What is this Bohemian frenzy, you ask? The craze first started around the 1950s/19060s by hippie travelers wearing visibly eclectic clothing, taking influence from every land they set their foot in. Bohemian dressing expressed the hippie free-spirited lifestyle back in the day, and then returned after a couple of decades. It has officially taken over runways, red carpets, and even bridal collections (remember Kate Moss’s rehearsal dinner dress?). Dreamcatchers, everything with pom-poms, printed dresses, mystic jewelry with a whimsical mix of rich cultures like Indian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Turkish and parts of South America – boho is everywhere. And, words like “boho-chic’ and ‘boho’ are all from the Bohemian order too.
So, we’ll take you on a quaint and fanciful ride to discuss Bohemian style dressing. Stay with me and let’s trip on this together.
Bohemian Style Dressing
Let’s discuss styling ideas and understand how to infuse the Bohemian elements into your wardrobe. However, remember that this list is not conclusive. Every little detail adds to the overall output, so take a cue and build on it.
1. Long Maxi Dresses
Maxi dresses alone give you a million options to keep up with the Bohemian vibe. Prints like paisley, floral, flowing, geometric, and eclectic ones define your look further. Pair them with a statement neckpiece and/or bandana, gladiator or pom-pom sandals, and a huge finger ring to match the occasion. You could also throw on a printed denim vest or a fur jacket.
2. Short Dresses
A short kaftan or flowing dress in handloom, cotton or linen fabric makes for a perfect boho-chic outfit. Add long, oxidized silver jewelry, feather earrings, pom-pom accessories, and nude boots.
3. Long Skirts
Long printed skirts in paisley or floral prints with a plain tank top, floral head wrap or floppy hat, and maybe a pair of boots if you wish (or wedges) are all fun choices that truly speak boho. Take it a step ahead with a plaid or flannel shirt tied around your waist.
4. Maxi Skirts
If you have just joined the Bohemian bandwagon and want to take it slow, start with maxi skirts – or the latest knotted maxi skirt style. They are uber chic, rather boho-chic, and make the perfect option for hippie style clothing.
5. Harem Pants Or What Some May Call Hippie Pants
The first thing that comes to my head when I think of anything boho or hippie is harem or dhoti pants paired with a tank top, scarf, a head accessory, loose wavy curls, and a frayed leather bag. You just don’t have to try hard with this attire.
6. Boho-Chic Tops
Paisley printed tanks tops, shirts, pom-pom tunics, ruffled off-shoulders with maxi skirts or dhoti pants fit the hippie fashion bill perfectly.
7. Bohemian Style Evening Dresses
Bohemian style evening dresses are very unlike the usual fast trends, so when you think of an evening dress, it will not be your typical LBD or sequinned dress. Anything flowy, cascading, long or printed gives you that boho look. Needless to say, add statement jewelry.
8. Flared Or Patchwork Patterned Jeans
Jeans with a flare, frays or with patchwork are considered boho. Go with a plain shirt, tank or tunic and add layers like scarves or vests.
You can spot a Bohemian woman when you see one. Printed jumpsuits in rustic colors and their undertones are a comfortable way of adding the boho vibe to your everyday attire. Braid your hair or accessorize it with a bandana, and apply bronzer and eye makeup to take it to the next level.
10. Bohemian Printed Kurtis
There’s so much you can do with kurtis. Your best bet is handloom kurtis in old style prints like ikat, pochampally, baltic, etc., that give you the perfect Bohemian look.
11. Denim Or Fur Jackets
Add a layer of denim or fur vests/jackets to your Bohemian outfits to go all out. Especially denim jackets with patchwork, suzani embroidery, etc., are just too perfect.
12. Nude Colored Boots
When it comes to boots, nude or camel colored shoes with patchwork or frayed edges of any length add a boho charm to your outfit.
13. Gladiator Sandals
Gladiator sandals, especially the ones with pom-poms, are modern, yet mystic – just how boho-chic should be. The knee length ones go with dresses, skirts, and shorts, while the ankle length ones go with kurtis, ankle length jeans, and long skirts.
14. Tribal And Chunky Jewelry
Just add a chunky statement necklace, a big finger ring, a silver nose pin or a septum ring, and see the difference it makes to your outfit. You do not have to wear everything at once, but one piece at a time can transform you into a remarkably Bohemian lass.
Floppy hats are a thing and are an integral part of the hippie fashion statements. A pair of shorts with a tunic, nude boots or gladiators, frayed leather handbag and a floppy hat – a summer outfit that screams boho.
16. Bandanas Or Floral Hair Accessories
Here’s another hippie style that has found its way into fashion. It not only saves you from a bad hair day but can also make you look boho effortlessly.
17. Hippie Handbags
Afghani Kutch work bags or huge wallets and leather bags with distressed edges in crimson, nude or brown add up to your look. Imagine this – a long printed skirt, gladiators, bandana, brown lipstick, feather earrings, and a sling bag. It cannot get any more boho and chic!
As we discussed, the best way to add boho elements to your outfit is by adding layers and wearing outfits that are flowing and flouncy. Add a geometric printed scarf to beef up your outfit instantly.
19. Oversized Sunglasses
I’m sure you’ve already noticed that oversized and round sunglasses are so in right now. And, you’ve guessed it right – they bring in the boho vibe too. So, add that to your list.
I’m a sucker for Bohemian style dresses not because I’m a hippie at heart but because I relate to the vibe. Also, being a hippie is directly proportional to boho, but boho is not necessarily hippie. This style blurred all geographical boundaries and welded cultures as far as fashion is concerned. I can go on about this all night! I’ll simply let you go and explore the boho world. Remember to drop a message in the comment section about your favorite boho style piece.