The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton had heads turning when she recently attended a movie premiere in a pleated crochet maxi dress. The outcome? The fashion police gave her a thumbs up. Kate nailed the look and had us take notice of the fine detailing of the crochet design incorporated in her outfit. “Crochet is no more grandma-hand-me-down fashion, but rather a statement of bold and free-spirited fashion,” says
Delhi-based designer Rinku Sobti.
The designer, who has been working with the macramé technique for a long time now, aims to create employment, promote artisans, and increase awareness about handcrafted and handwoven fabrics among today’s youth. “Crochet adds a touch of individuality, and hence, is received well as a statement trend. Anything that makes the millennial feel unique and unconventional echoes their taste,” she says.
So, how well can crochet fit into one’s wardrobe today? “Crochet lace has been used to make outfits and clothing since the 19th century. Over the years, it has become even more elaborate, and is used for detailing. Crochet motifs and designs have been utilised by designers and high-street brands for years,” says celebrity stylist Aastha Sharma, adding that one can now find crochet in different forms of clothing such as dresses, jackets, cover-ups, shorts, and more. “Crochet clothing works best for holiday wear such as swimwear and beachwear, and to achieve a boho look,” she says.
Crochet designs need not be just white. You can add a splash of Rastafarian colours (red, yellow and green) to create an interesting, casual look, like this outfit. The bodice consists of a crochet halter top, which then flares into a full-length, muticoloured skirt.
Shrug it off
In a city like Mumbai, where wearing a sweater is a no-no, one can look for various alternatives like this shrug. Not so hot, not so cold, the shrug is good for every season.
Fun with dungarees
Get the back-to-school look with these blue-coloured crochet overalls. Team it up with a plain cotton crop top or a T-shirt, so that it doesn’t take away the attention from the dungaree shorts.
This Rinku Sobti wicker dress sported by Gauahar Khan is inspired from the crochet technique, which has been used in an elaborate way.
Short ‘N’ Sweet
Step out in these bright, yellow-coloured crochet shorts. You can team them up with a nude-coloured full-sleeved top. Accessorise the look with a crochet neck-piece.