I will get hot and cold alternately all day just to annoy Katy Perry, so sometimes a cardigan will be utilised. As will a really fake smile that looks more like a baring of teeth. And who needs socks or shoes? This is not a classic look but since it's also not a no-effort look that makes it boho by my definition.
Here is an example of a look I love but could not comfortably wear. The colour is right for me and so is the boho vibe, but even assuming I did add pants or a skirt the heavy belt would drive me crazy and the voluminous top would make me look voluminous myself. I could tolerate the belt for a special occasion event. My willingness to be slightly uncomfortable increases if the goal is to stand around and look pretty for a short while. I might pair this with a maxi skirt and wear it to a party. I would definitely not wear it around the house. I do not go to parties.
Although I will sometimes wear my skirts and dresses boho style, it is essentially my preferred look for styling jeans. I don't really like the term boho and what it conjures in my mind (a stylist invented look with a prescribed wardrobe of denim, short cut-offs, lace, maxi skirts, cowboy boots, anything 'ethnic' looking, felt floppy hats and gladiator sandals) but I have to own up to it. I do indeed do Boho almost by default, but I try to do it my way. It has been a favourite style my whole life and I even had boho leanings as a child in the seventies when my favourite style icon was Rhoda Morgenstern . I was a terrible misfit for eighties style because of this and basically I seem to have been born ten years too late.
With jeans I am more likely to wear a top with more volume. A peasant blouse or a slouchy sweater, contrasting the volume on top with a slim line on bottom.
I would wear something like this look below, though I might front-tuck the blouse. My accessories choices tend to be boho in style, particularly my jewelry and handbags. I don't deliberately try to make an outfit look boho it's just that what I add to it will make it more so.
If I wanted to put pearls with something I would not choose these:
But I nearly got lost for a day looking at earrings like these, which I would happily pair with my jeans.
I do own some classic simple pearl pieces, since pearl is my birthstone. I tend to pair them with other things, so I will put my string of pearls with heavy silver chains, for instance or a necklace of beads or shells.
This is a simple boho look I would wear around the house.
Note: orange is not my best colour.
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Boho Elements I love:
Corduroy (poor woman's velvet)
Brown leather boots or sandals
Sliver and pewter rustic jewelery or Celtic style jewelry-especially earring and finger rings
Semi-precious and unpolished stones
Messy hair and braids
Hand crafted accessories
Some 'ethnic' patterns though this is now controversial
Earth tones though they are not my best colours
Large unstructured bags-totes or cross body
This is my ideal pair of jeans. (without the rips) Finding jeans that fit well is not an easy thing and mine never fit like I am hoping they will. At least I can now get them long enough. I like my flares to drag on the ground just slightly. I want the hem to get frayed. Where I live, that makes flares a poor choice from mid October through to May because the ground is often wet. Flares are my summer jean of choice.
I would wear them like this image below, and just as shown here, I have learned it looks best on my if I front-tuck a voluminous blouse. I have also learned not to buy these blouses in a size too big unless I am buying it new and it is rayon, which always seems to shrink even when washed in cold.
Here is a boho-cardigan look I love. I would wear this with jeans but I am going to share with you what I have learned about cardigans and my body type.
A cardigan makes an attractive layer, it adds a bit of warmth when needed, but it can also add bulk. I realised that I don't actually do up my cardigans, if I am that cold I need to dress differently or get a blanket! Buying cardigans that will do up over my chest usually resulted in buying a size that is too big for the rest of me and a cardigan is not a garment you take to the tailor. I am more flattered by a snug fit, where the cardigan frames the top I am wearing and hugs the sides of my body. This cardigan above has a loose, draped look to it which I am definitely attracted to but it may not be as flattering on me as I would hope. I would have to be careful not to get it in too big a size.
Instead of copying the boho-chic looks easily found all over Pinterest or blogs, I just allow all of these elements which I love anyhow to be part of how I often dress. I don't feel obligated to assemble an outfit following any rules. I will likely pair Mary-Jane shoes with a maxi skirt instead of gladiator sandals or cowboy boots. I don't live in Southern California, Arizona or Nevada, so that American South-West version of boho feels like a costume to me. With the exception of a pair of western-style boots and some turquoise and silver jewelry, I don't deliberately go for the Navajo inspired look. After all, I still remember when those Navajo sofas were a trend.
Navajo textiles are gorgeous and I would definitely buy a rug or pillow from an actual Navajo seller.
The boho look is very much associated with images that could be considered cultural appropriation but even if items are purchased from original artisans it can sometimes feel to me as though it is a bit fake to adorn oneself so much in images that represent a culture that is not my own and not one I travel to visit. An internet search quickly reveals that the boho look is heavily influenced by anything perceived to look gypsy-like First Nations/American Indian, South American, African, Indian, Mexican, and is clearly not W.A.S.P. The idea is to represent all your travels or to appear as though you do travel. Because I cannot travel, this can look a bit fake and poseur to me, even though I usually like such items. The original intention behind embracing items made by other cultures was often a way of appearing non-conventional but it was also a way of being decorative without spending a lot of money. Hand crafted and slightly rustic items appeal to me, but many are still a bit pricey for me. I buy things second hand that are cast offs from other people's travels but try to avoid a globetrotting wanderer sort of look. I look for locally handcrafted jewelry pieces and vintage or antique pieces and mix them with simple wood beads. I am crazy for Celtic jewelry and given my ancestry I think I am entitled to wear it.
Here's another picture for those of you who were patient. Sorry it is a bit dark. You were just waiting for more pictures of me, weren't you? This is very casual at home boho. The linen tunic was once black but I bleached it to brown which I prefer. The jeans are cropped at ankle length which I don't really like so I prefer to roll them up. I think this goes back to the days when most jeans were too short for me and looked cropped even though cropped was not fashionable. The casual cotton cardigan is a favourite and if you think it is still bulky and big you haven't seen what I used to wear. It was white but I dyed it to my favourite plum-rose colour.