
  • Wiped Out! by The Neighbourhood

Songs

  • High By The Beach by Lana Del Rey
  • California Gurls by Katy Perry
  • Melting by Kali Uchis
  • La Da Dee by Cody SImpson
  • Pretty Girl by Clairo
  • Heaven, California by Honey Gentry

Resources

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