My parents — and likely anyone who lived through the 70s — have very strong opinions about macramé. The woven style was applied to everything from bathing suits to hanging planters in those days, and they weren’t sad the see the trend go. Since then it’s been a very distinct and time-specific trend; that is to say, you can’t wear macramé without looking like you’re wearing macramé. You have to own it, I guess. But it’s back this season in some new and re-imagined ways. The question though, is whether we’d wear these styles. Take a look at some styles below to make the call.
Besides a whackadoo tan, this bathing suit isn’t likely to get lost out there in all the mixed florals and summer colorblocking. It’s distinct, and likely the most understated application of the trend. Also, a bathing suit is a much easier way to wear something so reminiscent of that 70s carefree aesthetic. This swimsuit is over $400 from Asos — even if it were affordable would you wear it?
Designers put a toe into the trend starting in 2010. Then Pucci’s SS 2011 Runways went crocheted, but Ralph Lauren of all designers kicked off 2012 with some decidedly irreverent homages to the ’70s.
Celebrities have been rocking the trend in different ways lately. Miley Cyrus is no stranger to channeling the ’70s in her own style, so it should come as no surprise she embraces the trend. It seems that while the style is still distinct, celebs are more comfortable with a sort of micro-version of the woven textile.
Check out some more examples of contemporary macramé in the gallery, and tell us:
It this trend hot, or not?