Crochet Cool: Our Top 5 Tips On How To Wear The Homespun Staple

07 July 2014 by

Alexa Chung In Her Pretty Crochet Top

From doilies to hippies, crochet has not – understandably - always equated with the most positive of fashion connotations. Synonymous with flower power and the 70’s homemade aesthetic, while crochet has always appealed to bohemian types, it has never attained the status of ‘wardrobe staple.’ This season’s rediscovery of all things boho has however, upgraded the position of crochet on the fashion barometer.

Whether it's a crochet bikini or pretty dresses and tops, the look offers an instant holiday vibe and is also ideal for festival wear. But it can also work in the city – just look at Alexa Chung rocking her vintage-look crochet top in both a field and on the sidewalk.

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Kate Bosworth Loves Crochet [Getty]

But that doesn't mean there aren't pitfalls! Read on below to safeguard yourself...

1. Avoid The Woodstock Look

Because of crochet's association with the '70s, anything that looks too obviously from that era will come off as costume-y however you wear it - just look at Vanessa Hudgens. This is only desirable on Halloween.

Style Tips On How To Wear Crochet Tops & Dresses

Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella [Getty]

2. Beware The Matching Accessories

Because crochet is obviously 'homespun', it needs to be worn with simple, minimal accessories. Never try and pile up the references with knee high gladitators or espadrilles - you will look like a backing dancer from Mamma Mia. Jewellery equally should be kept at a minimum lest you stray into village fete territory.

3. Contemporary Crochet

What you want to do is showcase the beauty of the craftmanship and team your crochet with contemporary pieces - like Alexa's cut offs for example. This keeps the look rooted in 2014.

4. Not Just For Day

Naomie Harris also proves that crochet can work for evening - her simple sandals and and earrings let her gorgeous dress (and killer body) do all the talking. Crochet is also pretty see-through so ideal for adding a racy touch to your wardrobe after dark.

Style Tips On How To Wear Crochet Tops & Dresses

Naomie Harris proves crochet can work for evening [Getty]

5. Don't Go Colour Crazy

While brightly coloured crochet can look sizzling against a tan, it also can look like a picnic mat. If in doubt keep your crochet palette to black, white and neutrals.


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