When Katy Perry’s song, “California Gurls” hit the airwaves, everyone fantasized about California beach girls in “daisy dukes” that wear stilettos in the sand. Although I can still admit the song’s catchiness while driving down the coast, Perry’s portrayal of women's fashion at California beaches is just a bit different than what is actually seen during the summer season. A stroll or day at the beach never fails to be intriguing as the crowd always prove to be eclectic, especially with fashion choices. Growing up in close proximity to sandy shores and crashing waves, I have seen every possible beach fashion faux pas with bikinis in sizes too small all the way to flip flops with rainbow colored socks. However, on a recent trip to the beach I was more than surprised, but instead greatly impressed with this local Fashionista’s beach cover up attire.
This past spring, textures including lace and crochet normally reserved for conservative attire such as cardigans exploded into one of the hottest trends of the season. Crochet underwent a fashion rebirth when runway shows including Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel started showcasing dresses and other pieces in the eye-catching and feminine texture. As the temperature continues to rise, the trend has proceeded to become even bigger with many implementing crochet into everyday style rather than just at tea time. I especially loved this Fashionista’s use of crochet as a cute and fun beach cover-up. She proves that trends and a fashion-forward attitude can stretch all the way to coastal activities.
The beauty of crochet as a texture is its versatility, but more than that, it offers enough detail and statement on its own that the accompanying pieces in an outfit can be kept minimal. This Fashionista pairs her crochet top with 7 for All Mankind shorts. The frayed and rougher edges of the shorts offset the femininity of the crochet, keeping the look of the texture fun and laid-back. The Fashionista incorporates a classic piece to her trendy ensemble with her brown Ralph Lauren belt adding a nice detail to the denim shorts, but not distracting from the crochet on her top. Besides these elements of the outfit, the Fashionista shocked me with her choice of footwear. Setting herself apart from the sea of Havaianas, she sports Steve Madden wedges in a tan color that makes her look perfect for her pre-beach brunch. Finally, she wears one of the most classic California accessories around, Ray-Ban aviators. While sunglass styles quickly fade in and out, this Fashionista’s choice of eyewear will never lose its love affair with us California sun lovers.
From top to bottom, this new spin on beach attire executes the crochet trend in the most fun way while still using classic items to create a beautiful balance making the outfit ideal and appropriate for shopping or lunch before some fun in the sun.