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Boho style: our handy guide on what to wear and how to wear it

Rocking the boho look: an easy guide to making boho work for you

Boho chic is one of the most flexible, versatile and fashion-friendly styles around. Freshen up your look with some clever boho touches to a favourite outfit, or express your creativity in a whole new way.

Boho style is one of our absolute favourites for a casual-chic, highly individual look. Hardly a new kid on the block, boho has been a key trend for almost 20 years now – and shows no sign of running out of steam any time soon. Our essential guide to boho style helps you decide what to wear and how to make it work for you, whatever your personal style. Our clever guide shows you how.

Boho: three reasons to love it

There are lots of reasons to love boho – and that is probably why it has been one of the most successful and lasting trends of recent years. Here are our top three:

  1. You can make it all your own – boho style gives you almost limitless scope to be creative and really personalise your look. Unleash your artistic side when putting together your boho outfit by combining new purchases with treasured classics, quirky finds or even your own creations. A boho chic dress looks stunning paired with bold vintage jewellery and topped off with a lacy cardigan. Or team some distressed denim and a plain white t-shirt with a silk kimono and a long string of brightly-coloured beads for a more oriental-inspired take on boho. Add as many or as few boho touches as you want to create a look that is yours, and yours alone.
  2. You can help save the planet – boho style is also more environmentally-friendly than many other fashion options. Boho clothing designers usually favour natural fabrics and fibres, such as wool, cotton and silk, in keeping with boho’s eco-friendly credentials. These materials are naturally sourced, allow your skin to breathe and will keep you cool in summer and cosy in winter, and are great for layering in those transitional seasons. Upcycling and repurposing are also big themes in boho. Striking vintage jewellery can be given a new lease of life and transform an everyday outfit into something really unique and special. Accessories often include natural elements such as feathers or shells, or upcycled ones like reworked fabrics. Boho pieces often reflect a love of nature with a palette based around naturally-occurring colours. Designs too are often inspired by the world around us. Floral motifs are a particularly popular feature, as well as folk art themes.
  3. The possibilities are (almost) endless – boho means versatile. Long, short, tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories that can be combined in so many different ways to create a fresh look every time. If the mood takes you, go for the full festival-in-a-field boho style with distressed denim teamed with a flowing, boldly-patterned peasant top, boots, fringes and feathers. Or if you fancy a more restrained nod to the free-spirited vibe, simply add a few boho chic touches such as a fringed bag or long beaded pendant to spice up your outfit. For relaxed chic, boho is the go-to look that can take you anywhere from a muddy tent at Glastonbury to a night on the town.

Boho chic: a new take on a classic style

If you think that boho style seems to have been around forever, you are right. It has been a key fashion theme since the early 2000s – and has actually been around on and off for much longer than that. The first mention of “Bohemian” style was back in the French Revolution. At that time many artists, writers and intellectuals were so poor after the removal of their aristocratic patrons that they had no option but to dress themselves in whatever old and unconventional clothes they could lay their hands on. Over time the Bohemian lifestyle and dress aesthetic became associated with free spirits who rejected social convention to live life on their own terms.

In the early 2000s Bohemian was back. This time it was all grown up and rebranded as “boho”, encompassing a whole range of influences from the medieval to the oriental – and even bolder and more beautiful. Today’s boho style still retains its sense of free-spiritedness and living life mindfully on your own terms, but is more flexible and inclusive than ever before.

Boho: style it out

Typically, boho chic pieces come in lush designs and loose, flowing silhouettes that can be dressed up or down to suit all but the most formal occasions. Choose from long, floaty dresses, skirts and trousers, or tops with vivid, striking prints. These can all be accessorised to perfection with a wide choice of shoes, boots, bags and jewellery. Team your outfit with boho-style footwear. Think chunky heels in soft natural colours such as browns, beiges and greys which work with almost anything. Boots are also an essential staple for an authentic boho vibe: opt for soft, slouchy ankle boots and low cowboy boots. When accessorising, bags and scarves in vibrant prints and patchwork designs will add interest and individuality – and fringes, feathers and tassels will work brilliantly on pretty much anything from jackets to jewellery.

But one of the very best things about boho style is how well it complements and enhances other looks. An eye-catching scarf and a stack of vintage bangles elevate a simple white top and jeans with a personal touch. Team a long flowing skirt with a leather jacket and chunky boots for a rock-chick edge. Or add a creative, indie vibe to a classic work outfit with some statement boho beads.

Boho style: a world of possibilities

Easy to wear, versatile and a great way to express your own individual personality, values and style, boho is the perfect choice for any occasion where relaxed chic is required.