Hot girl summer? Khakis required.
Last year, in the midst of a global pandemic when very few people were venturing too far from their doorsteps, we called the Dress of Summer. Knit and hugging close to the body with side cut-outs and a plunging neckline, Cult Gaia’s Serita dress is undeniably sexy. And it’s exactly what we’d think women would want to wear now as they finally emerge from their lockdown hideouts, carefully slipping on high heels, walking gingerly like newborn foals to al fresco parties. And we’d be at least partly wrong (our inner Virgos have a somewhat difficult time admitting this).
While still a great piece, the emphasis for Hot Girl Summer 2021 is less about a bodycon maxi dress or anything belly-baring, and more about… roomy khaki trousers. Counterintuitive, we know, but hear us out. The standouts from the pack are a pleated, voluminous pair from cult label The Row. Kendall Jenner helped put the Pants of Summer on the map last month when she wore them as they were styled on the runway, paired with a crisp white menswear inspired button-down layered over an easy, classic t-shirt. But she’s hardly the only one who’s adopted this particular look. Our feeds have been taken over by models, celebs, and influencers embracing a very-Nancy Meyers film aesthetic (although one also cannot discount Diane Keaton in Annie Hall here, either).