16 Ways To Wear Natural Materials This Summer

Designed by Anna Jay.
Fashion is having a love affair with all things natural this season. We're already packing linen and lightweight knits for our summer holidays, wearing woven sandals to the beach and dressing in a palette of earthy neutrals, but for SS19 designers are pushing the trend further.
Maybe it's a symptom of our digital dependence and fatigue, or maybe it's thanks to the growing conversation surrounding sustainability in fashion, but this season designers are considering what a tech-free world might look like.
JW Anderson's SS19 collection was a celebration of simplicity and an ode to rustic bohemia. There were lightweight woven dresses and skirts layered with macramé and crochet, exaggerated tassel and patchwork detailing, '70s-esque embroidered bib shirts and peasant-like leather headscarfs. At Sonia Rykiel, knit bags were weighed down by floor-sweeping tassels, 3.1 Phillip Lim offered raw hems and fringed cardigans, and at Fyodor Golan spiderweb knits literally hung by a thread over models' shoulders.
To avoid looking like you've stumbled out of a music festival, pair homespun crochet and macramé pieces with cool, minimal designs, like a white denim midi skirt or wide-leg linen trousers. We also advise sticking to a neutral palette. Not sure you're ready to go all-out arts and crafts? Thanks to Jacquemus and Cult Gaia, accessories in natural materials continue to reign supreme for SS19. Add a pair of woven shoes or a wooden beaded bag to your existing summer wardrobe for a quick update. The high street is full of great affordable dupes – try Mango or Topshop.
Want to incorporate some homespun goodness into your summer wardrobe? Read on for our favourite all-natural pieces.

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