Here's how to actually have a 'hot girl summer'

Ever since Megan Thee Stallion introduced us to the phrase ‘hot girl summer’ in 2019, people have used the term to define many things.

It’s crop tops, summer flings, unbridled confidence, and walking into your local Tesco in sunglasses shouting ‘I’M HERE BITCHES PASS ME A BASKET.’

With summer 2021 on the way, the world is awaiting prime hot girl time. Because let’s be honest, summer 2020 was a disastrous fail but this coming season looks like a win.

And every single one of us deserves our hot girl moment in the sun. 

However, there is only one issue glaring in the faces of the uninitiated – how do you actually have one?

Hot girl summer was coined by a beautiful woman who is tune with her power. We all want to emulate that prowess and certainty in oneself but it’s sometimes difficult to get into that specific headspace.

To describe the ideal, Megan Thee Stallion tweeted: ‘Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident, living YOUR truth, being the life of the party etc.’

To answer the burning questions of the day, I went in search of the knowledge and the experts we so desperately need and put together a guide detailing the four main areas of ‘hotness.’


The narrative of the lockdown glow-up is unfortunately toxic. In what was one of the most difficult years we will ever know, an unnecessary pressure was placed among men and women to change themselves. Now hot girl summer is associated with weight loss and looking the best you have ever done.

But health and fitness coach Ryan Hodgson says this isn’t true and is an unhealthy thought process. ‘The best way to prepare for a ‘hot girl summer’ is to work on the mind first,’ he explains. ‘It’s not ‘sexy’ or going to offer the instant gratification that some options will but the results will be life-changing.

‘Be active doing things you enjoy, it doesn’t have to be a HIIT workout or intense training session. Drink plenty of water. Spend time with people who make you smile. Doing these consistently, you’ll soon realise you are already able to have a hot girl summer without physical preparation.’ 


Hot girl summer fashion seems synonymous with mini dresses and high heels but that won’t fit the bill for everyone. Instead, embrace your style with attitude and poise. Think of all the women and men whose style you admire or who you think is ‘hot.’ No two will dress the same and that is the beauty of fashion.

Wear what you want and feel comfortable in. The veil of hot girl summer instantly lifts when you are trying to be someone you are not.

So whether you wear dresses or trousers, crop tops or oversized jumpers, wear your style with pride.

But if you do need some tips, listen to Georgia Michalopoulou, Founder of Your Fashion Lounge, who says go big or go home. ‘After a year in loungewear, it’s time to have fun with fashion this summer,’ she advises.

‘This means bright colours, bold prints and unconventional silhouettes which will boost our mood. And if you want to go for one colour this summer, then go for hot pink. You can never go wrong with pink.’


All jokes aside about thinning hair, but our locks and confidence go hand in hand. The hot girl summer image conjures up visions of thick voluminous hair that is trained to be washed twice a week and doesn’t react to humidity. Unfortunately, this isn’t real life, but there are ways to enhance and protect what you have over the coming months.

‘Leave-in conditioner is a must to help keep hair manageable and silky,’ says Laura Courtie from Laura Courtie Hair. 

‘Sun protection spray is also great for protecting your hair against sun damage which in turn creates dry hair and adds more frizz. Protecting your hair is just as important as protecting your skin and when you do, your hair will thank you!’


Of all the pillars in the hot girl summer world, mindset is undoubtedly the most important. Without this, there is nothing and our hot girl summer quickly turns into ‘mild girl mid-August.’

From Megan Thee Stallion’s original teachings on the matter to the current slew of hot girls on TikTok, the messaging is the same.

Hot girl summer is a mindset.

All the fashion, beauty products and sit-ups in the world won’t bless you with the aura. It starts from within and embracing who you truly are beneath it all.

Tess Leigh-Phillips from YourHappyHeartCoach says: ‘Prepare for your hot girl summer by working on your confidence. You don’t need attention or a date or validation from anyone but yourself. You’re enough without it.

‘Get out there feeling your best and knowing your best is good enough. Go out simply to have fun. You are sexy and cool. Relax and know good stuff will come your way. Breathe deeply, smile brightly, and enjoy yourself!’

So remember, whether you are single or taken you can have a hot girl summer. Whether you exercise or not, you can have a hot girl summer. Whether you are on top of the world or picking up the pieces, you can have a hot girl summer.

Whether you believe it or not, you can have a hot girl summer.

So take a deep breath, raise your glass and make a toast.

And let’s make this one hell of a summer.

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