Up there with tan sandals, denim cut-offs, and floral dresses, another signifier that summer is on the horizon is the latest influx of crochet that has woven itself into the shopping sphere. Everywhere I look right now, I’m presented with pieces in this nostalgia-inducing fabrication. Bags were, naturally, the first to drop, with crochet totes being served up by the likes of J.W Anderson and Chloé as early as January. But now, as we allow ourselves to begin to daydream about the warmer months ahead, I’ve noticed that crochet clothes have also started to trickle in—specifically crochet tops.
The craft certainly has roots in the grandma aesthetic—I myself ate meals from floral plates set upon crochet mats whenever I visited my Scottish granny, so it holds a very special place in my heart. However, over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a resurgence in the ’60s and ’70s trends on the runways, which has, in turn, brought the bold and beautifully retro fabric back into the style spotlight.
Crochet tops are trending in a big way for 2022.
Synonymous with free-spirited dressing, crochet reliably makes a comeback around festival season—perhaps it’s because some of our favourite festivals have the green light to go ahead this year that crochet feels so prevalent and in-demand right now. The easiest way to wear it? By way of a crochet top, of course!
Fashion people have already given the crochet top their stamp of approval, wearing it with everything from wide-leg jeans to layered over pretty floral dresses—but don’t think crochet is just Instagram and TikTok fodder. Pinterest confirms that interest in the staple is peaking in 2022, as crochet tops have been pinned upwards of 316,000 times this year alone. Crochet also nestles comfortably into the Y2K aesthetic (which crosses over with the granny aesthetic more than you might think), cementing it as a must-buy in the eyes of many this season.
So, how should you be wearing your crochet tops? Furthermore, which are the best crochet tops to invest in? I can answer both of these questions for you below.
Style Notes: You know when Alexa hung jumps on a trend that its wholly worthwhile. I wouldn’t have thought of pairing crochet with black tailored trousers, but, alas, Chung’s Midas touch prevails.
Style Notes: Colour is key when it comes to crochet, and I appreciate how Grece Ghanem has upped the ante of her look by adding a pair of Kelly green mules into the mix.
Style Notes: Ease yourself into the crochet trend by layering a vest top over some of your existing wardrobe staples—for me, it doesn’t get better tan this combination of crochet and florals.
Style Notes: While we’re on the subject of layering a crochet vest, why not try doing so over your favourite white blouse to give it 2022 flair?
Style Notes: Or, of course, you can wear it on its own, just like Claire Most. Her wide-leg jeans and chunky sandals give the twee fabrication serious cool credentials.
Style Notes: A crochet top not enough? Why not style it with a matching or, indeed, clashing crochet skirt for an outfit that screams “summer”.
Style Notes: Until temperatures rise, make like Bianca Foley and wear a crochet cardigan as a top, finishing with classic outerwear.
Style Notes: To really up the springtime feel of your crochet tops, try wearing them with white or ecru denim in place of blue and black.
Style Notes: Halters are my favourite crochet top iteration, and I’d very much like to wear mine just as Monique Olivia has—with denim bermuda shorts, beaded jewellery, and white kicks.
Style Notes: Crochet bra tops are absolutely a thing, and look incredible paired with colour-block separates. Roll on summer!
A traditional take on the crochet top trend.
Ideal if you prefer long sleeves.
Colour-block styles feel extra fresh.
This pared-back option will appease minimalist dressers.
I’d advise wearing this halter with the matching shorts.
I’d style this with a white shirt layered over it now, then on its own come summer.