19 Bohemian Style Outfit Ideas

Popular in the 1950s and 1960s, elevate your wardrobe with these chic bohemian attires.

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Began somewhere around the 1950s/1960s among the hippie travelers, the Bohemian style of dressing has managed a significant position in the world of fashion. These travelers who originated the style would take influence from all the places they would visit and incorporate them into their looks. So, if you too want some ideas for a boho outfit, you have landed yourself in the right place. Today, in this article, we shall discuss this style and give you all the deets about it. All you have to do is, stay put and give this article a complete read. So without further ado, let us get started. Let us take you on a beautiful journey that will help you ace bohemian-style dressing like never before. Come on!

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  • Bags: Pair your maxi dress with fringe, brown suede, straw, or crochet bags to create a relaxed bohemian look.
  • Makeup: Choose earthy eyeshadows like warm brown, burnt orange, taupe, or deep plum along with natural lip colors like nude, and peach to create an effortless bohemian look.
  • Hairstyles: Opt for loose beach waves or Dutch or boho crown braids for acing your bohemian look.
  • Earrings: Select deep green, pink, blue, purple, beige, cream, or red earrings to add a pop of color to your bohemian outfit.

Five Facts Regarding The Bohemian Style

Facts about Bohemian style
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  • Bohemian fashion is often associated with the hippie style that began in the 1960-70’s.
  • It is an eclectic fashion trend that represents a free-spirited, unconventional, and non-conformist lifestyle.
  • This fashion style was made popular by celebrities such as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, who were one of the most influential fashion icons of their time.
  • Bohemian fashion is also associated with popular music festivals such as Coachella and Woodstock. These outfits exude a relaxed vibe and reflect an individualized style and hence are worn at many music festivals across the globe.
  • ‘Boho-chic’ is a contemporary take on bohemian fashion. It combines modern elements with ethnic elements or items that reflect a tribal feel.

Feel like trying out a boho style? Worry not, because we have some wonderful outfit ideas for you in the next section. Keep reading!

19 Best Bohemian Style Outfit Ideas

Let’s discuss styling ideas and understand how to infuse Bohemian elements into your wardrobe. Bohemian style in fashion is all about being free-spirited, individualistic, and eclectic. Try mixing and matching different patterns, textures, and colors in your outfits to keep up with this style. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and pieces. Focus on creating a look that is uniquely yours and expresses your personal sense of style. You can also add bohemian-inspired accessories, such as fringe, beading, and flowy scarves, to complete your look. However, remember that this list on bohemian attire for women is not conclusive. Every little detail adds to the overall output, so take a cue and build on it.

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‘Bohemians’ were also known as ‘gypsies’ or ‘Roma people’ who came to France after the French revolution. They were refugees from the Bohemian region in central Europe.

1. Long Maxi Dresses

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Maxi dresses alone give you a million options to keep up with the Bohemian vibe. Colorful prints like paisley, floral, flowing, geometric, and eclectic ones define your look further. Pair them with a statement neckpiece and/or bandana, a gladiator or pom-pom sandals, and a huge finger ring to match the occasion. You could also throw on a printed denim vest or a fur jacket to add to your bohemian attire.

2. Short Dresses

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A short kaftan or flowing dress in handloom, cotton or linen fabric makes for a perfect bohemian outfit for women. Add long, oxidized silver jewelry, feather earrings, pom-pom accessories, and nude boots.

3. Long Skirts

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Long printed skirts in paisley or floral prints with a plain tank top, floral head wrap or floppy hat, and maybe a pair of boots if you wish (or wedges) are all fun choices that truly speak boho. Take it a step ahead with a plaid or flannel shirt tied around your waist to nail the festival-inspired style!

Jemmylizo Nadar, a fashion blogger, shares her experience and personal opinions on how she likes to style a bohemian look using printed maxi skirts and oxidized jewelry. Pairing a printed maxi skirt with a white crop top, she notes, “The simplicity of the crop top goes well with the bright and colorful patterns of the skirt (i).”

4. Maxi Skirts

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If you have just joined the Bohemian bandwagon and want to take it slow, start with maxi skirts – or the latest knotted maxi skirt style. They lend a natural, earthy vibe and look uber chic, rather boho-chic, which makes the perfect option for hippie-style clothing.

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The word “Boho chic” is a combination of two words – boho and chic. Boho stands for Bohemian Homeless, which describes the style. Chic is a French word that was first used in the late 19th century to define something stylish and elegant.

5. Harem Pants Or What Some May Call Hippie Pants

Hippie pants to rock Bohemian-style dressing
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The first thing that comes to my head when I think of anything boho or hippie is harem or dhoti pants paired with a tank top, scarf, head accessory, loose wavy curls, and a frayed leather bag. You just don’t have to try hard with this bohemian outfit.

6. Boho-Chic Tops

Boho-chic tops for fashionable look
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Paisley printed tank tops, shirts, pom-pom tunics, and ruffled off-shoulders with maxi skirts or dhoti pants fit the wanderlust fashion bill perfectly.

7. Bohemian Style Evening Dresses

Evening dresses in Bohemian style
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Bohemian style evening dresses are very unlike the usual fast trends, so when you think of an evening dress, it will not be your typical little black dress or sequinned dress. Anything flowy, cascading, long or printed gives you that boho look. Needless to say, add some statement jewelry to the bohemian dress to complete the look.

