The texture trend this summer - broderie anglaise, lace & crochet!
The textured look is on-trend this season, and includes not only lace, but also crochet and broderie anglaise, so get your girly on and opt for some delicate, textured fabrics this season!
The advantages of lace-like fabrics is they provide a touch of warmth, yet are super breathable due to their open weave. They also grab attention with their intricate stitching, adding a feminine touch to outfits. You can throw a crochet cardigan over a maxi dress, or wear a lace top with a pair of jeans, and look graceful in an instant.
Let’s talk first about crochet. A textile made using a crochet hook that interlocks loops of thread or yarn, crochet’s name comes from the French word accrocher, meaning ‘to hook’. Known as a simpler version of lace, it has a delicate, lace-like appearance.
The great thing about crochet is the stitches can be tight, creating a mesh-like fabric, or loose, creating a wide open stitch. Sometimes, both stitches appear in the same garment.
Becoming popular during the ‘40s-’60s, when it was used as a craft stitch for making doilies, baby hats and blankets (the ultimate in grandma chic), crochet came into its own in the ‘70s, when it was picked up by fashion designers, and became synonymous with ‘70s retro style. Dresses, trousers—even bikinis—were crocheted!
Broderie anglaise offers a similar look to crochet, without the hippy connotations. The stitch is also a little less tight than lace stitching, though looks similar. Broderie anglaise is characterised by numerous eyelets cut into fabric and bound with buttonhole stitches. Often featuring patterns like flowers, teardrops, leaves and circles, broderie anglais is ultra feminine, yet a little more practical for everyday wear than lace.