16 Ways To Wear Natural Materials This Summer

Esther Newman

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.

Did you hear? The bucket hat is back. Opt for a woven design to tick off two trends in one. If this Clyde piece is out of your budget, opt instead for this Free People crochet hat, £32. Your bank account will thank you later.

Clyde Woven Straw Batta Hat, $150, available at Net-A-Porter

If you're going to invest in anything this season, make it Bermuda shorts. Wear with a matching blazer and shirt for the office, or pair with a graphic T-shirt and sandals at the weekend.

Theory Pleated Woven Shorts, $175, available at Net-A-Porter

This top will look great now with a white denim mini skirt, and with jeans and ankle boots in the autumn.

& Other Stories Open Crochet Knit Top, $23, available at & Other Stories

Wear this crochet crop top with the previous Bermuda shorts for a great summer holiday look.

Pull&Bear Pacific Striped Crochet Top, $15.99, available at ASOS

These woven wedges are perfect for summer in the city.

Violeta By Mango Wedge Braided Sandals, $49.99, available at Mango

The ideal throw-it-on-and-go dress for hot weather.

Violeta By Mango Striped Linen Dress, $69.99, available at Mango

Brighten up any outfit with this woven bucket bag. Wear with clashing colours (blue or green) for maximum impact.

Catzorange Woven Cotton Bucket Bag, $110, available at Net-A-Porter

Shrug this on when the sun goes down. Layer over a streamlined outfit that doesn't distract from its texture.

Forever 21+ Shaggy Open-Knit Cardigan, $18, available at Forever 21

Every fashion girl worth her salt owns Cult Gaia's famous bamboo clutch. We're opting for the brand's bamboo bead mini bag – perfect for heady summer nights out.

Cult Gaia Cora Mini Bamboo Tote, $81, available at Net-A-Porter

For Picnic at Hanging Rock vibes, wear with a straw boater hat.

Fashion Union Midi Dress With Trim, $43.99, available at Zalando

In one solid colour, crochet looks so much more grown-up.

ASOS DESIGN Crochet Square Neck Crop Top, $22, available at ASOS

A great high street dupe for one of Johanna Ortiz's woven designs.

My Accessories London Exclusive Woven Straw Shoulder Bag, $25, available at ASOS

The yellow tone of these Bermuda shorts will pair perfectly with summer's coolest colour trend: olive green.

Pretty Little Thing Plus Woven Shorts With Belt Detail In Camel, $25, available at ASOS

Carrie Forbes makes some of the best quality woven sandals. She works with local craftspeople in Morocco and uses traditional weaving techniques.

Carrie Forbes Ahmed Raffia Sandals, $192, available at MatchesFashion.com

Soft neutrals like this woven dress make planning a capsule holiday wardrobe so much easier.

Zara Rustic Dress With Ruffle Trim, $25.99, available at Zara

The ideal holiday bag, this will easily hold all your beach essentials.

Topshop Shake Woven Rope Tote Bag, $15, available at Topshop

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