A Guide to Wearing Bohemian Style

July 31, 2022
Bohemian style guide
Find out how to wear bohemian style.

When it comes to conquering bohemian style, it can be a pretty daunting task. Free-spirited, the 70s inspired and romantic are all words to describe bohemian fashion. But how can you bring boho style clothing into your everyday wardrobe? While we all may not want to look like we just got back from a music festival, there is nothing wrong with adding a touch of boho attire whimsy to your outfit. From its beginnings to rising and modern-day trends, find out more about bohemian style below.

Bohemian style is one of those trends that never go out of fashion. Boho chic clothing is always trendy, and the 2020s are no different. In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the bohemian style, from its origin to its principles and valuable tips. See below to find out how to incorporate boho style into your wardrobe.

Model Bohemian Style Rocks Blue Top Skirt Outfit
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The History of Bohemian Style

It’s hard to say when has bohemian style appeared for the first time, but there was a group of artists in the 19th century that made this style so famous. We’re talking about Pre-Raphaelite artists who started wearing boho clothes to show their uniqueness. In this period, if you wanted to be stylish, you needed to follow rules that were often complicated and required a lot of money, the opposite of dressing in bohemian clothing.

They were rebellious and decided to dress in a more casual, relaxed way with bohemian chic clothing. Artists and different subcultures always wore boho style, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it expanded worldwide. It was the era when everyone went crazy for boho style, comfortable clothes, floral prints, maxi dresses, etc.

Today, the boho style remains very popular, and women worldwide love it because it allows them to express their authenticity and feel comfortable in their clothes.

Bohemian Fashion and Celebrities

Nowadays, plenty of stars from the world of fashion and entertainment take on the boho clothing trend. Find inspiration from the following celebrities to wear bohemian style with ease.

Kate Moss Red Carpet Bohemian Style
Kate Moss in black boho look. Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

Kate Moss

Even celebrities who always have to be glamorous and elegant can’t resist the boho style’s charm. We have seen stars like Kate Moss wear boho clothes on various occasions. She is a British model and one of the most important fashion icons of recent years, known for her fluid silhouettes.

She is the quintessential ambassador of rock chic bohemian style and one of the most stylish celebrities in the world. Kate cultivates a chic bohemian style reflected in maxi-length silk dresses, jean shorts, low-heeled boots, and billowing maxi skirts with slits. 

She often combines these garments with leather jackets, blazers, and denim jackets. As for boho accessories, Kate chooses extra large bags, sunglasses, and hats of different styles. The model also wears statement necklaces in addition to her signature wavy blonde hair.

Zoe Kravitz Valentino Bohemian Dress Gown
Zoe Kravitz in Valentino embellished gown with bohemian style details. Photo: DFree / Shutterstock.com

Zoe Kravitz

On the other hand, Zoe Kravitz is proof that young celebrities love this way of dressing too. She is an actress, model, and singer who has shined in everything she has done. Zoe is, above all, an international girl who is known for her sophisticated style. She linked up with top fashion brands like Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein for advertising campaigns. The artist cultivates bohemian style through fabulous outfits. 

Zoe usually wears long silk dresses with a slit in the skirt, jean shorts, ruffled skirts, basic t-shirts, romantic blouses, sneakers, flat sandals, and low-heeled boots. Zoe also experiments with risky bohemian style outfits that ultimately suit her. For accessories, she chooses extra large bags and minimal jewelry.

Sienna Miller Boho Outfit Music Festival
Sienna Miller wore a printed jacket and shorts at the 2013 Glastonbury Music Festival. Photo Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller is an American-born but English-educated actress, model, and fashion designer. The blonde beauty is a fashion icon and ambassador of bohemian style. Sienna has excelled at playing very different characters throughout her career. However, she dictates trends by the way she dresses. 

