Crochet all day! 22 ways to wear this comeback trend

Forget all of the stereotypes about crochet and macrame — it's not just for DIY masters and crafty at-home seamstresses anymore. Just in time for summer, these open-weave, 1970s staples are making a major comeback.

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For those feeling especially bold, Zara, H&M and Mango have resurrected some seriously retro crochet looks in the form of rainbow-colored tank tops and strappy dresses that you can easily describe as “groovy.” (In a good way!) One crochet mini dress — that looks like almost like a grandmother's throw blanket — would look incredibly cool over a black swimsuit as an alternative coverup; or, it could double as a casual cocktail dress when paired with an updo and heels a la Zoe Saldana.

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Zoe Saldana rocks a colorful crochet dress at a charity event.

If colorful crochet isn’t quite your style, ease into the trend with a sweet macrame clutch or crossbody bag. Or, try a pair of white crochet sneakers to add just the right touch of texture to any outfit.

The key to making this trend feel fresh and not costume-y is all about keeping the rest of the look modern. Skip the bell bottoms and flare jeans and leave the John Lennon-like round sunglasses at home. Opt for sleek, minimalist sandals, a pair of classic denim shorts or a shift dress to keep crochet clothes feeling 2016 instead of 1976.

Cliche crochet layering top, $30,

Zara crochet mini dress, $60,

Mango cotton crochet dress, $60,

Rip Curl ‘Surf Hut’ clutch, $44,

Topshop crochet T-shirt, $95,

Converse Chuck Taylor ‘All Star’ crochet sneakers, $60,

H&M macrame skirt with fringe, $70,

Zara crochet dress, $30,

Old Navy eyelet yoke plus size top, $25,

H&M crochet tank top, $18,

Crochet layering top with fringe, $30,

Nasty Gal ‘Cross The Line’ crochet tank, $48,

Topshop multicolor striped crochet T-shirt, $65,

Cliche crochet duster vest, $55,

Mango crochet poncho, $80,

H&M macrame bag, $25,

Old Navy crochet fringe sweater, $30,

Nasty Gal ‘Knot About It’ crochet mini dress, $58,

Blu Pepper crochet fringe tank top, $40,

Keds crochet slip-on sneakers, $55,

H&M macrame vest with fringe, $50,

Topshop floral crochet shorts, $48,

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