What Is Boho Style?

What Is Boho Style?

Boho style, or Boho-chic, derives from bohemian and hippie influences. Boho clothing is made from natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk; make-up and hair is kept natural. Boho style accompanies an independent, free-spirited, low-maintenance attitude.

The Boho look first became popular in the 1960s during the hippies movement. Boho trends were reawakened in the early 2000s by popular film starlets Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Long-layered flowing looks accompany many accessories. Tunics, vests, long skirts and dresses are frequently embellished. Leather and suede fringed jackets and purses also are popular. Mix-and-match jewelry is an essential part of the style. It is made of natural elements such as wood, leather, stone, coral, turquoise and feathers. Ankle boots and gladiator sandals are popular Boho-chic footwear.

While the style color palette contains mostly earth tones, Boho-chic is known for using many different prints. Romantic patterns such as flowers and lace are popular. Ethnic influences play a major role: African prints, bangle bracelets from India and Nepal, large chunky wooden jewelry and Moroccan shawls are main features in the wardrobe. Slouchy wide-brimmed and crochet hats are worn over long and loose hair.

Boho style evokes an anti-establishment attitude. Its roots are critical thinking, imagination and sense of individualism.