When people wonder, “What is bohemian style?” they often look to Sienna for the answer. Sienna wears sophisticated bohemian style with psychedelic print shirts, embroidered maxi dresses, fringed garments, comfortable jeans, and low heels shoes. As for accessories, the famous actress wears sunglasses, basic bags in neutral colors, big earrings, and statement necklaces. 

The wonderful thing about Sienna’s style is that her outfits look good on different occasions: a romantic dinner, a business meeting, or a shopping trip.

Vanessa Hudgens Coachella Bohemian Chic Dress
Actress Vanessa Hudgens wore casual bohemian style at Coachella in 2018. Photo Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens is a talented actress who first came to fame in the Disney Channel’s High School Musical movie series and then excelled as an actress in adult roles. Vanessa is known for her strong sense of personal style. The actress is a young ambassador of bohemian style and has worn boho outfits to music festivals like Coachella and other events. 

Vanessa usually wears long cotton dresses with slits in the skirt, tops woven in silk thread, maxi-length skirts, jeans shorts, and flat sandals with straps. As for accessories, she chooses silver jewelry, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and large bags.

Nicole Richie Printed Jacket Jeans Boho Chic Style
Nicole Richie layers in a printed jacket, white blouse, and jeans. Photo Credit: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch / Alamy Stock Photos

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie is a reality TV star, influencer, and fashion designer who perfectly represents today’s sense of bohemian style. Nicole has also worked occasionally as an actress and singer, but she is more well-known for her fabulous way of dressing. The star is also noted for her excellent sense of humor and carefree attitude. 

Unsurprisingly, she opened her own fashion brand House of Harlow 1960, initially with bohemian jewelry, but it soon expanded into apparel. Now, the label offers boho-inspired jackets, dresses, and jewelry. Fans can try on boho style with the on-trend designs. Frequently, the fashion brand has collaborations with online retailer REVOLVE.

Nicole has manifested an aesthetic that follows the bohemian style through maxi dresses with psychedelic prints, jean shorts, mini skirts with ruffles, fringed vests, floral patterns, flat sandals, and long boots with low heels. As for accessories, Nicole chooses straw hats, fabric bags with worldly prints, and statement jewelry.

Stevie Nicks Bella Donna Cover Bohemian Maxi Dress
Rock royalty Stevie Nicks on Bella Donna album cover wearing boho style maxi dress. Photo Credit: Blueee / Alamy Stock Photo

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is a talented and successful singer who has excelled in her solo career and as a member of the iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac. She is a pioneer of the bohemian styleStevie has worn hippie outfits, embroidered capes, flowing dresses, maxi skirts made from gauze with asymmetrical cuts, ruffled dresses, and shirts with worldly prints. 

Because of how she dresses and the way her style resonates through the decades, she is the ultimate queen of bohemian style. Stevie chooses hats, scarves, big bags, and worldly jewelry when it comes to accessories. Although elegant, her aesthetic also includes a confident carefree attitude.

Florence Welch Festival Outfit Vest Jeans
Singer Florence Welch wears a bohemian wardrobe, including a fringed jacket, embroidered vest, and jeans, at Glastonbury Festival. Photo Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Florence Welch

Florence Welch is a talented British singer and leader of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine. In addition to singing, Florence excels in playing instruments such as piano, guitar, and drums. The artist has a massive fascination for fashion, which is why she stands out for how she dresses. 

The star has even appeared in multiple campaigns for the Italian luxury brand Gucci. Florence cultivates bohemian style through original outfits. The singer loves the horror genre, reflected in her aesthetic style. You could say that she has a gothic bohemian style that looks great on her. 

Florence Welch White Dress Flowers Singer
Singer Florence Welch looks ethereal in a white lace dress. Photo Credit: Toby Allen / Alamy Stock Photo

Florence usually wears floral print dresses, romantic blouses, long maxi style dresses with belts, flat sandals, and embroidered ankle boots. Regarding accessories, she wears jewelry with images of skulls, snakes, and crosses. She likes to wear braids and uses understated makeup. Her aesthetic is rebelliousness, both in music and fashion.

