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Last Update: June 19, 2017
2 - 28W
Off-the-Shoulder Bardot Sweater
8 - 30W
Silk Pisa Kimono
4 - 24W
Petite to 18P
dusters and kimono toppers are an important part
BoHo style which is often one that is about
layers. Layers of beads and bracelets.
Skirts and dresses layered over tights or
Warm brown leather jackets
layered over sweet, vintage lace.
Filmy chiffon kimonos and crochet dusters
layered over simple tees
and jeans are very popular in warmer months, and
many work as swim cover ups as well. Layers are
and flowing making sweater dusters and coats a
favored styling option. Lace of all kinds
can be incorporated into spring and summer
toppers that work well with BoHo styles.
Bunout, floral, and
embroidered velvet toppers are
increasingly popular in both in winter and
summer fashion trends, and can be worn over
denim just as easily as for a special occasion.
Pullover sweaters are often
patterned in classic ethnic prints and
traditional folk patterns, while others have
mixed media details and asymmetric hems. Poncho
and cape styles are also exceptionally popular
with the BoHo set. Natural fibers are prized in
higher end, designer sweaters with a more
bohemian aesthetic. These can be anything
from hemp and raw silk to exotic wools such as
alpaca or cashmere. Some sweaters can
double as outerwear
in milder climates or spring and fall seasons.
Hand-crafting - whether real or perceived - is
another part of the BoHo style vocabulary.
This can be crochet lace, embroidery, or
can be knitwear patterns in
traditional and folk motifs. The Nordic
patterns are especially popular during the
holidays as Christmas sweaters. It can be the
suggestion of hand-dying, natural fibers, or
even felting. Colors tend toe be earthy
and natural. Many bohemian style sweaters
and toppers qualify as wearable art with the
focus on the textiles themselves, even more than
the silhouette or shape.
Lighter kimono toppers and cascade vests, and
heavier ruana wraps and ponchos are often
located in the accessories along with scarves
sections of many retailers, while others will
rack them with tops, sweaters, or jackets.
With folkloric and ethnic patterns part of
trendier looks right now, along with some 70's
bohemian vintage references, many trendy
retailers are carrying inexpensive kimono
toppers, crochet dusters, and tribal print
often has the trendiest selection available in
plus sizes up to 28W, with
light print kimono toppers to 6X in the festival
Those looking for Scottish Fair Isle, Irish,
Nordic, and other folk sweater patterns will
often have good luck at traditional retailers
especially during the cooler fall and winter
Both have good inventories in size S to 3X.
Soft Surroundings is one of the best
spots on the internet for relaxed, artisan
inspired fashion with global and ethnic prints,
embellishments, and silhouettes. Kimono
toppers and sweater knits are both well
represents according to seasonal needs.
Most styles are available from size 2 to 24W,
with petite and tall options available in
selected styles to 18.
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Open Weave Pullover
Size 1X - 3X
Cascade Kimono Topper
Size XL - 5X
Striped Kimono Cardigan
Tie Dye Kimono
Size XL - 3X
is the best place to find the Citron hand
painted silk label that specializes in Asian
inspired kimono toppers. Eileen Fisher's
natural fiber sweaters are also frequently
available. Nic + Zoe
designer sweaters have a hand-crafted appeal
that also work well with contemporary bohemian
Coldwater Creek carries many natural
fibers with an artisanal vibe to many of their
pieces for sizes up to 3X. The eco-fiber
line from Ulla
Popken can be a bonanza for larger sized
bohemian princesses, along with the growing
collections of vintage inspired prints and
artistic inspired designs for size 12 to 38W.
Of the big plus specialty chain retailers
Catherine's is the most likely to stock
trend conscious styles with a bohemian vibe with
kimono toppers in the summer, and tunics,
ponchos, and vests in the cooler seasons for
size XL to 5X.
Marcus regularly stocks Johnny Was which uses
bohemian vintage styles in silk, rayon and lace
with some gorgeous lightweight toppers.
Neiman Marcus is one of the best sources for
sweaters on the internet. Eileen
Fisher is well represented, as well,
with upscale natural fibers such as wool, silk,
linen, and velvet all fashioned into sweaters
rocks the Portland vibe and can turn up some off-beat
finds for women size S to 2X. Meanwhile, the
eclectic offerings from
at moderate price points regularly includes folk
inspired knits, crochet toppers, and ponchos for size S
carries one of the best selections of lace and
velvet toppers, in addition to more eclectic
sweater styles in sizes to 28W.
Trendy retailers such as
River Island can be a particularly original and
striking source for extended and plus-size options,
especially during the spring and summer festival seasons
for sizes up to 24W.