10 best crochet dresses

The sun has come out, so think ahead and snap up a pretty piece you can layer up this spring but that will see you through summer

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Whether you opt for full-on crochet or just a nod to the trend, here’s our edit.

{1} Topshop Crochet  Lace Tunic: £24, topshop.com

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If there’s one crochet dress on this list that embodies the current Seventies revival, this is it. The body-con strappy tunic in retro orange, brown and lilac hues looks as if it came straight from the decade that style supposedly forgot. We disagree and will be teaming ours with this season’s trainers to bring it up to date.

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{2} Michael Michael Kors Crocheted Cotton Dress: £160, net-a-porter.com

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Here’s a classic crochet dress in holiday white with a detachable slip from the brand known for its super-elegant but comfortable pieces. This one is an investment so make sure you look after it – and that includes hand-washing.

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{3} AX Paris Curve  Crochet Maxi Dress: £55, houseoffraser.co.uk

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With floral crochet detail at the waist, here’s a subtle way of wearing the trend on a maxi dress. It’s elasticated at the back so it’s comfy even on really hot days – but glamorous enough to work for a summer wedding or party.

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{4} Mango Crochet  Long Dress: £79.99, shop.mango.com

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This full-length, off-white version with a sexy side slide hem is from the Catalan high street label that knows how to make a good sundress. This sleeveless, round neck number is 100 per cent cotton and fully lined, so it’s comfy and not too revealing.

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{5} M Missoni Crochet Knit Cotton-blend Dress: £435, net-a-porter.com

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Missoni’s signature zigzags in warm red and orange with flashes of neon yellow make a statement. The elasticated waist creates a flattering shape and it’s fully-lined so is super versatile.

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{6} Bershka Crocheted Dress: £29.99, bershka.com

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The Spanish brand’s cool terracotta smock dress with pretty crochet detail on the décolletage and shoulders is just the thing for cooler holiday evenings. Wear it now with a cardi and ankle boots.

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{7} Millie Mackintosh Crochet Detail Swing Dress: £65, housefraser.co.uk

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The Made in Chelsea star-turned-style maven has come up with a fashion line that’s a cut above many other celebrity offerings. This loose fit swing dress with crochet detailing in a floral print wouldn’t have looked out of place at Woodstock and will work well for 2015. We like the keyhole fastening at the back that flashes just the right amount of flesh.

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{8} H&M Crocheted Dress: £49.99, hm.com

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In a muted tropical combo of  deep green, indigo and cyan,  this cotton short-sleeved tunic  has us thinking of sunny days basking by cool lagoons (we wish). As it’s unlined, you may want to invest in a slip to save your modesty now – then wear it as a beach cover-up later.

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{9} Topshop Boutique Crochet Blanket Dress: £65, topshop.com

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From the high street giant’s luxe line, this dress in bright scarlet, pink, black and cream, with its boxy silhouette, is a way to embrace crochet if you need an antidote to boho Seventies style. It’s cotton and lighter than it looks, so will work for cooler days.

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{10} Zara Crochet  Combined Dress: £39.99, zara.com

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This sleeveless cream cotton-mix dress with contrasting panels looks much more expensive that it is, thanks to small details in the mini-peplum waist and at the hem. Give it an edge with chunky sliders.

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Verdict: For a classic summery dress, Mango’s off-white one is a good choice. If you just want a little bit of crochet in your life, our pick is Millie Mackintosh’s 70s-inspired swing dress.

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