8. Flared Or Patchwork Patterned Jeans

Flared Bohemian-style jeans
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Jeans with a flare, frays or with patchwork are considered boho. Go with a plain shirt, tank or tunic and add layers, such as scarves or vests to perfect the boho attire.

9. Jumpsuits

Boho jumpsuits in rustic colors
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You can spot a Bohemian woman when you see one. Printed jumpsuits in rustic colors and their undertones are a comfortable way of adding the boho vibe to your everyday attire. Braid your hair or accessorize it with a bandana, and apply bronzer and eye makeup to take it to the next level.

10. Bohemian Printed Kurtis

Bohemian printed kurtis are the best bet.
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There’s so much you can do with kurtis. Your best bet is handloom kurtis in old style prints like ikat, pochampally, and baltic that give you the perfect Bohemian look. Pair them with bohemian accessories to amp up your style.

11. Denim Or Fur Jackets

Woman wearing a boho denim jacket
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Add a layer of denim or fur vests/jackets to your Bohemian outfits to go all out. Especially denim jackets with patchwork, suzani embroidery, and floral patterns are just too perfect.

12. Camel Colored Boots

Nude-colored boots with a boho charm
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When it comes to boots, camel-colored shoes with patchwork or frayed edges of any length add a boho charm to your outfit.

13. Gladiator Sandals

Pretty boho sandals with pom-poms
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Gladiator sandals, especially the ones with pom-poms, are modern, yet mystic – just how boho-chic should be. The knee length ones go with dresses, skirts, and shorts, while the ankle length ones go with kurtis, ankle length jeans, and long skirts.

14. Tribal And Chunky Jewelry

Tribal and chunky jewelry with a Bohemian touch
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Just add a chunky statement necklace, a big finger ring, a silver nose pin or a septum ring, and see the difference it makes to your outfit. You do not have to wear everything at once, but one piece at a time can transform you into a remarkably Bohemian lass.

15. Hats

Hats to the best Bohemian-style dressing ideas
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Floppy hats are a thing and are an integral part of hippie fashion statements. A pair of shorts with a tunic, camel-colored boots or gladiators, frayed leather handbag and a floppy hat – a summer outfit that screams boho.

16. Bandanas Or Floral Hair Accessories

Bandanas to the best Bohemian-style dressing ideas
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Here’s another hippie style that has found its way into fashion. It not only saves you from a bad hair day but can also make you look boho effortlessly.

17. Hippie Handbags

Hippie Handbags to the best Bohemian-style dressing ideas
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Afghani Kutch work bags or huge wallets and leather bags with distressed edges in crimson or brown add up to your look. Imagine this – a long printed skirt, gladiators, bandana, brown lipstick, feather earrings, and a sling bag. It cannot get any more boho and chic!

18. Scarves

Scarves to the best Bohemian-style dressing ideas
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As we discussed, the best way to add boho elements to your outfit is by adding layers and wearing outfits that are flowing and flouncy. Add a geometric printed scarf to beef up your outfit instantly, well, it also gives serious vintage vibes.

19. Oversized Sunglasses

Oversized sunglasses to the best Bohemian-style dressing ideas
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I’m sure you’ve already noticed that oversized and round sunglasses are so in right now. And, you’ve guessed it right – they bring in the boho vibe too. So, add that to your list.

Infographic: The Facts About Bohemian Style

Simple, comfortable, stylish, and creative – the Bohemian style is truly delightful. No wonder it has been popular since its beginning and is here to stay without a doubt. And well, if the outfit ideas above have been able to inspire you, we want to introduce some fantastic facts about this style in the infographic below. So, the next time you head out as a bohemian queen, you also can show off some facts about the style.

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Bohemian clothing is relaxed, keeps you comfortable, and is easy to carry. With these bohemian-style dressing ideas, you will grab the attention of all your friends and onlookers. So, be ready for endless compliments that are coming your way. Take cues from our ideas and try a fresh bohemian look every time you step out in summer. However, make sure you pick a suitable fabric and carry your outfit with a smile. After all, you need to tap into your confidence to look fabulous in any dress you wear!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are boho and bohemian the same?

Yes. Boho is the short name for bohemian, and both are the same.

Are boho and hippie the same?

Although hippie and boho delink from mainstream fashion, they are not the same. Fashion became a political statement for hippies, while the boho style was not politically motivated and was more artistic.

What is boho-style jewelry?

Boho-style jewelry originated from bohemian culture and is described as ethnic and tribal. The jewelry is inexpensive and made from semi-precious stones. It gives you the freedom to try mainstream fashion.

Why is it called bohemian style?

Bohemians are refugees or travelers from central Europe. They live an unconventional lifestyle, and hippies made this bohemian style famous in the 1960s.

Key Takeaways

  • A boho-chic look can be achieved by adding maxi skirts, harem pants, paisley print tank tops and shirts, and frayed leather bags.
  • Statement jewelry and accessories like headbands, scarves, and hats can add to the boho look.
  • Bohemian evening dresses should be flowy, cascading, and printed in rustic colours and patterns like paisley or florals.
  • Denim and fur vests or jackets can be included as layers for a boho style.
  • Oversized and round sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch to a boho outfit.

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