- 10 Stylish Activewear Brands to Know Right Now
- 1. Lululemon
- 2. FP Movement by Free People
- 3. Fabletics
- 4. Adidas by Stella McCartney
- 5. Vie Active
- 6. Pins to Kill
- 7. Sweaty Betty
- 8. Outdoor Voices
- 9. Olympia Activewear
- 10. Live the Process
- What does fashion’s top trend-spotter think we’ll be wearing in the 2020s?
- Life in the 2020s according to Lidewij Edelkoort
- The Synchrony Trend Spotter: Retail Trends to Watch
- Top 10 Boho Fashion Essentials
- What Is Bohemian Fashion?
- Maxi Dresses
- Maxi Skirts
- Crop Tops
- Tunic Tops
- Gladiator Sandals
- Ankle Boots
- Geometric Prints
- Chunky Bracelets
- Oversized Scarves
- Large Sunglasses
- Headwraps and Hairbands
- Bonus: Bohemian Mandala Rug
- Flaunt Your Amazing Fashion Sense with Bohemian Fashion
10 Stylish Activewear Brands to Know Right Now
Chic activewear has become a wardrobe staple for all of us who value both fitness and fashion. Luckily, there are now numerous brands out to help us achieve all our health goals while keeping us flawlessly stylish.
Whether you need high-performance gear that helps you stand out at the gym or a cute yoga set to take you from workout to brunch there is a sportswear label for you.
Here are the best activewear brands that you should know today.
You don’t become a giant within a crowded industry without doing a few things right. We love Lululemon for its expansive and perfected range of products. Whether your thing is yoga, running or training, Lulu has you covered.
The brand’s leggings and pants come in a variety of lengths and styles to suit everyone, and its sports bras offer the perfect support.
These great products combined with excellent customer service (hello free in-store yoga classes) make Lululemon the ideal activewear brand.
2. FP Movement by Free People
There’s a lot to about Free People’s activewear range, FP Movement, but what we love are the designs. Featuring ultra-chic details, such as decorative cut-outs and added straps, FP Movement offers a range that triumphs both fashion and function.
If you run, do yoga, dance or surf, then this is a must-know brand for you. The label, which has been created with free and adventurous 20-somethings in mind, offers an extensive variety of products at affordable prices.
And with free shipping to the US, Canada, and Australia on purchases over $100, FP Movement is worth checking out.
SHOP FP Movement by Free People
Fabletics is the activewear creation of actress, Kate Hudson. And while the brand can’t promise you’ll end up with a body Kate’s, it can promise that you’ll end up with gym wear which you’ll love.
After taking a pop quiz about your style preferences and sizes, you’ll be able to view a range of Fabletics gear which has been curated to suit your needs. With no more sorting through pages of styles that just aren’t for you, this brand makes finding the right product a breeze.
Then simply check out as a guest or become a VIP member to receive additional savings.
4. Adidas by Stella McCartney
Adidas by Stella McCartney is one collaboration that just keeps on giving. Combining one of our favorite designers with one of the greatest sportswear labels ever is pure genius. Shop the collection to find high-quality and high-performance fabrics and styles in undeniably fashionable designs.
Floral prints, bold colors and almost futuristic fitness designs make Adidas by Stella McCartney a perfect addition to your wardrobe rotation. Once you start buying pieces from this range, we predict that you’ll be wearing them everywhere.
Whether it’s in the gym, to brunch, or for a quick Instagram pic, these pieces easily work for any occasion.
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5. Vie Active
Vie Active was born in Bondi Beach, Australia and offers high-performance, fashionable fitness wear.
Created with the goal of allowing women to transition easily from a workout into a busy day, Vie Active’s mantra is; “Designed by sweat professionals, for sweat professionals.
” The brand’s collections offer a great mix of basic activewear and more fashionable, standout pieces. Look out for the Modern Geo and Marble prints if you’re after some on-trend styles to spice up your workout wardrobe.
