Boho-chic, short for bohemian-chic, draws influences from the bohemian and hippie movements of the 1960’s. It was most popular in the early 2000’s, and was associated primarily with actresses Sienna Miller, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Nicole Richie, and model Kate Moss. Boho-chic in recent iterations have been characterized by loose layers, folk-inspired embellishment (like embroidery, tassels, and trim), and earth-toned accessories.
Boho-Chic Maxi Skirts and Dresses
Not just for tall people, the maxi skirt is considered one of the hallmarks of the boho-chic movement. The maxi dress, in particular, is extremely versatile and can be worn in both casual and more formal situations.
This printed halter maxi dress by Jessica Simpson ($148, sizes 2-14) is the perfect casual dress for a Saturday brunch. The halter neck detail is more sophisticated than the gathered strapless bodice versions that can be more commonly found. The print, natural earth-tones, and movement of the dress is what defines it as boho-chic.
This black maxi dress by Felicity & Coco ($78, XS-XL), is a slightly more formal alternative. The gathered waist, boat neck neckline, and fun cutout at the back makes this a perfect dress for summertime weddings. It is both effortless yet comfortable – making it the perfect “boho-chic” look.
A great maxi skirt option is one like this fresh Alice + Olivia offering($330). There’s a clearly-defined waistband, a versatile print (in this case, a really gorgeous lace overlay), and some structure to the skirt. These details are what elevates a regular jersey-blend maxi skirt to boho-chic levels.
Peasant Tops for Classic Bohemian Style
This printed top from Free People ($59, sizes XS-L) encapsulates the boho-chic spirit with its loose fit, embroidered pattern, and tassel detailing. It would look great with skinny jeans for a casual night out.
This faux wrap top by Vince Camuto ($79, sizes XS-XL) is a great solid-colored option that hints at boho-chic without being too derivative of the trend. The loose fit, puffed sleeves, and keyhole detailing in the front of the blouse is a little bohemian, but is still work-appropriate and would look great under a blazer or with boot-cut trousers.
Kimono-style outerwear, while not being very practical for keeping you warm, is a great layering piece. This Leith printed kimono shrug ($58, XS-L) is casual, slouchy, and has a great print that would work well with both cutoff shorts and skinny jeans.
Kimono-style outerwear can also be appropriate for more formal occasions and can sometimes even be a replacement for blazers in a casual working environment. This one, from Topshop ($72) is a little more structured, has a subtle jacquard print, and even has lapels, which is more similar to a blazer style. Jackets like this one hint at the boho-chic look without being too over-the-top.
Wide-brimmed, floppy hats are the hallmark of boho-chic and can be worn to the beach, on a sunny day out, and generally casual occasions. This version by Topshop ($56, one size) is extremely versatile.
This fringed crossbody bag from Steve Madden ($68) would be the perfect accompaniment to any boho-chic look. The tan version, especially, would go well with many outfits.
The fringed scarf is an everyday staple. This version by Echo ($22.80) is a solid-colored version that would go with all kinds of outfits.
Geometric shapes, hammered bronze and muted gold, and graphic simplicity reflect the modern boho-chic aesthetic well. This House of Harlow necklace ($68) combines all of the above. This would look great with a plain t-shirt or a loose button up shirt, and will suit a variety of outfits.
These fringed DV by Dolce Vita booties($140, sized 6-10) are a casual shoe appropriate for any bohemian girl. They are perfect for a casual day on the town, paired with skinny jeans and a looser top, or even a maxi dress or skirt.
The mix of black and tan, perforated leather, and chunky stacked heel on these Dolce Vita heeled booties ($142, sizes 5-12) are a great accompaniment to skinny jeans or mini-dresses. They reflect the casual and earthy aesthetic of the boho-chic trend without being too over-the-top.
Casual, Relaxed, and Fun
Boho-chic style can be summarized with the 3 words above. It is a style that is definitely more appropriate for casual days and weekends, but elements of it can be worn in the workplace and more formal occasions. The key is to have fun with the style and wear what is most appropriate (and that you feel most comfortable in) for the occasion.
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