In some ways, the runways of 2018 have felt like one big arts-and-crafts class in the best way possible, particularly where accessories are concerned. (Okay, an arts-and-crafts class led by one ridiculously chic arts-and-crafts teacher.) First, we had the resurgence of the wildly retro beaded bag trend—thank you, Susan Alexandra, Shrimps, and various high-street retailers—and now we're in the midst of a veritable explosion of crochet.
If the thought of crochet conjures up tragic festival dressing and/or not-so-well-made bikinis, well, I don't blame you; instead, I'll direct you to divert your attention to the decidedly unsummery, decidedly sophisticated, decidedly FUN (fun!) crochet pieces that have caught my eye as of late. In fact, my fascination with the trend started one October afternoon when I spied a pair of black-and-brown Proenza ballet flats as I was writing another story…
The shoes that ignited my interest in the crochet trend.
H/T to the ever-stylish Chloe Hill for bringing this Loeffler Randall bag to my attention. This purplish-pink colorway (on sale!) is also a winner, no?
Minimalists, avert your eyes.
Scarves may be one of the more expected crochet items, but this Topshop version is anything but ordinary…
The dress of my dreams during my teenage goth phase (and right now, quite frankly).
Like curling up beneath your cool grandma's handmade blanket.
This color continues to pack a punch.
Another early entry into the crochet canon (now on sale).
Love the acrylic handles, too.
Beachy, sure, but also a whole lot of fun during the winter.
Another day, another beret.
The most stylish way to stay warm this winter.
For those who like making a statement…
Well, aren't these fun?
An originator of the crochet trend, to be sure.
Would you look at that logo?
The chunky crochet work feels super winter-ready.
Speaking of which…
Even belt bags are getting the crochet treatment.
Thank you, Alexa Chung.
An abstract print only adds to the retro vibes.
Obviously you'll need more fun (warm!) socks to wear with these.
Next up, see the unexpected animal-print trend of the season.