How to wear the Bohemian Fashion Trend

 Bohemian continues to be a top trend into Fall 2012.
Bohemian continues to be a top trend into Fall 2012. | Source

The Bohemian look has been popular for several seasons and shows no signs of falling out of favor. Bohemian is a top trend for Fall 2012. Fall 2012’s look incorporated global elements such as embroidery, rich textiles and tribal printed fabrics.

Bohemian styles are characterized by flowing shapes, draping fabrics, and crochet, knit and macramé embellishments. Many of these styles look wonderful and are easily carried by tall, slender ruler types. This style is pitch perfect for tall rulers. If you are petite, or curvy, apple, pear, hourglass or an inverted triangle, going Bohemian maybe a bit more challenging for you but it doesn’t mean you can’t wear it. You just have to select your pieces carefully and sparingly or risk looking like a bag lady and not a Bohemian Goddess.

A long heavily embellished coat like this would look amazing on tall rulers.
A long heavily embellished coat like this would look amazing on tall rulers. | Source
Rulers, short and tall can wear this J Crew ensemble.
Rulers, short and tall can wear this J Crew ensemble. | Source
All shapes and sizes can wear this Baroque-embellished  black cloat
All shapes and sizes can wear this Baroque-embellished black cloat | Source
A combination like this one featured on the Salvatore Ferragamo runway is a lovely example of Bohemian that is flattering for hourglasses, curvy gals, and inverted triangles.
A combination like this one featured on the Salvatore Ferragamo runway is a lovely example of Bohemian that is flattering for hourglasses, curvy gals, and inverted triangles. | Source

Born to Be Bohemian - Tall Rulers

Ladies, if you are tall with few or no curves and no significant difference in your bust to waist or waist to hip measurements, you were made to rock the Bohemian style. You can wear it all! From long richly embroidered full skirts, to heavily long embellished coats. Don’t be afraid to mix a variety of styles and patterns. Your statuesque frame allows you to go head to toe Bohemian.

Try mixing your bohemian style with a little military and some global details, two more popular trends in this season’s outer wear.

Try a long richly embroidered coat over a heavily embellished skirt; bell sleeves blouses and loosely knitted long vest. Accessorize with tall sued boots, a tribal printed scarf, ethnic inspired necklace, bangle bracelets and chandelier earrings.

Due to you tall slender figure try a tapestry-inspired matching top and slim fit pants with booties and solid fitted jacket.

If you are already a devotee of Bohemian, you probably already have lots of lovely Bohemian pieces in your closet. Augment this will new on trend details like metallic embroideries. Go Global with big graphic prints, embroideries, textile patterns, flourishes and interesting graphic prints.

Bohemian Goes For Baroque

Bohemian for fall 2012 has a more elegant feel than previous seasons. There is definitely a nod to Europe and the palaces of Versailles. Look embellishments of faraway lands. Look for pieces with a touch of old-world elegance. The runways have been shimmering with ornate gilded details, lux velvet fabrics, and gold and silver embroideries. Did you save that velvet blazer from the 80s? Pull it out the closet pair it with gypsy shirt and some beautifully embroidered boots and suddenly something old is new again.

Bohemian styles for the buxom, curvy, petite and other non-rulers


Bohemian styles are trickier but not impossible on body types other than rulers. While rulers can be more daring and aggressive in the Bohemian choices, the rest of us have to tread a little more carefully.

I, personally, love Bohemian but a long heavily embellished skirt, velvet Stevie Nicks inspired tops, and a black velvet, gold embroidered floor length coat is not going to work on me. As a busty, short inverted triangle that ensemble while gorgeous on rulers, is going to make me look short, wide, and ready for a Halloween party as the gypsy fortune teller.

Only one piece of bohemian at a time is going to work on my shape. Inverted triangles can go for a pencil, A-line or full embroidered skirt that hits at the knee to show of those great stems. Most inverted triangles have great legs. Wear a jewel toned blouse and fitted blazer, one that nips in at waist with your bohemian skirt.

If you are a tall pear shaped woman, you can rock the long full skirt put top it off with a ruffled front blouse, perhaps something in lace. Put a wide or corset belt on that tiny waist of yours to show it off.

Add a military inspired jacket with epaulets or leather motorcycle jacket to balance your hips and shoulders. The finished look should create the illusion of an hourglass.

Hourglass, pears, and inverted triangles can wear a shift dress in an overall bold print, or with Bohemian embellishment along the bottom. Rich embroidery or embellishment along the bottom will draw the eye downward and create an illusion of length.

Very busty gals should opt for deep v necklines. Put on a long Bohemian necklace to further elongate your shape.

Another easy, and often inexpensive, way to add a little Bohemian to your style is just adding accessories. Long dangling earrings, brass necklaces, beads, macramé and embroidered footwear are all good ways to inject a little global or baroque style into your wardrobe. A new Bohemian style handbag is stylish and practical. If you are plus-sized carrying a large bag as opposed to a tiny one helps create a smaller you. As always it's about proportion.

Final note

In conclusion, if you are a ruler go on and rock the Bohemian Baroque look. You wore born to wear this style. Hourglasses, pears, inverted triangles, curvy gals, plus-size gals and petite gals go for Baroque! I can’t emphasize this enough, if it makes you happy; wear it; if it doesn’t leave it. Fashion is supposed to be fun. So go out there and have fun.

By the way, I think you look great.

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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Of course, you know I would live all the clothing you have pictured here! I would wear Bohemian whether it was in style of not! Very informative article, Tess! And you know I am destined to forever be a hippie chick!

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