Shake out your hair, tone down that make-up, and get ready to funkify your wardrobe with a cool, Bohemian flair. Here’s how you can look adorably artsy and romantic:
- Incorporate the right colors: Earth tones—like chocolate, beige, clay red, turquoise, amber—and berry tones—like burgundy, abergine, magenta, fuchsia, and rose pink—are excellent base colors for the Bohemian look. Avoid lifeless colors that make a garment and, consequently your skin, look drab. Pump up your wardrobe with fairytale hues.
- Add paisley: Paisley is the pattern most commonly associated with the Bohemian look. For a subtler nod to the Boho style, choose pieces with small paisley designs or wear paisley accessories and use solid-colored clothing as a backdrop. A paisley scarf against a plain long-sleeved tunic with simple jeans and velour boots is a pretty lady-like approach.
- Pay attention to detail: Beads, embroidery, lovely buttons, lace, pearls, feathers, and ruffles—these gorgeous details make all the difference between a plain blouse and a fabulous frock. While wearing details head to toe might come off as tacky, wearing one piece that truly pops can charm any outfit and grab you the attention you deserve.
- Buy distressed denim: Look for frayed jeans, shredded skirts, and cut-off shorts. Stonewashed, vintage-washed, and bleached jeans have an edgy feel that pairs wonderfully with flowing tunics, velvet vests, or tie-dyed T-shirts. Also look for jeans with small streaks of silver or rusty glitter, elaborate embroidery, artsy trim, and beads galore.
- Shop for tunics and peasant tops: Long-sleeved, short-sleeved, or sleeveless. The choice is up to you, but look for interesting fabrics and enchanting prints, trims, and details. Even solid-colored tops devoid of trim can be cute if they have a sweet, baby dollish cut with puff sleeves, or a coy medieval maiden cut with bell sleeves.
- Look for long skirts: The best Boho skirts are never more than about two inches above the knee. Search for tiered skirts in light cotton in a wide variety of colors to dress up a plain T-shirt or tone down a fancy peasant blouse. Luxurious velvet is chic whether worn casually or to classy events—just change your top, jewelry, and/or shoes to fit the occasion. The most important thing is finding a skirt length that is flattering—not too “vampish” or too “Little House on the Praire”—and comfortable.
- Find the perfect hosiery: Go psychedelic or Victorian. Choose solid fluorescents, like neon green or hot pink, and other bright colors, such as bright red or robin’s egg blue. For a more demure air, textured tights, like fishnets in subtle khakis or light grays, reveal just the right amount of flesh while still looking fresh and fun. In general, if you decide to wear “loud” hosiery, opt for more discreet shoes and a simple skirt to limit the outfit to one focus. After all, you don’t want to look like a walking flee-market!
- Search for funky jewelry: Think ethnic or Victorian. Anything jade is fabulous with a white peasant top. Chunky wooden beads, faux pearls, cameo chokers, Gypsy-style hoop earrings, big rhinestone rings, and charm bracelets are other great additions to your jewelry box. Avoid anything too harsh—like spiked dog collars—-or too conventional. Go for light, airy, and free-spirited.
And remember—Peace and Lo