How to Achieve A Bohemian Look

Model Wearing Designer Rejina Pyo - Olivia Dress And George Keburia Sunglasses
Credit: Model Wearing Rejina Pyo Olivia Dress And George Keburia Sunglasses, Need Supply Co.

Some of the most fashionable celebrities of recent times have rocked the Bohemian style, and we’re big fans of how cool, calm and collected they all look. If you want to copy the Bohemian look and make it your own, we’re here to give you the tips you need to pull it off. Get your kaftans and harem trousers at the ready, because it’s time to embrace your inner hippie.

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What is the Bohemian Style?

Bohemian is a term that’s been used to describe many groups of people throughout time, such as the pre-Raphaelites, but it’s widely accepted that it describes those who live more artistic lives. These days, the word “Bohemian” is almost interchangeable with the word “hippie” when it’s used in the context of fashion. That means it’s all about being free-spirited, wild and free!

You may think that a boho outfit is only suitable for the spring and summer months, but you can use the same concepts for autumn and winter if you pick the right pieces. The Bohemian style will help you to look festival-ready all year long, so you don’t have to wait for Glastonbury to look like summer’s ultimate wild child.

Celebrities who have strutted their stuff with this look include Alexa Chung, Selena Gomez and Nicole Richie. The most recent twist on the style is a 70s vibe, so you’ll see plenty of tassels, fringes and lace when you’re shopping the look.

What Should You Choose for a Bohemian Outfit?

If you’re keen to look all swishy and wonderful in maxi dresses, or you want to feel liberated in a cool kaftan, you’re in the right place. We’ve got the style tips to transform your selection of clothes into a full boho outfit, with a few extra recommendations so you look as authentic as possible.

Designer Giambattista Valli Silk Georgette Dress Worn By Model
Credit: Model wearing Giambattista Valli Silk Georgette Dress, Luisa Via Roma

Maxi dresses and skirts

Let’s kick off with some of the dresses and skirts you’ll want to check out; these are some of the most notable pieces for the boho chic look. First up is the maxi dress, which is a key piece in any wardrobe for any time of the year, but particularly for the summer. Maxi dresses in a floral print are our favourite for a Bohemian style, and luckily there are plenty to choose from. Other prints you can try include geometric and flowing.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all maxi dresses are the same, as you can really play around with the cuts and styles that suit you the most. There are dresses with sleeves, ones with ruffles, some with collars, and others with belts. This gives you a whole world of options!

Once you’ve picked a dress (or two), find some complementary accessories to bring your outfit to life. Why not try a statement necklace, a bandana, sandals, and anything with pom poms? For the cooler months, add a denim jacket to finish off the look.

When it comes to maxi skirts, you’ll find that they work really work well in winter too. This is because you can still wrap up warm on your top half, whilst still having the lovely flowing look on your bottom half. When it is warmer outdoors, choose to pair your skirt with a plain shirt, floral headband or floppy hat. A fun little extra is to tie a flannel shirt around your waist to add to the style.

Short dresses and kaftans

You may already wear a kaftan on the beach, but you don’t need to save this piece for your summer holidays. When you know how to pair your kaftan, you can get use out of it all year long. This piece of clothing is so versatile as it can be used as a dress or a long top, meaning it can look great with bare legs or trousers.

It’s also helpful to remember that a kaftan can look both casual or formal, depending on the shoes, bag, and other accessories you choose. Just like the maxi dress, there are plenty of cuts and styles to choose from, as well as prints and designs. Some kaftans may fit looser on your body for the true hippie vibe, but you can also find more tailored styles if you want to stay within your comfort zone.

Designer Giambattista Valli Silk Georgette Dress Worn By Model
Credit: Model wearing Three Graces London Kaftan

We can’t get enough of some of the embroidered kaftans available at the moment, especially those with small details like pom poms and tassels. Add long statement jewellery, feathers, nude boots or sandals, and you’ll have an outfit worthy of the catwalk.

Harem trousers

Away from dresses and skirts, you can also find trousers that work nicely for the boho chic look. You may find these a little more daring than your usual choice, but harem trousers are such a simple way to embrace your inner hippie goddess. If you haven’t worn them before, think of a pair of full, loose-fitting trousers that gathers at your ankle or lower leg. They’re known to be made of soft materials, so they’re fashionable and functional at the same time.

When you choose to wear harem trousers, you’ll need to pair them with the right bits and pieces to give you the confidence to show them off. We think that the best combination is with a shirt, scarf, a head accessory and a frayed leather bag. If you have long hair, loose and wavy curls will transport you straight to the pages of a glossy magazine.

Our final piece of advice for harem trousers is to start out with a more tailored pair if you haven’t worn them before; some are baggier than others, so you can work your way into these as you know how to nail the look better.

Boho Tops

You’ll have a lot of freedom when it comes to finding a boho top for your outfit, as quite a lot of shirts can be worn with the maxi skirts and harem trousers we’ve talked about already. The first rule is to make sure that your outfit is complementary and not clashing; you won’t want two totally different prints on your top and bottom.

