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Long Crochet Dress vs. Mini Crochet Dress

Updated on April 5, 2011
Halle Berry in mini crochet dress
Halle Berry in mini crochet dress | Source
Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket
Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket | Source

If there is one item that has made a statement on the runways this season it is the crochet dress. Designer Christopher Kane came out with some stunning dresses for Fashion Week that incorporated high tech designs with crochet details. House of Holland turned the granny square on its head and made it fashionable as a dress. And in every store from Urban Outfitters to Nordstrom’s there are crochet dresses on sale. So it is no surprise that you are thinking about getting a crochet dress. But what type of crochet dress should you get? There will be lots of decisions to make to find the right crochet dress for you but the first one to ask yourself when narrowing down the options is whether you want a long crochet dress or a mini crochet dress.

The Long Crochet Dress

The long crochet dress is a terrific option for many women. Maxi dresses are certainly popular right now regardless of whether or not they are done in crochet. And crochet designs today are inspired by the flowing designs of the 1970’s so a long crochet dress makes sense to get that retro feminine feel.

Some of the key things that you should think about if you are considering getting a long crochet dress include:

o   Long crochet dresses work for a variety of different occasions. The long crochet dress can be dressed up with the right accessories to be worn to really special events including weddings. It can also be dressed down and worn to casual places like the beach. You may not find the mini crochet dress to be quite as versatile so that’s definitely a benefit of the long crochet dress.

o   A long crochet dress may be too long for you. I’m a really short gal so I know that it can be tough to find long dresses in the stores that are the right length for my height. It isn’t a huge problem when I’m getting most dresses because they can easily be hemmed. However the detailed handmade work of crochet isn’t always easy to hem so that might not be an option. If you are a short woman looking at crochet dresses than this is something to factor into your decision.

o   Long crochet dresses work best with flat shoes. Although there are some heels (particularly strappy sandals) that will look good with some long crochet dresses the general situation will be that you will want to wear flat feminine shoes with your long crochet dress. If you are a woman who usually wears heels with dresses then that will be something to keep in mind.

o   Long crochet dresses really show off the details of the crochet work. Long crochet dresses obviously have a greater amount of fabric providing more room to show off the crochet details. This is important when you’re choosing a crochet dress because you obviously want people to see the work that went into the making of the dress.

o   Long crochet dresses are generally more conservative than short crochet dresses. Obviously if you choose a really openwork design then the long crochet dress can be super sexy but in general this is a design that celebrates your femininity without being overtly sexy. A mini dress is always sexy on the other hand. The longer dress tends to be favored by older women whereas the mini dress will be favored by younger girls. This is true of all types of dresses and is even truer for the crochet dress.

The Mini Crochet Dress

Although there are a lot of great reasons to choose a long crochet dress there may be good reasons to choose a mini crochet dress as well. Some of the things that you will want to take into consideration if you are thinking about getting a mini crochet dress include:

o   The mini crochet dress can be worn with tights and stockings. You wouldn’t see this with a long crochet dress but you see them well with a mini crochet dress. This means you can emphasize the sexiness of the dress with fishnets or make the mini crochet dress look more funky with opaque patterned tights. Notably the mini crochet dress may even be worn over jeans or jeggings.

o   The mini crochet dress is unlikely to be appropriate for special occasions. Although some women will be able to pull this off with the right mini crochet dress it’s typically not going to work. The mini crochet dress is suited more towards casual events.

o   The mini crochet dress can be worn with many different types of shoes. From high heels to cowboy boots this is a dress that will let you play around with a lot of different footwear options. That’s not as easy to pull off with most long crochet dresses.

o   The mini crochet dress is sexy – perhaps too sexy? If you’re getting a mini dress then you are probably going for sexy but the crochet dress really ups the ante because of the flirty open design of crochet. You can offset this a little depending on what you wear with the dress but it’s important to think of this dress as a sexy dress because that is what it is!

o   The mini crochet dress is easier to make. If you are crocheting a dress yourself instead of buying one from the store then you will find that the mini crochet dress is less time consuming and costs less to make than the long crochet dress does.

Something in Between

Of course you don’t have to choose the extremes of a long crochet dress or a mini crochet dress. You can choose something in the middle. A knee length halter top mini has some of the benefits of a long crochet dress and some of the benefits of the mini crochet dress, for example. But thinking about the length is definitely important when you begin shopping for a crochet dress.

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    angel 3 years ago

    Amazing dresses,

    its fabric to much.

    I love it fabric.

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    lisa tan 5 years ago

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    fashion 6 years ago

    very nice

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    Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

    Attractive crochet dress which i enjoyed watching at.

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    Hui (蕙) 6 years ago

    Nice hub! Crochet dresses are classical and fashionable. Chinese crochet may have different patterns in many cases.

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    LaurenLL 7 years ago

    Very nice hub, Thanks for sharing.

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    Debbi 7 years ago

    Halle could wear a sack and look great, but I have to agree that the cover up is a favorite regardless of who's modeling it.

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    SueShepard 7 years ago from USA

    I think these type of dresses are perfect for a cover up for the beach or pool! I really like the one Halle has on in the first picture.

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    Tammy 7 years ago from USA

    I love these dresses!

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    Cheryl LeKane 7 years ago

    Thank you Kathryn! I have always wanted one of these dresses! Have a good day!

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    And Drewson 7 years ago from United States

    These are very nice crocheted dresses. They're actually quite attractive! :)