What Is Boho-Chic?

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What Is Boho-Chic?
Boho-chic style is most importantly an expression of individuality. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Bohemian style, commonly referred to as "boho-chic," is a fashion trend that is influenced by the a combination of the nontraditional styles of gypsies and the hippie-inspired eclectic and artistic clothing of the '60s and '70s. Layers are common, usually with an element of messiness involved. Overall, the style should be unique, establishing a sense of individuality through wardrobe. To perfect boho-chic style, it is important to maintain a delicate balance between a messy yet feminine and unique appearance. Boho-chic fashion includes several different distinctive styles that range from artsy to exquisite.

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Peasant Girl Boho-Chic

Peasant-girl boho-chic style is very feminine and dainty. It includes long, flowing skirts made of lightweight materials in soft colours. Headbands, hair clips adorned with flowers, clothing items made with lace and embroidery, peasant-style tops and floral patterns are all common. Long, messy, but clean hair is typical for those who adapt the peasant-girl boho-chic style.

Rugged Boho-Chic

Rugged boho-chic style is a little more unpolished and unrefined. Well-worn and tattered denim shorts, trousers or skirts are typical basis for dress in this style. Brightly coloured tunic tops and feminine cowboy boots are often worn with denim. Accessories include coloured scarves and shiny bangle bracelets, among other things.

Bohemian Luxe

For the higher-maintenance boho-chic girl, bohemian luxe style incorporates all of the elements of bohemian and throws in modern and classic elements of designer heels and sparkly jewellery. It has an overall polished look while still maintaining uniqueness and creativity within the wardrobe. Long but modern flowing dresses, such as maxi dresses, are a favourite style among women who adapt the bohemian luxe style.

Hippie Boho-Chic

Hippie boho-chic style borrows fashion trends from the 1970s for an artistic and unconventional look. Fringe, floppy hats, brightly coloured skirts and wide-legged cotton trousers are all commonly seen in this style. Vintage items are popular among this crowd of boho-chic style enthusiasts.

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