The word “boho” often conjures the image of festival-goers wearing flower crowns or Woodstock-worthy fringed vests, but modern boho style is about way more than costumey trends. With that same care-free spirit but a sleeker style in mind, we’ve compiled a list of essentials for creating a contemporary boho-chic look.
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Modern Boho Style Essentials
1. Fringe Details
If you’re not ready for a full-on fringe binge, introduce it sparingly with small accents and subtle pieces. Start with beaded tassel earrings or a raw hem and work up to a tank with rows of fringe featured front and center.
Both beautiful and unconventional, embroidery breathes new life into simple silhouettes. A classic chambray shirt or a once-basic blue jean feels fresh and modern adorned with these seemingly handcrafted embellishments.
3. Statement Silhouettes
If you’re struggling to bring your whimsical wardrobe from the weekend into the work week, reach for stand-out shapes. Try bell sleeve tops or printed wide-leg pants for an office-appropriate take on your free-spirited style.
4. Mixed Prints
Inspired by art and a carefree attitude, the bohemian aesthetic is all about taking risks and breaking the (outrageously outdated) rules of fashion. Play with pattern, mixing bold prints, striking colors, and unusual details for a look that’s uniquely your own.
5. Breezy Kimonos
If you’re looking for a little extra coverage, a cascading kimono is a must-have boho piece. Ethereal and effortless, this ultra-lightweight layer is easy to throw over just about any outfit in your everyday wardrobe.
6. Updated Florals
Florals? Groundbreaking… If you’re bored with the constant bombardment of botanical prints, we have good news. Florals are finally being reinvented! For an eclectic update, experiment with blossoms printed on a military jacket or on a playful bell sleeve top.
7. Lace Textures
With long-standing significance in fashion, lace’s vintage vibes can be updated with modern styling choices. For a boho-luxe look, pair a lace top with a sheer silky kimono and destructed denim for head-to-toe texture.
8. Alternative Accessories
Great style is all in the details. Try a printed bandana playfully wrapped around your wrist or ponytail, or add a woven basket bag to spruce up a neutral outfit. Look for a colorful or tasseled version to add even more interest.