Last weekend some friends and I were hosting a wedding shower with a casual vibe. We felt the bride would prefer something more youthful and hip than traditional flowers, so we opted for succulents.
“What do we wear?” asked one of the gals. I suggested BoHo. “But, I don’t do BoHo,” she said.
Hmmm, I thought. Can’t we all do BOHO?
Most of us remember a connotation of boho (or bohemian style) as 60’s “hippie style” (and maybe it is, to some degree). But these days, Boho means comfortable (not tailored or form fitting), casual, colorful, natural fiber clothing.
WHAT EXACTLY IS BOHO?
Back in 2016, I wrote a blog titled: “You’re Never too Old for BoHo.” And I meant it. I’ve seen women in their nineties wear flowing linen tops, prairie skirts, hoop earrings and beads. (And by flowing cotton dresses, I do not mean moo moos or cotton day dresses.)
Influenced heavily by 1970’s design, the boho look typically includes natural elements, colorful, layered textiles, and a more casual, collected feel.
I wore a lightweight, tiered denim dress to the shower with large earrings. I thought it was semi-Boho and appropriate for the occasion. My girlfriend said, “I like your dress, where did you find it?”
I answered, “Soft Surroundings.
She said, “I love Soft Surroundings.”
I think many pieces from Soft Surroundings may be classified as Boho. Take a look at these items which are featured in their most recent catalog. (Maybe you’re already wearing boho and you don’t even know it.)
These colorful, flowy, feminine third-layer pieces are perfect for summer. Lightweight with coverage for those of us who need it. You can even wear a kimono as a bathing suit cover-up. And, kimonos go from chilly, air conditioned indoors to warmer outdoors.
I consider BoHo Style as enlightened and sophisticated. Whatever your age. A style that says, “I’ve been around. I know myself. I know my colors and what flatters me. And I feel the confidence that brings with it.“
Fun is what I call these dresses. What do you think? Boho or not? Would you wear one? At a pool party, a luncheon, even church.
Many of my friends have traveled extensively and collected trinkets from everywhere. They have a built-in collection of eclectic pieces. You can turn your collected accessories into a focal point that complements boho style.
Straw hats, woven bags, beads, bangles, oversized earrings. Pull out your fun summer jewelry. Chances are it will add up to a joyous BoHo look.
Want just a little Boho?… Opt for one colorful top.
Color, texture, flounce, sleeve detail. These tops have it all. And I consider them quite Boho.
To me, Boho is an eclectic array of clothing and accessories that expresses your personality. Isn’t that also the definition of QUINTESSENTIAL STYLE?
Remember, “It’s not about styling an outfit, it’s about styling Who You Are!
Be brave–show your quintessential style. Some of my most-admired and favorite people do “Boho.” Take a look”
Boho may not be your style every day, but summertime is the perfect time to have some fun with it.
Would you wear a little Boho? Please send your comments. We love hearing from you!
Great Blog, Sharon! Guess I’ve done Boho forever, didn’t have a name for it…..have always Loved Color & Texture—Thanks!