You’ve no doubt heard of – and very likely bought into – ‘cottagecore’. This super popular fashion aesthetic which has been dominating Instagram over lockdown – hardly surprising when you understand its idyllic, rural roots – sees romantic, whimsical pieces fit for a quaint countryside cottage take centre stage, and ensured gingham prints, nostalgic peasant dresses and rustic homemade jewellery flew to the forefront of sartorial conscience.
While the look remains hugely popular, there’s undoubtedly another sentimental trend fast-approaching our Instagram feeds.
Similarly steeped in reminiscence, crochet is the latest visual, tangible taste of nostalgia emerging in wardrobes all over the world. We may be in varying degrees of lockdown and social isolation, but it seems we’re all craving the comfort of our trusty childhood favourites right now.
As is often the case with these bygone trends, Bella Hadid was one of the first on-board. Forever a champion of a throwback aesthetic with a particular penchant for all things 90s, the modern day supermodel just last month headed for an afternoon at the beach decked out in a red hat by emerging American crochet label, Memorial Day.
No doubt resonating with Gen Z and millennial customers right now for similarly sentimental reasons to the rise of cottagecore, you could also credit its renewed popularity to the undeniable resurgence of classic 60s and 70s trends.
Combine that with the TikTok generation’s obsession with all things handmade and rejection of the muted ‘minimalist’ aesthetic, and you oughtn’t be surprised that crochet is set to be one of this season’s biggest trends.
Need a little more convincing? Take a look at some of our favourite crochet looks trending on Instagram right now and then we’ll talk…
See? What did we tell you. Uplifting and reminiscent of a simpler time, we’ve really fallen for the crochet trend and will be injecting our wardrobes with a little bit of its magic pronto. Now all we need is the sun to shine, because that open stitch is *not* forgiving in a breeze.
Scroll down for our pick of the 17 coolest crochet pieces available to shop right now…