From checkered bikinis to rainbow pants and adorable handbags, the Gen Z Brooklynite has plenty of crochet inspiration to share. With so much heaviness in the world, but plenty of optimism for the future, it’s the perfect moment to take the plunge into colorful, offbeat styles the textile lends itself to. Crochet has undoubtedly had a tumultuous relationship with the shopping public over the years: Originally regarded as merely a cheap alternative to lace, crochet was championed as a valuable “make do and mend” technique during World War II, however, it was in the swinging 1960s that it took on a life of its own in the fashion world.
Celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kourtney Kardashian have been spotted rocking the crochet look everywhere from the runway to a music festival to the city streets. A defining feature of most crochet pieces is that they include holes. By nature, crocheted material features spaces in between the yarn pattern of the piece. These spaces, which are larger in some crochet pieces and smaller than others, scare many women away from the crochet trend in general. You don’t have to walk around with gaping skin-showing holes in your clothing if you want to embrace the crochet trend. Try layering instead.
Many women who rock this trend opt to layer a loose crochet shirt over a crop top or tight camisole to avoid baring more skin than they want. Simplicity is key when it comes to rocking a crochet piece, especially if you’re not heavily into into full-on bohemian style.
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