Step back in time this summer and unleash your inner hippy as boho-chic makes a peaceful comeback. Dreadlocks are optional, but flower-adorned headbands a must. This trend demands flowing fabrics, tie-dye and all things fringed.
Originating from the hippy movement of the sixties and early seventies (and revived with great popularity in the nineties), this recurring trend is perfect for the upcoming festival season. From flower power to paisley, maxi skirts to flares, there are so many ways to pay tribute to the summers of love, culture and harmony.
Get the look
It’s easier than you think to go boho: try teaming an oversized t-shirt with black skinny jeans and tasselled boots for a perfect daytime look. And for when the (inevitable) rain sets in, floral wellies are ideal for tackling that famous festival mud. In the unlikely event of an appearance from the sun, quirky shaped sunglasses, crop tops and suede shorts are a simple, warm weather alternative. Complete the look with a few plaits in your hair.
Make the transition from day to night with a jewelled maxi dress, sandals and let out those plaits for loose, wavy hair. Take a wide-sleeved kimono to cover up when the sun goes down and stick to lightweight materials such as chiffon and silk to stay on-trend.
Not just for festivals
Boho style shouldn’t be confined to the fields of Glastonbury or Leeds, so if shivering in a tent on a three-day shower strike is not for you, Art Deco prints and peace-sign accessories are a welcome indie injection to any outfit. A plain-white t-shirt and shorts combo can be transformed in a flash with the addition of some sixties sunglasses and a statement necklace. Reminiscent of the psychedelic shades, keep accessories bright for maximum impact.
Boho on a budget
The sixties trend was seen in the SS13 shows of designers including Moschino, Dior and Chanel, with checkered prints, bold patterns and cute pixie-crop cuts. But you don’t need to fork out thousands to get the look – high street faves such as Topshop, New Look and River Island are bursting with boho bargains.
And if you are on an even tighter budget, charity and vintage shops are and ideal way to create authentic sixties and seventies looks. Despite the obvious advantage that these pieces are often from the hippy era themselves, you can often pick up a whole outfit and still get change from a tenner!
Celebrities such as Kate Moss and Florence Welch are often seen sharing the love for the hippy trend, and with such influential fans it seems like it’s here to stay. So rev up your VW camper, dig out your denim and flourish in florals this summer, for boho-chic is back. Peace out.