Remember the hippy days? I bet you do. Carefree tresses, daisy prints, long flowing skirts, leather sandals, leather bags, and of course a carefree rebellious approach to putting a look together.
Don’t know about you, but these days I don’t really do hippy per se, but I do like to dress a little Boho (Bohemian) every now and then, which has elements of the hippy look.
Here’s what the dictionary has to say …
Bohemian: “A socially unconventional person, especially an artist or writer.” Oxford English Dictionary. Abbreviation: Boho.
The Boho look is a bit unconventional, a little vintage and I quite like mixing and matching from my wardrobe with gay abandon.
Think Glastonbury festival, Kate Moss, and Marianne Faithful. Not that I’m trying to emulate them, not a chance … but I think it’s ok to veer away from what-we-should-wear, or prescribed fashion, and do our own thing after 50, don’t you?
What shall I wear today?
Today I decided to go where the music took me and instead of a tailored look for a blog workshop, I went a teeny bit kooky. I delved into my dressing up box of tricks and mix and matched some Boho looks from my wardrobe archives (well, I didn’t wear them all today – the gypsy look in green is the one I went out in.)
But Boho is an easy look to put together. Think kaftans, smock tops and little pops of eccentricity. Don’t you love the flower shapes on the aviator sunglasses below? How about the bold print and colours of the kaftan top?
Wardrobe Essentials for the Boho look
- Smock tops
- Floral trousers
- Long hippy skirts
- Anything from a charity shop
- Chunky cardigans
- Vintage finds mixed with cut off jeans and high heels or easy wear flip-flops.
- Bangles from your travels, friendship bracelets.
I’ve been dipping into a fabulous book titled, “Who do you want to be today?” by Trinny and Suzannah. This UK style duo offer some great ideas for ways to dress differently. They say that the Boho look is more about how you put it all together than specific items.
Their advice includes: Layering – wear a shirt under a waistcoat or a long sleeveless cardi, mixing small floral prints with bright colours or pastels. Think about bold pieces of jewellery and crocheted items that your grandmother might have knocked together.
“A fabulous floral tea dress in the market, but it’s two sizes too big. So what? Pull it in to your waist with a wide, funky belt.” Who do you want to be today, by Trinny & Susannah, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
I think they might approve the pants and dress below as Boho inspired if you teamed them with some idiosyncratic accessories too.
Boho Make Up after fifty
I think it’s best to keep it light. I’d go for a BB cream and a light dust of bronzer – after all you want to look as if you’ve come off the rock star’s yacht all tanned and natural, don’t you!
- A light foundation and bronzer
- A little rose coloured blusher on the apples of your cheeks.
- A neutral lipstick to make your lips look fuller
- Dusky powder shadow on your eyes and heaps of mascara.
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I’d love to know if you ‘do’ the Boho look or not? If you do, why not send me a picture and a few words about your outfit?
Until next time,