If you think of yourself as a bit of a gypsy, then Boho fashion is the perfect way to express your earthy, artsy personality.
The bohemian style was all the rage in the 60’s and early 70’s, and has seen a revival in the last few years because of celebrities like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and the Olsen Twins. They’ve embraced this natural look and added their own touch of glitz and glam for a more hippie-luxe look.
No question, boho is fun to wear, but how do you style it without looking like you’re stuck in the ‘70s? Here’s how to dress boho without looking like an old hippie.
1. Choose Free and Flowy Fabrics
Comfortable, loose-fitting, flowy fabrics are part of the boho vibe, so an easy way to get the look is to wear a flowy scarf top.
You’ll look more boho-chic than old hippie if you focus on two things: quality and size. The chicest scarf tops are made from high quality, luxurious fabrics. Chose one that is silky smooth, linen crisp, or chiffon-like and that is well finished at the edges. If your top is too rough, too flimsy or too sheer, it will look cheap.
Also, loose is good, but when a scarf top is too voluminous or extra long, it can look like you are wearing a tablecloth.
This scarf top is a good example of a beautiful boho-chic scarf top. It’s on the elegant side, and the V-neckline is very flattering for a couple of reasons: 1) showing some skin is youthful, and 2) the V-neck draws your eye downward through along the center of the body making you look long and lean. I also think this scarf top is particularly pretty because of the asymmetrical cut. It’s longer at the back and sides giving the top a more artsy look.
2. Wear Flared Jeans
A well-fitting pair of flared jeans in a soft faded denim color, or in white, is very west coast, very boho. They look super chic with a luxurious flowy scarf top, a tunic or boho peasant top.
Bootcut or skinnies are fine too, but if you really want that retro note- a cool pair of flares is the way to go. The bonus? Flares are great when you want to balance out wider hips.
3. Have Fun with Funky Prints
Boho dressing is all about artistic expression and involves lots of funky prints that are wild, colorful and free-flowing.
When you want to embrace your boho side, look for pieces that showcase eye-catching prints in multiple colors. This fabulous swirl print dress has a fun boho vibe. I’ve elevated the look with a sophisticated clutch and patent leather sandals to appear more modern and boho-chic.
4. Try a Maxi Dress
There’s no better way to look boho than with a pretty maxi. This mixed print dress with the ruffle hem is a classic boho style. The off the shoulder neckline, bell sleeves, and suede block heel pumps move us into the present, by aligning with current trends. A chic white bag with a structured shape gives this outfit more of an haute-hippie, rather than a hippie-dippie feel.
5. Mix Prints
The best way to express your inner gypsy (I know you’re in there somewhere ) is to mix two prints together. Small florals are sweet, feminine and super boho. They look very pretty combined with a geometric print within the fabric, ( see maxi dress above). You can also mix prints together in the same outfit. For example, mix a floral top with a paisley print skirt.
6. Layer Your Clothes
Do you watch the Netflix series, Grace and Frankie? I do, and I find I am often fascinated by the way Lily Tomlin’s character, Frankie, dresses on the show. Her style personality is definitely boho and funky. It always involves a lot of layering.
A natural looking, textured jacket, vest or long cardigan worn over something like a wide leg halter jumpsuit, is a good way to look more boho. Strappy sandals or multiple necklaces and bracelets can also add layers.
One caution here: Too many layers or wearing too much “stuff” can make you look disheveled. This is a risk you run with the boho look, so don’t overlayer. Keep things clean and classy with just a nod to boho layering.
7. Embrace Earth Tones
Natural colors are also a key element of the boho-chic look. If you don’t care for loud colors, then you’ll love the quiet greens, gold, browns, rusts, and blues that are synonymous with this earthy style of dressing. Natural colored leather accessories are the perfect complement to these shades. High-quality leather in modern shapes keeps it chic.
8. Add a Touch of Fringe
Fringe is fun, fringe is flirty, and fringe is a big part of the boho look. A fringe cardigan, a cute bag with a touch of fringe, or some statement sandals with fringe accents, or even fringe earrings are a great way to add a little boho into your look. To keep it classy, not trashy, and very now, stick to less fringe than more.
9. Have Fun With Palazzo Pants
Wide, flowy palazzo pants that swish as you walk are so haute-hippie! You can wear them the ‘traditional’ way – with a white tank and jean jacket for an easy summer look – or, you can ‘funk them up’ with something like this split linen asymmetrical tunic I’m showing above.
One of the things I like about this loose-over-loose look is that it is comfy and forgiving when hiding your tummy is important to you. And let’s face it, when you’re over 40, it’s important to a lot of us! LOL!
I do recommend that you give your outfit some structure to keep it from veering into sloppy territory and you can do that easily with shoes and a bag that has a little structure. A circle bag is perfect. In a natural straw weave, it’s the it bag for spring and looks right at home with this relaxed outfit.
10. Express Yourself with Artsy Accessories
Large standout pieces of handmade jewelry in natural materials like leather, turquoise, beads and precious stones bring this look to life. Hoop earrings and long funky pendants are classic boho. The more unique the piece, the better. Don’t be shy about size or mixing and matching styles and colors. Boho is eclectic.
Crocheted or handcrafted items or accessories with an ethnic vibe are right on too! A floppy felt hat is the ultimate accessory when it comes to boho-inspired dressing.
Are you a boho babe or would you like to try it out?
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