Posted: Jul 21, 2014 9:00 AM
Boho chic is nothing new to the fashion scene but most of us think that only Nicole Richie and Kate Hudson are capable of pulling it off. Here's a little insight on what to look for and how to wear it this summer without looking just mismatched.
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One of my favorite looks for the summer season is boho chic. Now boho is not to be confused with hobo, even though at times you think, "Why is that person wearing everything mismatched?" The bohemian look is best described as heavy in prints like paisley, floral, tie dye, ikat and tribal prints, fringe is a must, beads and sequins line dresses and accessories, and you love the way every piece of your wardrobe can be mixed and matched. The boho look usually isn't tight-fitting but rather incorporates long, flowing wardrobe pieces like maxi dresses and skirts, jumpsuits, tunics and caftans into a complete outfit. While some may think you just look like a grown-up flower child, you're OK with it and always have room for fresh flowers in your hair. Here are a few tips on how to pull off the popular look without looking sloppy.

Print power

Prints, when it comes to fashion, can be a powerful thing. They are festive and bright and can take an outfit from blah to wow without even a second thought. Boho prints like paisley, flowers and tie dye can be worn on every woman of any shape and size, but the key to wearing it right is proportion. You don't want to wear a head-to-toe print without breaking it up, otherwise you will end up with all the wrong look. If you're just easing into the boho look, try pairing a floral kimono jacket with cut-off jean shorts and gladiator sandals to perfectly proportion the print. Or if you're a seasoned boho print wearer, try a palazzo print pant with a black fringed top for a look that balances but doesn't overwhelm. Remember that your prints don't have to match but complement each other either in color or style to work in sync.

Try it^

Boho Chic collage one

David & Young Tie Dye Infinity Scarf, $18.
Angie Print Palazzo Pants, $38.
Urban Renewal Patched Blossom Kimono Jacket, $69.
Draped Paisley Tie Blouse by Kate Moss for Topshop, $150.

Maxi musts

I personally am not a huge fan of mini skirts. I prefer to hide everything below the waist underneath beautiful long skirts, maxi dresses and jumpsuits. Lucky for me, part of the boho trend is to wear everything long. With the boho trend you don't necessarily have to balance out all of your lengths for the look to work for you. For example, try a strapless printed jumpsuit with a long fringed vest and sandals or for something more casual, try a printed maxi dress with a jean vest and booties. Sometimes it's fun to vary the length of your clothes for a mixed-up look but the key is to not pair two baggy items together so it looks like you're just wearing a paper sack with a bow wrapped around it.

Try it^

Boho chic collage two

Mossimo Strapless Jumpsuit, $30.
Sunburst Chiffon Maxi Dress, $32.
Free People Slubbed Column Skirt, $88.
Vince Camuto Tribal Patchwork Tie Waist Maxi Dress, $149.

Fringe fun

What can I say about fringe other than, it's so much fun to wear. I love the fact that it's showing up on everything from purses to necklaces this summer season and that you can wear it with everything. Fringe is one of the staples of creating a boho wardrobe and it makes a great accent to any outfit. Try pairing a knit top with fringe with a tie dye scarf, solid maxi skirt and booties for the perfect look that takes you from Sunday brunch with friends to a park play date with moms and tots. However, too much fringe can be a bad thing. Don't wear a fringed top, shoes, purse and necklace at the same time as it could be distracting to your whole outfit.

Try it^

Boho chic three

Xhilaration Knit Top with Fringe, $18.
Phase 3 Fringed Vest, $68.
Makena Pendant Necklace, $69.
Wave-Fringe Crossbody Bag, $128.

Boot up

Boots are not just for fall and winter anymore. The bootie has finally found its place in the spring and summer season and is the one pair of shoes that every bohemian wearer has. From flat to heeled and open-toed to caged, the options of what style of bootie you choose to wear are endless. I personally am a huge fan of the low cowboy boot paired with cut-off jean shorts and maxi skirts, but if heels are your thing, try pairing them with a paisley tunic top and jeans.

Try it^

Boho chic collage of boots

Sam & Libby Lara Studded Ankle Boot, $18.
TOMS Moroccan Cutout Suede Wedge Boot, $94.
Seychelles Lucky Penny, $98.
Dolce Vita Noralee Bootie, $189.

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