Cher Boho Maxi Dress Sonny 1966
Cher posed in a bohemian inspired floral dress with Sonny Bono in 1966. Photo Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Cher

Cher is an American singer, actress, and pop culture icon. The artist has demonstrated an impressive talent in everything she does and attracted attention for her extravagant way of dressing. She has been ahead of the fashion trends and shows off her style wherever she goes. 

Cher cultivates bohemian style through long dresses with psychedelic prints, maxi skirts with slits, romantic blouses, tunics with bold patterns, and embroidered shirts. As for accessories, Cher uses extra large handbags, worldly jewelry, hats, and bandanas.

As for hairstyles, she has worn curls, long straight hair, short hair, and bangs. Cher’s aesthetic is uniquely wonderful; she doesn’t follow any rigid pattern regarding dressing, especially in bohemian style. 

Bohemian Fashion Today

Many modern-day trends have origins in the boho style. You maybe just haven’t paid close attention to it. Just think about tie-dye, maxi dresses, lace ruffles – they are all bohemian details. Some people love to wear all boho looks, but if this concept is new to you, you can also add some accents to transform every outfit.

Regarding brands that nail bohemian style, think about Zimmermann, Ulla Johnson, and Chloe. Their dreamy designs are perfect if you want to take on the trend. But if you’re not into high fashion, don’t worry. Boho is for everyone! You can find these styles at mall brands like H&M and Zara, especially in their summer collections.

How to Dress Bohemian Chic?

Layering

Photo: Urban Outfitters
Photo: Urban Outfitters

Layering is vital for the bohemian style. Think about long maxi skirts, relaxed blouses, and flowy pants. Top it off with a richly brocade adorned coat for the ultimate bohemian look. It is not only about your clothes but jewelry and accessories as well. Longline necklaces, glittering rings, and wide-brimmed hats will have you looking like a boho dream.

Line & Dot Kinsley Faux Shearling Coat $148
Line & Dot Kinsley Faux Shearling Coat $148
This shearling coat can be layered over a maxi dress or velvet pants for a boho chic style.
Free People x REVOLVE Silvia Convertible Maxi $98
Free People x REVOLVE Silvia Convertible Maxi $98
Take on the boho trend with a metallic gold style can be a dress or skirt.

Oversized & Relaxed

Photo: Free People
Photo: Free People

Another key to conquering bohemian style comes down to the oversized silhouette. Although roomy styles can look amazing, ensure you do not look sloppy. So if you wear a relaxed pair of pants, wear them with a fitted top or vice versa. Focus on proportion, especially if you have a petite frame. Remember that sometimes less is indeed more.

Other Stories Band Collar Blouse White Lace $119
& Other Stories Band Collar Blouse in White Lace $119
A blouse with lace detailing is a great way to start a boho outfit.
Norma Kamali High Waist Pleat Pant Stripes $155
Norma Kamali High Waist Pleat Pant in Stripes $155
Flaunt your love for boho chic with some wide-leg striped pants.

The Flower Crown

Photo: Rosa Cha
Photo: Rosa Cha

In significant part to music festivals and fashion bloggers, the flower crown has become ubiquitous with bohemian style. This youthful accessory can easily bring some fun to any outfit. And although the floral crown can take your outfit to the next level, you can easily tone it down for everyday wear. Wear a clip with floral adornment, a flower headband, or a floral print ponytail holder to channel your inner flower child.

Free People Formentera Crochet Soft Headband $32
Free People Formentera Crochet Soft Headband $32
A crochet flower headband is great for a music festival or running around town.
Lele Sadoughi LoveShackFancy Heart Crystal Knotted Headband $205
Lele Sadoughi LoveShackFancy Heart Crystal Knotted Headband $205
Turn up the shine factor with this boho chic headband that would look great with a floral dress.

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