“Boho chic” is a style with roots in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Over the last ten years, boho chic has made its comeback, bringing flowing silhouettes, trippy patterns, and natural vibes. Vintage and ethnic inspirations inform this unique clothing style, along with natural hair and makeup, for a more refined version of the “hippie” look.
Interested in trying the boho chic look, without looking like you’re going to a ‘60s-themed party? Here are 11 simple tips for incorporating bohemian elements into your wardrobe for the coming spring and summer season.
Go for natural tones and fabrics
Boho chic has a “natural” vibe, and colors and fabrics reflect that. Ivory, beige, brown, and muted but psychedelic colors and patterns, characterize this look. You won’t find a lot of “unnatural” neon colors or clean lines.
Play with patterns
Boho chic is a style that lets you play around with interesting patterns. From bold floral prints, to homemade tie-dye, to ‘70s-inspired paisley, don’t shy away from interesting patterns. Pairing patterns with neutral garments will help add some balance to your look.
Go for embellishment
Beads, fringe, lace, crochet, and other embellishments scream “boho chic.”
Try a maxi dress
You may be hesitant to try maxi skirts or maxi dresses– hemlines that are too long can look matronly, which you don’t want. Flowy, comfortable maxi dresses and peasant skirts are fun to wear, never constricting, and fashionable.
Balance flowing garments with tighter clothing
Just like neutrals and dark colors can balance out eye-catching patterns, tight garments help balance looser things. Pair a flowing peasant skirt with a fitted tank top, or a billowy top with shorts and tights.
Don’t shy away from suede
Suede shoes or bags are a great complement to a boho ensemble.
Try flare-leg jeans
Flare legs are due for a comeback, and now is the perfect time.
Have fun with accessories
Interesting accessories are integral to dressing with a boho vibe. Stacks of bangle bracelets, interesting beaded necklaces, and jewelry with ethnic influences add some visual interest to your look.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many colors, patterns, and textures
As with anything, less is more. Boho chic can be a “busy” look, so it’s important to balance your outfit to avoid looking overdone.
Incorporate some headwear
Headbands and wide-brimmed, floppy hats are a popular addition to boho outfits.
Embrace your naturally wavy hair
If your hair is naturally wavy, you’re all set for the boho chic look. If not, there are products that can add a subtle wave to long hair for that “hippie” look.