It’s a hot girl summer. This is a fact, regardless of whether you know why or where it came from...
With Met Eireann predicting temperatures to hit highs of 24C with most of the country basking in glorious sunshine, the end of summer is still more than a month way meaning there's still plenty of time left of embrace a Hot Girl Summer.
For those uninitiated or simply behind on their memes, "Hot Girl Summer" is the viral phrase of the season. But to understand hot girl summer, one must first understand the original Hot Girl. That’s 24-year-old Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who has slowly been getting recognition since 2013 for her music that embraces sexuality and confidence, but recently, she's gained 2 million Instagram followers in the past three months. The rapper goes by “HOT GIRL MEG” on social media, and has appropriately titled her fans as “hotties.”
“Hot Girl Summer” can be traced back to the opening line of her song, Cash Sh*t, in which Megan Thee Stallion starts off by mumbling, “real hot girl sh*t.” Fans then adapted the lyrics for their own purposes, and Hot Girl Summer was born. The term has become so widespread that it has become, in essence, a meme:
"And I couldn't help but wonder...in a time of irrevocable climate change brought on by a wildly destructive anthropocene, aren't we all having a hot girl summer?" pic.twitter.com/8aundcRaRC— Otamere (@Otamere) July 16, 2019
me tweeting “hot girl summer” and then sitting in my room texting “haha hey what r u doin” pic.twitter.com/HlL4gui7Pu— alyssa (@_alybrooke) June 30, 2019
me trying to have a hot girl summer pic.twitter.com/i0PK9uY93k— bhald bhabie (@dollyxparton) June 27, 2019
While Hot Girl Summer is a term meant to be embraced by everyone and anyone (even Tom Hanks), Megan The Stallion explains to The Root that to be a true participant in Hot Girl Summer, "It’s just basically about women — and men — just being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody got to say about it."
Whether you’ve already been channelling your best self the past couple of months, or you've been too busy navigating through insect bites, sunburn and humidity-inducing thigh chafing (hi, yes, hello, that's me), our Hot Girl Summer's could all use a boost in the final stretch of the season.
That in mind below is a little sartorial inspiration to get you started.
SHOP HOT GIRL SUMMER FASHION:
The 'I don't plan on going home until last orders' dress.
Jacquard Cut Out Slip Dress, €52, Topshop
The best accessory for maximum metaphorical shade blocking
Cateye Sunglasses, €29, & Other Stories
Because if one thing is hot in summer, it's florals.
Floral Wrap Skirt, €17.99, New Look
No Hot Girl Summer is complete without a little hint of leather, this mini dress is extra hot at the mere price of €5.99.
Faux Leather Mini Dress, €5.99, Zara
The trainer that will match with everything so you not only look good but make your feet feel good too.
Classic Leather Double Stack Trainer, €109, Reebok
The not all "Hot Girl Summer"s require bikinis.
High Neck Swimsuit with plunge back and statement gold belt, €76.04, ASOS
Cos even hot girl summer needs protection
Straw Hat, €22.12, Pieces
The "Going Out Top" That Can Be Worn Day Or Night
Satin Cowl Neck Top, €39, & Other Stories
A dress just as inclusive as the "Hot Girl Summer" motto.
Printed Dress, €49.95, Zara
The don't mess with me hoops.
Gold hoops, €9.99, Mango
But don't worry, if Autumn is more your thing - "Not Conventionally Attractive Woman Autumn" is coming.
Here for Hot Girl Summer but eagerly awaiting Not Conventionally Attractive Woman Autumn when I can really shine— ⭐️bex schwartz (@starbex) July 11, 2019
Main image by Vogue, 1981