No longer just reserved for cover-ups, crochet is back with a holey bang this summer, but it’s the dresses that have whet our sartorial appetites.
Given the surge in popularity of television shows telling stories straight from the 70s – Halston, we’re looking at you – it’s perhaps no surprise that a certain sartorial hallmark of the era is making a grand return to the realm of fashion and it’s holier, quite literally, than thou.
Indeed, crochet is the pattern that fashion has ushered back into the room, and straight to a seat at the summertime table. Last week alone, Depop noted a 115% spike in searches for ‘crochet dresses’ with an overarching surge in searches for ‘crochet’ of 86%, a trend similarly mirrored by Lyst.
The best part about this summer’s foray with crochet is that there’s something for everyone. Crochet dresses have been reimagined in vertiginous minis – perfect for a contemporary take on the classic cover-up – ankle-grazing midis and floor-sweeping maxis, all of which are stylish fodder for the warm weather.
So, pick your poison – mini, midi or maxi – and get in on the crochet craze. It’s a sunny season specialty.
Gimaguas Brigitte white crochet-knit midi dress
Gimaguas is one of a clutch of brands purveying the crochet dress trend. If its thigh-skimming minis aren’t to your taste, look instead to its crochet midi; perfect for pairing with a sun-kissed glow.
Warehouse square crochet knit dress
Perfect for wearing to work with chunky sandals, this square-necked Warehouse number is a great way to make the trend work for daytime.
Urban Outfitters Gigi mini dress
If you’re planning on partying with friends in some capacity this summer (even if it is only with six people), then look to this striped Urban Outfitters halterneck mini.
Asos Design crochet mini dress with flare sleeves
The ultimate beach cover-up comes by way of Asos with this fluted-sleeved tangerine-toned mini. Wear for a sunbathing session to the beach with your favourite sandals and some retro sunnies.
Afrikrea crochet dress
The clash of the pink with the black on this crocheted mini is too good not to embrace. Wear with flatform sandals and a crossbody bag for a dancing-friendly dress.
Whistles white crochet knit
For anybody looking to embrace the trend in a more demure fashion, look to this white Whistles midi, which comes complete with a slip dress.
Monki crochet knit mini dress
Want to wear crochet without looking too outré? This strappy Monki mini is for you, then. Wear with trainers, boots, sandals – whatever you fancy – and work that crochet number.
Anthropologie crochet midi dress
Summer-friendly in all the right ways, this terracotta-toned midi is seriously chic. Wear with a pared-back updo and wedged espadrilles for a smart take on the trend.
Stradivarius long crochet dress
If you’re in the market for some crochet but without the flesh-flashing, then this floor-sweeping white dress is the one for you. The perfect throw-on-and-go number.
Rails June rainbow crochet dress
When it comes to summer dresses, few do it better than Rails, and this rainbow-toned crochet number is proof.
Nasty Gal plus size crochet low back dress
Another crochet beach cover-up comes by way of this Nasty Gal number, which is available in both nude and black. Can we have both?
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