Is there a formula to Bohemian dressing? One might think not, as this style seems rather intuitive and impulsive (or slapdash - as my sister might say...if she were polite).
For those of us who covet eclectic pattern and print, but without the know-how, I say there is indeed a formula. In a word - balance. 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 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 weird and disheveled. 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.
Choose just a couple of main colors, keeping them muted and earthy, so that they don't compete with the mix of patterns. 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).
4. INVIGORATE with a BRIGHT COLOR or two
A bit of bright tangerine at the ears, balanced by a smattering of vermilion red across the feet keeps things from getting too muddy. The look ends up both playful and modern.
5. FINISHING TOUCHES?
All you need is a fresh face and a sheer lip balm. Easy peasy.