From the runways to our Instagram feeds, the latest craze in fashion is all about getting in touch with our artistic roots and trying out DIY styles. Do-it-yourself fashion came back into trend during the pandemic, where spending hours indoors inspired people to get creative with at-home bangs, e-girl highlights, and sewing hacks. Now, crochet clothing, funky beads, and tie-dye have taken over the fashion scene.
Whether you're actually making them yourself or buying them from a high fashion label, here are the trendiest DIY items of the summer.
Inspired by the free-spirited energy of the 1970s, crochet styles were seen on the runways of Bottega Veneta and Fendi, and crochet dresses are all the rage on fashion TikTok. From tops to bags to hats and even swimwear, this retro trend makes grandmacore look fresh.
Summer Camp Jewelry
It makes sense that we're experiencing some nostalgia for the carefree summers of our youth, and this trend embodies exactly that. Kitschy-cute and ridiculously easy to make at home, we're seeing a resurgence of summer camp-esque jewelry, complete with plastic pony beads and charms. For a more luxurious spin on the trend, Martha Calvo has adopted the funky style into her Miami-based jewelry brand.
Also a retro-inspired trend, tie dye was first introduced in the late '60s and thrived in the hippie movement during the early '70s. Given how simple it is to make at home, the patchy circles and swirls began cropping up during the pandemic as a fun way to pass the time and refresh old clothing. The trend has even bled into high fashion, seen in Proenza Schouler's Spring/Summer 2021 collection.
While they require more sewing skills than some other trends, patchwork denim is a sustainable way to upcycle old or thrifted jeans while looking stylish. They've been worn by the likes of Bella Hadid and Jennifer Lopez, and are a fun way to spice up your run-of-the-mill jeans and T-shirt combo.
Beaded Phone Chains
Sticking with the Y2K theme, phone chains are popping up everywhere online, adding a touch of childlike fun to our outfits. Like beaded necklaces, they're easy enough to make at home, or you can buy them from London-based brand String Ting for an Instagram-approved accessory.