Bohemian style, often referred to as “boho” or “boho chic” is a style of dressing that was popularized during the 1960s and 1970s though it is possible to trace the roots back further.The essence of bohemian is focusing on free and flowy fabrics. This style also emphasizes concern for the environment so natural fabrics and used clothing are commonly worn. If you want to style yourself in the bohemian fashion, take steps to incorporate bohemian style into your wardrobe. Remember though that the bohemian style also emphasizes finding the clothing that makes you feel in harmony with yourself and with nature, so don’t assume that there are any hard and fast rules about what is and isn’t bohemian.
“Boho Chic” describes a style that includes flowy clothing, vintage and ethnic-inspired accessories, and natural-looking hair and makeup.
1.Choose clothing in natural tones and fabrics. When building your Boho Chic wardrobe, choose items made from natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, velvet, chiffon, silk, leather, suede, and fur.
You’ll also want to choose items in natural tones and colors — for example, white, beige, brown, earthy reds and oranges, and dark greens.
Note that wearing fur is considered by many to be cruel and unethical. If you like the look but don’t want to wear real fur, there are many good faux fur clothing items available.
2.Say yes to lace, crochet and other embellishments. Crocheted and lace dresses, tops, hats, and bags are staples of Boho Chic. Beads, fringe, and embroidery are also hugely popular, and can appear in your clothing and your accessories.
3.Experiment with fun patterns. Boho Chic clothing comes in many patterns: floral and avant-garde-style accents are popular, as are checks and ethnic-inspired prints.
If you do experiment with fun patterns, be sure to pair them with relatively neutral items for a balanced outfit.
4.Think comfort. A key ingredient in Boho Chic style is comfort — you’ll see a lot of soft, loose-fitting, flowy clothes, often worn in layers.
Maxi dresses (full-length, usually loose-fitting dresses) are a great example of the flowy comfort common to Boho Chic.
Cut-offs and a flowy white lace top paired with a long, beige knitted sweater is another example of a comfortable Boho Chic outfit.
5.Combine fitted and flowy clothes. Not everything you wear has to be flowy — you can combine flowy shirts with fitted pants or skirts, or vice versa. Here’s an example of an outfit you could wear in colder months, when the rain and snow make flowy dresses and skirts impractical:
Pair some faded, fitted light-blue jeans with a white chambray top and a big, knitted, neutral-toned sweater.
Add interest to the outfit with a long silver-chain necklace punctuated by a pretty stone pendant — turquoise would work well.
You could also combine this outfit with a colorful, jewel-toned scarf.
For shoes, go with brown, tan, or beige ankle boots with a relatively low, chunky heel. (Think cowboy boot heels.)
6.Wear shoes in natural shades and fabrics. Ballet flats and ethnic-inspired sandals (i.e. Greek, Roman, or African) are the generally accepted staples of Boho Chic. For cooler weather, you can wear cowboy boots, ankle boots with thick heels, or high ‘70s-inspired boots.
Leather and suede are the preferred fabrics for shoes; natural shades such as beige, tan, and brown are recommended.
If you’re vegan, it’s possible to buy convincing vegan “leather” versions of natural leather shoes.
7.Avoid neon. Bright colors are great for adding heat to your Boho Chic outfit; just make sure they’re colors you would find in nature — for example, jewel tones like ruby red or sapphire blue, or the bright green-blue of a clear mountain lake.
8.Don’t go overboard. With all the patterns and layers available, building a Boho Chic outfit can be daunting. Avoid the temptation to wear all of your favourite things at once. You’ll also want to avoid being too colourful: aim for mostly neutral tones plus one or two accent colors.
It’s also important to consider textures. Wearing patterned pants with a lace top and a crocheted fringe vest would definitely be going overboard.
Similarly If you’re wearing a beaded top, it may be overkill to wear a bunch of beaded necklaces with it.
If you're unsure of what sort of color combinations to use, an online search for “Boho Chic color combinations” will return a lot of creative suggestions.
