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Call it cliché, but you can’t nail the hot girl summer style aesthetic without injecting a little pink into the mix (bonus points if it’s sparkly). While bubblegum pink dominated the SS21 runways and has become both an editor and crowd favorite, it’s also a hue that takes up space on the red carpet and on-screen—think of our favorite film protagonists (Elle Woods of Legally Blonde of Regina George of Mean Girls) entire style aesthetic centers this color. It is the original hot girl color in a way. And while pink in all its hues plays a role in shaping this signature style aesthetic, it’s far more than that. This color and really all about having the individual reclaim the meaning behind these trends are all about reclaiming the meaning behind clothing to empower ourselves—much like the hot girl style aesthetic itself.
From OG hot girl icons (hello ‘Lil Kim and J.LO) to rising stars (looking at you Saweetie and Lizzo), women of all ages, shapes, and sizes have discovered what it means to be a “hot girl.” Sure, wearing cutouts and pink is part of it, but it’s also all about not letting anyone tell you how you should feel about yourself, how to dress, or how to live your best life. Doing the most and enjoying who you are in this moment is what hot girl summer (and style) is all about.