Trendspotting | Bohemian Rhapsody

As summer hits the halfway mark, it’s time to look for trends that will adapt to a winter wardrobe. This one is fun and vintage, makes you look like an off-duty model and is perfect for attending a concert or fair. Yes, it’s the hippie look!

The hippie style shows up from time to time on the runway, and this year was no exception: Anna Sui gave it a feminine rendition through flowy floral sundresses and feather-ornamented hairstyles. Gucci showed its glamorous side through glided geometric tunics, while Valentino mixed fringe with eclectic prints to create regal robes.

But it was Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2014 Métiers d’Art collection that truly drew my attention to the boho style. The collection is in fact more cowgirl chic, as you can see from Kirsten Stewart’s advertising campaign. Bohemian outfits are rather sweet and breezy, making them ideal for the summer. When autumn comes, you can easily adopt a cowgirl style by layering on top of your boho base.

Here are the essentials you need to go boho:

The Head

Flat-brimmed hat, headband, sunglasses, scarf. Any flat-brim, woven hat enhances the boho vibe, though you may want to choose one with a narrow brim so that people can still see your face and you can still see traffic. A soft but structured one is also better than a rigid version since you can easily tuck it into your bag.

If a hat is not your cup of tea, try a headwrap or skinny, braided headband across your forehead to complement a fishtail braid or low ponytail. Add a pair of aviators or Wayfarer to modernize the look. Feeling cold in the office? Put on a light scarf with beautiful geometric or floral print. Just don’t pair more than two of the above items together to prevent accessories overload.

The Body

Crop top, tunic, crochet, maxi. Though it can be a bit hard to pull off, the crop top remains an on-trend item this summer. Consider wearing a tank top beneath the crop top to prevent your muffin top from popping out.

Embroidered tunics used to be a smash hit in the 90s. Though the trend has faded, contrast trim chiffon tunics with embroidered details still look classy. A white or beige peekaboo style top adorned with fringe or crochet lace is perfect when worn over a bikini. They also work for the office.

A maxi dress with an allover jacquard or paisley print helps you look summery but still sophisticated. Opt for printed baggy pants, a plain topknot and sandals if you don’t feel like wearing dresses. Not many people wear flared jeans these days so you can replace those with boyfriend jeans.

The Limbs

Leather and feathers, tassels, hobo bag. Fringe is on trend now, so it would be good to invest in a fringed hobo or messenger bag and keep using it for the winter cowgirl look. Leather accessories never go out of style, while feathers are something less omnipresent but still bring out a Gypsy tone. Feather-inspired silver accessories are an ideal match for boho outfits, alongside earth-tone bangles made of resin or wood.

The Feet

Gladiator sandals, studded suede boots. I hope you’ve kept the gladiator sandals from last summer – the style still had its share of real estate on this year’s runways, and they help to perfect the boho style. You can wear the pair all through summer. As it gets cooler, switch to cuffed sandals and then to fringed or studded suede boots as autumn turns to winter.

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