Anyone with an eye on fashion can tell you trends are cyclical. In the summer especially, there's always a resurgence of neon colors, gladiator sandals, crop tops and some kind of temporary tattoos. Bohemian is a trend that tops the list of here-we-go-again summer styles, which may have something to do with the surplus of concerts lined up for the warmer months.
Either way, boho's an oldie (but a goodie!) in need of an update. We reached out to Grace Dopico, the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Miami to Manhattan, for a few tips on giving our hippie-chic closets a makeover.
When searching for style inspo, Grace said her personal bohemian queens are Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Bilson. Their preference for patterns, lots of slouchy layers and anything lace and floral make them prime examples of boho babes.
Grace selected four looks that capture this aesthetic – see any of them hanging nicely in your closet?
Luxe Boho Beauty
This first look gets its good vibes straight from Mother Nature. In a voluminous skirt bursting with bright red blooms, the ladylike print beautifully balances out minimalistic all-black accessories.
Grace picked the skirt for its wearability and fun, flirty shape. "I really love midi skirts that are really bubbly like that," she said. "I could wear that to a daytime brunch. It's not super laid-back, but it's not dressy enough to be uncomfortable."
Add a short brim topper, and the ultra-girly skirt becomes the perfect addition to this luxed-up boho balance.
Hat ($82, West LA Boutique), Top ($74, Blaque Label), Skirt ($51, Chicwish), Shoes ($85, Topshop), Bag ($65, Big Buddha at Nordstrom).
Free Spirit Style Setter
Grace knows rocking a great nature-based print can shift a whole ensemble from blah to boho chic, stat!
Take this look, which is traditionally reserved as 'prep' only: pointed flats, polished bag and a shirt dress. With a few rocking tie-up laces on the flats and a killer black and white palm print on the dress, the entire outfit gets a major boho makeover.
Grace said, "I really like the print, and I like that it's Topshop - so it's accessible to people." The breezy palm print made her feel relaxed, she said, just like the palms back home in Miami.
Maxin' Relaxin' Rebel
If you're planning on using a hat as your statement piece, don't just snap up the style-of-the-moment. Figure out what shape looks best on you. While the fedora is our hippie chic go-to, other styles might suit your face shape better, while still capturing the easygoing energy look you want.
"It has to do with face shape," said Grace, on determining what hat to pick. If you're a bit taller with a larger build, Grace suggests selecting hats with a wider brim.
In a head-to-toe gray look, a pop of pink at the top adds that burst of boho energy we love so much about the classic look. And let's be real: That shirt just says it all.
Channeling Stevie Nicks is always a best bet when it comes to nailing bohemian style. And what does that include? Swinging sleeves, lots of lace and anything fringe, of course!
Grace modernized the '70s look by working the lace look into an on-point romper style, translating the fringe trend into a bucket bag and pairing it all with fabulous ribbon stilettos and dark shades.
"This one actually ended up being my favorite!" said Grace, describing the below look. "I'm really about the straps on the heels. I feel like it elongates the leg and goes with a lot, so it's really sexy-witchy."