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Boho Chic – Does Your Summer Style Say Modern Hippie or Stuck in Time?

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A good friend of mine told me she kept hearing the term “Boho Chic” but was not exactly sure what it meant.

What is Bohemian or Boho Chic?

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a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.

a Gypsy

The Vibe

Bohemian chic, (boho for short), has been trendy for years but tends to surge in popularity as temperatures heat up and music festival season gets underway. I would describe boho style as casual and earthy with ethnic influences. The vibe says, “artsy”, “worldly traveller” and “free spirit”.

Boho is characterized by loose and flowy silhouettes. It’s a very relaxed and unfussy fashion trend. Think maxi dresses, peasant blouses, bell sleeves, and flared pants. Sandals and tank tops. Baggy printed pants in a lightweight fabric with elastic or drawstring waist. Clothing that looks lived-in.

Boho for Grown Ups

I’ve seen boho interpreted as hippie chic, but also as stuck-in-the-60’s and clinging-to-my-youth. I doubt if the latter is what you’re going for. You can get the boho vibe without appearing as if you got left behind at Woodstock. The key is to mix a few retro-looking pieces with current ones and limit the number of boho pieces you wear at a time.

  • Seek out details such as beads, fringe, tassels, feathers and pom poms on clothing, shoes, bags and accessories.
  • Choose durable and comfortable fabrics such as suede, leather, denim and cotton, but try pairing them more luxurious or delicate fabrics like lace to elevate your outfit.
  • Prints such as paisley, Navaho, Aztec, elephants, flowers, or anything ethnic, have that boho vibe. Instead of wearing one of these prints as a cotton peasant skirt or top, consider a crisp or silky fabric for a more sophisticated air.
  • Cut-off shorts are popular with the bohemian crowd, but jeans snipped into shorts can come across as very young. A frayed edge on the hem of your jeans, denim skirt or denim jacket is a grown-up yet youthful way to wear cut-offs. How about a denim jacket with the collar cut off?
  • Embroidered and distressed denim. Enjoy both of these but remember a little of each goes a long way.
  • Band t-shirts are a great way to show personality. Go for fitted styles versus boxy. (Bonus points for authentic concert tour tee.)
  • Sandals. Simple Birkenstocks are a hippie classic but look for embellished sandals too. I also appreciate a suede bootie to go with my hippie outfits.
  • Vintage tops, bottoms, dresses or jackets can work beautifully. Be sure to pair them with something modern, so your outfit looks intentional instead of dated.
  • Layer on the jewellery. Silver or gold with turquoise stones suits this look. Bring on the stacks of bangles, long earrings, floppy wide-brimmed hats and slouchy hobo bags.

Accessories Make the Outfit

Sometimes all you really need is a few accessories to create the mood you’re after. No need to buy new clothes when you’ve got pieces like these to expand your summer wardrobe.




A close up of a necklace on a person 's arm

Silky feather-print tunic (Plenty), denim jacket (vintage Esprit), tassel necklace (J. Crew)


A woman wearing sandals and jeans with her feet crossed.

Clutch (My Sister’s Closet), jeans (Mavi), bangle (The House of Jewels), sandals (vintage Le Papillon)


A person sitting on the rocks near water.

Fringe sandals (Matiko) + distressed denim (Mavi)


Remember not to go overboard. Choosing one or two vintage-y items and pairing them with contemporary pieces is usually all it takes to achieve boho chic status.

Have a great summer. Make love, not war. Peace out!







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