{Bohemian Attire} 15 Elements of Boho style

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Bohemianism is the practise of an unconventional life style usually involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits; followers of such way of life are called bohemians and they dwell outside the burgeois mainstream culture. Wikipedia

But you need not live on artistic or literary pursuits ( very diffcult to do so nowadays ) or reject all burgeois practices (can’t live without Macdonalds or Iphone)  to adopt the Bohemian style of clothing or as it is known today as the Boho chic style ( a stylised version).

The boho style stands for a lot of things we all want in life – a nomadic lifestyle, adventures, free spirit, individualusm, creativity. These qualities are represented in the style  in the form of these essential elements. 

 

1 Use of Natural materials

Woven or knitted fabric is favoured over synthetic fabric in this style. Cotton, linen, velvet, silk, leather, suede, fur  are the chosen fabric on account of their being natural fabrics.Hand Crocheted cardigan or dress is an example

Wooden beads and glass beads are preferred over plastic beads. Leather and canvas are preferred over synthetic vinyl for bags. 

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2 Earthy natural colours

Natural colours like beige, brown, earthy red, white, ochre, orange, dark green are usually given preference over other colours for clothes as well as accessories

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3 Design elements like tassels, fringes

These additions are incorporated into shoes, skirts, bags, jackets, purses shawls and tops. Lucky charms are added to bracelets and necklaces.

Feather earrings, coin bracelets, shell chokers are all bohemian accessories which are much in demand.

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4 Flower embroidery 

An embroidered bag is a must have in a gypsy wardrobe

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5 Long dresses and necklaces 

Long Maxi skirts, maxi dresses, kimonos, sarongs are all staples, as are long necklaces. 

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6 Multi purpose Shawl ties

Shawls are used as Headwraps, head ties or even bag ties. A Bandana tied as a headwrap also looks quite bohemian

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7 Printed fabric

Floral Prints, tie and dye, batik and ikat prints are all very popular in boho clothing. Imagine the typical floral gypsy outfit.Nature inspired and tribal prints are also seen.

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8 Layering of clothes and accessories

Layered necklaces are a typical boho style. You can create a layered look in clothing by wearing a loose cardigan over your top or an oversized shawl wrapped over your outfit.

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9 Loose flowy style 

Breezy blouses and dresses are staple bohemian clothing. The summery look of loose clothing is very casual and appealing, especially when paired with distressed denim.

Cotton Kaftans, sarong beach wraps all fit this style. Flowing loose Lace dresses are also very much Bohemian

10 Casual shoes

Beaded sandals, Clogs shoes,Roman sandals are the preferred bohemain types of shoes.Ankle boots and Cowboy boots are also worn.

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11 Statement jewellery in metal

Chunky metal necklaces in silver ; Any number of chunky rings; Anklets – all bohemian

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12 Oversized clothing and accessories

Oversized cable knit sweaters and oversized sunglasses are very much a part of the gypsy boho look

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13 Wide Brimmed hats

14 Interesting Head pieces

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Checkout this article for  wonderful inspirational pieces of bohemian headpieces . 

15 Distressed Denim

Slightly flared Denim jeans or cut off shorts, which is made to look worn and rugged is big in bohemian style.

Splattering paint on it, writing with markers, washing in bleach, scraping with a knife, patching with other fabric – there are many ways you can convert your staid denim to suit your bohemian sensibilities. Checkout this tutorial on 15 ways to distress your jeans.  

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Dreadlocks

Another important element of a bohemian style is the Dreadlocks

A true blue Bohemian would definitely be having the dreadlocks.They complete the whole gypsy look.

Checkout this video for dreadlock styles -If you donot fancy them yourself, you can be inspired by the bohemian clothing

It is very easy to go overboard with Boho style. Especially if you are petite and you are adopting the full boho chic look of overflowing oversized long clothes. You are likely to be submerged, over whelmed and be invisibe in your clothing. Keeping your figure, body shape in mind is advised, as in any style.

One advantage of bohemian style is that there is no dilemma of matching accessories. You can mix and match and layer to your desire and still look good.You can incorporate chosen gypsy elements in your style to look sufficiently boho chic – like a breezy top paired with denim and long necklaces. Or add a big oversized bag with fringes along with sandals.

Just ensure that you donot end up looking disheveled and frumpy in the boho inspired clothes you have chosen

Fashions come and go but Boho style remains true in the minds of its followers. A boho chic girl aways remain that, come what may in fashion.

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