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6. Pins to Kill
Pins to Kill is the new kid on the block when it comes to activewear. Offering comfortable leggings in super cute prints, this brand will brighten up your morning workout. With styles becoming available for purchase twice a month, pick up a pair fast before they sell out.
If you do miss out, you could always try your hand at designing your own pair! Pins to Kill offers customers the option of personalising their leggings or even uploading their own designs.
We love this fun and innovative idea! After all, who wouldn’t want one of a kind, custom gym gear?
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7. Sweaty Betty
From humble origins as a single boutique brand in 1998 to a global, multi-channel, activewear business in 2016, Sweaty Betty has grown into an unstoppable industry leader. The brand’s pretty and minimalistic website offers an incredible range of products which are easily shop-able by activity/sport.
So whether you swim, spin or play tennis, you’ll always be able to find the right piece to fit your needs. Expect workout essentials intersected with in-your-face pops of color and pattern.
We also love Sweaty Betty’s range of reversible leggings which can be worn two ways to maximize style while reducing wardrobe space.
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8. Outdoor Voices
Outdoor Voices has quickly grown into an important activewear/athleisure brand to watch. By offering minimalist designs in ultra-comfortable styles and fabrics, this label has become a firm favorite of millennials.
Basic leggings, sweatshirts and track pants in neutral colors are all staples of this relaxed label. Made for “casual activity”, Outdoor Voices’ designs are intended to be worn anywhere and everywhere outdoors.
If you’re the type that’s more into recreation than perspiration, then this is the perfect lifestyle label for you.
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9. Olympia Activewear
If you’ve been meaning to try out Olympia Activewear, now’s your time. The brand’s 2016 collection is refined sportswear at its best.
With a focus on simple silhouettes, the range offers modern, athletic designs in gorgeous neutrals; from basic black to warm brown and soft pink.
Consistently setting itself apart from the crowd, Olympia Activewear offers a unique balance between strong and feminine aesthetics in signature custom elastics, versatile cotton basics and silk lounge pieces.
SHOP Olympia Activewear
10. Live the Process
Live the Process is a wellness and holistic health site that also offers its luxury activewear brand. The brand’s designs feature a modern take on classic pieces ranging from bodysuits and bras to leggings and outerwear.
Its styles are all incredibly chic and can easily be mixed and layered for the perfect look. We love the classic V Pant and V Bra in soft pink for the ultimate yoga outfit! Another thing we love about this brand? Its products are made ethically in the USA.
So now you can feel good and look good at the same time.
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What does fashion’s top trend-spotter think we’ll be wearing in the 2020s?
When Lidewij – or Li – Edelkoort started her career as a trend forecaster 45 years ago, people thought her job was “witchcraft”, she says. “Men would be giggling at the end of the room. But I have gained respect,” she says, “because I have been right so many times.”
The Dutch 69-year-old is fashion’s best-known soothsayer, a woman who has spent more than four decades helping brands, including Prada, Zara and Coca-Cola, to anticipate customer desire.
She is also the dean of hybrid design studies for the prestigious New York fashion college Parsons School of Design, a curator (one recent exhibition was an installation in Tokyo in which Google devices were placed among artisanal homeware), and a regular on “most influential people” lists in fashion and design.
A prophet for our times … Lidewij Edelkoort. Photograph: Ivy Yin
When we meet, she is swathed in loose, dark layers of Eskandar and Issey Miyake, and has just delivered a lecture to a rapt audience of 100 fashion and retail buyers in London.
With striking hair (a dark bob with Lily Munster streaks) and thick black spectacles, she speaks slowly, in very long sentences: interviewing her can feel consulting a very niche psychic.
She is given to issuing prophecies such as: “I think we will get very inspired by blouses.”
But while it is fun to imagine her as the Nostradamus of fast-moving consumer goods, her methods are relatively down to earth. Through research, interviews and travel, she picks up ideas that are “circling around”, then uses her “intuition” (“data is no use; it’s too late,” she says wearily) to predict which of them will take off.
