Wednesday, March 18, 2020

How To Winter- Boho: A Small Guide to Bohemian dressing in Winter

 Hi Everyone!  Since the How to Boho guide went ok, I thought I'd try Winter Bohemian, something I've gotten asked a lot about in the past. (Lol, you're rolling your eyes thinking no one asked!  But I've gotten emails about it and I'm happy to get those rather than the creepy tights fetish emails again, ugh.)

This guide is meant just to be a base and goes over what I've learned. It is not meant as an all encompassing, the end all, be all guide and I'm not the boho police.  Everyone has different lifestyles and winter climates vary quite a lot. To set up, my winter climate is 7-9 months of winter with coldest temps of -50f, wind but it is also a very dry cold and our snow isn't wet.  If you live in a wet winter climate with slush, you're not going to really want long maxis and midis would probably work better.  This is just meant as a take what works for you kind of thing. 

Ok, the base! I'm going to start with a base outfit again - items in this are what I have on hand are I tried to included more everyday items that most people might have such as Sorrels, winter coats, peacoats, you get it.   Above I've done just a plain black maxi dress which is something that's easy to find in all stores at all price ranges. I added a Waterfall cardigan (this type of cardigan with the long sides and drape) this is something that was super popular in 2012 and is coming back around and you either have one or they're easy to find. I added a little fringe bag because boho loves fringe - it's a great way to add a little visual interest and texture to an outfit if you don't want to go full boho. In the third outfit I added a waist belt, something else that's coming back into trend, and a scarf in a complimentary color and a fun pattern.

 In this set out outfits I took the basic look from above and took it a step farther.  Boho loves color and texture so having a solid color scheme to your wardrobe really helps here to keep it from being too overwhelming. I've gone with black and brown as base colors and then have added nature inspires hues such as orange, green and red to keep the outfits cohesive. 

In the first outfit, I wore the sides of the scarf down and belted over the scarf and the cardigan.  If you're just wanting to dip your toe into boho but are uncomfortable with ALL THE VOLUME, this is a great way to define your waist if you want to and keep your frame from being overwhelmed by fabric.

In the second look I've taken away the brown fringe bag and went with a colorful fabric bag. These are cheap and easy to find and are a great way to add a boho touch to a plain look.  I added a shawl over the cardigan for an extra layer to stay warm.
In the third outfit I wore a embroidered maxi coat - maxi coats are great for warmth and really add a lot of interest to an outfit. I added the shawl again over the coat for extra warmth. I personally love shawls because they do help but I also admit I don't love them for when I take the bus.

(I'm sorry, the BooBoo is needy and wanted to be in the pictures.)

 Another way to style a plain black maxi for winter is a maxi cardigan.  I like to belt mine with a leather belt - a leather belt is substantial visually that it doesn't get lost in all of the fabric and a large part of boho is natural fibers and textures. (Or at least the appearance of them, lol.)  I can add a maxi coat and a big scarf for extra warm or another shawl.  Layers are really the key part to staying warm in the winter as each layer traps the air in-between - this is also is a key part of the boho look.
 Ok, maybe you just have a nice peacoat - you can still boho!  Here I added a wide brimmed hat, a printed scarf, a fabric bag and a big belt and tada, sharp looking boho.  You can also put a shawl on it. (Put a shawl on in is the new "put a bird on it")
 Ok, technical boho.  This is a lot harder but again, I want to show stuff you probably have.  Technical items like a puffy jacket tend to read more "Crunchy granola hippie" which is a subset of boho.  Here I belted the maxi, put on some Sorrel, a knit cap and mittens for some of that homespun boho vibes and paired it with a technical jacket. You can also throw a scarf and a shawl on, hah.  This is a much hard look to pull off and I admit I need to work more on it.
 Same look but for a little colder weather - the technical jacket is under the parka which is great for insulation. I also switched out the tall sorrels for the sorrel joan of arc ones for a different look.
 Alright, next base look.  This is layering the black maxi under another skirt which is something I love to do. It adds extra warmth and makes the skirt extra foofy. (If you don't want to be that warm and don't like foof, a tank, long sleeve ee or tee will work instead.)  Here I have a cardigan with a large weave which adds to the texture of the outfit (instead of a whole outfit looking flat from being the same texture, boho does rely on many textures.) and the gray color works well with the red and black. You can use your same waist belt and add the fabric bag again and tada, put a shawl on it.
 Here's the peacoat again with a big scarf and a knit cap.  Again, the textures of the cap and the mittens help take the peacoat away from a polished look to more of a boho lok.  You can also wear your scarf like a shawl or pair a maxi coat over it.
 Here's a big sweater for extra warm.  You can tuck or belt the sweater and it looks very dramatic and cool with either a shawl or a peacoat. The peacoat has less fabric volume.
 A loose knit white sweater is very boho - you could do this same look and switch out the skirt for bellbottoms or plain plains. 
 Switching to another base outfit, here's a bohemian knee length skirt.  Paired with tall lace up boots and a belt you get a solid outfit and with a peacoat with a furry ruff, you get a Almost Famous Penny look. (This is an old Forever21 coat.)  You can also add a shawl for extra warmth
 Some different toppers you can use- coats make a huge difference with winter outfits so it helps to be intentional with what you have.  A shag coat is about as boho as it gets and is actually a greatbase item for creating bohemian outfits.  The long maxi coat is another good base item that will go with everything.  I also added two different puffer coats - a purple l.l.bean coat that I wear in -10f outfits and a large black puffer for -50. (If it is-50, I would switch out for black Sorrels, pair with wool tights such as smartwool or darn tough or wool leggings and wear the long underwear.)
 Here's the same look with a huge wool cardigan - you can see the cardigan is still a complimentary color to the outfit and the speckle print adds visual interest but is almost a plain slate. A big belt keeps the fabric from billowing too much. A shawl can be added for warmth and volume for maximum boho vibes.
Shorts and tights are another very boho thing but one everyone might not love. I just added a few ideas for outfits here.


Ok, that wasn't super in depth and didn't cover all of the ranges or outfits but I wanted to do an easy baseline for building winter boho outfits.  I will say that I wear long underwear under everything in the winter and that makes a huge difference, mine are l.l.bean and they've very thin, lightweight so they don't add bulk to an outfit.  Good socks and tights also make a difference in being warm - wool is always better in the cold.  You can take away the skirts and add jeans to any of these looks but I would say a big, swishy skirt is the easiest way to really get that boho vibe.  Embrace colors, textures and volume and have fun - it isn't a very serious style!  If you have any questions or think I missed something (which I'm sure I did) please feel free to say so in the comments.

On another note, I'm sorry about the awful lighting in the photos.  Indoor pictures are hard when there's not a lot of natural light and I'm at very good at them.

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