15 Elements of Boho style

The boho style stands for a lot of things we all want in life – a free nomadic lifestyle, adventures, care free spirit, individualism, creativity. These qualities are represented in the style in the form of these essential elements.

1 Use of Natural materials

Woven or knitted fabric is favoured over synthetic fabric in this style. Cotton, linen, velvet, silk, leather, suede, fur  are the chosen fabric on account of their being natural fabrics.Hand Crocheted cardigan or dress is an example

Wooden beads and glass beads are preferred over plastic beads. Leather and canvas are preferred over synthetic vinyl for bags.

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2 Earthy natural colours

Natural colours like beige, brown, earthy red, white, ochre, orange, dark green are usually given preference over other colours for clothes as well as accessories . Check out the post on different colour combinations you can use for mixing and matching your clothes

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3 Design elements like tassels, fringes

These additions are incorporated into shoes, skirts, bags, jackets, purses shawls and tops. Lucky charms are added to bracelets and necklaces.

Feather earrings, coin bracelets, shell chokers are all bohemian accessories which are much in demand.Check out posts onmaking tasselsmaking beaded tasselsmaking fringe trims 

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4 Flower embroidery 

An embroidered bag is a must have in a gypsy wardrobe. Checkout the different ways of doing flower embroidery

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5 Long dresses and necklaces 

Long Maxi skirts, maxi dresses, kimonos, sarongs are all staples, as are long necklaces. Check out the post on patterns for different maxi dresses just right for the boho style

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6 Multi purpose Shawl ties

Shawls are used as Headwraps, head ties or even bag ties. A Bandana tied as a headwrap also looks quite bohemian. Maybe you would like to make a bandana yourself.

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7 Printed fabric

Floral Prints, tie and dye, batik and ikat prints are all very popular in boho clothing. Imagine the typical floral gypsy outfit.Nature inspired and tribal prints are also seen. If you would like to put a name on the fabric prints and patterns check out the post on 58 different fabric pattern names.

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8 Layering of clothes and accessories

Layered necklaces are a typical boho style. You can create a layered look in clothing by wearing a loose cardigan over your top or an oversized shawl wrapped over your outfit.The lagenlook style proclaims you as a true blue boho.

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9 Loose flowy style 

Breezy blouses and dresses are staple bohemian clothing. The summery look of loose clothing is very casual and appealing, especially when paired with ripped jeans or embellished denim. Check out the 18 ways that you can embellish and decorate your denim jeans

Cotton Kaftans, sarong beach wraps all fit this style. Flowing loose Lace dresses are also very much Bohemian

10 Casual shoes

Beaded sandals, Clogs shoes,Roman sandals are the preferred bohemain types of shoes.Ankle boots and Cowboy boots are also worn.

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11 Statement jewellery in metal

Chunky metal necklaces in silver ; Any number of chunky rings; Anklets – all bohemian

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12 Oversized clothing and accessories

Oversized cable knit sweaters and oversized sunglasses are very much a part of the gypsy boho look

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13 Wide Brimmed hats

14 Interesting Head pieces

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Checkout this article for wonderful inspirational pieces of bohemian headpieces . 

15 Distressed Denim

Slightly flared Denim jeans or cut off shorts, which is made to look worn and rugged is big in bohemian style.

Splattering paint on it, writing with markers, washing in bleach, scraping with a knife, patching with other fabric – there are many ways you can convert your staid denim to suit your bohemian sensibilities. Checkout this tutorial on 15 ways to distress your jeans. 

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Another important element of a bohemian style is the Dreadlocks

A true blue Bohemian would definitely be having the dreadlocks.They complete the whole gypsy look.

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