09 Jul 2013 Comments Off
Crochet – you’d be forgiven for thinking that this form of knitting was reserved only for the elderly who wish to knit themselves woollen doilies and colourful tea cosies. Think again. Crochet also conjures up hippie-chic style of Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin in days gone by and now it looks set to be a modern fashion trend too. For those who want to mix the latest fashion fits with a folksy twist, crochet provides a soft and feminine slant to any outfit. Yes it really is possible to add crochet to your style without looking like a pensioner, and here’s how:
Embrace (or recreate) a sense of youthful innocence with a crochet summer dress. A soft and light knitted dress option, crochet need not be baggy and unflattering – as many high street designers are proving. Take a look at this New Look Beach Dress which is far from frumpy. White is a huge summer shade this summer and crochet looks ideal in this fresh and flirty finish – definitely not something you’d see on a granny. If a crochet mini isn’t for you, elegant crochet maxis with cutaway panels are also hot this season.
Yes, swimwear’s gone crochet crazy too! Forget bold stripes reminiscent of grandma’s knitted scarves however – again, white is the colour of choice for crocheted bikini options. Choose a simple white halterneck bikini top and matching swim pant or opt for something a bit more complex like crochet detailed bikini tops of brands like Free People (for those who want to keep a touch of hippy in their look). Crochet’s a designer favourite on the Bikini front this year too with Dolce &Gabbana doing a dainty little number with tie sides – quaint, girly and far from senior style.
Summer is the ideal time to get on those super-short shorts! If you feel that denim hotpants are far too overdone, then crochet shorts will be right up your street. Crochet shorts provide a delicate take on daring hot pants, and instantly appear a little less… provocative. There’s something very ladylike about crochet. Cream crochet shorts are big right now, but you’ll also find other pastel shades on sale across the high street. Jane Norman are doing a nice combination of crochet and denim for those who can’t part with their traditional jean designs just yet.
Looking for a lightweight summer jumper? Crochet pullovers provide an open weaved knit which is ideal for a little extra coverage on hot summer days. Short sleeve or batwing crochet designs are most on trend at the moment, providing a baggy netted design that’s loose fitting and comfortable.
If you don’t think you’re brave enough for a full crochet garment, there are plenty of high street designs finished with an accent of crochet. Crocheted racer back vests and crocheted necklines are popular examples of this – giving just a glimpse of this homely knit.