Let's face it, the 70s vibe is here to stay. Season after season it's announced as a trend, but it's safe to say that certain items such as a floppy wide brimmed hat, blouson chiffon peasant top, or high waisted jeans are never truly out of style. Even when they're not being strutted on the runway, a chic-minded girl can adopt a Boho-inspired piece with confidence. One such piece, worn correctly, has the ability to convey a number of feminine ideals: sweet, innocent, au naturale, and even sex kitten. We're talking about crochet.
From cardigans to tops, dresses and beyond, crochet is one of those 70s inspired looks you can wear over and over again. It just so happens that for Spring/Summer 2012, it was all over the high fashion catwalks. Check out some of our favorite looks and find out how to put together your own that says you have your finger on the pulse of all that is fashion savvy.
Day at the Beach: Rag & Bone
Never underestimate the power of a good cover-up. So many of them are too old (caftan!) or too fussy to set the right mood for a casual-cool beach day spent with friends. Enter the oversized, slouchy crochet sweater. It covers up any imperfections you might not want on display while you're walking up and down the boardwalk, but is still youthful and chic.
Crop It: Charlotte Ronson
Crop tops are sweet, yet, sexy paired with high-waisted skirts and pants, and they're a major celeb favorite so far this season. Forget about an uncomfortable bustier style that will have you feeling self-conscious. Instead, go for a loose-fit crocheted version. It will let in the breeze on a hot day without revealing too much, so has a functional aspect too.
Skirt Style: Alberta Ferretti
Crochet skirts can be tricky. If the holes are too big or the skirt too short, you run the risk of looking, shall we say, a bit underdressed. Take inspiration from this slim-fitting pencil skirt in an eye-catching color. It's classy enough for the office (though should have a slip underneath if that's the case) but stylish enough to wear out to happy hour.
Ladylike Chic: Derek Lam
Try a crochet dress with a small knit structure to minimize its sheerness. The large front pockets on this sweet little number lend a demure aspect that makes it perfect to wear on its own or paired with your favorite skinny belt and jacket.
Layered Up: Jil Sander
Never forget that a sheer crocheted piece, whether it's a sweater or dress, can be layered with a white collared top to make it warmer on a chilly spring day or make it appropriate for lunch with your in-laws. Try a slim-fitting shirt dress underneath a delicate crocheted top or dress a la Jil Sander.