A capsule wardrobe for the bohemian style personality

by Sylvia

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Do you love layering unique accessories? Enjoy expressing your free spirit? Then embrace your inner flower child, style fearlessly, and dress for the bohemian style personality.

The bohemian style is characterized by romantic, floaty layers, funky patterns, and artful layering.

Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, music superstar Stevie Nicks, and fashion icon Jane Birken are just a few of the famous poster girls for the bohemian, or boho chic, look. They combine clothes in inventive and fearless ways and channel a romantic, free-spirited 60’s sensibility.

Here’s how to create your own bohemian capsule wardrobe.

Tops

Choose tops with interesting cuts, tribal, paisley or batik patterns, ruffles and unique hems. Bell sleeves, embroidery or shirts made of unique materials like faux suede add instant bohemian style to even a basic outfit.

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Seraphita stamped poncho shirt

Estelle layered top

Tribal tie sleeve top

Flare sleeve top

Indigo embroidered top

Pants

Show off your bohemian style by choosing pants that really make a statement.Add pants to your wardrobe that have offbeat or unusual details and materials. Bell bottoms, embroidery, patchwork, faux leather or suede, or natural textures like gauze and linen add offbeat adventurous style to your wardrobe.

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Destroyed patchwork girlfriend ankle jeans

Faux suede knit pants

Girlfriend flared jeans

Soft cropped pants

Lace cuff ankle jeans

Skirts

When choosing skirts look for spirited details like waterfall hemlines, fringe, embroidery, crochet, and lace detailing. A hallmark of the boho style is to combine pieces in interesting and unexpected ways. Try pairing a leather skirt with a delicate lace top. Wear a rugged shearling vest over a longer length feminine skirt.

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Crocheted lace maxi skirt

Tie-dyed fringe maxi skirt

Crocheted maxi skirt

Faux suede fringe skirt

Dresses

With loose, forgiving layers, the bohemian style suits many body types.The layers can add curves to a rectangular body shape, and can balance out a pear body shape with detailing, ruffles and dramatic necklines to draw attention to the upper body. Add a maxi dresses with uneven hemlines, dresses with bell sleeves, to your capsule wardrobe. Layer vests, jackets, scarves and other elements over this foundation.  Look for vintage inspired patterns, velvets, ikat tribal prints and rich detailing to communicate a romantic, bohemian style.

 

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Sleeveless tiered midi dress

Burnout Velvet Fit & Flare Dress

Asymmetrical Hem Midi Dress

Embroidered midi dress

Ikat Pattern blouson waist dress

Jackets & Vests

Choose jackets with stand-out details and unique shapes to layer over bohemian dresses, pants, and skirts. Bohemian style wardrobe staples include kimono jackets, shearling or suede vests for a bohemian rocker style, capes or ponchos, and faux fur vests to layer.

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Lotus mix jacket

Faux shearling vest

Faux suede fringe vest

Faux fur Roxie vest

Boots and Shoes

Choose substantial boots and shoes to offset the lighter floaty layers of the bohemian style. Oiled leather boots work well with uneven hem maxi skirts and dresses. Choose sandals with substantial straps and contrasting textures. Choose booties with details like grommets, and laces, and booties made of surprising materials like sumptuous velvet.

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Frye Campus 14L boot

Tarita cut out lace sandal

Edit block heel velvet bootie

Sign mesh cuff sandal

Accessories

An easy, often affordable way to add bohemian style to your wardrobe is with artful, attention-grabbing accessories. Wide brimmed and fedora hats and bold jewelry communicate a bohemian sensibility. Layer necklaces to add boho style to any simple outfit.

 

 

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Skylar bib necklace

Mara leather bib necklace

Leather statement earrings

Emma multistrand coin necklace

Piper floppy wool hat

Nia long tassel necklace

Fringe bib necklace

Purses and Bags

Choose unstructured bags in a slouch or hobo shape. Mix in details like colorful tassels, fringe and nubuck leather for an earthy vibe.

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Faux leather cross stitched crossbody bag

Frye Melissa washed leather hobo bag

Sevilla tassel hobo bag

Tassel crossbody bag

Try your hand at bohemian dressing by thinking creatively. Mix exotic patterns. Wear layers of long necklaces. Try wearing long, statement-making earrings, wrap a tie-dyed scarf, or add a stack of ethnic inspired bracelets to your ensemble.

Here are 10 looks I created using our capsule wardrobe elements.

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Have you tried adding bohemian style elements to your own wardrobe?

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Sherry Edwards

Yes, I really love Bohemian clothes, especially in the summer.

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Suzanne

Great informative post Sylvia! This is my kind of look, so I love all the ideas!
xx
Suzanne
http://www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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Greetje

As I am absolutely not a boho woman, I will skip this.

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