You love layering and unique accessories. You enjoy expressing your free spirit. You embrace your inner flower child, style fearlessly, and dress for the bohemian style personality.
More than just a fashion trend, bohemian style is part of a way of life.
What Is Bohemian Style?
The bohemian style is characterized by whimsical, floaty fabrics, funky patterns, and artful layering.
Bohemian style, also referred to as boho style, has always been an alternative style to the fashion trends of any given time. It incorporates ideas from around the world as well as from history.
It is a style which features long, loose, colorful clothing and is most associated with the peace and love hippie era. It is particularly linked with creative people such as artists, musicians and writers.
Key elements of boho style are long loose layers, tassels, fringing, natural fabrics, patchwork, paisley and plenty of jewelry.
Bohemian style is truly timeless, but it has definitely enjoyed a revival in recent years.
Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, music superstars Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks, and fashion icon Jane Birken are just a few of the famous poster girls for the bohemian, or boho chic, look.
They combine clothes in inventive and fearless ways and channel a romantic, free-spirited 60’s or 70’s sensibility.
How To Tell If You Have A Modern Bohemian Style
1. You Are Probably Creative
Not everyone who has a bohemian style, or elements of it, works in the creative industries, but there is probably a creative side to you, even if this comes out in your spare time or your hobbies rather than your day job.
Your outfits are a way of expressing that.
2. Women that are Modern Bohemian Don’t Like To Conform
Just like the rock style personality and the urban style personality, you don’t like to be a conformist. You prefer to express yourself in your own way.
3. You Like To Be Comfortable
Of course you want to be stylish, but you won’t be uncomfortable for your style. You like clothes that don’t restrict your movement. It’s unlikely we will be seeing you in a bodycon dress and heels any time soon.
If you do love a boho way of dressing, below are some of the ways to get a boho chic look.
1. Layer your clothing
The key is to create a relaxed, free-spirited look and layers will help you to achieve the original boho look which inspired this style
.2. Choose Long, Flowing Pieces
The whole idea of boho style is that it is free and easy.
You shouldn’t wear anything that constricts you. Choose long, flowing maxi skirts and dresses, and loose tunics and peasant tops.
3. Choose Natural Fabrics
Bohemian style is at one with nature, so you will want to choose natural fabrics whenever you can, such as cotton, linen, hemp, wool, leather and cheesecloth.
4. Choose Natural Colors
Just as you will want to choose fabrics which are natural, choose colors which are soft and muted or which can be found in nature. You could look at a palette featuring burgundies, mustards and russets, but you may also wish to take your inspiration from the oceans and add blues to your outfit choices.
5. Add Plenty Of Jewelry
As well as layering your clothes, you can layer your accessories.
Opt for necklaces with tassels or coins as well as stacking your bracelets and wearing plenty of rings.
With loose, forgiving layers, the bohemian style suits many body types.
The layers can add curves to a rectangular body shape, and can balance out a pear body shape with detailing, ruffles and dramatic necklines to draw attention to the upper body.
Add maxi dresses with uneven hemlines or dresses with bell sleeves to your capsule wardrobe. Layer vests, jackets, scarves and other elements over this foundation.
Look for vintage inspired patterns, velvets, ikat tribal prints and rich detailing to communicate a romantic, bohemian style.
The modern side of Boho incorporates Urban or street style and tends to be a mix of Boho and hip, and it picks up on what is happening in the world at any given time. It is the perfect mix of hard and soft. Think Leather, Lace and Doc Martins.
Here are some outfit inspirations
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Hi and Welcome
I am Joanne Litz from Steel Pony. I make Boho look good no matter how old you are and everything is made sweatshop free by people who care about the environment.
So, where do you shop for your Boho looks? The ugly truth is that most "cool" bohemian trendy clothes are made of plasitic in Sweat shops. It's modern day slavery....
Most Boho Brands are Fast Fashion- most of it wears out fast and ends up in landfills. From poisonous rivers in Bangladesh and Indonesia to old clothing littering the shores of East Africa to microplastics in our drinking water, Fast Fashion has become one of the biggest polluters effecting the environment.
Perhaps the most alarming stat is that the the apparel industries climate impact is expected to increase 49% by 2030. So, fashion alone will emit 4.9 metric gigations of CO2-nearly equal to total annual US greenhouse gas emissions.
And there is so much more.
Alarmed by these stats? It is time to ditch fast Boho Fashion in favor of equally stylish sustainable fashion alternatives.
Enter STEEL PONY.
I worked in the "industry" when I graduated from College, working for an importer who manufactured in many different countries. I saw firsthand the realities of how we exploited people and places.
As a creative, I wanted to create fashion, particularly boho fashion in a Sustainable way.
Imagine a wardrobe that you want, need, love and has a positive impact on the planet all at the same time.
We have put together some great resources that we will be sending your way to help further help you with your style. Looking forward to getting to know you.
Well Lady- I am here to help you with that. You can find out more about me HERE.
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