Red Valentino Skirt And Jerome Dreyfuss Bobi Goatskin Crossbody Bag Worn By ModelChloe Sleeveless Denim Jacket And Stella Mccartney Mule Heels Worn By Model
Credit: 24 Sèvres

If you’re wearing a solid colour of harem trousers, go for something like a floral printed shirt or top. If you’ve found a dreamy maxi skirt in a geometric print, find something more plain but with the interest of ruffled shoulders. In all cases, we can’t get enough of pom poms and tassels as they help to add a bit of visual interest to what you’re wearing.

Patterned jeans

When you’re craving a bit of time in a pair of jeans, you’ll still be able to pull off the Bohemian style with the right accessories. All you’ll need to do is find a pair that are patterned, flared or frayed, and you’ll be bang on trend. Frayed jeans and flares are often easier to find, but there are some patterned ones out there waiting to be discovered.

For the perfect pairing for your jeans, look for a shirt without a print, and add a scarf that helps to add the boho vibe. A floppy hat and a tassel bag can finish off your look in the spring and summer months.

Jumpsuits and playsuits

A firm favourite season after season, you’ll be able to wear a jumpsuit or playsuit for the boho style. This may come as a surprise if you’re used to seeing tight fitting examples, but there are looser varieties that can work really well.

The best options are those that are plain in colour, or more muted earth tones with prints. This is because they’re easier to accessorise, and also to avoid some of the more modern designs that are currently available that don’t tick the “Bohemian” box.

Rachel Comey Grateful Silk Jumpsuit Worn By Model
Credit: Rachel Comey Grateful Silk Jumpsuit, La Garçonne

An easy way to dress up your outfit is to wear your hair in braids if it’s long enough, and add a bandana or floral headband. A playsuit or jumpsuit in a plain colour can be accessorised with a printed scarf; remember to look for florals, geometric patterns and flowing designs for the right look and feel. In terms of shoes, high leather boots work better with a playsuit, whereas sandals are a good combination with a jumpsuit.

Denim and fur jackets

We’d love it if the weather was always kind, but some days just ask for more layers than others. We’ve got the inside scoop on how to keep your boho style looking authentic as you add a jacket to your outfit, on top of the items we’ve already discussed.

Our top picks have to be denim and fur jackets; as they can be both be casual and sophisticated, depending on what else you’re wearing. If you prefer a denim jacket, find one with some embroidery or patchwork to exaggerate the style. If you’re looking for the fur effect, but don’t want to get the real thing, there are plenty of faux fur jackets available too.

The trick is to build on the items you’ve already picked out. It’s an opportunity to add some more finer details if you’ve stayed relatively safe with the rest of your outfit. And if you’ve gone all out with a bold print underneath, you’ll want a more simple jacket to wear over the top.

Boho Style Essentials

Now you know what items to pick for your outfit, you’ll want to keep some more golden rules in mind to achieve the perfect boho look:

The first rule is to layer your outfit whenever you can, particularly in the autumn, winter, and cooler spring days. Some maxi skirts and dresses can be made of thinner materials, which are great to get the floaty look, but not so great for chilly days. That’s why layering up on your top half makes sense to keep you warm. Add scarf and jackets to stay toasty, and jewellery with a 70s twist to stay bang on trend.

Next you’ll want to remember the word “flowy” when it comes to your outfit. If you’re wearing a maxi skirt or dress, you can afford to wear something a little tighter when it comes to your shirt, but don’t wear a full outfit that is tight fitting. Oversizing and a relaxed fit is a key part of the boho style, so don’t shy away from it.

Boho Look Three Graces London Livietta Linen Kaftan Worn By Model Boho Look Altuzarra Tamourine Scarf-Print Dress Worn By Model
Credit: Sèvres

Finally, rely on accessories to boost your outfit into a boho beauty. Statement pieces such as necklaces and sunglasses add flair, but can also add a pop of colour. You can also use scarves to a similar effect, especially for when it’s a bit cooler outdoors. Fringes and frays are those minor details with make a big impact, so the more you can find, the better!

Quick Tips for the Bohemian Style

  • Look for maxi dresses that have a floral, geometric or flowing print; experiment with ruffles, collars, belts and tassels.
  • Find maxi skirts that complement items in your winter wardrobe for a year-round bohemian style.
  • Short kaftans look great with nude boots and a range of statement jewellery; add pom poms for a bit of fun.
  • Harem trousers are a comfortable addition to your wardrobe, but start out with a more tailored pair if you haven’t worn them before.
  • Explore the range of boho tops, such as floral shirts, and blouses with ruffled shoulders, pom poms and tassels.
  • Find a pair of patterned jeans and wear them with a plain shirt; or choose a flared or frayed pair for a similar effect.
  • Braided hair works well with a jumpsuit or playsuit; wear high leather boots with a playsuit, and sandals with a jumpsuit.
  • Denim or fur jackets can bring your outfit to life in the cooler months; embroidery and patchwork on denim jackets adds extra interest.

On That Note

Now you have the insider tips on how to embrace your inner hippie, and look festival-ready all year long. The fun part of the Bohemian style is that you can constantly add more pieces to your wardrobe so each outfit looks fresh; even small changes to accessories can make a massive difference. With pom poms, fringes and tassels, you’ll also be bang on trend for the 70s twist to the boho look which is so popular at the moment.

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