Do you remember being told, in some art class early in life, that negative space is just as significant as positive? Well, your teacher wasn’t just trying to make you feel better—it’s true, at least in fashion. This season, what’s not there will get more attention than anything else. The Great Bohemian Movement is at its best when you could be wearing your grandma’s clothes, yet she would be scandalized if she saw your ratty take on them. Reckless layering is a sure-fire way to upset one’s nana, and we suggest crochet, cut-outs, and lace.
Crochet had to come into style, since it has somehow become the trendiest pastime for bored-looking, subway-riding hipsters everywhere. What are they supposed to do with all their creations? If you’re not that crafty, have no fear. This stuff is everywhere, especially for light layers on summer evenings. Ella Moss has breezy crocheted shrugs for $95 at Alikat, BCBG has a crocheted one-piece bathing suit for $138, and crochet designer Waejong Kim sells every garment imaginable at her store, Loopy Mango.
Fashion maven and vintage collector Morgan Yakus has been selling lots of dresses and tops with eyelet details and hippyish punch-outs. She describes the look as “that magical 1970s moment when Country meets Victorian.” Vintage finds are the best in this department, but J.Crew has a version, too: a tank dress for $168, in white or pink.
Lastly, if the Olsen Twins have taught us anything at all, it’s that layers of demure lace can somehow seem bad-ass. Calypso’s lace skirts and jacket are laid over solid cotton. Anthropologie has perfected the camisole-inspired top, trimmed with lace, but still casual. And similar looks can always be found at Urban Outfitters for much less.
So be sure to mind your negative space—the art of holes in your clothes—this summer, whether you end up in a lacy Mexican wedding dress, a gauzy poncho your mom passed down from the ’70s, or a lady-like white blouse with eyelets all over.