Bohemian aka boho style clothing goes hand in hand with the hippie culture of the 1960s and 70s and even has historic links back to the 19th century. It was the ‘counterculture’ way of dressing as it went against fashions of the day, But it hit the mainstream back in the early 2000s when celebs like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Hudgens put boho on our fashion radars. Today you’ll find boho inspired looks mixed in with other fashion styles like the super popular cottagecore trend and minimalism for a more toned down look.
So what exactly do we mean when we talk about boho style clothing? In this blog we’ll explore boho influences and must-have pieces to complete the perfect look from boho dresses, accessories and kimonos.
Boho Style Inspiration
At its core, boho style clothing is all about freedom in mind, body and soul, and expressing yourself just as you are.
The carefree and liberating styles draw on inspiration from nature and art. It’s characterized by relaxed silhouettes, natural fibers, neutral tones and ethnic/folk patterns. It’s literally all about being comfy and stylish - what’s not to love?!
Boho Clothing Fabrics
The hippie inspired style clothing uses mostly natural fibers as these are biodegradable, breathable and, if they are organic, are sustainable too! Buying synthetic boho clothing is also always an option, just know that it’s not biodegradable so will be sitting in landfill for a while once you need those clothes.
An organic linen boho dress is a great choice for your next vacation or day out at the beach. Wear with a floppy straw hat and gladiator sandals to complete the look.
Check out our fabric guide for a full low-down on some of the most popular fabrics that are used and to help you make informed fashion choices.
The boho color palette is full of earthy shades that are inspired by nature. Think greens, reds, purples, browns, creams, blacks, blues and tans. Bonus points if your boho style clothing is made using natural dyes.
To get the layered look we recommend starting with neutral tones and building your outfit with complementing shades and pops of color.
Ethnic and folk inspired patterns like paisley, ikat, tribal prints and florals are iconically boho. Choose one pattern at a time or mix and match different patterns for a quirky look that's all about showcasing your individual personality.
Don’t be afraid to play around with textures like chunky cable knits and silky rayons to add depth to your boho look.
Must-Have Boho Items
Boho comes in lots of different silhouettes and styles but is probably best known for the quintessential maxi dresses and skirts. Look for long flowy staples in relaxed fits like peasant blouses, tunics, maxi skirts, dresses and kimonos. Layering is key which makes boho style clothing ideal for all year round.
For the perfect boho accessories, it’s all about the natural look. From straw and raffia hats, woven bags and wooden jewelry, look for pieces in earthy or neutral tones with rustic finishes like fringing, embroidery and beading.