It shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that the boho look, be it classy, romantic or hippie-flavored, is back in business, showing off its new clothes and accessories all over fashion shows. Not all women are for this style, however, as it is considered slightly decadent, too laid back to match a formal environment and overly feminine for those ladies who feel like a tomboy at heart. But, truth be told, the boho look took the world by a storm for very compelling reasons: it is a staple of delicacy, sophistication, fairytale femininity and high-end fashion.
What Are the Main Elements of the Boho Look?
The boho look revolves around three main elements:
- Natural and precious fabrics: silk, cotton, lace, velvet, chiffon, organza, wool, mohair, leather, and suede.
- Natural earthy tones and colors: from the palest beige to the darkest cherry red, the bohemian look plays well with refined hues of green, blue, browns, reds and oranges.
- Laidback designs: one of the staples of the boho fashion is the Bardot off-shoulder midi dress in a slouchy yet body frame-complimenting design. Other boho-specific clothes are maxi dresses, maxi skirts, flared trousers, vests, ponchos, shawls, scarves, and ankle boots and so on.
There are also plenty of accessories that match the boho style, but in order to look young at heart, romantic, free-spirited and ready to embrace life, you need to follow a few rules that make the difference between a stylish layered boho look and a hobo look.
1. How to Layer Boho Clothes
In the art of fabric layering and especially in the art of dressing boho, there are a few tricks you need to take into consideration:
- Don’t pile up long layers upon long layers – if you are petite by nature, the longer the clothes, the shorter your appearance. Moreover, long layers stacked upon other long layers make you look cramped, corny and unnecessarily oversized.
- When you pull off a boho look, layer one long piece of clothing, like a maxi dress together with shorter layers in a harmonious look.
- Don’t layer more than two different fabrics – you can play with sheer and see-through fabrics as much as you see fit, but don’t mix more than two fabrics together, as this makes you look like you decided to wear your entire wardrobe at once.
- Layering means also wearing a gypsy-style head scarf that freely flows on your back or a slouchy crocheted poncho over a pair of short jeans.
Do you want a dress that can double as formal or casual wear? If so, a midi dress may fit the bill. As its name implies, it is a dress of a medium length ending somewhere over your ankles but under your knees. When choosing a midi dress, it is vital to select a length within that range that matches your stature. The longer the dress, the shorter your legs will look.
Therefore, choosing a longer midi dress is helpful when you already feel too tall. If you feel too short, go for a shorter dress and heels to add some height and make your legs appear lengthened. You can also pick from unlimited patterns and colors to compliment your body type. Many midi dresses look just as good at formal events as when you are walking down the street, as long as you match them with the right jewelry, shoes or other accessories.
2. How to Layer Boho Jewelry
Boho jewelry is fun, versatile and stylish and it can work great with any other outfit styles. But the boho style is focused on women’s need to feel free, liberated from conventions and looking like the 60s red carpet divas without any effort – this is why you need to follow a few jewelry stacking rules as well.
- The boho look loves to show off the naked arms adorned with piles and piles of bracelets. Opt for bangles and chain thin wire bracelets and stack them together for balance. If you want to add color and texture, mix in beads bracelets, cuffs, and leather and fabric ones as well. There are some rules to follow when you accessorize busy boho prints with jewelry, but a neutral earthy shade allows pretty much anything in terms of bracelet stacking.
- When it comes to necklaces, things get a little trickier. You shouldn’t pile up big chunky necklaces (although you can wear one with your boho strapless dress). You can stack beads necklaces with simple chains, pendant necklaces or charm necklaces in various lengths – keep in mind that you need them to flatter your neckline, skin tone and face features.
- Stacking rings has never been easier these days, and the boho look allows you to wear more rings than you have fingers. While an oversized cocktail ring will save you time and effort, you can stack multiple metallic rings on a finger or two, leaving the other fingers bare. You can also play a little with texture and contrast – but don’t stack too many rings on the hand where you already stacked too many bracelets – it will make you look heavy and unbalanced.
While it is not hard to stack layers and jewelry, you do face the risk of turning a delicate boho look into a messy outfit. Keep in mind that less is more and that a true boho style comes from the heart.
Maybe you are not really a Boho Jewelry girl. I know myself, I love all sorts of fun jewelry like Disney stuff. I like to customize my own jewelry depending on what Disney character I like at the time or feel like wearing that day.
No matter your style, just have fun with your jewelry.
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