Monday, September 21, 2015

Bohemian Rhapsody

I think I've heard or read the term "boho chic" at least 37 times in the last three weeks. It's all the rage (again), and not just at Coachella and Burning Man. It's a little bit 70s and a little bit Kate Moss in the early 2000s. If you own a maxi dress and some leather or beaded jewelry (particularly with chunky, natural stones), you've probably channeled the style even if you didn't know it. 
This look is not only a little bit boho, it's big time budget boho: the Maxi skirt from was under $20; the tank from Gordman's was $4.99; the tie front shrug was $6.99 on Amazon; the hand painted leather rings from Global Gifts were $4 each; and the leather flower bracelet from the Indianapolis Museum of Art Gift Shop was $12. The hand-hammered silver and coral beaded necklace came from an art show in Houston circa 1998. The purse is by Anuschka. You can find a large selection of these all leather, hand painted works of art at This butterfly painted cross-body style is one of my favorites.
I  like the look, but it's generally a "strictly weekend" thing for me. A music festival vibe and full-length flowy skirts and dresses just don't feel right at the office. That said, I've started to see some tailored interpretations that are more chic than boho, but still retain an earthy yet feminine edge. I even have a few pieces in my wardrobe that are office-friendly but will easily lean a little boho with the right accessories - look for an upcoming post on how to make "boho chic" work for work! 
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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