“The bohemian life that reigned in Paris until the end of the ’50s is gone. The artists had more time to think, to reflect, to adapt. Success did not come so suddenly.” – Pontus Hulten
Ever consider yourself a whimsical dresser whose wardrobe essentials are not skinnies nor white T’s but embroidered maxi skits, crochet detailed tops, and distressed denim shorts? Or do you often sport a garb that’s very chic yet laissez-faire, giving cue to a vintage ensemble with a modern twist? If you fit in either criterion, then I salute you for setting a particular rubric as your personal style. The Boho-chic style. One that’s derived from various bohemian and hippie influences from the late ’60s, which, at its height in 2004–05, was ubiquitously introduced to the bright lights by Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and the Olsen twins.
A staple trend of a “free spirit”, the effortless bohemian style has a cross-generational appeal amongst powerhouse designers and their emulating counterparts. From “hippie chic” velvet kaftans created by Tom Ford for Gucci in the 1990s, to the major fringe comeback in Spring 2014 by retro-centric designers like Isabel Marant and Free People, the nature-inspired look of paisley, floral and suzani has never once shriveled. To play up this chic bohemian style, follow these 3 simple steps to bring out your inner wild child!
1.) Earthy tones with a splash of color: the primary color palette should be black, brown, cream white, khaki and olive green, but do throw in a few dark florals like orange and magenta to play up that youthful look. Here I wore an embroidered top with a mesh of dark and earthy hues that resonated with the leafy background.
2.) Disheveled hair – boho-chic dressing is all about looking natural with an unkempt flair. Let loose your hair and add a texturizing spray (like this one from Bumble and Bumble), or tie a side pony-tail with the loose ends slightly pulled out. To creatve volume in your hair with a curling iron, twist a 2-inch strand around the band over the clasp. This would help you side-step that pageantry look.
3.) Bold and colorful accessories – accent your boho outfit with materials and shapes inspired by nature without losing that personal touch. Pair your outfit with a straw hat and vibrant bandeau á la hippie style, or add on gold layered necklace and a slew of bangle bracelets to express your exuberant personality. Here I paired my outfit with a coral cross-body bag and some rugged olive boots. A tip to emulating Karlie Kloss’s long limbs? Pair shorts with ankle boots that cut off at the skinniest part of your leg.
Your dad may wonder if you’re becoming a Moroccan “hippie”, and your boyfriend thinks your maxi dress makes you look like your potato sack. But fashion is intuitive to personal style, and if you’re a happy camper in your boho-chic ensemble then by all means don’t lose that streak. The final kick? Meeting that cool, nonchalant alter-ego of yours — a free-spirited wild child!
Credits: Jason J Photography http://jasonjphotography.zenfolio.com