boho-chic hallmark is a summertime staple — yet again.
bikinis, chic cover-ups, beach bags, halters (and their
funky cousins, bralettes) are lighter, airier and
beachwear-perfect this summer when fashioned from
ecru-hued crochet. Even wide-legged trousers are getting
into the loopy-stitched action.
DOES IT COME FROM?
is the French word for "small hook," but the
textile-making technique was first used by Scottish
peasants in the late 18th century to make hats, bonnets,
and scarves, as well as collar and bonnet trim.
the late 1800s through the mid 1900s, women crocheted
more for function than fashion. Occasionally, ladies
carried drawstring crocheted pouches. However, as the
middle class began valuing department-store products
more than homemade ones, the technique disappeared.
the 1960s, fiber artists — who remain promoters of the
art-as-fashion movement — began crocheting trendy
clothing. Enter the A-line crochet dress. These mod
looks were popular with well-dressed working girls like
Twiggy and Mary Tyler Moore.
porous knit pieces came in and out of style until the
early 2000s. Then, they cycled on and off the fashion
scene every two years or so — especially in the
couple of things happened: Shoppers craved unique
pieces, and all things handmade (or had the appearance
of being handmade, i.e. Free People and Madewell) were
in demand. Websites like Etsy have helped crafters reach
a wider audience. Music festivals have turned crocheted
bikini tops and cutoff shorts into a standard
IS WEARING IT?
Moss, Kendall Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Miley Cyrus,
and every girl looking to to show a little skin while
retaining a somewhat angelic vibe.
YOU WEAR IT?
you feel a white crochet dress would be too unforgiving,
follow your instinct. Instead, opt for the knit cover-up
over a sleek, black one-piece.