Boho style is one of our all-time favorite aesthetics, but it can be tricky to pull off. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a simple, easy cheat sheet to help you nail bohemian style in a flash. The popularity of our previous Classic and Timeless Fashion Essentials list, we decided to expand the series further and cover a few more popular style aesthetics. Even if you just consider yourself a “boho lite” or just a slightly whimsical dresser, this list provides the must-haves for a boho chic look, AKA the essential pieces you need to maximize your wardrobe’s versatility. It’s just a starting point and, of course, your wardrobe will differ depending on your own personal style.
When you finish reading, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what items you have, which ones we may have forgotten, and your favorite ways to style.
Let’s jump right in to the boho style essentials:
A Maxi or Midi Skirt:
A great maxi or midi skirt will be a piece that you turn to over and over again when crafting cool bohemian outfits. The best maxi skirts are simple, with minimal patterns, and not too poofy, as they are the easiest to build outfits from.
For a quick and comfortable outdoor ensemble, wear a maxi skirt with a solid-colored crop top and a floppy sun hat. Wear a simple maxi skirt with a graphic t-shirt or tank and a versatile vest. Finish with sandals and a top knot. Try wearing one with a button-down flannel or chambray top. Complete the look with canvas sneakers and bright lipstick.
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Neutral-Colored Ankle Boots:
Cute ankle booties are boho girl fashion staples, and luckily, they come in a million styles. It’s up to you whether you want a tall heel or not, but no matter your preference, make sure the heel isn’t too high or skinny so your boots will stay comfortable while watching concerts or walking to class.
Wear ankle boots with flare leg jeans, a loose knit sweater, and a hippie headpiece for a look that’s ideal for class or a casual date. Ankle boots look awesome with dresses and skirts! Go for more fitted shoes when wearing maxi skirts, but the shorter the skirt, the clunkier you can make your shoes.
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Chic Head Wraps and Headbands:
Wrap headbands look great across your forehead, but you prefer to wear them back an inch or two past your hairline, almost like a halo. This is a good way to wear a headwrap if the elastic in it is too tight to comfortably wear across your forehead. Cloth styles look great like this too. Hair Bands are a great way to add glamour and fashion to a bad-hair-day ponytail. Add texture to your hair before wearing and found that these wraps look best with curly, wavy, or textured hair rather than your natural pin-straight state. Try spritzing with salt spray and scrunching, or curling large sections before wearing.
A Unique Maxi Dress:
We all owe a huge “thank you” to the 2000s era Olsens for making maxi dresses such a hot item but lace detailing is gorgeous too. You just don’t want to go too basic. Look for geometric or nature-inspired prints for extra bonus points. Wear a printed maxi with chunky jewelry and wedge sandals for a perfect date night look. Try a denim vest with a printed maxi to make it a bit more casual. Add a distressed sweater to turn the dress into a skirt. Finish with ankle boots.
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Boho leather sandals are truly a godsend. They’re the perfect choice for any warm weather they’re short and light, yet they still look polished and fashionable. There’s nothing more annoying than a pair of shoes that take five minutes to get on and off. strappy lace up sandals are a serious statement item. They look so amazing with denim shorts and flowy, off-the-shoulder tops. Birkenstocks are a boho classic not only are they crazy comfortable, they last forever and get better with wear.
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Eclectic, Layered Jewelry:
Anything goes here: Look for original finds at the flea market, incense stores, Etsy, or even make some jewelry of your own! The key is to find pieces that are unique and quirky. Even better if you can find ones that incorporate natural elements like wood, coral, turquoise, stone, or suede. A layered necklace is another great statement piece that easily adds style to an otherwise bland outfit. Look for pieces that come with multiple layered necklaces all attached to make this super easy and tangle-free. Beaded bracelets in both gold and colors will always be in style and will add so much to a simple cutoffs-and-sweater ensemble. In fact, wear them with everything and layer them up.
A Hippie-Chic Purse:
Whether you prefer distressed leather or cloth, fringe or suede, a tiny cross-body or an oversized hobo bag, having a reliable and fantastic bohemian purse is key to tying your outfit all together. Cross-body bags are awesome because they keep your hands free. This is especially useful at concerts or festivals! A cute, fringy, small- to medium-sized bag would be perfect for this. neutral tones in general for these browns, tans, and beiges are so pretty. Another huge trend with the boho crowd is those trendy rattan circle-shaped bags. These can be found everywhere and are a great way to incorporate some earthiness into your look.
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Crop Tops and Loose Tanks:
While cute little crop tops are crazy trendy right now, comfy, loose cami tanks see the peplum cami, above are an extremely cute alternative if you prefer more midsection coverage. The look is just about something that’s breezy and effortless, a top that would look at home on a beach somewhere. Embroidery is too loud for your taste, go for a basic white crop top or tank. Add frayed denim cutoffs and a slouchy cardigan and you’re good to go. These tops will forever look awesome with a pair of flared jeans, platform sandals, and earthy jewelry. Wear your favorite little tops with a maxi skirt, a scarf, a pair of sandals, and some huge sunglasses.
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Pair flared jeans with a crocheted sweater and a big, colorful scarf. Finish with a top knot and a huge pair of sunnies. this is in bad taste, but you go ahead and admit it sometimes love the look of wearing dresses with jeans! The key to making it look cool and not frumpy is to wear very short tunic-length dresses that aren’t too poofy at the hem. Finish the outfit with platform sandals and a boho cross-body bag.
Oversized, Patterned Scarves:
This is one of the most important items on this list if you want boho style, you need it. A big, oversized, patterned scarf is essential to taking any outfit and giving it an extra laid-back, earthy, chill boost. Here’s tons of ways that you can fold, tie, or pin large scarves to make other pieces. Tie one into a halter and pair with flared jeans for a music festival. Wrap one around your waist as a belt. Tie one to the handle of your hippie purse. The options are endless.