Hippie at heart

Hippie at heart

Bohemian style is all about being unconventional and whimsical. Sharmila Chand writes about this earthy fashion and its many free-spirited avatars.

Bold and beautiful, dynamic and quirky, feminine and mystifying, cool and trendy – bohemian look is not merely hippie-style anymore. From an eclectic array of colours and floral prints to ripped denims, embroidered tunics and cowboy boots, Bohemian trend has spread its roots far and wide.

Stepping into the high-end fashion arena, bohemian clothes can now be spotted on runways and designer studios. 

Nina Lekhi, founder and owner, Baggit, says, “The boho-chic fashion trend is free-spirited and has an overtly feminine, 60s-inspired feel, featuring a flirty mix of retro silhouettes. Boho styling includes all funky elements and is inspired from folk detailing, embellishments, tassels and fringes, giving it an exotic feel.” 

Wardrobe essentials

According to Designer Pooja Sabharwal, the bohemian look is all about being natural, comfortable as well as chic.

“A bohemian wardrobe usually consists of printed maxi dresses, knit cardigans and sweaters, headwraps, patterned scarves and other lightweight sheer fabrics. Pair these funky clothes with chunky jewellery or feather earrings, ankle boots and complete the look with some trendy bags. Don’t just blindly invest in over-sized clothing as that might ruin the overall look,” she says.

“Boho chic has always been a trend that seems to pop up every time with a new twist and keeps evolving with time. Boho capes with floral or aztec prints along with a tinge of beads or tassels has been there for a while now. Pairing these boho capes with ripped denim hot pants does wonders,” says Ridhi Mehra, the designer who is known for her sexy, stylish and sassy experiments with fashion. “Not going over the top is very essential in bohemian style,” she adds. 

The add-ons

“Bohemian is such a popular trend perhaps because it brings out the free-spirited person inside all. All restrictions on jewellery come undone, as this is one of the few looks where you can go crazy with jewellery. Vintage tones of antique silver and gold work best. Avoid beaded jewellery as it takes your entire look back to the 1970s.

Instead, opt for more chunky metal pieces, hand harnesses and tiny natural flowers in your hair, as it adds an air of abandon,” says jewellery designer Maithili Kabre. 

“Bohemian to me is unconventional and artistic. It conveys a free-spirited attitude,” agrees jewellery designer, Eesha Zaveri. “It is something that doesn’t fall into your classic or everyday range. It’s unusual and funky. Your bohemian piece of jewellery will always be a conversation starter or an eye-catcher.” 

Eesha’s take on bohemian jewellery involves beads, fringes or feathers with chains and charms. She also loves to experiment with semi-precious stones like agate, raw stones, long necklaces or earrings in unusual shapes.

“Pick up your favourite and wear it with attitude, making your own style statement,” she asserts.

“Bohemian look is usually associated with artists and demands a good balance so as to avoid looking dowdy,” warns Maithili. “Bohemian look involves comfortable, loose clothing. So, the focus would be on bold eye make-up. Giving the smokey black eyes a break, one can experiment a lot with coloured smokey eyes.” 

Make a statement 

“Dressing bohemian style is a way to express oneself and connect with the world and nature, as well as adorn the richest flavours of cultures,” says Jessica Khanijo, head designer, Trendy Divva. 

She adds, “Today’s global awareness is continuously strengthening this type of fashion. The bohemian aesthetic isn’t solely defined by patched denim and vests. The more romantic notions of the style are taking form in elegant, ethereal evening wear.

Boho look is no more about hippie kaftans and tunics, flower crowns, or the kind of clothes you’d sport at a music fest. The new boho is all about making bohemian-inspired styles wearable for your everyday life. Bohemian style has all the funky elements and the exotic zing of fashion, creating a rich cocktail of the casual 70s aura. There’s no surprise as to why this look is so appealing to everyone and is trending season on season.”

DIY tricks 

n Pair maxi skirts or dresses with crochet tops or oversized shirts. 

n Layered clothing gives interesting shapes. Go for a lacy net waistcoat over a tunic and a maxi.

n Big, geometric and floral prints in bright colours make a bold statement.

n Chic headwraps and headbands are a must have. A fabric, leather or metallic headband can add lots of appeal and bound to turn heads.

n Invest in some oversized scarves in bright colours and bold patterns.  

n Metallic bangles in various colours and silver Mexican bracelets glam up the boho look. 

n Pick up unique and rare beaded accessories from art exhibitions and flea markets. 

n Nothing says boho like multiple rings on your fingers and chunky danglers on your ears.

n Cross-body chains are in right now and can be paired with flowy dresses for a chic look. 

n Coloured hair braids will add that extra zing to your bohemian look. 

n A natural tan leather belt over dresses, blouses or skirts makes the right impression. 

n Oval-shaped sunglasses complement the retro look. 

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