9.Dress for your body type. If you’re curvier, look for items with more structure, as flowy items and layers can make you look bigger than you are.
If you’re thin and short, you may get lost in long, flowy layers; aim for shorter tops and/or skirts, slimmer fits, and shoes with heels.
10.Wear bracelets. Bracelets are a must-have for the Boho Chic style. Thin silver bangles and colorful, woven Mexican bracelets are amongst the most popular types. For a creative twist, you could also wear wooden bangles.
You can wear bracelets on your ankles (i.e. anklets) too! Thin, dangly silver ones are nice.
You can also wear bracelets (also known as armbands) on your upper arms: braided and metal armbands are popular.
11.Wear dangly earrings. Boho Chic earrings are dangly and often combine metal and natural stones. They can also include feathers and leather. As with everything that is Boho Chic, seek out natural shades and materials.
12.Wear a necklace. Boho Chic necklaces range in lengths, but what they’re composed of is generally the same: natural materials and colors.It should be oxidized.
Leather, metals, stones, shells, fringe, cottons and wools are common materials. (These are also common materials for earrings and bracelets.)
Ethnic-inspired pieces are particularly popular.
13.Get a hat. Fedoras and floppy, wide-brimmed hats are popular in Boho Chic, as are crocheted caps. Floppy, wide-brimmed hats in neutral tones are often paired with long dresses, or with flowy tops and short shorts.
14.Get a colorful handbag. Colorfully patterned handbags as well as handbags with fringe and tassels are popular Boho Chic choices. As with everything Boho Chic, aim for natural fabrics and shades.
15.Wear vintage-style sunglasses. Big sunglasses in varying shapes are key elements of Boho Chic. Round glasses and aviators are quite popular, but anything big and vintage-looking will do — choose what looks best on your face!
16.Buy makeup in neutral shades. The idea is to look natural without appearing washed out. To figure out what shades of makeup to buy, look at your face when you’re flushed:
After working out or doing something that gets your heart rate up, have a look at your face. What color are your cheeks and lips? These are the colors you want to aim for in doing your Boho Chic makeup.
17.Go for a natural look with your hair. Boho Chic hair is most popularly shown as being long and wavy, and in natural browns, reds, and blondes.
If you don’t have long hair, don’t worry, just aim for a hairstyle that looks classic — ideally not spikey, razored, or shaved.
Loose braids and loose waves are amongst the most popular styles worn.
If you insist upon flat ironing your hair, give it a bit of curve at the bottom so that it doesn’t look unnaturally straight
18.Layer your clothing. You are trying to create a sort of relaxed gypsy look. This means that you will want to layer clothes over each other to get a truly bohemian look. As the look has been inspired by travelling gypsies and hippies who travelled with everything they owned, this means that they layered clothing over other pieces to keep warm and to avoid having to carry extra clothing.
You can, for example, wear a tight fitting bralette under a flowing shirt, you can layer a jacket over a loose-fitting tunic, or even layer all three together.
This has the added advantage that if you get warm or cold you always have a layer you can remove or put back on whenever you need to.
19.Choose natural fabrics. With such a focus on being in harmony with nature, you should look for clothing that is made of natural fibers such as he,p, cheese cloth, hemp, and cotton. You could also include a few pieces that are made of chiffon, lace, or silk.
Avoid fabrics such as polyester, which are made synthetically.
Look for fabrics that have are fair trade and ethically sourced. If you aren’t sure and the shop owner can’t tell you, you can also search the internet for brands that have pledged to make their clothing out of fair trade fabrics.
20.Try out braids. Another hairstyle that brings to mind the bohemian style are braids. If your hair is long enough you can braid your hair into a crown around your head for a more complex look or you can simply braid your hair into a straight braid.
Remember that the key is to have a messy, effortful look so don’t worry if your braid isn’t perfect. In fact, if your braid is perfect, you should pull it out just a tiny bit to give it a less polished look.
If you can’t braid but still want to style your hair in some sort of up do you can apply a bit of mousse or texturizing spray before bulling your hair up into a messy bun.
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