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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Sleeveless midi dress
- Fit & Flare Dress
- Asymmetrical Dress
- Embroidered dress
- Bohemian print 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you tried adding bohemian style elements to your own wardrobe?