The pandemic unlocked a series of fashion trends mostly centered around comfort. Matching loungewear sets, elevated basics and loose-fitting denim became the Covid uniform for many who were stuck indoors for more than a year.
But now, as restrictions drop and temperatures rise, consumers are choosing to slip into something a little less comfortable. “Hot vax summer,” according to retail analytics firm Edited, is a post-pandemic celebration of freedom defined by sexy silhouettes, bold colors and touchable textures. The trend complements the maximalism movement of extravagant apparel, also birthed from the year much of the world spent inside.
Rivet compiled a list of some of the hottest denim items to stock up on for hot vax summer, inspired by the sexiest designer items that are currently catching headlines.
Model Irina Shayk was recently spotted wearing the black-and-white version of these Mugler thong jeans. With a slim silhouette and a provocative construction that give the illusion of lingerie, these jeans are the exact embodiment of hot vax summer.
Made of washed organic denim, this Prada denim bralette proves sustainable denim can be sexy, too. The piece, recently worn by model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, features a plunging V neck and ’90s-era Prada branding front and center.
Fashion to Figure
These lace-up jeans from plus-sized fashion brand Fashion to Figure reveal a playful pop of skin in an unexpected way. Available in a light wash and varying inseam lengths, the style adds some edge to a standard skinny jean.
Cutout details can instantly make wide-leg jeans more interesting. This pair from Maison Margiela, which features skin-baring designs at the waistband, proves that sexy can still be comfortable.
Denim crop tops are an essential this summer, and this Balmain piece with frayed seams and silver chain details is a must-have. Pair with a long denim skirt and strappy sandals to complete the look.
Weinsanto’s strappy denim bra top underscores the lingerie trend sweeping through women’s ready-to-wear. Pair with high-waisted cigarette jeans for a body-hugging, allover denim look.
Denim mini dresses are the perfect summer accessory. This Asos Design style with an on-trend square neckline is a youthful update to your little black dress collection.
Cutouts are not confined to jeans. This cropped denim jacket by Danielle Guizio serves as a deconstructed bustier with a dramatic chopped-out neckline. Frayed hems keep the statement piece casual and cool.
Expect the unexpected from these R13 jeans. The straight-fit jeans feature racy lacing on the back. Pair with a basic white T-shirt to keep the focus on the backside.
This adjustable denim crop top from Urban Outfitters smacks of summer comfort. The top is made from upcycled denim, meaning washes will vary.