Summer Style Staple: Crochet Top

We’ve no wish to fall out with Beyoncé, Jlo, Taylor Swift or Jessica Biel, and we’re certainly not about to challenge the Kardashians. They’re all embracing crochet for summer 2014, so who are we to disagree? Actually, we’re quite happy for it to have its moment, anyway. 

Top of this trend is the easy-to-wear crochet top. Interpret that last word as widely as you like. It could be a long blouse that covers your cut-off shorts while allowing them to peek through. Find one with straps for a summery look, while a crocheted batwing jumper will provide a little more warmth. Go boho in style, or follow the flower children with a hippy fringe.

Think layers, starting with a longline crochet vest, or cover up with a lacy kimono. Incorporate plain fabric panels – heavy duty or thin cotton would look equally as good. Offset with sheer chiffon or delicate lace. Stay streetwise by pairing with denim or leather for jeans or jackets, and pull on some boots to keep your outfit nicely grounded.

Pare down with a tank or fitted top over a strappy tee, but team with a loose skirt to balance the whole. This fashion suits a crop, especially with straps – try it tight like Rihanna’s. Alternatively, add a scalloped edge.

This can be a too-safe look, though. We’re sure you won’t need us to suggest that you move on from white, cream and black, pretty though they are. They shouldn’t be abandoned, but neither should flair. Wear red, yellow or orange over white. Strike a contrast with purple over red, orange on top of turquoise, purple over yellow, or change them around. If you’re still unconvinced, layer nude over a strong shade. Get back to the sixties with stripes, or crocheted flowers.

Of course, this is a relaxed look, but what about evenings? Add glamour with glitter, sequins or shiny beads. Choose a top where gold or silver threads its way through the crocheted strands, or prioritise a plain thread over a shiny vest. Keep accessories plain with an oversize leather bag or duffle. Delicate jewellery could be swamped, so go for chunky bling with one statement piece.

So now you’re ready to hit the festivals, then. You may not be mixing with the celebrities, but we think you’ll be just as on-trend as they are. Watch out for the snappers!

The featured photo is of Helena Cave Ramos wearing a crochet and lace top from A Bad Day, denim shorts from Mango and wedges and handbag from Stradivarius

 

Jessie Chanes is wearing a crochet mesh top from Zara, skirt from Vila, sandals from Mango and a bag from Su-Shi

Jessie Chanes is wearing a crochet mesh top from Zara, skirt from Vila, sandals from Mango and a bag from Su-Shi

Anouk Yve is wearing a a crochet dress and top from Emma Clothing and & Other stories, shoes from Zara

Anouk Yve is wearing a a crochet dress and top from Emma Clothing and & Other stories, shoes from Zara

Marianela is wearing a white crochet top from C & A

Marianela is wearing a white crochet top from C & A

Sara Donaldson is wearing a black crochet cover up top from Cleobella

Sara Donaldson is wearing a black crochet cover up top from Cleobella

 Julie Sarinana is wearing a white crochet top and mini skirt from Armani Exchange and the espadrilles are from Vince

Julie Sarinana is wearing a white crochet top and mini skirt from Armani Exchange and the espadrilles are from Vince

Vanessa Vasconcelos is wearing a crochet top and shorts from Moikana and sunglasses from Prada

Vanessa Vasconcelos is wearing a crochet top and shorts from Moikana and sunglasses from Prada

Mary Seng is wearing a dress and crochet blouse from Free People

Mary Seng is wearing a dress and crochet blouse from Free People

Nagore Fernández is wearing a crochet kimono top by Pull & Bear, brown dress from Yerse, sandals from De Cos and sunglasses from Sunnywood

Nagore Fernández is wearing a crochet kimono top by Pull & Bear, brown dress from Yerse, sandals from De Cos and sunglasses from Sunnywood

Maffashion is wearing a crochet top and hat from Bershka, textured and slip-ons from Zara

Maffashion is wearing a crochet top and hat from Bershka, textured and slip-ons from Zara

Mirian Perez is wearing a pale pink crochet boho top from The amity Company, shorts from Sheinside and a bag with fringes from Touched Tousette

Mirian Perez is wearing a pale pink crochet boho top from The amity Company, shorts from Sheinside and a bag with fringes from Touched Tousette