“I can work 25 years ahead,” she says. In 2000, she tells me, she predicted that by 2025 there would be a “fusion of everything contrasting”. “Work and leisure, man and woman, very intense sport, but also laziness and meditation. I can therefore see that it is becoming [true] 100%.”
She has never made a bad call, she says, not least because her predictions “are not my invention”. “I’m just picking it up and broadcasting it. It is not a creative profession. It is more analytic.
” What she will admit to is occasionally miscalculating the “volume” of a trend. After seeing leggings on New York City messengers at the end of the 80s, for example, “I thought, that’s cool – it will be a trend.
Little did I know it would become a billion-dollar business.”
For at least 10 years, she says, trends have slowed down, becoming “vast currents which are mobilised over time”. This makes me feel a bit basic, when I then ask for assurances about whether the midi skirt I’m wearing will still be fashionable in 2025. “That idea left us somewhere in the 80s,” she says drily. “Everyone can have the length they desire.”
When I made the manifesto I could have lost all my clients. But the timing was right. People sent me messages saying: ‘This is what we all think’
Edelkoort has, in fact, gone further than this. In 2015, she predicted the death of the fashion industry as we know it, slamming it as “a ridiculous and pathetic parody” in a treatise titled the Anti_Fashion Manifesto.
Last year, she wrote a similarly damning appraisal of the Met Gala, calling the red carpet a “mesmerising and sickening” display, which came on “the same day the UN published a scientific survey that certified that because of human greed, excess, waste and abuse of our habitat we will lose one million species”.
She was so angry when she wrote that, she said, that “I didn’t even recognise myself,” yet these moments of truth-telling made her more popular. “When I made the manifesto, I could have lost all my clients – I took a risk. But the timing was right.
People sent me messages saying: ‘This is what we all think!’” Anyway, Edelkoort says, you only have to look at the closures of blue-chip brands such as Barneys to see that people are sick of fashion as usual. “It is no longer attractive for people to encounter the same old thing on every street corner.
The consumer doesn’t see the point any more,” she says. “Wake up, people!”
After our interview, she presents a second lecture, the latest of her big predictions, titled The Future of Luxury.
She argues that in the next decade – as people tire of overconsumption – our lives will shift radically.
She urges the assembled fashion professionals to “make much less, make it better and make it more expensive”. She says that success will not be expressed in dollars but “in degrees of happiness”.
“People are an endangered species and if you’re not part of the big change you’re not relevant,” she tells me afterwards. Many brands, she argues, will close if they don’t change. “It’s very hard to turn these big boats around,” she says. “It’s much easier to start a new company now than scale down.”
Despite Boris Johnson’s recent election – and regardless of the presence of a climate-change denier in the Oval Office – she believes young people will continue to fight for a better future, and will get one.
“Crazily enough, elections everywhere in the world go against it,” she says, but she believes the hunger for a greener, fairer, less consumerist society is growing and that eventually there will be a tipping point.
“In Germany and parts of China, there is an increasing understanding that ecology equals economy. The day we are able to prove this, I think we will create change.” Witchcraft or otherwise, here’s hoping she is right.
Life in the 2020s according to Lidewij Edelkoort
Libraries will “start lending clothes, offering lectures and writing courses, hosting exhibitions and concerts”, says Edelkoort.
She believes they will become “the epicentres of small towns and villages”, partly run by community volunteers in return for access. In Tokyo, she says, there are already “beautiful” libraries where people work and dine together.
She believes this will be one of many “societal initiatives bringing us back together”, in response to today’s “dangerous” state of disconnection.
A silk tank top, by Anthemia, dyed with onion skins and eucalyptus leaves.
Our eye for colour will change as natural dyes – such as those made from onions and avocados – become mainstream. Their colours are less saturated, “more subdued and melancholic”. Similarly, more sustainable fabrics, such as those made from nettle and algae, will become popular.
