Boho Hippie Chic- The summer style of 2011
Every year we see new trends rocking up that cat walk. We've seen fashion reborn from the 60s, 70s and 80s and retro items making a come back. There is always going to be something out there that suits you, and this year it's the rise of Boho Hippie Chic. This style has been a recurring fashion since around 2007. We've all seen the celebs donning florals and ethnic prints. Think festivals. Think Glastonbury, Reading, Big Chill (just to name a few). Boho Hippie Chic is the fashion of the festivals, and every year it recreates itself into something slightly different and unique.
This year it's all about Maxi. Maxi trousers, Maxi skirts, Maxi dresses. Everywhere you look in the high street you'll see Maxi starring back at you. Whether it's plain, patterned or florals, wear maxi this summer and the Boho Hippie Chic look is yours.
So with Maxi dresses you can team pretty much any summer cover up. From big chunky knit cardigans to thin shawls, you can pretty much put anything over it. For a real Boho festival look try a lace waistcoat in the more summery warm weather. These are every where at the moment and are a big fashion item this year. Definitely a wardrobe must have. Pair this with some gorgeous gladiator sandals and your maxi dress look is pretty much done.
Maxi skirts are an easy way to get summer chic without having to put in too much effort. If it's patterned, pair it with a plain top and if it's plain, pair with a bright patterned top. It's all about detail but not over doing it. Accessorise it the same way you would with a maxi dress, with chunky jewellery and gladiator charm.
And now for the Maxi trousers. These really are a new thing this season and boy they are everywhere. There are so many designs to choose from but floral is definitely a good one. The soft florals on the bold wide leg make the Boho hippie chic look easy for those who don't like being ultra girly. Pair these with plain or patterned tops (depending on the style of the trousers) and you're away. For plain maxi trousers, a great look is too tuck in a chiffon blouse. This is a perfect combination for those cooler summer evenings, and is still fashionable, summery and chic.
If maxi isn't your style, for this look you can always turn to old faithful denim. Cut off shorts are always big in the summer months and this year's no different. High waisted is the way to go this year, making the most of those feminie figures. Denim goes with everthing too (Apart from denim, unless you want the bad 80s revived, avoid the double denim look). To create the boho hippie chic with denim, pair with floral, ethnic or floaty tops. Fringed tops are also a main trend, so team this with shorts for a slight rockerish twist.
Playsuits and jumpsuits are also a big boho trend. Think back to when romper suits in the 90s were a fashion statement. All fashion comes back around the the playsuit is no different. They're all over the high street with every style imaginable. From trousers to shorts, from floral to plain. These all in ones look great on all body shapes, slimming down curvy girls and giving gorgeous curves to even the most boyish of frames. Accessories these with anything you like. The more over the top the better for this boho look.
Layering also makes this look! Layer tops, vests, waistcoats with cardigans, scarves, coats and jackets. Also layer your jewellery. Wear big bold necklaces with daintier ones to create that girly look.
Headbands are another big statement item this summer. Flowers, feathers, ribbon, leather, suede, you name it and there's a headband for it. This summery hair accessory is a must have if you want to get this look. It gives a chic but messy look. They give the impression that you've made more of an effort than you actually have. Try textured beachy waves, spritzed through with some salt spray, then pop on a headband just across the front. Don't put it behind your ears and fringe like you used to at school, throw it over your fringe and pull and tug bits out to give that textured and big volumised look.
Now shoes. What shoes go with Boho hippie chic I hear you ask? Well think gladiator sandals, leather style flip flops, pumps, canvas mules and for the wetter days you can even pull it off with military style boots or wellies.
You don't have to spend loads to achieve this boho look either. It's all on the high street straight from the cat walk. And as it's a recurring fashion, check your wardrobe from past year's summer clothes.