If you’re the type to follow the trends your favorite fashion influencers wear on social media, you’ve probably noticed plenty of 70s references, including platform boots, flared pants, and more recently, the trend crocheted. According to Laura Jayne Vince, founder of Stone Label, “crochet was such a trend in the 70s, and over the past year we have been inspired by that era.” And while there are plenty of vintage options available to curious shoppers, emerging designers and home crafters are also finding a love for craftsmanship.
“During the pandemic, whether it’s to pass the time, disconnect from a screen, or deal with anxiety, I know many people who have learned one of these crafts like knitting and sewing for the first time. crochet over the past year,” Ella Wiznia, founder of The Series, tells TZR of the increased interest in homemade hobbies. “When I was in treatment for an eating disorder, most patients took up knitting or crocheting because of its soothing benefits.”
Delsy Gouw, founder of Instagram’s favorite knit accessories brand Memorial Day, turned her own crochet hobby into a business after losing her job amid COVID-19. Now her hats and bikinis are seen on trendsetters like Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid and Ella Emhoff. “The way the crochet is done is really so intricate, unique and made to last,” Gouw told TZR in February of the technique. “Crocheting can only be done by hand, so I think there’s something special about having an accessory that’s unique and handmade.”
As you prepare your wardrobe for summer, it’s the perfect time to discover new ways to style crochet pieces. Below, find out how 11 influencers are currently wearing the trend.
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Ready for the beach
When you’re spending time at the beach or lake this summer, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing light, comfortable clothing. For this, a great option is a loose crochet vest. You’ll feel a lovely breeze through the open weave, and it’s an easy layering piece to layer over a bikini top.
Try a modern take on crochet and forgo the traditional square pattern and choose a colorful print top with funky fringe for a little extra punch. Wear it with casual jeans or go for an original look and layer it over a simple dress as shown in the model below.
For a nostalgic look more 90s than 70s, choose a simple, sleek silhouette like a crop top or open back. The less material, the better. Pair a tiny crochet top with denim shorts or a mini skirt for a simple and chic ensemble.
bra like top
If you can’t wait to try the bra-top trend this summer but aren’t sure where to start, consider crochet or tightly knit options. The thick material will cover you in all the right places. For those who want extra coverage, throw an unbuttoned bowling shirt over it.
To crown it all
If you don’t want to lean too much into the craft aesthetic, try adding a simple accessory like a bucket hat or crochet bag. It’s a way to add texture to simple jeans and t-shirts without feeling too kitschy.
Back to school
If you wore a school uniform growing up, it probably consisted of a polo shirt and a pleated skirt. Make your basic ensemble bigger by opting for a luxe crochet top with a relaxed silhouette and a pleated midi skirt to finish the look.
Stick to neutrals
While vintage crochet pieces tend to be very colorful, there are plenty of modern options for a more streamlined look. If you prefer neutrals, opt for a knit in shades of cream and beige and complete the look with white jeans.
Easily make a chunky cardigan or poncho less retro by pairing it with biker shorts. Then tie it all up with a handbag or shoe in any of the shades shown on the multi-colored top.
Not a fan of flowers? You can still rock an eye-catching printed midi this summer with a cool herringbone knit style. Complete the outfit with strappy sandals and you’re ready to take on the day.
Save the Look
If you’re looking to get your hands on a quirky crochet piece that dates back to the 70s, head to your nearest thrift store and start digging through the shelves. You can also check out Etsy, Depop, or vintage site Collect23 for vintage dresses you can wear with simple accessories.
Launch and go
For days when your usual tops are too heavy on your skin, try a loosely woven crochet top that you can throw on. The texture and fit are dressier than a tank top, and you can layer a bra underneath for extra coverage.