As faithful readers of Mama’s A Rolling Stone will know, we have been eyeing crochet and lace for some time now. While our May edition of The Hot List briefly touched on this overtly feminine fad, we were compelled to delve further into the look and provide you with some in-depth coverage. With brands like Diane Von Furstenberg, Missoni and Chanel giving us a taste of lace and crochet at their spring shows, not to mention stylish starlets like Alexa Chung and Margherita Missoni leading the way, this is one trend we know you’ll love.
For summer, the choices are infinite. While crochet and lace accents are boho staples, the modern version of the look is more rock & roll and less hippie. We suggest mixing crochet accents with this spring’s on-trend utilitarian pieces for a decidedly cool ensemble, or pairing crochet and lace dresses with chunky boots for contrast. We are sure you’ll find all the inspiration you need from our five modish muses. With that, we present you with our latest Trend Report.
Brazilian actress Camilla Belle (far left) is often praised for her red-carpet panache, yet she never hesitates to wow us when working an off-duty outfit. At this year’s Coachella festival, Camilla layered a delicate crochet cardigan over a floral dress; never hesitating to experiment, she toned-down the girly garments with a chunky pair of Frye boots. To recreate this look, mix Charlotte Ronson’s White Cotton Crochet Cardigan ($59.99) with Free People’s Sunshine For My Love Dress ($128) or Dahlia’s Net Layer Babydoll Dress ($118.36). Toughen up the look with Frye’s Maxine Trapunto Harness Boots ($367.95) or Harness 12R Boots ($218).
Although Kate Bosworth (second from left) is known for her festival fashion flair, she truly impressed at last month’s Coachella. We love her crochet dress (perfect for a day in the sun) and cowboy boot combo; the boots instantly tone-down the femininity of the dress and add a tough edge. To recreate this look, grab Kate’s exact dress – Topshop’s Knitted Crochet Dress ($110), in either rose or oyster – or opt for a similar version with Topshop’s Knitted Crochet Ladder Dress ($80), and then layer it over American Apparel’s Sheer Jersey Chemise ($24). To finish off the look, we like Joie’s Elvis Suede Ankle Boots ($295) and H By Hudson’s Freya Suede Flat Ankle Boot ($135.27).
Over the last few years, Alexa Chung (middle) has risen up through the fashion ranks to become a permanent style star. Last month, at Ann Taylor Loft’s Style Studio launch party in New York, Alexa gave fans yet another reason to love her quirky-cool aesthetic when she layered an on-trend utilitarian jacket over a cropped lace top. Her delicate-meets-durable ensemble received a further boost when she added a pair of chunky sandals with, surprisingly, knit socks! For a similar style, try Equipment’s Saige Long Sleeve Military Blouse ($178) or Banana Republic’s Cotton Military Jacket ($98), with Asos’s New Lace Vest (from $20.29). Once your outfit is set, add a pair of chunky platform sandals like LAMB’s Valora Platform Sandal ($299).
Like most models, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (second from right) knows how to work a designer ensemble with finesse; her boho-meets-rocker outfit, worn at this year’s Coachella festival, is nearly all Isabel Marant. While Rosie might have insider access to plenty of designer duds, her look is easy to emulate. Don’t miss Juicy Couture’s Cornwall Vest ($149) or Forzieri’s Mongolian Fur Vest ($398); both will get your outfit off to a good start. Throw Free People’s Carefree Crochet Camisole ($61.60) and Avanti’s Leather Skinny Leggings ($178) into the mix, and then complete the look with a pair of Isabel Marant’s Dana Fringed Canvas Boots ($1,160) or, for a budget-friendly option, Free People’s Slouch Fringe Boots ($268).
Our final dose of inspiration comes from Missoni muse Margherita Missoni (far right), who was spotted at Derek Blasberg’s Los Angeles book launch in a true-to-form bohemian-luxe ensemble. Margherita’s cropped crochet top is nicely offset by her full, high-waist skirt; similarly, the neutral beige tone on the top balances the vivid blue hue of her skirt. To take a lesson in style from Margherita, start with Nanette Lepore’s Cream Eyelet Daddy-O Cropped Blouse ($99.99) and Quail’s June Skirt ($148). Your look won’t be complete without a touch of Missoni; try tying your hair with this Patterned Knit Scarf ($212).
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