Bohemian Mix

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Is there a formula to Bohemian dressing?  One might think not, as this style seems rather intuitiveand impulsive (or slapdash - as my sister might say). 

For those of us with a hankering for eclectic pattern and print, but without the know-how, I say there is indeed a formula!  The real key to making this look work is balance.  You know, give-and-take.  

 

A BALANCED ACT  |  WITH THIS LOOK, PATTERN TAKES, SO EVERYTHING ELSE MUST GIVE.   

 


A STYLE GUIDE  TO  BOHEMIAN DRESSING


1.  GO WILD WITH PATTERN  /  PRINT  /  TEXTURE / VINTAGE ELEMENTS.

 This includes embroidery, beading, eyelet, raffia, leather, flora & fauna motifs, you name it.

 

2.  SIMPLE SILHOUETTES ONLY!

Patterns are high-energy elements, so keep everything else about this ensemble low-energy. The top in this ensemble is a basic tee shape, and the shorts are crisply tailored.  This allows the patterned elements to come across as off-kilter, yet cool and eclectic instead of off-kilter in a bizarre, disheveled way.   Note: The fastest way to send this look down the toilet would be with too many frills or too much volume.  

 

3.  KEEP COLOR SATURATION LOW.  

Balance cleverly clashing patterns by keeping colors mostly muted.  

 

4.  NEUTRALIZE YOUR OVERALL COLOR PALETTE.

Choose just a couple of main colors for your look, keeping them muted and earthy, so that they don't compete with the mix of patterns.  A few shades that would work here are muddy greens, sandy beige, charcoal, burnt sienna, and ochre.  For this particular ensemble, I've restricted my main colors to blue(ranging from navy to faded royal blue and aqua) and orange/red (with a soothing light peach and a dab of tangerine).

 

5.  INVIGORATE THE LOOK BY ADDING JUST ONE OR TWO POPS OF BRIGHT COLOR.

 A bit of bright tangerine at the ears, balanced by a petite dash of vermilion red across the feet keeps this ensemble from getting too muddy.  The look ends up both playful and modern.

 

6.  FINISHING TOUCHES?  

All you need is a fresh face and a sheer lip balm.  Easy peasy.

 

ISABEL MARANT EMBROIDERED SILK TOP, SIMILAR, $558  /  JOIE MID-CENTURY PRINT TAILORED SHORT, $298 /  ZARA TASSEL SANDALS, $80  /  PALM TREE EMBROIDERED LEATHER CLUTCH, $460  /  ASOS CROCODILE DROP EARRINGS, $31  /  WHITE & GOLD STRIPED FLOPPY BEACH HAT, $144  /  KIEHL'S SPF 15 LIP BALM, $10  /  LENNON RETRO STYLE SUNGLASSES, $60

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