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What Is Boho/ Bohemian Style?

Updated on November 26, 2012

What Exactly Is Bohemian?

The term bohemian or boho is commonly used to describe a particular style of individuality, typically in regards to clothing/accessories, but also in regards to lifestyle and mannerism. Bohemian style having traits of being hippyish, artistic/creative, alternative, minimalist, harmonious, calm and peaceful. Bohemian style is very much drawn on fashions from the 1960s & 1970s.

Bohemian style clothing usually consists of, but is not limited to, fabrics that are light and loose fitting/flowing, anything from cotton to chiffon. Neutral/ muted tones such as beige, cream, black, white, brown, faded denim, and often is printed with some kind of creative/ seemingly non generic pattern. Boho style jewelry commonly denotes themes relating to nature such as flowers, feathers, plants and animals. Jewelry often adds a splash of color to the outfit that makes it look interesting, and may be in any color.

Bohemian Styles' Rise To Fame

Over the last decade or so boho style has become popular due to the donning of it by trend setting celebrities such Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Mischa Barton. Nicole Richie in particular has become widely recognized for her bohemain styles, which has seen her become a popular fashion icon, a far cry from her days spent with Paris Hilton filming 'The Simple Life'!

Take a look at Nicole Richie in her well thought about and put together bohemian styled outfit, it is easy to see why this style has become popular. Firstly it looks comfortable and relaxed, her clothing and jewelry complimenting her body and skin tone. It gives off the impression that she is cool, calm and collected, who wouldn't like to be perceived in such a way? She looks approachable and contented, while also looking fabulous in a humble way.

How To Dress Bohemian

To get boho chic, be on the look out for;

Maxi dresses

Faded/frayed denim

Anything with tassels

Loose/over sized tops and singlets

Paisley prints

Strappy sandals

neutral/muted tones

Black or brown leather handbags/satchels, preferably with long straps and tassels

Jewelry with animal or nature theme, preferably pendants with long chains, large dangle earrings, and beads.

Additionally, wear your hair out/down naturally, braids are good. Go for a minimalistic look with makeup, opting for beige/brown tones in eye color (which works for all eye colors and skin tones),with a little mascara, light pink or peach blush, and a natural/muted lip color or gloss.

The Dangers Of Boho

Not all boho style is good boho style, and you might run the risk of looking like dirty, smelly hippy living on the streets, like Mary-Kate Olsen, who often times has been spotted looking more hobo than boho..

Don't overdo it, if your wearing a long flowing skirt, team it with a more fitting top or singlet. Likewise if you are wearing a baggy top, wear fitted jeans or shorts. Brush your hair, wearing it a la natural does not mean leave it as it is when you get out of bed in the morning. Wearing a lot of jewelry usually adds to the look, but be careful there is fine line between accessorizing just the right amount and going over the top.

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