Edelkoort believes “proven, functional” workwear shapes will be popular in the 2020s. “We will retreat, after all this newness, possibly into something more sensible and pragmatic,” she says.
High-waisted romance … a model at the Simone Rocha ready-to-wear spring/summer 2020 at 2019’s London fashion week. Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
There will still be “a need for romantic dresses – slightly high-waisted; a need for volume.” Edelkoort cites the Irish designer Simone Rocha as someone who is “now getting major acclaim”. That silhouette is, she says, “beguiling” and encourages “a more dancing step”.
In the next decade, we will fly a tenth as much as we do today, says Edelkoort. In Scandinavian countries, she says, wealthy people are already selling their houses abroad rather than face their friends’ disapproval at their regular flying. Recently, KLM advised customers to fly less.
Train travel, she believes, will take off instead. She argues that this will happen because “the big innovative companies, Google, Tesla and Apple” will invest in green technology, while some companies will rethink their business plans in a radical way.
KLM and British Airways, for example, “would be smart” to invest in the rail sector to make up for the shortfall in domestic flights.
An age of collaboration
In fashion and design, “there will be co-creation. One of my visions of the future is that it will be the age of the amateur; people will be empowered to be more creative.”
The end of ‘stuffocation’
Down with stuff … Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Photograph: Netflix
Edelkoort cites the popularity of shows on Netflix about decluttering as a sign that citizens will soon buy into the “revelation” that having less stuff will make us happier.
She believes that people will grow to cherish their selected possessions so deeply that we will eventually see the rise of animism, where objects are respected, treated “ pets”.
“This is a bit further in time,” she says, “but it will definitely happen.”
• This article was corrected on 8 January 2020. Simone Rocha is Irish, not British, as we originally stated.
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The Synchrony Trend Spotter: Retail Trends to Watch
One of the trends that took hold in 2016 was in-store shopping as an experience.
According to our 2016 consumer survey, 67% of the core survey population said enjoying experiences is more important to them than owning things; and 61% said they will pay a premium for experiences they feel are worth it.1 This trend spans income groups and generations.
As consumers go online for more and more purchases, innovative retailers are pulling shoppers into the store by transforming their stores into a fun, interactive experience.
Retailers such as Williams-Sonoma and REI tapped into this trend early by creating in-store cooking experiences and rock climbing walls. Now, more retailers are catching on to this trend, with Barnes & Noble opening full-service restaurants in their stores, and Toys“R”Us creating interactive play areas for parents and kids a.
Implications: Retailers who use their in-store space for interacting with their customers can expect a more dedicated following and larger baskets.
Even online retailers are going brick-and-mortar, using the consumer’s desire for an immediate purchase and an exciting experience.
When having a great experience in the store, customers stay longer, browse more and have more of an emotional connection with the brand. We expect this trend to catch on with more retailers in the coming year.
This makes the top ten list once again this year. “2017 certainly is the beginning of a world that is rapidly embracing artificial intelligence and augmented reality,” says Greg Simpson, Synchrony Financial’s Chief Technology Officer.
If consumers can’t travel to a new destination, then virtual reality can provide a close substitute. A benefit of VR is that it enables customers to experience products in a way they couldn’t before. One study found that 85% of customers said they are more ly to make a purchase after watching a product video.
2 And, 2017 may be the year this technology becomes attainable on a larger scale. According to a report by Mintel on 2017 trends, the next frontier of retailing across industries will be virtual. “Already some 25% of U.S.
consumers say that they are interested in interactive/digital experiences available in-store, such as virtual mirrors, VR headsets and interactive displays,” said Mintel’s Manager of Trends North America, Carli Gernot.3
Implications: Virtual and augmented reality are no longer just for high-tech electronic showrooms. Brands ranging from hotels to beauty products have been exploring virtual reality to engage their customers.
Brands are using virtual reality for advertising, not only for 360-degree and 3-D videos, but also for content creation with immersive storytelling and product demos. The Pokémon GO phenomenon is a good example of a virtual reality app that creates excitement and engagement.
