Fringe, flowy kimonos, maxi skirts, floppy hats, strappy sandals and chunky jewelry are essential bohemian pieces you need in your closet to maximize your wardrobe’s versatility. The boho look is organic and free-flowing, allowing you to stay cool beneath the sun’s heat. The exotic yet feminine fabrics can be dressed up or down – making you boho ensemble perfect to wear to work, for a date night or even if you want to take a stroll down the sandy beach.
Here are seven wardrobe must-haves to achieve a summer boho look:
1. Peasant tops
If you’re new to the boho style and want to test the waters first, go for a peasant blouse. It’s extremely versatile and modern, while still giving off that funky feel. A peasant top can be worn with a maxi skirt or dress pants. Or, if you’re looking to step a little further out of your comfort zone, slip on a pair of flared jeans to enhance that boho aesthetic.
2. Maxi skirt
To build your bohemian wardrobe, you’re definitely going to need a maxi skirt – probably a couple – as this will be your go-to bottom all summer. It’s chic and light, so you’ll feel a nice breeze as you walk down the boulevard under the beaming sun. Whether it’s a simple denim skirt or something exotic and embellished, you can pair it with a light camisole or a romantic lace top. Show off your new look at the office and you’ll have all eyes on you!
3. Printed maxi dresses
A flowy maxi dress with a delicate print is another essential piece to add to your summer boho wardrobe. It’s simple – all you have to do is slip it on and you’re ready to hit the town. Printed dresses can be dressed down with a pair of strappy sandals for a daytime look, and transform it to a date night outfit by slipping on a pair of wedges.
4. Fringe vest
Looking for a way to incorporate just a touch of boho to your ensemble? Try a fringe vest. This little number adds a bit of interest and depth to your outfit. For extra pizzazz, slip a fringe vest over a simple tank or your new printed maxi dress. Be mindful if you do choose to wear a stylish vest: If you go heavy on the boho items, it may seem like you’re attending a costume party. To avoid this, just keep your overall ensemble simple and let the vest do the talking.
5. Flowy kimonos
The bohemian style is known for layers – but since it’s summer, you’ll want to layer light. A loose-fitting kimono adds drama and movement to your organic boho look, while still keeping your sun-kissed shoulders warm in that cold restaurant. This piece is also a great starting point if you’re still testing the vibes of a boho-chic ensemble. Slip an ethnic jacket duster over a little black dress or a basic white T-shirt with a pair of flared jeans.
6. Floppy sun hats
Keep your skin looking young and your hair from drying out by putting on a big floppy hat when you’re laying out by the pool or dancing on the beach. To get the right look, find a hat that is as natural looking as possible, like a lace crown fedora. You could also go for a straw or burlap textured hat. The beauty of these natural materials is that they are light, so your head will stay cool even though it is covered up.
7. Chunky jewelry
Above anything else, boho-inspired jewelry is the icing on top of the cake (and by cake we mean wardrobe). Even if you’re wearing the simplest of outfits – a basic tee and jeans – you can immediately transform the look into a boho chic feel by adorning yourself with chunky jewelry embellished with fringe, turquoise beadwork and intricate designs. A statement necklace with fringe detailing and colorful beading can be worn to work with a pair of wide-leg dress pants and a white peasant top. Turn it into a nightlife accessory and wear with a black flowy maxi dress.