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Bohemian Style Clothing for Women

by Angela Bakke

Bohemian-influenced outfits transgress age bracket and income level. You can put together a bohemian-style ensemble with pieces you find just about anywhere -- from thrift shops to luxury boutiques. "Bohemian" is a term that derives from a group of people from Bohemia who lived a free-spirited, adventurous and nomadic lifestyle before the early 20th century on the outskirts of European society. The highly romantic and artistic fashions they inspired are yours for the taking by following a few styling guidelines.

Bold Colors and Patterns

The true bohemian's approach to color is a resounding YES! Create boho-style with bold prints, tribal patterns and vivid colors, picking pieces that mix bright colors such as fuchsia, turquoise and purple with earth tones like shades of brown, khaki and green. When it comes to fabrics, boho-chic clothing mixes in ethnic, vintage, hippie and gypsy prints and patterns, while always incorporating romantic or feminine touches like flower patterns or lace. Take the dive and wear a bold, red and purple tribal-print skirt with an ivory-lace crop-top and a pair of strappy beaded heels.

Layers and Accessories

Once you've found pieces in the right fabrics and colors, boho-style is about layering -- mismatched or not. Mix light, ethereal fabrics with heavy, substantial ones -- such as a sheer-chiffon sundress with leather lace-up boots. Layer several pieces -- including vests, jackets, skirts and even short dresses -- with jeans. Polish off any outfit with plenty of bohemian-style accessories. Silk scarves with bright colors and bold patterns are perfect loose around your neck -- or wear them as headbands or belts. Beaded or chunky, statement necklaces and metal-bangle bracelets all work for this carefree style. And don't forget to have similarly themed hairstyles and makeup -- sometimes the best accessories!

Soft and Flowing

Bohemian-style clothing is typically light and ethereal with feminine silhouettes that don't cling. Look for flowy dresses, billowy blouses and multi-layered maxi skirts. Create shape with a scarf, belt or fabric ties. Add a wide, brown, braided-leather belt to an ankle-length, multicolored-print caftan that has an empire waist and plunging neckline. Style with gladiator sandals, heaps of bangles and a floral scarf headband. Remember, your boho-chic outfit should be whimsical, creative and colorful.

Boho-Chic Styles

In an effort to bring boho-style into the office as well as to more upscale establishment and occasions, designers are taking the same feminine, floral and flowy fashion principles and incorporating more basic neutrals such as black and white, as well as a bit of tailoring. The result is a boho-luxe style that bridges the gap between a little bit funky and a little bit luxury. For an important meeting or lunch, layer an ivory, floral, embroidered halter-neck dress with a soft-suede, fringed, crop jacket and add strappy sandals and a chunky, gold pendant necklace. These chic styles offer ways to keep your sassy, boho-flair with a touch of professional polish.

About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema, Hollywood.com, ReelzChannel, CNN.com and Celebs.com.

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