That moment when Ibiza style becomes a major summer trend has been demonstrated again this season, by an essential part of said Ibiza-girls’ s summer wardrobe: The Pretty White Top, consisting of some kind of embroidery, crochet or broderie anglaise. If, like me, you’ve been thumbing through any number of fashion magazines over the last few months, you’ll have seen the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Chloe all showcasing their girlish take on it all…
But you don’t actually need to spend the designer prices with this trend. Oh no señorita, save that money for the fabulous clutch you’re going to need to go with it! I found the basis for my individual take on this Ibiza style – a crochet delight perfectly combining a hippy 60s/70s vibe – much closer to home, in the form of a round tablecloth I found in Sant Jordi market.
After realising its incredible potential I folded it in half, cut two triangles out from the rounded edge up to what’s now the armpit, sewed along the cut edges, turned it inside out and took a slit out from the folded edge. I then hemmed that, creating the neckline and after about 20 minutes (yes, really!) I had my new top – safe in the knowledge no one else will have it and everyone else will want it!
You’ve got to opt for cooler weather to showcase this look, unless you want to I a crochet pattern tan – although I contemplated for a while that this could be quite a fun experiment, no? No. Right then. I chose the Rock ‘n’ Mola Retro weekender in Ibiza town for its debut, surrounded by live music, vintage clothes stalls and a classic car show, including the perfect one to match my Tom Ford red lipstick!
Although I chose to wear my piece out in town for the day it’s equally suited as a beach cover up once the sun is setting with some denim cut offs. For my old town vibe I teamed it with black leather shorts and a vintage Nina Ricci bag – I absolutely LOVE the gold bow detail on it. Satisfied with combining rock and retro it was time to take it off as the sun came out and I wanted to work on my non-crochet pattern tan.
Bex Pawsey is the creator of the ever-growing beccaboo reworked range – customised items created with unwanted goodies found here on the white isle. For more info on sales and commissions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.