My Bohemian Dream
I’m often asked, of all the styles I wear and encourage others to wear, which one is my personal favourite. For me the answer is simple, I am in love with bohemian style, also known as boho.
Boho is just your individual interpretation of an ethnic, hippie, gypsy or peasant style. However it is not to be taken too far and transformed from boho into hobo.. J (I see a lot of that!)
If you study the boho look, you will see many long vintage-style flowing skirts and dresses, billowy blouses, layers, headpieces, large jewellery - typically brown in colour or made of wood, bold prints and patterns. Boho fabrics are generally comfortable and light.
For me, boho makes me feel natural and comfortable, and when I’m wearing it out and about, I feel that people are seeing the real Katie. This is so important because often we see styles that we think look great, then try them out – and can’t shake the feeling that it’s just not us.
I think it’s important in fashion to have fun with new styles, experiment, and get creative – but I also believe that every person has that one style that they enjoy above all others, one that connects with our inner fashionista and fits with our personality.
This first style is just a simple brown patterned maxi. I've paired it with some brown jewellery, and chunky brown boots - for an earthy, natural look.
One thing to note when choosing your jewellery for an outfit, is the rule of 3.
I bought this brown plaited head band from Diva for $10 - feathers not included :p
Another simple boho outfit. I love the earthy colours in this style, and they will look great on any skin tone. This lightly patterned full length skirt was picked up from an op-shop for under $10. I felt a little too cold with bare legs so I've popped on some plain black stockings, which matches the top perfectly. You may recognise this top from my previous blog - it was from Cotton On for $10.
My favourite combination of jewellery is gold (or brass) mixed with brown. Diva - $10 for a set.
I felt that this outfit needed no other accessories apart from the bangles and belt, so I've avoided any earrings or head pieces, and made my hair a little more interesting by plaiting each side and pinning it together at the back.
These wooden earrings were from Equip for $9.95. The bangles I bought as part of a set from Diva for $5.95.
You can get ponchos from Tree of Life, alternative clothing shops and op-shops around Brisbane, or at festival markets. Now that it's getting cooler - you'll notice many more places selling them.
I like to call this the 'Jason Mraz' style hat, and I've seen ones very similar to this starting at $35 and often up to $70.
I spotted these fingerless gloves in Sportsgirl last week for $9.95!
This interesting gold and brown leather-like headpiece, is actually a necklace that I bought from Diva for $9.95. Fringing like this is very popular for the boho look, and is seen typically on boots and on the bottom of skirts and tops. Have you got any necklaces that might look better as a headpiece?
This brown shoulder bag with bronze studs is from Kmart, and was $29.95. It topped off this simple boho gypsy look perfectly.
Boho is my favourite style, I found it 3 years ago - and have been playing around with it ever since. As I mentioned earlier it's so important that you find your own style, your love.