#VerySummerEdit: Summer Boho

Did anyone else experience a full-on fashion throwback when the boho trend breezed down the SS15 catwalks? This is such a timeless style and I fall back in love each time it makes a come-back – it’s like rediscovering chocolate all over again. From the styles illustrated in Pre-Raphaelite art to the 60’s haute hippie, it’s all proof that we should keep hold of those free-flowing fabrics and flower headbands, because boho steals the spotlight time and time again.

Beneath bohemian couture’s many guises though, there remains one constant: the carefree lifestyle it represents – boho isn’t solely a way of dressing, but a folkloric, feel-good way of living; that’s what I love most about this trend. It makes me crave picnics in the sun, mid-day mojitos with my mister and sunbathing to the sound of an acoustic guitar ♥. All in a swishy swooshy lace dress.

If you don’t find yourself in a similar mood, hopefully today’s Very Edit will re-ignite your boho mojo, as this style saunters back into the spotlight for the 4593054483th time (I exaggerated). Put your androgynous tailoring away, get your peace signs out and let’s take a virtual campervan tour into the bohemian dream…

Hippie style at Woodstock festival 1969
Hippie style at Woodstock festival 1969 – timeless! Photo taken by Doris Raguž. Photo credit: Pinterest.

1. The Sixties’ Shift Shape

Oh, hello, pretty little dress. The 60s-inspired shift is the shape of the season and this little number is the loveliest I’ve seen yet. An easy-wearer for any time of day or night, styling it is effortless – wear it with your fringed festival boots in the daylight hours or block heels after dark. I’ll be wearing mine with the addition of  a coral lip, my metallic block heels and a jacket, for when the sun goes in and my reptile tendencies get the better of me (no one likes me when I’m cold.)

Summer Boho Shift Dress

2. The Crochet Cover-Up

An eclectic mix of long and short layers effortlessly radiates boho style – take this longline crochet waistcoat as the case in point. Style it over distressed denims and  a tucked-in white tee, et voilà – effortless, no? This crochet waistcoat is obviously versatile enough to wear however you fancy, though. Ticking off this season’s love for lace, white, fringing and boho-inspired styles, it’s a music festival must-have – throw it over anything and go.

Summer Boho Crochet Waistcoat


3. The Bardot-Inspired Boho Top

As timeless and charming as the icon it was named after, you can’t fault the Bardot top for its versatility and feminine appeal when it comes to creating lazy hazy boho styles – thanks Brigitte, for bringing this shoulder-baring beaut’ into our lives. Brimming with boho charm, off-the-shoulder tops are a big shout this season and this wear-with-anything wonder is as easy-going as the bohemian mindset. Throw some 70’s shapes in there with flared jeans, or add distressed denim shorts, flatforms and round retro sunnies.

Summer Boho Bardot Top

4. The Kaleidoscopic Kimono

Inspiring more colour into the neutral palettes we’ve seen so far, this busy kaleidoscopic print kimono ensures attention all by itself. Featuring a riot of patterns, it promises to add interest to your organic-coloured pieces and be the pièce de résistance of your festival looks. Style this printed pick with your high-waisted shorts, a khaki Bardot top and layered necklace for Coachella-inspired appeal. No marks for effort, top marks for style ✓.
Summer Boho Printed Kimono


5. The Clean-Cut Culottes

Culottes have swooped back onto the fashion agenda and these printed beauties add a welcome pop of pattern to your look. Those clean-cut lines lend sophisticated yet laid-back appeal to your Bardot gypsy tops and they work just as well in the boardroom as they do in the bar, on the beach and beyond. I think the key to wearing culottes, is making sure they have a cinched waist and that you wear a tucked-in, tight fitted tee, otherwise there’s too much fabric involved and it can swamp your figure. Finish with heels to elongate your legs.

Summer Boho Printed Culottes

And that’s where I’ll leave it for today.  To shop the looks featured in this post, just click here. Has anyone else found themselves snapping up an unhealthy amount of gypsy tops, crochet waistcoats and khaki-coloured garms since scrolling through all the Coachella pics on Instagram? I feel like I’ve been living and breathing boho for the past few weeks. If you’re a fellow fan, I’ve curated a photo gallery of my favourite boho trends over on my personal blog, if the chilled-out vibe should take you there… Either way, peace out until next time!

The Very Edit. Summer Boho.
Photo credit: Pinterest


23rd April 2015
Written by Laura Taylor