If the thought of carrying the catwalk trend of crochet across to the real world scares you, rest assured that it is possible to wear crochet without looking like you're sporting your grandma’s table cloth. Just remember, if in doubt about your modesty, wear something under it!

The difficult-to-wear factor is obviously not putting everyone off, as virtually every crochet item at net-a-porter was sold out, including their crochet mini dress (far left). Get saving if you want it, because even if it comes back in stock, it will still cost you £185. Topshop have a similar dress (pictured in the middle) for only £45, but get in there quick as it looks like they won’t stay there long. The cropped cardigan from Ya Ya at Shopbop is much easier to wear, and is an simple way to add a little crochet to your look without bearing any skin.


These v-neck crochet tops are almost universally  flattering when layered over slips, and one of the easiest ways to test drive this trend; try one with an unusual colour underneath to add a twist. The ones above are from Monsoon (the one on the left is £50 and the one on the right is £36) and Anthropologie (centre for $39.95). [Charlotte Howells]