What Are You (Really) Wearing? Crochet

Crochet is essentially the chic cousin of a classic knit. Its spatial design is created by wrapping yarn around a crochet hook (also called a crochet needle) several times before looping it through for a singular stitch.

The art of crochet really took off during the Victorian Age in England and saw a major revival stateside in the 1970s. During that time, American popular culture viewed the open-stitch as a free form of expression – wearable art, if you will. Today, the retro trend with humble roots is ever-present from the runway to everyday.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 2, 2013

In an effort to appease Mother Nature, I’m slowly but surely transitioning my wardrobe from hibernation-wear to spring-ready.

The first things I’m tossing to the back of my closet? My fleece-lined tights. Break out the bronzing lotion: this is how to phase them out in preparation for bare-leg season.



Forget opaque. Do away with the darks. Toss black, maroon, and navy tights into the winter pile and switch them out for sheer or light shades like pink or mint.

Switch up your patterns. While leopard print is basically considered a neutral these days, leave it – and busy prints like it – for the colder months. The same goes for anything studded or metallic. Try a floral print, polka dots, or crocheted tights instead.

Go halfway. Opt for feminine knee-highs instead of tights. To keep them from looking too “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” choose a pair that hits mid-thigh and style them with a retro-inspired dress and chunky heels.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 28, 2013