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Sun, sand, crochet hook? This season, swimsuits are getting crafty—spurred on by DIY’ers picking up crochet amidst the pandemic. Now, alongside bucket hats and bags, the best crochet swimsuits have become a must for the summer. Though they may not be the most practical choice for those hoping to improve their breaststroke, they are an eye-catching swimsuit option that’ll take you from the pool party to the after-party.
This playful alternative to your standard sporty bikini has already become a celebrity favorite. Last summer, Dua Lipa shared photos on her Instagram wearing a homespun iteration complete with flower and rainbow patches. But not all crochet styles have a granny-inspired whimsical feel. Emerging label Akoia has created a collection of minimal and elegant pieces made ethically in small batches in Bali, Indonesia. There’s also an impressive list of high-profile fashion brands that have created their own iterations, including Tom Ford, Alanui, and Missoni.
Still not convinced that a crochet swimsuit is for you? Instead, you can stick to your sporty bikini of choice and opt for a crochet accessory to bring alongside your favorite lighthearted read, sunscreen, and an oversized towel. Below, shop the best crochet swimsuits, along with a few extra crochet staples to help you embrace your craftiest self this summer, no trip to the yarn store required.
One and Done
Make a splash with a one-piece swimsuit that can easily double as a summery top once you leave the beach behind. Try styling your suit of choice with a pair of denim cutoffs or a lightweight linen skirt for a look that’s equal parts cool and crafty.
Missoni Mare ruched halterneck tankini
Zimmermann Andie crochet one-piece swimsuit
She Made Me Essential babydoll one piece
Alanui Beach Break swimsuit
The Right Stripes
Don’t think of this trend as your average preppy print. These striped crochet suits have a boho feel to them, whether the color palette is a bright mix of rainbow hues or a more toned-down combination.
Carolina K crochet bikini set
Missoni Mare halterneck bikini
Ganni crochet bikini top and briefs
Nudes and Neutrals
If you prefer to keep things minimal, you’ll want to opt for one of the neutral suit options currently available. The classic silhouettes help to balance out the texture of the crochet material, giving these swimsuits a pared-back feel. If you’re looking to layer a sheer dress over your favorite bikini, these sleeker options are the ideal styling choice.
Akoia Clio crocheted bikini set
Zimmermann Andie floral two-piece swimsuit
Tom Ford knit crochet bikini
Monday Swim Tamarama bikini top and bottom
If your summer plans are all about embracing the bold and bright, then you’ll want a bikini that matches your over-the-top energy. These colorful suits are eye-catching and practically guaranteed to garner likes should you choose to post on Instagram.
Montce Lani bikini top and Paula bikini bottom
Cult Gaia Alivia crocheted halterneck bikini top and bikini bottom
Kiini Tasmin bikini top and bottom
If a crochet suit isn’t quite right for your sensibilities, consider a swim-adjacent piece instead. A beach tote, cool cover-up, or even a bucket hat are easy ways for you to take part in the trend without having to embrace it fully.