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Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Crochet Dress

Updated on April 6, 2011
Missoni crochet dress
Missoni crochet dress

Very few women own a crochet dress today. That is unfortunate. The crochet dress is the perfect item to provide unique flair to your wardrobe. And the crochet dress has been really popular in many different eras including the 1970’s, the 1990’s and today. So why do a lot of women hold back from getting a crochet dress? A few women just don’t know where to get this item but most of them hesitate because they aren’t sure how to choose the crochet dress that will be right for them. This guide will provide you with all that you need to know to choose the right crochet dress.

Look at your Closet

The first thing that you will want to do before you even begin to look at crochet dresses is to take a good long look at your closet. The goal here is to get a sense of what your general style is when it comes to dresses. Some of the things to pay attention to include:

o   What is the length of dress that you favor?

o   Where does the waist fall on your most flattering dresses?

o   What colors do you often select when buying new dresses?

o   Do you prefer fitted dresses or ones that tend to flow?

o   Do you like dresses with or without sleeves?

o   Are there any other notable things that stand out about your style when it comes to the dresses that you already own?

A crochet dress is a unique item but it will have a lot in common with the dresses that you already own. By reviewing your style and the silhouettes that tend to flatter you most you will be able to narrow down your choices when looking at crochet dresses.

What is your Budget?

You want to get an idea before you start shopping about how much money you are willing to spend on a crochet dress. Depending on how much you want to spend there are many options available to you for finding a good crochet dress. Those options include:

o   Order a one-of-a-kind crochet dress from a crocheter who sells their work on Etsy. Prices vary dramatically so you’ll have to look around to see if this is an affordable option for you.

o   Purchase a secondhand crochet dress from a local vintage store or an online auction.

o   Get an affordable crochet dress from the store. The Topshop crochet dress and Ella Moss crochet dress are examples of relatively affordable options for crochet dresses. Many stores in the mall today do have some crochet at fairly affordable prices.

o   Get a designer crochet dress. This is the priciest option, of course, but if you’re going to invest in a crochet dress that really makes a statement piece in your wardrobe then it can be a good option. The Missoni crochet dress is a great example of an impressive designer crochet dress.

Decide on Length

Now that you’ve looked through your closet and you have in mind both a budget and a place where you want to start shopping you are ready to narrow down the dress choices. The first thing that you should decide on is what length of crochet dress is going to be right for you. A long crochet dress tends to be elegant, really shows off the detail of the crochet work and provides a fairly conservative option whereas a mini crochet dress is sexier and funkier. Consider the season you will likely wear the dress in, what types of places you would wear it to and what dress lengths are reflected in your existing wardrobe to help you make your decision. You might also want to check out this guide to long crochet dresses vs. mini crochet dresses, which explains some of the pros and cons of each.

Consider the Color of your Crochet Dress

Once you have chosen a length to look for in a crochet dress then you will want to narrow down what color dress you are looking for. Do you want a white crochet dress that will exude a sense of innocent joy or do you want a red crochet dress that is going to scream about power and sexiness? Most crochet dresses on the market today are single-color dresses. Missoni crochet dresses are a notable exception to that rule. When trying to figure out what color crochet dress you want consider the color palette of your existing wardrobe, the tones that tend to look best on your skin and the places where you would be most likely to wear a crochet dress. Also consider the fact that light colored crochet dresses usually show off the details of crochet best but they also get dirty the quickest and so require more care than darker colored crochet dresses. If you need more help then you might want to check out my guide to choosing the color of a crochet dress, which provides insight into the pros and cons of five different common colors of crochet dresses.

Decide on a Silhouette

Once you have selected the length and color of your crochet dress your choices will be narrowed down significantly. At this point you will pay attention to the silhouette of the dress to make sure that you end up with a crochet dress that you love. The research that you already did in your closet should give you some idea of the silhouette that looks best on you. Whether it’s a dress with an empire waist and a long, flowing skirt or a short and snug crochet dress it will be right for you because you took the time to really think through the decision instead of just making a trendy impulse buy! Good luck with your shopping!


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  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Interesting article, and sage advice for those so inclined. As for me, I simply "don't DO dresses," period. ;-)

    Voted up anyway, as I'm sure there will be others most interested in your concise advice. ;-)

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    Sara 6 years ago

    Really nice, advice guide - I can't and won't crochet, but I want a crochet dress and have now narrowed it down to 3/4 length sleeves, midi length and in a neutral sort of beigy colour, so problem now is finding my ideal dress!! No pink would be good to or just a crochet tunic (so long as it covers my bu..). Thanks for great ideas.

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    Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

    Definitely love this article. No wonder you're so successful on hubpages! I hope I can be half as good, lol.

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    boots 6 years ago

    boots and all that other good stuff makes me very happy!

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    Nicole A. Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Wow, I never would have thought there was even a market for crochet dresses! (I haven't seen one since my childhood.) These are beautiful dresses, definitely worth taking a second look at. Thank-you so much for publishing this.

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    Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    Good hub. Most of the fashion advice is suitable to choosing any style of dress, as far as color, length, style and silhouette.

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    TINA V 6 years ago

    Although I don’t wear a crochet dress, but I do have other items such as a crochet sweater & caps. This is an informative and a well-written hub. Your tips are very useful. Thumbs up!