Brands such as Starbucks and Bloomingdale’s are using the app to design campaigns and interactive experiences.
Think about the last time you made a New Year’s resolution. Was healthy lifestyle and exercise a part of it? If yes, you’re not alone. The truth is, consumer spending on health-related items is growing.
According to the Organic Trade Association, consumer demand for organic food has grown by double digits nearly every year since the 1990s. Organic sales have increased from $3.6 billion in 1997 to $43.3 billion in 2015.
4 And the number of gyms, health clubs and fitness clubs has grown over the past five years, as more people value fitness as being integral to their health. Revenue has grown at an annualized rate of 2.4% to $30.1 billion.5
As a result, sales for products related to health and fitness have grown as well. Athleisure has grown significantly as an apparel category. Last October, Morgan Stanley’s report on the athleisure trend found that “sports apparel and footwear sales have jumped 42% to $270 billion over the past seven years.”6
Implications: The growth in the health field is not just for food and fitness brands. Retailers who focus on athleisure, organic items and the outdoors can potentially tap into new areas of growth.
Large department stores JCPenney are increasing square footage devoted to active wear and focusing on it as a category for growth.
The emphasis on health and fitness spans generations, and retailers may find an engaged audience by promoting and selling an active and healthy lifestyle.
Robots have been quietly invading the retail arena, mainly in the areas of logistics and customer service. But some retailers have brought robots/artificial intelligence into the physical store as well. “Robots will have a significant impact on our lives, jobs and future occupations,” says Greg Simpson, Synchrony Financial’s Chief Technology Officer.
Retailers such as Target, Best Buy and Lowe’s have tested robots in stores. Several retailers have launched robots as interactive helpful tools for shoppers. They have been used to identify products in the store, translate the store experience into other languages, grab items from the warehouse for shoppers and instantly order products.
Some even take the shopper to the item in the store.
David Marcotte, a senior vice president with consulting firm Kantar Retail stated, “Americans find robots enormously entertaining. And there’s no emotional judging.” Some surveys have shown that people would rather interact with robots than with a person.7 The robot never judges you if you grab the ABBA karaoke CD.
Implications: Many large retailers have been testing robots, both in the backroom and on the selling floor. Lowe’s has been developing OSHbot, a customer service robot that speaks multiple languages and helps shoppers find items.
As reported in Business Insider, Best Buy has begun using Chloe, a robot that retrieves products that customers request from a kiosk. And Target recently began a trial of Tally, a robot that travels through aisles and takes inventory.
8 As the technology becomes more widely available and accessible, a robot invasion is getting more ly.
Brands and consumers talk to each other via social media. This becomes as natural as connecting with friends on Instagram and Snapchat. Brands are now on all the social media channels their customers frequent and the conversation between customers and brands are ongoing and natural.
In our 2016 Digital Study, Synchrony Financial found that approximately half of the population stated they have purchased a product as a result of social media (vs. only about a third in 2015). Social influence on buying is much more significant for millennials, as 76% of them said they have been influenced by social media.
According to Mintel, 2017 will be the year “people increasingly speak to brands as easily and informally as they would with their friends.”9
Implications: A comprehensive social media strategy should feature helpful content, not just a sales pitch.
Social media content that makes an emotional connection to the brand is the most successful. Brands should keep the content engaging and interactive.
Many retailers are using Snapchat filters and gaming to keep their customers engaged with the brand and keep them coming back.
A hybrid of in-store and online shopping is the Ship-to-Store concept. This has benefits to both consumers and retailers. Consumers are able to save on shipping charges and don’t have to browse through aisles to look for an item they want.
Retailers are able to drive incremental traffic to the stores, as customers tend to pick up other items while they are in the store. According to a survey by Internet Retailer, 57% of respondents said they had picked up an online order in a store.
Of those, 73% did so to avoid shipping fees, and 32% said it was for convenience. Major retailers are taking advantage of this trend. JCPenney said 40% of customers buy other items when picking up an item they had shipped to the local JCPenney store.
