Vanessa Hudgens has been collecting thongkinis, summer 2022’s most prominent swim trend, for years. The 33-year-old “High School Musical” actor is, in essence, the queen of swimsuits, as one of the celebrities who induces beach envy on Instagram most often. Hudgens typically reaches for the thongkini style, which involves an ultra-high-leg bottom, pulled up above the hip to the waist line, and a thin, triangular strip of fabric at the back. She shops many fashion-favorite resort-wear labels for her beach-ready looks, including 437, Hunza G and Naked Wolfe.
But it’s the way Hudgens expertly styles her suits that fans admire, making the thongkini all her own. Whether it’s a three-piece set that includes a matching headscarf, layers upon layers of body chains, or retro sunglasses, she never strays from her signature bohemian aesthetic.
In 2022 alone, she’s rocked a turtleneck two-piece for a photo shoot, worn a vibrant watercolor print in Italy, and perfected Barbiecore in hot pink while on a boat. But she’s also carried out even more themes through the years, beyond the aforementioned few.
Ahead, backtrack on some of Hudgens’s best poolside moments through the years.