The art of craftsmanship swept the Spring 2020 runways, via raffia transformed into handbags, natural or recycled materials transformed into ready-to-wear and plenty of humble hand knits. Specifically, relaxed crochet pieces in neutral tones were seen on the runways of Isabel Marant, Fendi, Loewe and Altuzarra, embodying the epitome of laid-back summer style. These intricate pieces don’t lean too heavily on the bohemian or festival-inspired style. Instead, they take on sophisticated, modern silhouettes, including the ever-popular polo knit, straight-leg pants, a minimalist-inspired scoop-neck tank top and, of course, an everyday cardigan. And in soothing neutral tones, they take on an easy-to-wear color palette from the statement styles you often associate with crochet.
While “real clothes” seem more and more intimidating these days, a soft and comfy crochet outfit looks like an easy, in-between approach to dressing up this summer. Slip into a pair of loose knit drawstring shorts or pants for lounging around the house, or layer over a one-piece when you’re heading to the beach. Fight cold, air-conditioned rooms with a crochet sweater. For one-step dressing at the weekend, slip into a handmade dress, and for days with record temperatures, opt for lightly interwoven tops to help maximize the potential for the breeze.
Take a neutral approach to crochet this summer and stay cool in these 15 clever knits.
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