It also gives the retailer the opportunity to fulfill that order from store inventory when available, which eliminates additional transportation costs for the retailer.10
Implications: The Ship-to-Store concept may not be high-tech, but it is an additional way to engage with customers and think about their needs. This is a way to engage with busy parents, the lunch hour crowd and last minute gift givers. Any strategy that has the customer engage in the store and creates an incremental visit is a boon for the retailer.
Looking beyond digital, the Amazon Echo launched a new channel of interaction for consumers—the voice channel. Is a smartphone too much of a pain, with all the pressing and swiping? Now consumers can simply speak to Alexa (the brain behind Echo).
One of the functions of Echo is to order items from Amazon (i.e., “Alexa, order dog food”) and the voice command will trigger the purchase through Amazon.
According to Mintel’s study on key consumer trends, “The seamlessly synced relationship between humans and intelligent computers will solidify as voice control technology vastly improves at recognizing various pronunciations, accents and moods.
In the near future, sympathizing computers will reach the next level of utility by working together to fully know when and how to act – and then nimbly taking control.”11
Amazon entered the at-home voice command arena first, but Google has also developed the software, with Google Home. This is still cutting edge, but it may signal a new competition for voice technology in the future as other retailers may also develop voice-based functionality for purchases.
Implications: Industry watchers and trade publications estimate huge growth for the Amazon Echo, with one source estimating it will be a $1 billion business for Amazon.12 As the technology becomes more widely adopted, not only will other retailers take notice, but partnerships will also grow for usage of the technology.
Currently, home security companies have partnered with Echo. But in the future, maybe local delivery services or contractors will use the service as well. Additionally, other retailers may adopt voice technology and launch Echo- products and services. Although not fully formed, voice technology is anticipated to grow as the next retail channel.
As retailers look to innovation, new partnerships and models have sprung up. These new formats include the store-within-a-store and pop-ups.
Who says it takes years and a huge budget to launch a new storefront? Macy’s announced a partnership with beGlammed to provide at-home grooming and makeup services and Neiman Marcus recently announced a partnership with Le Metier de Beaute to provide services such as manicures and blowouts at affordable prices. Pop-up stores have also become ubiquitous for anything from farmers’ markets to hotel services.
Temporary stores and startups have found a place in high-end New York City retail districts. Stantt, which makes men’s shirts to-order, opened a pop-up.
Matt Hornbuckle, Stantt’s chief executive and co-founder said, “The overhead and financial commitment to open a store in Manhattan was too much for a startup.
And we didn’t want to commit to something that was a hypothesis before we tested it out.”13
Implications: For retailers who want to test the waters with a low cost and quick concept, partnering with another retailer or setting up a pop-up shop may be a viable solution.
Some large retailers have partnered with other retailers to go outside their own brand to drive traffic and pull in a more diverse customer set.
Plus, smaller retailers can launch a low-cost shop without having to invest a significant amount of time and money.
The move away from cash started with credit and debit cards, and the trend is still continuing, as new technologies take hold. Examples of these are mobile wallets and Person-2-Person digital payments.
Mobile wallets have been in the market in some form for several years now, but consumer awareness has only skyrocketed in the past year. With the introduction of the new payment technology of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, 81% of consumers now say they are aware of mobile wallet, up from only 55% a year ago.
14 Regular usage of the mobile wallet is expected to increase in 2017, as more retailers implement point-of-sale systems to accept the technology. According to a study by Forrester® Research, 68% of retailers said they planned to implement at least one digital payment feature in the coming year.
15 This increase in mobile wallet awareness, coupled with the acceptance of the technology in more retail locations, will ensure the quick adoption of the wallet as the primary payment vehicle.
Implications: The benefit of a cashless society for consumers is the ease and convenience of using their smartphone to pay, as opposed to carrying cash everywhere.
For a generation that has grown up with digital technology and views digital purchasing as the norm, the mobile wallet is a natural evolution.
