No matter how skilled Grandma is, her granny squares couldn't hold a candle to what's on the runways and on our radar for summer (sorry, Grams!). No longer the stuff of doilies and dishcloths, this chic knit has been remixed into open-weave shirts and lightweight maxi dresses, which makes this Look We Love perfect for warm weather. Read on and be sure to check out our crochet selection you simply must incorporate into your wardrobe this season!On The Runway
Isabel Marant and Band of Outsiders both included standout knits in their S/S 12 collections, where we culled plenty of crochet inspiration! The former's sheer Lola Top ($1680, 212.219.2284) features intricate crochet detail and, when paired with the multipatterned Zim Shorts ($430, 212.219.2284), channels a Victorian-meets-bohemian vibe. The latter's Scott Sternberg offered his own fresh interpretation with a chic crochet pairing: the girl. by Band of Outsiders' Cerise Top ($299) and Cleo Lace Shorts ($291) had an unexpected edge with a hem dip-dyed in black. Though crochet is typically sweet, these pieces possess an undeniable cool factor!
Crochet is often thought of as a rather casual fabric, so recently we've loved seeing a few fashionable celebrities wear the knit in a dressier way. Take, for example, Zoe Saldana's vibrant frock at a luncheon in Los Angeles back in March. Her Alexis Mabille Short Shift Dress in Coral Guipure With Jeweled Belt (price upon request) from the S/S 12 collection is so elaborate it appears almost lace-like. We think its feminine sophistication makes it worthy of wearing to a number of soirees, from daytime weddings to dinner parties. Jessica Chastain opted for a bolder crochet look during an appearance on Live! With Kelly in New York in June. The actress sported an outfit from Carven's F/W 12 collection: the Velvet Leather Cut-Out Shirt ($2130, 212.288.1338), White Poplin Collar ($170, available at Carven Paris), and Technical Satin Shorts ($525, available at Curve in red) in Dark Blue. The top's peek-a-boo crochet detailing makes a striking--and slightly suggestive--statement, befitting Chastain's risk-taking style.
Get The Look
If you find yourself suddenly coveting crochet, we rounded up several clothes and accessories for your perusal! Perhaps the most effortless way to wear this look is by teaming a crochet top with your favorite blue denim. Black Sheep's Hopi Ivory Crochet Top ($50), with its loose shape and fringe border, is made for the music festival circuit--just complete your outfit with cutoff shorts and strappy sandals. Forever 21's Crochet Sweater Tank ($20) in Light Yellow, on the other hand, has a retro-inspired feel that would look appropriate with bell-bottom or wide-leg jeans.
Though many crochet pieces are a throwback to the '70s, we also love these modern takes on the trend: Guess by Marciano's figure-hugging Crochet Dress ($148) in Black is surprisingly sexy and ideal for an evening out, while Tory Burch's ladylike Thomad Crochet Skirt ($495) is suitable for your nine-to-five. For a more casual look, try Topshop's playful Dip Dye Crochet Shorts ($76)--a colorful echo of Band of Outsiders' pair! Fancy some beach attire? We've got you covered there too. Swimwear line Giejo worked their Triangle Tie Top ($118) and Side Ruched Bottom ($98) in a subtle crochet overlay for an especially sweet and feminine suit.
If you want to include just a touch of crochet into your ensemble, we suggest Lucky Brand's Avalon Lace Backpack ($149) or Ralph Lauren's Blue Crochet Espadrilles ($250, 212.606.2100). We think these chic knitted accents pair easily with any of your summer wardrobe staples, and look anything but homemade!--Tiffany Tse
Isabel Marant runway image, courtesy of Imax Tree; Band of Outsiders runway image, courtesy of Band of Outsiders; photo of Jessica Chastain, courtesy of Pacific Coast News