Bohemian Summer – Building your Capsule Wardrobe

One of my favourite things about the summer is being able to bring out my bohemian summer dresses and look to add to my collection! We might be limited when it comes to festival and large summer events but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring out the hippy in us when it comes to meeting friends in the pub, garden parties or if completely desperate even doing the housework!

Bohemian fashion is actually a culture rather than a fashion trend and has a history behind it dating back to the 19th century and closely associated with the hippy fashions of the 60’s and 70’s.  Bohemian style itself is seen as effortless, relaxed and loose fitting items often made in natural fabrics, retro patterns, neutral shades based around the 70’s trends and finished off with statement accessories. Personally I find the bohemian style liberating, romantic, artistic and alternative to the mainstream trends that are so widely followed.


Tops: These tend to be loose fitted, bell trumpet and bishop style sleeves, half length or three-quarter length sleeves, decorative trims i.e tassels or pom poms, printed designs or embroidery 

Printed Tunic
Prairie Blouse with Embroidery 
White Lace Top
Ethnic Print Top

Bottoms: Look out for flared bottoms, flowy or mixed print skirts, relaxed fits and embroidery 

Flared Jeans
Printed Maxi Skirts
Distressed Denim Shorts
Harem Bottoms

Dresses: Loose fitted A-line cuts, bell trumpet and bishop style sleeves, half length or three-quarter length sleeves, off the shoulder prairie dresses, mixed print designs, embroidery 

Eyelit Dresses
Printed Maxi Dresses



Jackets/Outerwear: Source distressed pieces, oversized pieces, items which are cosy, items with decorative elements i.e fringes and trims

Distressed or Oversized Denim Jacket
Printed Kimono
Sheepskin Coat
Leather Biker

Footwear: Go for natural earth tones such as browns, greys and beiges, wooden, Comfortable chunky heels/ wedges, platforms, cowboy boots

Suede Ankle Boots
Cowboy Boots
Gladiator Sandals
Chunky Clogs
Wooden Wedges

Accessories: Mixed prints, braids, fringes, tassels, antique looking jewellery, rattan bags and belts, pat chairs designs, ethnically prints

Brown Fringe Leather Bag
Ethnically Oversized Earings
Oversized Scarf
Oversized Fabric Bag