Though the phrase “hot girl summer” was coined by Megan Thee Stallion in 2019, no one can deny its ubiquity to the point of overuse this summer. For the vaccinated, 2021 ushers in the so-called “shot girl summer,” characterized by re-openings, improved weather, and, yes, partying. Bitter onlookers can mock all they want—I’m buying in full force.
Now, I’m not the type to hit up a rave or head to Ibiza at a moment’s notice. But, this summer, I’m going to dress like I am. I will be swapping out my standard, mostly neutral, New Yorker color palette for neons, metallics, and candy-colored hues. After the year we’ve had, (for me, spent mostly in grey sweatpants) it’s time to dress for the moment. The new Roaring 20’s is too bright an era for dark colors. I want highlighter-colored tops. Pink wide-leg pants. Tie-dye dresses. Mismatched pairings. Easter pastel purses. I want to look like a fourth grader at summer camp, in beaded necklaces and Hawaiian florals. All patterns should look as at home on a designer dress as they would on an L.L. Bean swimsuit from 2002. Jelly sandals! Bright gingham! And. Lots. Of. Pink.
Here are our faves!
Cheri Floral Terry Cardigan Sweater
If we’re not talking a pink terrycloth bikini with a matching skirt and cardigan, I don’t want to talk.
PAILY HEELS IN SKY BLUE STELLA
We found it—the perfect summer 2021 summer heel. Choose sky blue, bubblegum pink, pistachio, or buttercup yellow (or all of the above).
Go from brunch to beach in this romantic pink maxi dress.
Everyone needs a summer gingham moment.
Arizona Eva Sandals
Or, you know, actual Birkenstocks. But, the sea foam hue adds a playful touch.