How to Dress Bohemian
The Bohemian look is always in, but it is exceptionally present right now. Sometimes it's hard to be trendy and comfortable in your day to day life. But with this look, you can get as creative and crazy as you want and still be relaxed. Interested? I thought so. If you want to start adding the Bohemian look to your personal style, here are 5 steps:
Step 1: Know what a Bohemian is. By definition, a bohemian is, "a person with artistic or intellectual tendencies, who lives and acts with no regard for conventional rules of behavior." What does this mean to you? Experiment, experiment, experiment! There are little to no rules! If you happen to put together a hideously unmatched bohemian outfit and someone tries to doubt your style, tell them...."I'm bohemian, do you know what that means? It means rules don't apply to me. Look it up on stylewithanna.com" (haha). That's the kind of attitude you need to have when rockin' this look. You are an intellectual, artistic, expressive and creative person. Work it!
- Patterns - The patterns can be loud and busy... flowers, shapes, stars, squiggles, diamond patterns, etc. Sometimes it's all of the above sewn together. Patterns sewn on skirts can sometimes look like a patchwork quilt. If a pattern is not printed onto the fabric then you will see beads and sequins sewn onto the item of clothing in all different colors. Mixing of patterns is what makes this style unique and fun.
- Colors - When I researched the history of the bohemian style, a lot of sites stated that the colors were more earth tones. While yes, you can definitely go earthy with this look, you can also go the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I see a lot of modern day interpretations (especially since the 80s are back) of this look to have a lot of bright and vibrant colors. From oranges to purples, navy blues and yellows. Maybe in the very very old days the bohemian look was more earthy. Definitely not today.
- Fabric - Think light and flowy. This is where the comfort of this look comes into play. No squeezing into tight tube tops or working your abs for the midriff shirt trend. Yes, this look is flowy and forgiving for your figure. Light fabrics with no structure is key. Think of sheer or soft cotton tops and prairie skirts.
Step 3: Pile on the Accessories
Big and chunky is in and that's why I think the bohemian look followed. This look is all about the accessories. Let's start at the top. Wear a headband, then big stone or turquoise earrings, followed by five layers of different types of beads for your necklace (layer them in different height's and add a necklace with a chunky medallion in the middle), wooden bracelets and a medium brown colored belt. Am I finished with the accessories? Of course not. Sport a big bag and aviator sunglasses. Ok...now I'm done. But if you want more, check these great "Bohemian" accessories:
Step 4: The Shoes
I love the shoes because not only are they comfortable, they have more detail and are 'oh so cute'. Think Pocahontas and Indian inspired. Sandals with colorful beads or medium brown boots with fringing. You don't have to wear heels, as you are trying to portray a more comfortable look, being one with nature. However, if you're short like me and must have heels, go for a low to medium heel. No stilettos here.
Step 5: How far do you want to take this?
By step 4, you're already pretty bohemian. No one will doubt the look you are going for. But if you want to take it a step further, tattoos and piercings can definitely top it off. This is for the hardcore and serious bohemian fashionistas. Eyebrow piercings, lip piercings, multiple ear piercings will add to your look. As for tattoos, I suggest getting one on your foot or wrist. Choose something colorful and fun. Of course make sure it's meaningful and something you can live with forever. Otherwise, have fun and be free with yourself!