Making Crochet Cool

Leave it to designers like Chanel and Dolce to transform a trend reminscent of grandma's dining room into a fresh feeling of summer.

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7 June 2010

There is a fine line between retro antique and fully outdated. City women usually aren’t fans of anything that resembles anything found in a rural double-wide, but apparently designers draw inspiration anywhere. Leave it to Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna, Charles David and Marni to make an outdated folksy trend less reminiscent of your grandmother’s doilies and more suited to compliment summer’s boho chic style.

To avoid appearing frumpy or from Kentucky, pair crocheted tops, sweaters and even dresses with mile-high Dolce Vita wedges or perfect fitting James skinny jeans. Let the piece speak for itself rather than accessorizing with a crochet bag, necklace or scarf. Pay close attention to the craftsmanship and color scheme. Designers like Chanel (left) have used bright accents to give grandma-inspired sweaters and dresses a contemporary edge. Feeling weary of the full on grandma-inspiration, try a dress with crochet detailing like the sleeves or neckline on a fun Free People frock (center). For options galore, visit the retail’s queen of folksy-chic, Anthropologie. If apparel is just too much for you to stomach, opt for a crocheted bracelet or necklace (right) or fun summer handbag. You never know, it might be just the amount of old to make you feel wise.
Chanel crochet sweater  free people crochet dress peter jensen necklace

Emma Dinzebach


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