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The BoHo or Bohemian style is one of the most individual and diverse clothing styles. Natural fibers, hand crafted textures and details, and increasingly ethical and eco fashion ideals are an integral part of the style. Layering different textures, patterns, and colors together to create a unique look is part of what makes the style so eclectic. Global prints, ethnic and tribal traditional patterns and embellishments, and folk couture elements are important part of the mix with various traditional textile traditions coming to the fore from season to season. Vintage fashion references are also common, especially those with a more romantic appeal.
Museum exhibitions highlighting various cultures and their crafting traditions including jewelry, textiles, and surface design can heavily influence trends available to this style tribe. Color palettes tend to be neutral, earthy, and derived from nature although colorful detailing such as embroidery and beading are not unusual. Florals, lace and other soft, romantic pieces often mix with these global prints in the same outfit. Meanwhile denim, suede, and leather can create and tough and tender twist.
Vintage styles often play a part in this look, drawing on periods ranging from the velvet bunout coats and head pieces of the flapper era to the colorfully patterned dresses and tops of the sixties and seventies. In addition, select pieces from other stylized trends such as steampunk and goth can be worked into this look. Lagenlook is a BoHo sub-type and is literally German for Layered Look. Natural fibers and art-to-wear designer pieces are particularly prevalent in this sub group.
Long flowing lines are a signature part of the style with sweeping dusters, maxi dresses and skirts, and lean tunics frequent components of ensembles, and are layered over leggings and tights with boots or flats. Bold, ethnic or artisan made jewelry and other accessories such as scarves and hats are an enormously important part of BoHo fashion with pieces often chosen from the unique, one-of-a-kind wearable art milieu. Jeans and denim can be both simple and in classic silhouettes and washes, or embroidered and beaded with floral or ethnic patterns.
The summer art and music festival season often creates a trendy fashion sub-trend during warmer weather for BoHo Chic that goes beyond the year-long adherents. Coachella and Burning Man are two of the most well known, but there are many others. Winter resort, beach and cruise vacations are another time when some who wear other styles more frequently will indulge in breezy bohemian styles. Crochet lace, cotton Indian prints, and beaded sandals are the most prevalent choices. Those who adhere more closely to the BoHo style tribe often indulge in rich velvets in the winter months, in addition to eco-friendly and natural fiber fabrics such as organic cotton, linen, and silk.
The off-beat and free-spirited styles at Pyramid Collection can be a treasure trove. Steampunk, goth, vintage-inspired, and hippie looks mix together to inspire unique individuality. Sizing for each garment is listed in both sizing systems with some labels topping out at a 3X (24W) and others 3X (28W), so pay attention to individual product listings. Soft Surroundings has one of the best selections of sizes in easy, free flowing styles including kimono toppers, maxi skirts, boho tunic tops, and art-to-wear inspired pieces with global aesthetics. Everything is available in size 2 to 18 (XL), including petite and tall sizes, while most styles are also available in women's sizes 14 to 24W. This is a particularly popular shopping spot for resort vacation shoppers, but the holiday velvets, embroidered jackets, and winter collections are also well worth a stop.
While Coldwater Creek has closed their retail locations, the catalog and e-commerce site is still going strong. More artistic influenced and boho pieces for which they were popular with many shoppers are beginning to make regular appearances again now the company re-organization is complete with sizes available in most styles up to 24W.
Ulla Popken often has BoHo peasant tops, mixed print tunics, and European style plus-size eco-fiber fashion in sizes to 38W. Those favoring simple, organic shapes and natural fibers will want to check out the designs of upscale labels such as Bryn Walker and Eileen Fisher.
Meanwhile the richly printed silks, velvets, and rayons offered by Johnny Was and Tolani are year round favorites with bohemian fashionistas who favor vintage romantic looks. More designer romantic looks are available from the Wardrobe Shop featuring mainly vintage style dresses from labels such as Nataya.
The television home shopping channel QVC is another unexpected resource in this style category. Home to an eclectic group of designers, celebrities, and stylists offering affordable diffusion collections to size 3X (28W), labels to especially look out for include LOGO by Lori Goldstein which has a lagenlook feel. Bob Mackie and Louis Dell'Olio will often play with prints and details appealing to Bohemian princesses. Dennis Basso is an especially good resource for outerwear, especially leather, suede and faux fur options. This shopping spot is also an excellent spot for accessories, jewelry, shoes, and handbags to finish looks, including rings in larger sizes and necklaces with extenders.
For younger, trend-conscious shoppers, Fast Fashion has been offering inexpensive options in recent seasons. Fabric qualities are generally lower than artisan, boutique, or designer pieces and fewer natural fibers are available. The price points are, however, budget friendly. Reliable hot spots include Rue 21, Alloy, Forever 21, and Rainbow Shops which all serve up junior sizes S to 3X, with SWAK being the best spot for those who need sizes 1X to 6X.
Maxi dresses at Avenue in size 14 to 32W very often have a bohemian flavor, as do many of their tops. A little bit pricier but still appealing to younger fashionistas are chic styles available from trendy British retailers Asos in size 0 to 24W and Evans in size 10 to 28W which also can have an eclectic world aesthetic. Both Macy's in-house label INC and brands such as American Rag and Lucky are ones to look for there in size 14 to 24W.
eShakti, an international wholesale direct to consumer shopping site based in India, has a growing collection of customizable global chic dresses, tops, and skirts mostly available in cotton or rayon to sizes up to 36W with quick and easy shipping to the U.S. and around the world.
Upscale department stores such as Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus regularly carry designer labels and brands that work well in this wardrobe style. Look especially for Johnny Was, Tolani, and Citron, all of whom work in silk prints. The Johnny Was label has a softer, more vintage appeal. Tolani works with ethnic and global prints inspired from the designer's native India. Citron often has Asian influences reminiscent of hand-painted kimono styles. Dillard's is home to linen designer Bryn Walker appealing to the eco-fashion crowd, in addition to Eva Varro who works in off-beat print mixes. Rachel Pally is a celebrity favorite, designing in packable knits in relaxed, often oversized yet graceful silhouettes. Her maxi dresses and palazzo pants tend to run very long, so expect to hem unless tall.
Unique Vintage is a great source for art deco and flapper styles that can work well with bohemian looks. In addition to dresses and cut velvet toppers, their accessories collection is unusual and fun, including floral hair pieces, fascinators, and headbands. Layering, open front kimonos and toppers in hand painted styles can frequently be found at Draper's and Damon's.
For unique jewelry and hand-made accessories, check out Novica which is run by National Geographic and tells the stories of individual artisans from around the world who have fair-trade agreements with the site.
BoHo style tops, skirts, pants, dresses, and accessories for full-figured curvy fashionistas size L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X