The benefit for the retailer is a seamless point-of-sale experience that speeds the customer through checkout and the ability for customized promotions and personalized marketing.
No list of the future of retail is complete without a discussion of the Internet of Things (IoT). This technology enables consumers to buy whenever they want, in the comfort of their home, or whenever their busy schedule allows.
Thanks to modern broadband connections, merchants can deploy and connect millions of low cost micro-devices and sensors just about everywhere in the retail environment and throughout the home. A segment of the population showing a great deal of interest in IoT are parents.
A study by BabyCenter revealed that 71% of parents buy into the Internet of Things and 36% said they planned to buy another connected device.
The primary benefit is to make their life easier (57% stated this was the primary reason for purchase), with saving money close to the bottom of the list (21%).16 So, for retailers with a high percentage of parents or busy consumers, an investment in IoT technology is worthwhile.
Implications: The payoff of IoT for merchants is more data collected in more places, providing rich insights into consumer behavior, market trends, buying patterns and customer engagement.
This allows for personalized offers and interaction with customers, yielding increased customer loyalty.
For consumers, it signals an increase in convenience and shopping whenever and wherever their busy schedule allows.
Top 10 Boho Fashion Essentials
As a hipster, you probably want to follow all the latest trends so you can be on point with your outfits. Something that may have popped up on your radar is Bohemian fashion. With their flowy, roomy pieces, it’s practically wearing your pajamas out, but with grace and style!
That’s got to be a win-win you can’t pass up.
So if you’re intrigued by this fashion, read on to find out what exactly Boho fashion is and the top 10 must-haves for your closet.
What Is Bohemian Fashion?
Bohemian style refers to an artistic lifestyle that’s liberal and challenges tradition. When it comes to fashion, it’s associated with flowy pieces of clothing that have earthy, brown tones.
It’s a very casual style and rejects not only tradition but also materialism. Because of this, you’ll find that a lot of Boho chic outfit ideas incorporate the use of secondhand and thrift shop items.
Now that you have a starting point for what Bohemian style is, we can get into all the pieces you can purchase to transform your wardrobe and transition into the Bohemian lifestyle!
Bohemian fashion is all about flowy pieces, so maxi dresses are perfect. When you look in the dictionary for the word “flowy,” you’ll find a picture of a maxi dress. This garment will cover you from shoulder to toe, making you feel as if you’re floating on a cloud when you walk around.
If you’re on the lazier side for fashion, a printed maxi dress can save your skin. All you have to do is throw it on, pair it with some cute earrings or a chunky bracelet, and you’re good to go. If you have a beautiful bag, then you won’t even have to bother with the accessories! Your printed maxi dress will match it effortlessly.
If you want more to work with, then consider a maxi skirt instead. Maxi skirt outfit ideas incorporate both a bottom and top piece while maxi dresses consist of just one. If you’ve just gotten an awesome graphic t-shirt and want to show it off, then you can pair it with a maxi skirt.
A crop top always goes well with anything flowy since it flatters the top part of your body while it accentuates your hips. Whether you wear a maxi skirt or harem pants, you’ll look smoking in the outfit, no matter what shape or size you are.
Plus, crop tops can double as festival wear when you want to just throw on a pair of jean shorts and escape the boho life for a little bit. Don’t worry, no one will judge you for that!
If you’re not a fan of crop tops, or the weather’s too cold to wear them, then a comfy alternative is a tunic top. These will cover your upper body and make you feel nice and snug whenever you’re wearing them. You get lots of versatility with tunic tops for Boho fashion since you can wear them by themselves or layer with something a vest.
Embroidered tops are also something very bohemian, so make sure you have at least a few in your closet. These look great with dark-colored jeans so the attention is on your beautifully embroidered blouse.
On days where you’re not feeling particularly Boho chic, or you’re just feeling a bit lazy, you can throw on a tunic top and pair it with a cozy pair of leggings and call it a day.
