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How to Dress Bohemian and Artsy

Dresses and Blouses

It’s the cut and the fabric that create an instant boho look. Take lessons from stylist Rachel Zoe, with the soft ruffles and flowing fabric of a maxi dress epitomizing the bohemian style. Think halter tops with plenty of ruffles and extra fabric for a flowy feel. Slip on a tunic top that ties at the neckline and you’ve nailed the artsy look. The hemline could be above the knee or all the way down, but look for an uneven handkerchief hem to create a free-spirited feel. One-shoulder or camisole necklines can be supremely bohemian, as is almost anything that shows a little skin with a flouncy style.

Prints and Colors

Sheer and lightweight fabric says boho like nobody’s business. Look for tribal prints that speak the hippie language effortlessly. Paisley prints give more than a passing nod to vintage boho styles. Silk fabrics, big buttons, giant flowers, horizontal stripes, bright solids and faux furs can work to create that hippie chic vibe.


Layer it on for a boho look. Don’t be afraid to mix textures and prints with abandon to channel your artsy side. Try a chunky sweater over a frilly, lightweight dress. Ribbed tights, funky leggings and chunky knee socks inject boho layers into your outfit. Top a frilly sundress with a vintage fringed vest. Don’t forget crocheted items -- these are a direct throwback to that era.


Let your hair down and tie a headband over. Place the headband so it sits on your forehead -- extra points if it ties in the back. If you can't muster the headband look, try a colorful fedora or a floppy felt hat. Bangle bracelets, big hoop earrings and chunky necklaces all speak of boho chic. Platforms, sandals, mile-high wedges or lace-up boots keep your retro-hippie style down to earth. Don’t forget belts, especially when you’re layering multiple textures and fabrics.

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