As the dark winter nights fade away, and we move towards longer and warmer days, it is time for you to start working on your summer wardrobe. With the world slowly moving on from the pandemic, summer 2022 is promising to be a great one, so, in the words of Megan Thee Stallion, it is time to get ready for a hot girl summer.

Whether you are rebuilding your summer style aesthetic and need some casual summer outfits, or if you are planning to make the most of hot girl summer and need to build up your sexy wardrobe, we are here to let you know about all the expected trends for summer 2022!

The top 10 wardrobe essentials for a hot girl summer

This year's styles are extremely varied, so you will be sure to find something that suits the hot girl summer style that you want to achieve. From bikini essentials you need for those days spent relaxing on the beach, to glam dresses for nights out on the town, here is a list of summer wardrobe essentials for 2022!

1. Halter necks

Whilst last year's cropped tank tops are going to stay in style for summer 2022, if you want to be trendy this year, get your hands on a halter-neck. The best thing about halter necks is that they come in different styles so they are easy to style. If you prefer your colorful summer outfits, floral halter necks are the way to go. 70s floral prints are going to be in this year, regardless of the piece of clothing. From pants to bikinis, to hats, 70s florals will be everywhere.

If bold pops of color are not your thing, you can opt for a plain black or white halter-neck which is just as stylish and classy. These tops pair perfectly with virtually any bottoms. Both black and blue jeans look great with halter tops, as do mini or midi skirts or even flowy cotton pants.

2. Low-rise jeans

This is a controversial one. You either love or hate low-rise jeans, but regardless of your personal opinion, they are guaranteed to become a summer wardrobe essential for many girls in 2022. The reason low-rise jeans are coming back into style is that Y2K style has had its grip firmly on the women of the world for a good couple of years, with low-rise jeans being the last step in the ‘J-Lo-ing’ of society. 

If you want that Jenny from the Block look, low rise jeans are what you need for a complete summertime capsule wardrobe. In reality, low-rise jeans aren’t more difficult to style than regular jeans. A simple crop top and a cool pair of sneakers are all you need to make low-rise jeans look great.

3. Bikinis and swimsuits

We could not create a list of summer wardrobe essentials without mentioning bikinis and swimsuits. Bikinis and swimsuits do not go out of style, so any kind of swimwear that you choose to wear will give you that desired hot girl summer look.

The most important thing when buying swimsuits is that you are comfortable in them. If in doubt, the classic triangle bikini is a great option because it is a timeless classic. However, if you are looking for something a bit more exciting, you can opt for a cross shoulder bikini top. When it comes to one-piece swimsuits, if you want to take it up a notch and achieve a sexy girl wardrobe, we recommend a deep V swimsuit.

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4. Shorts

Shorts are an essential item of any woman’s summer wardrobe. They are a staple piece that you can wear over and over again without worrying about them going out of style. The kind of shorts you have does not matter that much, although some styles are expected to thrive this year. You might want to think about being on the lookout for mid-length wide jean shorts and linen shorts.

The mid-length wide jeans shorts link back to the nostalgia that we mentioned earlier in this article. Think classic Rachel Green from Friends, her style is exactly the vibe we are trying to recreate this summer. Paired it with a lightweight white shirt and you have created the perfect casual summer style in a matter of seconds. The great thing about this piece of clothing is that it can easily be found in thrift shops!

On the other hand, linen summer shorts can be worn casually or dressed up to peak sophistication. Pairing a pair of beige linen shorts with a similarly beige linen blazer is the perfect outfit for a summer evening date.

5. Dress

Dresses, Dresses, Dresses! You need so many dresses in your summer wardrobe. A dress is THE outfit of summer, so you need to make the most of it. A woman’s summer wardrobe should have different types of dresses for different occasions.

A daytime date? Midi dress! A day out with friends? Mini dress! A garden party? Maxi dress. You will always be able to find an occasion in the summer to wear a dress, so you need to make sure you are prepared. Flowing colorful dresses are a must for a hot girl's summer wardrobe. They are also the easiest thing to pull out of your closet and throw on!

6. Jackets

Although the weather is getting warmer and you do not need to be thinking about adding new coats to your wardrobe collection, you might want to consider buying the summer version of a coat, a jacket or a hoodie. Jackets are perfect for the summer because they are not too heavy and they can really complement an outfit. Our favorite style of jacket is the denim jacket as it is extremely versatile.

7. Lingerie

It would not be a hot girl summer wardrobe without sexy and comfortable lingerie. Whether you are going to share it with a partner, or you are going to be the only one that sees it on your body, lingerie makes a woman feel sexy and that is what hot girl summer is all about.

Lingerie is all about giving yourself a confidence boost. Knowing you have a sexy set on under your already sexy outfit will help you live your best life this summer. It’s actually quite popular to use certain lingerie pieces as tops for nights out!

8. Hats 

Summer accessories are just as important as the clothes you choose to wear, and a hat can transform a look. There are so many styles of hats out there, you could have a different style for each outfit in your summer wardrobe. But, if you want to limit your hat collection, we suggest investing in one casual hat and one dressy hat

What do we mean by casual and dressy hats? Well, when it comes to casual hats, we recommend either a baseball cap or a bucket hat. Both of these hats are classic and can be worn with any casual outfit. It’s best to get these in a neutral color so that you can pair with virtually any outfit.

As for dressy hats, you can’t go wrong with a classic straw hat. Over the top floppy straw hats are perfect for photoshoots by the beach thanks to their neutral color. If you are ready to be bold, stylish, and sophisticated, think about buying a large straw hat. It will also protect you from the sun!

9. Jewelry

In addition to hats, jewelry should be the other category of trendy accessories that you should have on hand. If you want a classic style that will go with every outfit, think about buying chunky gold earrings and a delicate gold chain, as it will seamlessly add an air of class to your outfit.

However, if you want to play up to this year's trends, colorful jewelry is the new trendy thing. Think bright bold colors, beads, and statement jewelry. If your wardrobe is colorful, this trend will be perfect for you. If not, no need to worry, classic jewelry will always be in style, so you can stick to your gold and silver jewelry if you prefer.

10. Sneakers

Shoes are the final ingredient to a perfect outfit, and sneakers are perfect for the summer. A pair of white sneakers will go with virtually every single outfit. Whether you want to dress down a fancy outfit, are just heading out for errands, or are heading on a summer date, you can just throw on your sneakers. They will pair nicely with jeans, skirts, shorts, or dresses, and you can wear them to virtually any occasion all year round, so make sure you have a pair in the back of your closet.

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