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Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors, an Alexandria, Virginia based interior design firm, provides simple solutions to creating a beautiful home and life.

THROWIN’ IT BACK TO RICRAC

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As notions go for sewing, few can compare to the undulating wave of rickrack, or in the south - “ricrac.” Growing up, most of my homespun ensembles were embellished with ricrac, so it is no surprise that I am loving it in my adult dresses, as well. With summer around the corner, my annual obsession with the perfect sun dress resumes.  This year, I am seeing all sorts of old school notions adorning some of my favorite labels.

This Juliet Dunn dress is one of many this season that I am coveting…cannot think of anything more perfect than this tiny flower print and GLITTER RICRAC - be still my heart.

Juliet Dunn - Pleated Floral-Print Cotton-Twill Dress

Juliet Dunn - Pleated Floral-Print Cotton-Twill Dress

Lisa Marie Fernandez must have also grown up in the 70’s because her vibe is all old school (per usual) with this timeless maxi.

Lisa Marie Fernandez - Rickrack-Trimmed Broderie-Anglaise Cotton Dress

Lisa Marie Fernandez - Rickrack-Trimmed Broderie-Anglaise Cotton Dress

Boden is offering full-on Grecian, euphoric vibes with this summer essential.

Boden - Easy Rickrack Dress (White)

Boden - Easy Rickrack Dress (White)

You know it is a good thing when even J.Crew is getting into the game with this spunky thing - notice they spell it “rickrack.”

J.Crew - Ruffle One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit in Seersucker with RickRack

J.Crew - Ruffle One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit in Seersucker with RickRack


It may surprise you to learn that ricrac is a somewhat new advent in the passementerie (that’s a fancy word for trim) world.  An American invention around the 1880s, ricrac, which is the gradational reduplication of rack, was used to hide the edges of fabric before sewing machines were as common as coffee makers.  The ricrac held up better in repeated washings versus a lace edge (plus, oooh the itch factor of lace). I love thinking about the cotton bloomers and edges of aprons all being adorned with this soft staple. And the fancy neighbor who decided why have one row of ricrac, when you can have many?

Some 1950s vibes adorning aprons with…of course…RICRAC!

Some 1950s vibes adorning aprons with…of course…RICRAC!


If you still aren’t convinced about the sheer power and influence of ricrac, look no further than footwear designers, such as Loeffler Randall and Boden, who are utilizing it while simultaneously changing the shoe game. Kudos to the diva sporting these by the pool this summer!

Loeffler Randall - Olive Ruffle Pool Slide

Loeffler Randall - Olive Ruffle Pool Slide

Seriously?  Golden Goose is laying brown eggs compared to these amazing leather and suede specimens. Perfect for summer.

Loeffler Randall - Elliot Rickrack-Trimmed Leather and Suede Sneakers

Loeffler Randall - Elliot Rickrack-Trimmed Leather and Suede Sneakers

A Boden collab with ricrac perfecting a flawless espadrille.

Boden - Violette Espadrilles: Chambray and Red Pop Ric Rac

Boden - Violette Espadrilles: Chambray and Red Pop Ric Rac


And did you know that there is a ricrac plant?  Actually it is a cactus…but stumbling upon this specimen has me blissing out today.

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From a die-hard ricrac fan herself, here’s a life hack that ups your ante…Amen!


 

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