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Popular Must-Have Teen Style: The Best Summer Looks for Girls

Teen girl smiling with cropped top

When it comes to ideas for clothing, celebs and influencers are often where teens look for inspiration. This summer’s trends in teen girl dresses and teen girl bikinis will be getting an overhaul with some new looks that are set to be popular in the hotter weather. Trends include twists on the teen girl bikinis and some unique beachwear set to have teens flocking to stores to buy these must-have items.

Table of Contents
Creating popular trends through celeb inspiration
Three celeb-inspired summer looks for teen girls
Why these popular styles are perfect for teens

Creating popular trends through celeb inspiration 

Teen girl lying down with striped top and shorts
Teen girl lying down with striped top and shorts

When looking to create a collection that will appeal to teen girls, the latest celebrity styles are a great place to start. Celebrities have the biggest impact on those aged between 18 to 36, which means their fashion choices have a strong influence on teen buying habits. With the rise of social media, there is more access to celebrity influence which in turn affects what teens see as trendy or not. Similarly, when a celebrity endorses a style or trend it can increase its popularity and drive sales. 

Using celebrity style to influence a teen girl collection is a great way of ensuring the popularity of clothes retailers’ stock. Or if celebrities are already wearing the products in your catalog, they can be used to encourage sales further by showcasing each of the trends through their social media channels, which can spark interest in your apparel range and boost your sales.

Three celeb-inspired summer looks for teen girls 

When looking for celebrities to influence clothing collections, it’s essential to ensure the products appeal to a broad range of teens. Therefore, taking ideas from what celebs are endorsing and re-creating them into accessible looks is a good way to create a captivating inventory. Here are three celeb-inspired looks that have been overhauled especially for the teen girl market. 

Sheer beachwear 

Teen girl with long sheer overshirt for summer
Teen girl with long sheer overshirt for summer

Sheer fashion is one of the latest celebrity styles that can be easily recreated into fabulous beachwear. It has been seen at Paris Fashion Week, and on several celebrities throughout the start of 2022, confirming its popularity as a must-have trend. 

Sheer fabric comes in silk-chiffon/organza, which is luxurious and beautiful, however, it is not that practical for the teen market. A good alternative to silk sheer fabric is polyester, although synthetic and perhaps not as soft as silk, it is durable (in terms of washing) and can be dyed into a variety of colors. 

Teen girl with red sunglasses and white sheer dress
Teen girl with red sunglasses and white sheer dress

Sheer clothing is see-through which makes it ideal as beachwear. It’s light and can be worn well over bikinis. When it comes to teen girl bikinis, the perfect combination for the casual teen would be a sheer overshirt. As well as with a bikini, an overshirt can be layered with a dress, making it versatile as well as stylish. Another great look can be created with a sheer overskirt, a twist on the classic sarong. Each of these styles works well in simple black and white, but pastel shades are also big with celebs this summer. 

Teen girl in a dress in a sheer style fabric
Teen girl in a dress in a sheer style fabric

Teen bikini twist 

Teen girl with patterned ruffle-top bikini
Teen girl with patterned ruffle-top bikini

When it comes to bikinis, new trends have been driven by young celebrities who have taken a liking to the more vintage retro sets that have high waists and a cropped top style. This look is flattering and adds a vintage twist to regular string bikinis trends, and even though it may seem more conservative, it can be a popular and classy look if the right combination is created.    

Bikini for teen girl with a pineapple on top
Bikini for teen girl with a pineapple on top

One way to ensure a great look is to start with the standard swimsuit fabric made from spandex and nylon, but instead of matching colors on top and bottom, a block-color can be used on the top and another color with a print on the bottom, or visa-versa. Another twist to the design is the addition of ruffles to the top for true celeb-summer style. The ruffles add extra detail and can be printed with floral patterns and combined with block colors. 

Girly summer knits

Teenage girl dress with crochet effect top
Teenage girl dress with crochet effect top

Knits aren’t always considered summertime attire but crochet, with its delicate weave, is perfectly suited for a light summer wear. This leisurewear knit trend has been seen on celebs this summer and can be easily recreated for the perfect teen style. 

Crochet can be made with a variety of yarn, such as cotton, for a sturdy less stretchy feel or acrylic which is often slightly softer, and can be dyed almost any color. A good option for teens is to also include elastane, as the added stretch will add longevity to the knit, and it will help to hold the shape of the product during washing and wearing. 

Teen girl in crochet-knit top with festival style shorts
Teen girl in crochet-knit top with festival style shorts

Crochet sets create a festival feel ideal for teen girls. This look works in a variety of ways. The design can incorporate shorts and a bikini style top, trousers, or a teen girl dress. The designs are versatile and can be found in either boho-themed or more elegant variations, depending on which market is being aimed at.  

Why these popular styles are perfect for teens

Teenage girl bikini in 1950’s pin-up style
Teenage girl bikini in 1950’s pin-up style

Celebs tend to establish the trends that teens follow, and so these celeb-inspired looks have been overhauled to appeal to a wider teen market. Sheer beachwear is a look that is ideal for layering over teen girl bikinis and teen girl dresses, and its light fabric and ability to be dyed into a variety of colors means it can be made into a great clothing range. The bikini twist is set to appeal to teens with its retro vibes, and by being less revealing it will suit more discrete buyers, but its 50s inspired style will keep it equally fashionable. Finally, crochet knits can be combined with a range of outfits to add a light and comfortable touch to the summer wardrobe

Teen in crochet leisurewear style beach outfit
Teen in crochet leisurewear style beach outfit

What makes these trends perfect for teen girls is how all three can be created in an affordable way using a combination of synthetic and cotton fabrics. In turn, this means they can be made to suit teen girl budgets as well. Also, when the balance of fabrics is chosen properly it will ensure that the clothing washes well and has good longevity, all of which will give them a sustainable spin and an additional selling point. This makes them the ideal collection for retailers aiming to appeal to the modern teen girl this summer. 

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