This email arrived more than two months ago, just a week before my second baby was born and finally I am getting my hands on it. Will be posting about the maxi pleated skirt shortly.
I am not sure I will be able to give a comprehensive answer to the “non-neutral color crochet skirt” question but I did come up with some suggestions that will help a lot of people squeeze the best out of a crochet skirt. I googled “crochet skirt” and realized it has outgrown the habitual summer wardrobes, getting into risky liaisons with boots and sweaters. Any sartorial experiment is a journey not a guided tour, but for those who like to plan their journeys well ahead, here is my take on crochet.
Crochet is evoking of something made in an old-fashioned way during lengthy, lonely evenings. Given the amount of effort (even though a killing-time-ones) put into it, it ends up being a special occasion item. But think of an outdoorsy, rustic style special occasion. This sets the mood for the entire outfit.
Crochet will always pull out an old-fashioned, unsophisticated side of you. Keep that in mind and make sure it’s your cup of tea and that you are able to manipulate it well enough to flatter your image.
Crochet’s strong provincial message can take you two different ways. It can make you look peripheral and unsophisticated, wearing your Sundays’ best. Or it can grant you with the touchingly romantic look or even serve as a veil for the raw sexuality, the backbone of the Dolce&Gabbana’s brand.
How to avoid the first and get the second. Provide it with the right company.
When wearing crochet skirt make sure you pair it with shoes, heels or flat that keep your heel in one place. It shouldn’t be jiggling. Don’t ask why, just trust me on this one. You will do yourself a huge favor if you pair your crochet skirt with the shoes that keep your heel intact.
The only exclusion is mules with a very high heel. And that’s the only one.
TO HEEL OR NOT TO HEEL.
A lot will depend on your hips and the length of the skirt. I will leave the latter to the judgement of the wearer and go straight to hips.
If you are ‘enriched’ with hips then you will probably need quite a heel. Crochet adds volume to anything, there is no way around it. I don’t think that’s the reason to avoid crochet all together, but see for yourself whether you want to play this game. If you do, then a very high heel, 4′ and up is about the only way to neutralize the hip widening effect and get a slim silhouette.
If you hips are unpronounced then flat sandals will do. But they need to be dressy. If you ever wondered what those sandals with gems, worthy of Van Cleef & Arpesl display are made and priced for, this is it. They look adorable with the crochet skirt. On a girl with no hips.
PURSE. Sensibly sized leather tote will bastardize crochet skirt in no time. Clutch or other small, vanity bag is an option. You are not expected to do anything substantial in a crochet skirt so don’t pair it with ‘functional’ purses. Or you will head the peripheral road.
This is a great opportunity to use a ladylike purse with the weave surface and embellishments, that are reminiscent of local crafts and baskets.
While on the subject of baskets, if you need a large bag, raffia tote will do. But it needs to be boxy, with a very stable bottom. No slouchy, soft hobos.
What goes on top. To borrow Victoria Beckham’s terminology something ‘sucky-sucky’ goes on top, to nicely contrast the volume adding crochet skirt. Tops should emphasize graceful lines of the upper body and/or bare some skin: arms, collar bones and shoulder blades. It can be a corset, a tube top or a halter neck with the bare back.
An editorial in June 2011 US Vogue with Penelope Cruz and Dolce Gabbana campaigns are great examples. They are dresses, but give quite an idea of what lines to look for.
If for whatever reason you don’t feel comfortable with the sucky-sucky and lots of bare skin on top, perhaps it’s a good enough reason to reconsider wearing crochet skirt altogether. Pairing your every-day, drier-friendly tees with the crochet skirt may take you the aforementioned peripheral road.
This was a classical, ‘text-book’ version of crochet-skirt wearing. Don’t discard it just because it may seem predictable. There is a lot to learn in case you want to experiment with crochet outside of the summer wardrobe.
If I were wearing a “non-neutral’ color crochet skirt (hard to imagine because I am not very much at ease with the unsophisticated, rustic side of me) I would surround it with the black or coffee bean brown: a cashmere turtleneck with short sleeves, an opaque tights and boots. And a boxy lady-like purse.