Originally hitting the runway in the ’70s, the crocheted look has been revamped for the modern day. Think less hippie and more, well, hip. Designers have gotten to work on intricate patterns and fresh new ways to wear this woven style. I’m not talking about those bulky blankets grandma makes you for Christmas, so read on to learn about this flawless fad.

This Fashionista’s outfit comes together with an effortless ease. She pairs a burgundy crochet vest with a plain black dress and strappy wedges for a wonderfully woven look. The minimal use of jewelry keeps the focus on her knit apparel. For a style similar to this Fashionista, match a drapey vest with a simple dress and be on your merry way.

Not as delicate as lace, crochet has a little more earthy feel to it. It also happens to be the perfect festival look. Not only do crocheted items give off a folksy vibe, but the fabric is open and light so you don’t get too hot. Layer over a bandeau and spend the day in the sun. This woven style is easy to incorporate throughout the entire year. Throw a leather jacket over a knit dress for an ensemble that is both edgy and feminine. Add a little (or a lot) of texture to your outfit for a look that stands out.

Every Fashionista’s closet could use some open weave in it. As a cloth appropriate for all occasions, crochet is a must-have for this summer.

Spotted: Crochet made up a large part of the Mark Fast spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection.

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