Shake Up Your Style by MSW

Lifestyle with Melanie Suzanne Wilson

Boho Fashion Outfits

August 10, 2018
Boho inspired accessories

Dressing an outfit in a boho fashion style

A few simple changes can bring a boho hippie fashion vibe to any outfit. This look can be achieved by anyone. Twist the styling of one outfit, or transform your entire wardrobe. You can either cover yourself in themed pieces, or add a few bohemian details to an otherwise classic outfit.

Wear hippie accessories with textured fabrics

Summer boho textured fabrics and accessories
Summer boho textured fabrics and accessories.
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A complete head-to-toe hippie style can be achieved with clothes and accessories. Some of these elements might already exist in your wardrobe. Here, we’re just putting everything together for a complete free spirited look.

Put on a dress or separates that appear beautifully exotic. They could be made in Bali, India or somewhere similar. Find pieces in textured fabrics that are covered with intricate details. There could beĀ embroidered or printed floral patterns. Patchwork materials could take this outfit to the next level.

Then accessorise. Shop for embellished shoes or DIY your own. Start with leather sandals (or a vegan leather). Then add straps, beads, tassels or any other bits and pieces. Swap the sandals for boots in winter.

Have fun with bunches of jewellery. Stack plenty of beaded bracelets onto your wrists. Wear a crafty chunky cuff. Layer multiple necklaces at different lengths.

Finish off the overall ensemble with a bag, hat or vest. This new outfit will then be complete.


Be pretty in prints

Young woman in boho style top and skirt outfit with jewellery
Young woman in boho style top and skirt outfit with jewellery.
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Be at one with nature, wearing exotic prints. Dainty paisley florals instantly achieve a ‘flower child’ vibe. Loose flowing printed fabrics can look more relaxed. If a print seems more ‘garden tea party’ than spiritual hippie chic, just add accessorise to complete the boho style.

This outfit begins with versatile pieces and then becomes elevated. The ensemble is transformed by a fringe vest, stacks of bangles and circle sunglasses. Those sunnies, inspired by John Lennon, instantly symbolise peace and love. Such a meaningful appearance starts with a few basics.

This combination brings together some elements of the complete boho outfit, but with some feminine pieces that could fit other styles. The white blouse is nice and simple with some lace at the neckline. A single string of assorted beads can be reminiscent of the 1960s. But it’s not extremely hippie. That top and necklace are examples of nearly classic eclectic things which offer versatility.

Throw on a poncho or jacket

Feeling happy in a poncho with a hat and circle sunglasses
Feeling happy in a poncho with a hat and circle sunglasses.
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Some bohemian looks are achieved with just one statement piece. A chunky knitted poncho can feel super cosy in cold weather. Try a lighter poncho such as crochet in the summertime. Ponchos are so easy to wear because they are often one-size-fits-most. This outerwear can be worn over almost anything.

Try this outfit at home. Get a knitted poncho. Chuck it over your favourite jeans. Layer over a tee shirt. Or copy this image by adding more knit wear underneath. Complete the artistic feel with circle sunglasses and a matching hat. Instant casual cool.

Layer some hippie blouses and outerwearLayered boho top and jacket

Layered boho top and jacket.
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As a coastal woman, I rely on light layers of clothing throughout the year. I totally would try this look sometime, adapting the sleeves for my own preferences. This hippie inspired blouse has been worn under a cropped-sleeve cardigan. A leather belt was tied in a knot at the waist. This high-waisted belt defines more shape. It’s fastened in an unexpected way. Find new ways to wear bohemian tops. Fasten just some of the buttons. Gather the top with a belt. Tuck in the hem or wear it loose. Adapt clothes to your own taste.

Layer boho outerwear and accessories on an LBD

Wearing boho leather gypsy look
Wearing boho leather gypsy look.
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The timeless little black dress can be styled to look more boho chic. This simple black dress was teamed with suede, leather and chunky jewellery. Coordinated brown and beige colours become a consistent theme. I would mimic this look with just a few items, most likely by wearing a statement necklace and embellished jacket. This person goes further with tassel cowboy boots, an earthy shoulder bag, various widths of bangles, an outdoors hat and then wrapped a woven belt at the waist. There’s a bit of everything here. But it all started with one black dress.

Add boho accessories to classic wardrobe staples

Beach boho accessories with classic pleated skirt
Beach boho accessories with classic pleated skirt.
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Slight changes can hint at free spirited attitude, without becoming covered in lots of themed clothing and accessories. Work a boho cool twist into a timeless everyday wardrobe. See how this pastel long pleated skirt and contrasting blue top are transformed by added details. Anyone can slightly adjust outfits to be work appropriate or just keep the quirkiness to a minimum.

Cute shoes are the focus in this example. Anyone could DIY those sandals by sticking some fringes onto the straps. If I add just one hippie inspired change, it would be a necklace. To each their own. This person is holding a tiny woven purse bag. Similar bags could be found at fair-trade stores or local craft markets. The bracelets decorate just one wrist for some personal style. Yet the other wrist has a classic watch. Not all accessories have to be themed.

Do as much as you want

There we have it. Various hippie inspired boho chic outfits are achieved in various amounts of changes. There’s a spectrum from head-to-toe exotic textures, to vintage-inspired pieces mixed with retro style accessories, through to little accessorised changes on versatile wardrobe basics. Bring some earthy peaceful elements to your own personal style.

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