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Last Update: November 28, 2016

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Dresses have become very popular in recent years among all style categories, but bohemian style fashionistas have always favored them. With pattern and pattern mixing becoming increasingly important on the fashion scene, BoHo looks are currently trending in mainstream trendy looks.

Mainly a boutique style for individualists who appreciate expressing uniqueness, the style tribe has influenced trendy fashion in recent years as part of the vintage and retro mania permeating the runways.   Both 1960's and 1970's looks are being recycled and reinterpreted for today's fashionistas.

Folkloric, global, and ethnic inspired patterns are especially important in this style category. Well-traveled, educated bohemians are also influenced by art and museum exhibitions such as the Frida Kahlo collection in Mexico City and the China: Through the Looking Glass show at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Florals, especially vintage rose patterns, also turn up here.  Colors can be wild and vibrant, or earthy neutrals.  It's not unusual to see the mixing of prints in unique and unexpected ways. Women with a more romantic style can also pull from BoHo looks, but with less distinct global or ethnic inspirations.

BoHo style dresses are especially popular during the warmer summer months, during the winter resort and cruise season, and for Spring Break.  Favorites for outdoor music festivals, summer beach vacations, and hanging out on weekends, bohemian style dresses are an easy style statement that requires little fuss.

 

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Rose Floral Knit Dress
Size S - 3X
 

Lace Hem/
Cotton Gauze Dress
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 18

Paisley Print
Tiered Georgette Dress

Size  0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Lace Bell Sleeve Dress
Size 6 - 24W
 

Maxi dresses are typically part of the bohemian style, but BoHo style dresses are also available in shorter cotton, lace, linen and rayon sun dresses in the summer and velvet and other heavier fabrics with with embroidery or beading in the winter.  Typically characterized by natural fibers, trims suggesting hand-crafting such as: beads, embroidery, appliqué, and crochet lace. Some more romantic vintage styles can also play a role.

In cooler weather bohemian princesses frequently dress in eclectic layers with tights, leggings, sweaters, coats and boots becoming important parts of the look. Leather and suede jackets, scarves, hats and winter accessories create an opportunity for a unique individual style.

 

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Shopping Resources for PLUS-SIZE BOHO DRESSES

With it's focus on unique, unusual, and collectible finds it's not a surprise that eBay is one of the best shopping resources for BoHo style fashion.  For those who favor the flowing layers, peasant style dresses, and maxis in global and ethnic prints check out the offerings at the Only Golden Goddess eBay Store in sizes to 5X.   Small, individual artisans designing one-of-a-kind garments are scattered throughout eBay and can often be located in a search for Art to Wear.

Goddess inspired, New Age cataloguer Pyramid Collection has one of the best and most unusual collections of dresses appealing to bohemian aesthetics.  Styles can draw on romantic vintage and goth looks, batiks and tie dyes, Steampunk, crochet and lace and more, in sweeping, easy long silhouettes and loose swing dress and tunic dress styles.  Sizes are available to 3X with individual garments listing numerical size equivalencies that can range from 20W to 28W. 

Meanwhile, Shoptiques is turning into a BoHo mecca for those who enjoy indie boutique fashion.  Styles range from vintage romantic to classic California bohemian, with a few art-to-wear fiber artists in the mix. 

 

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Size 14 - 24W

 

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More expensive natural fiber, often organic, designs from Eileen Fisher are widely available from better department stores.  Silhouettes are loose and easy, with classic black a staple in fine jersey knits and wovens.

Fast, trendy fashion in recent years has been picking up elements of the bohemian style making some inexpensive junior focused retailers a good resource for flowing maxi dresses and the occasional shorter style.  One of the best for plus-size BoHo styles is Asos.  Meanwhile, City Chic has maxi and tunic dress styles in both prints and solids that appeal to the bohemian aesthetic for size 14 to 24W.  Junior retailers such as Rainbow and Rue 21 have recently extended their sizes to XS to 3X, with bohemian styles well represented in their inventories.

Macy's frequently stocks a particularly good selection of maxi dresses and shorter shift dresses in global prints, lace, and sometimes beaded or embroidered styles especially during the winter resort and summer festival seasons from a number of different labels including Lucky Brand, American Rag, INC, and Michael Kors in size 14 to 24W.

Serengeti catalog often has longer length crinkle dresses in a variety of global and ethnic prints in size S to 3X.  Meanwhile, dress super retailer Dress Barn has been adding moderately priced printed maxi dresses to their offerings in recent months in size 6 to 24W.

 

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Size XL - 4X
Avg - Petite
 

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Size XL - 3X
 

 

Designer BoHo Dresses

Upscale designers Rachel Pally and Johnny Was are some of the best high end dress labels appealing to those with bohemian sensibilities available in size S to 3X.  Rachel Pally works in jersey knits and specializes in long flowing lines in both shorter and maxi dress lengths and can sometimes work for women even larger than 24W.  Lengths tend to be long with hems expected to be taken up by tailors for the perfect fit. Johnny Was is a little more difficult to find, but worth the effort, for vintage influenced silk, cotton, and rayon dresses in eyelet lace and floral prints.  Nic + Zoe designs upscale knits, often with unique, artisanal patterns.  Dresses include tunic, fit and flare, and maxi silhouettes for sizes XS to 3X.  Nataya's style is infused with a romantic aesthetic drawn from the era of Downton Abbey and the Titanic with vintage detailing including lace, beading, and embroidery in creamy whites, classic black, tea stained pastels, and deeper muted shades for size S to 3X.

The natural fibers and simple silhouettes favored by Eileen Fisher are enormously popular.  Many of the tunic styles are perfect for layering and more lagenlooks for size S to 3X.  
 

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 Black Lace Dress
Size 1X - 3X
 

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Size 1X - 3X

 

Bohemian Dresses in Extended Plus-Size 26 +

Super size women will find the best selection at value to moderate prices from California lifestyle retailer Sealed with a Kiss in sizes to 6X.  Jersey maxi and lace dresses are also a specialty at contemporary designer Kiyonna in sizes to 5X.  India - based direct from manufacturer dress super-store eShakti has been adding more BoHo styles to their vintage collections with everything offered available to 36W.

Catherine's will often have dresses with global prints and maxi dress styles during the winter cruise and resort season, and during the summer months in size 14 to 34W.  Ulla Popken will frequently stock knits and batiks both in tunic and maxi dress styles.  Bohemian styles with a European flavor are beginning to turn up here more regularly.  Some tie dye styles will also turn up in size 12 to 38W.

 

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Size 14 - 24W
 

Scroll Print Knit Dress
Size S - 3X
 

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XS - 4X
 

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Size
10 - 32W
 

 

 

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