- Gypsy Maxi Skirt
- Gladiator Sandals
When it comes to footwear, gladiator sandals are textbook Boho. When you find that you have a well put-together outfit and have no matching shoes, gladiator sandals will always come to the rescue. So you can forget about having to use those boring old flip-flops as your backup finishing touch for your amazing outfit.
What’s great about gladiator sandals is they come in a number of different styles. The straps can be chunky or thin, the heel can be flat or raised, and the sandals themselves can be ankle length or knee high. They also come in a variety of colors, so you can go wild with different pairs.
When the weather gets chillier and the rain starts coming down more, swap your gladiator sandals for ankle boots. Most ankle boots have simple styles, which means you can make one pair work with any outfit you put together. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even pick up a pair that has fringes.
For the fall-winter transition, you’ll want to switch from ankle boots to cowboy boots. You might be thinking: how are cowboy boots bohemian? With their leather material and their down-to-earth origins, we’d say cowboy boots are pretty Boho. Plus, you’d be surprised to see just how many people have Boho’d up their own pairs to give it more of an artsy feel.
Break free from plain, solid colors or chunks of color and embrace your more free-spirited and artsy side by exploring geometric prints. These can add a bit of depth and dimension to whatever you’re wearing, which will give you a truly unique appearance.
Many fashion designers have geometric print dresses in their lines, but if you’re not into buying from major brand names, you can still find gorgeous geometric prints at thrift stores or other independent clothing stores.
Chunky bracelets will really show off your Boho style, especially if you get them in earthy tones. Bohemian fashion is about rejecting materialism, so anything flashy is a no-no. Stick to unique pieces that have brown tones and are made from natural materials, such as wood or turquoise.
While many modern fashion brands have caught onto the Boho style of fashion, you’ll get better touches of authenticity if you source your jewelry from flea markets or incense stores. By buying secondhand, you’ll make your stand in antimaterialism.
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Have you put together your Bohemian outfit and felt it looked amazing, but was missing something? Then you probably need to get yourself an oversized scarf. You might be afraid that since everything is so flowy already, an oversized scarf will make it seem you’re swimming in an ocean of clothes.
But in reality, an oversized scarf is the pièce de résistance, as hard as it is to believe. Not only will it keep your neck nice and warm, but it’ll also give you a Boho aura. Plus, you can convert it into a cute halter top once the weather gets hotter.
Large sunglasses are great if you want to show off your street style. No matter what kind of wardrobe you have, oversized shades are always great to have on hand. Whether you’re in a tight cocktail dress or layered Boho garments, you can make fighting the sun’s rays oh so chic.
While you can go with trendy aviators or wayfarers, you can also consider tortoiseshell sunglasses too. This material complements the nature side of Boho life.
Headwraps and Hairbands
Here’s where you can exercise your chic style. While Bohemian isn’t exactly synonymous with hippie, you still have the freedom to incorporate some nature into your Bohemian outfits.
Floral crowns have been super popular with the festival crowd lately, so if you’ve always eyed other girls’ flower crowns enviously, here’s your chance to try it out for yourself. There are some cute floral headwraps and hairbands that can show off the more girly side of you.
While they won’t be as ostentatious as festival flower crowns, that’s a good thing. The more modest headwraps and hairbands are great for pairing with everyday Boho outfits. Plus, it goes with the whole “not so flashy” theme.
Bonus: Bohemian Mandala Rug
If you want your home to feel a little more Bohemian chic, this is the perfect addition. With its warm brown tones and mesmerizing mandala, it’ll accent all the other artistic trinkets you have strewn across your room.
For the hippie in you, the mandala rug will help you center yourself and find inner peace whenever you walk into the room and see it.
Flaunt Your Amazing Fashion Sense with Bohemian Fashion
If you’re a fashionista, you can’t go wrong with Bohemian fashion. It’s chock-full of incredible pieces that you’d never run outfit ideas. So if you’re bored with your current wardrobe, come over to the Boho side; we have (vegan) cookies.
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