We all love the free-flowing fashion that glows of self-expression! Let me restate that, we all ADORE Bohemian or Boho fashion! This very casual mix of hippie, ethnic, gypsy and vintage elements is definitely one of my favorite fashion looks and I personally use a lot of boho details in my outfits. One thing we should all keep in mind is that boho fashion is more of a state of mind rather than just a fashion trend that could face with time. This style is also often called hippie-chic or even hobo-chic.
If we go back for a little bit, the term bohemian is modernly applied to people who live unconventional and/or artistic lives. However, when it comes to this fashion style, it was kind of back in 2004 with Sienna Miller who was seen many times in this style. Since then, it has been popping a lot on runways. Let’s say that nowadays, boho is done with much more glamour so that the modern woman would feel fashionable instead of old-fashioned when she’s putting up such a look. Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Misha Barton and the Olsen twins are also other important influences in bohemian style.
To be efficient and brief, I will first introduce to you the several steps to know how play it boho, then I’ll go through a top 10 must-have items in your closet in order to set this style and finally I’ll give few examples.
I-STEPS to grasp Boho styling:
- Inspire yourself of fashion icons
Who better than celebrities and models can show us how to and how not to. When I say here inspire yourself, I don’t necessarily mean that you should look at bohemian embracers. You might rather look at any distinguishable fashion icon, someone who’s not following the pack.
Look at someone like Grace Kelly who’s very elegant and classy, she’s bohemian because she has her own way.
Get fashion magazines, read blogs and start developing your own sense of fashion.
2. Do as you like
This is the most important part of the page; you must do it your own way. Even if Boho-chic means flowy skirts, flip-flops and messenger bags, you should wear your feathered layer skirt even if you don’t know anyone who would wear it.
3. Mix it up
Learn how to make use of your entire wardrobe, learn how to pair pieces. It is often easy for women to match colors and clothes so perfectly but when you pay attention to the fashion greats we just mentioned, you should notice that they add life to their outfits in the craziest of ways. You also must know that boho can be anything: it can be glam, classy, edgy rocker, simply hippie and so many other styles. It’s about adapting the concept to what you love.
This is the key step. Details are important in the world of boho fashion. It is all about the small things: berets, headscarves, belts, moccasins, cowboy boots, and layered necklaces. The difference between someone simple and someone with a bohemian sense of style is in the accessories.
5. Something not to do
If bohemian is about layers and different levels of clothes, the most difficult part is not to over do it. Pants with a shirt, a long sweat, a 2 layered necklace and a scarf could be too much.
II- TOP 9 must-have BOHO items:
1. Boho Handbags
These purses are typically slouchy with or without ethnic prints.
2. Boho Shoes
Gladiator sandals, moccasins, suede and leather boots in earthy colors like black, dark brown, tan, ivory and olive green are typical boho’ish shoes.
3. Boho Headbands and Scarves
From exotic Indian scarves to floral folkloric designs.
4. Boho Jewelry
Boho jewelry doesn’t cost that much and it can create multiple looks with the same outfit. You’ll get the most out of your money!
5. Boho Dresses
From tunic, maxi beach dresses, sun, mini and kimono dresses.
6. Boho Skirts
From tie dyes, tiered, feathered, leathered to simple cottoned.
7. Boho Pants
8. Boho Tops
Boho tops are flowy in design with vintagey details and sometimes ethnic prints. They range from tunics, shirts, kaftans, babydoll to kimonos.
9. Boho Hats & Belts
Now here are some fast examples about outfits you can create with items already available in your closet.
1) If you have a long white maxi dress, pick a very colorful headband, a vintage turquoise belt, brown sandals and a read trench coat. Wow!
2) Any ordinary woman would wear a white blose with a black pencil skirt and black patent pumps but if she’s really daring, she’d pick a leather handbag. On the other hand, a woman with a bohemian attitude would wear that same blouse underneath a black 1920s style shift dress, black tights and ankle boots and put something like a beret or a clustered clip of gemstones in her hair. Remember that as far as the handbag is going, possibilities are endless.
3) If love tunics, it’s about time to wear them over skirts.
4) Wear your pants loosely belted if you like. It would look amazing when accessorized and paired with ankle boots.
5) Remember that vintage jewelry and fashion items always have a place in a Bohemian ensemble.
and forever boho,