GUEST POST: How to style a bohemian chic wardrobe

Hello, all! I love a great boho look, which is why I’m so excited about this piece. It makes me want to go shopping! I hope you enjoy this piece by my returning guest blogger, Sophia Smith.

How to style a bohemian chic wardrobe
By: Sophia Smith

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Boho style as we know it today originated from the hippie movement in the ‘60s. This subculture was made of like-minded young people who believed in the importance of creativity and authenticity. They strived toward the ideals of freedom and peace. The lifestyle reflected on the fashion choices, too. It brought in fashion elements such as: loose clothing, colorful fabrics, unusual combinations of patterns and textures, boots, sandals, personalized (hand-crafted) jewelry and reused clothing.

Boho style has altered throughout history and has had many different style icons during its evolution, from Janis Joplin and Cher to Joni Mitchell and Talitha Getty. Different versions of the style were spawned through time, such as: casual boho, romantic boho, boho chic and edgy boho. You can combine different styles to find the one that feels most like you.

Here are the essential elements for your boho look:

Natural fabrics and layered texturesNatural fabrics and layered texturesBoho style is all about being in touch with yourself and with nature. The most frequently used materials include natural ones such as: linen, velvet, leather, cotton, denim and suede. Layering is one of the main trademarks of boho style. Don’t shy away from mixing different textures. Just make sure you don’t get swamped under too many heavy-fabric layers since it can create a non-flattering look.

You should opt for colorful fabrics and items, but avoid artificial colors, such as neons. For a delicate look, go for white or creamy shades.

Vivid colors and patternsFloral patterns are popular, be it tiny flowers or giant ones. Explore checkered patterns, ethnic-inspired prints, stripes or different patterns combined in patchwork outfits.

Comfortable and loose clothingComfortable and loose clothesWhen it comes to deciding on types of clothing, choose loose cuts to get that boho charm.

Think of: kaftans, ponchos, maxi skirts, high-waist designs, wide-leg trousers, bell-sleeves and fringes.

For a romantic look, try out casual and breezy dresses and accessorize in the boho manner. Wear light pastel fabrics, for that gentle and free-spirited style.

Boho jewelry and accessoriesBoho jewelry and accessoriesIf you don’t want to go all-in when it comes to boho style, but you want just a dash of it to freshen up your usual outfit, you can wear the appropriate jewelry. The key is to find hand-crafted pieces made of natural elements such as wood or feathers. For example, if your outfit is minimalistic, you can use a statement necklace to make the look more playful. Vintage earrings and turquoise or emerald jewelry makes a great summer look

To accessorize, try: chunky belts, headbands, scarves, floppy hats and shoulder bags with drawstrings or fringes. For footwear, it’s all about the details in the Greek, Roman and African styles. Gladiators, flats and ankle boots are popular.

Natural hairs and makeupNatural hairstyles and makeupBoho style is all about embracing the natural look and not looking too polished. If you have wavy or curly hair, let it air dry. For a casual-boho look, mess up your hair a bit or make some braids. Loose buns and ponytails are also a good choice. Feel free to experiment. Stick to neutral makeup and use it only to enhance your beauty.

Whatever your preferences may be, all these boho styles have something in common: They give you an opportunity to express yourself.

 

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She has a great passion for DIY projects and latest fashion trends. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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