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In Love With Bohemia: A Dress Love Story

With the new BBC2 series “Life in Squares” in full swing, the new wave of bohemian could not come at a better time. This bohemian romance ticks all the boxes when it comes to AW15 trends, namely long flowing lengths and luxurious fabrics.

The Bohemian movement first came about here in the UK in the first part of the 20th century. The group consisted of  influential English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists. Amongst them was the writer and poet Virginia Woolf. The group became known as the The Bloomsbury Set because they all worked or studied in Bloomsbury, London. Makes sense…

This time the bohemian trend has been spiced up with the 70s folk vibe that we’ve been loving all summer. Introducing the new era bohemian…

There are some great brands that are just bursting with bohemian inspired goodness. Check out Free People and fall in love with long flowing fabrics and florals that will make you weak at the knees.

What you need to be a New-era Bohemian;

– 1 dress, made from chiffon, silk or another floaty fabric that billows in the wind

– a dash of lace or some gorgeous sheer thingy that you can fling about when quoting Oscar Wilde

– an artistic flare

– and an open-mind

The perfect accessory for the modern Bohemian;

– a espresso coffee

– riveting conversation

– something made of lace

The Best of the Bohemian bunch;

Glamorous-Folk-Dress

Maxi dress by Glamorous Now £ 38.50

Maxi-dress-by-Free-People

Maxi dress by Free People Now £ 69.00

One-teaspoon-mini-dress

Dress by One Teaspoon £ 98.00

The bohemian movement and style was and IS all about decadence. Bohemia is defined by flamboyancy, artistic flare and freedom. One designer to watch at the movement is designer Matthew Williamson, his intricate and beautifully detailed patterns have A-listers and us totally captivated.

A perfect Positano brunch with @poppydelevingne looking gorgeous in my favourite dress from MW2004.

Een foto die is geplaatst door Matthew Williamson (@matthewwilliamson) op

Family favourites. #LenAndJen

Een foto die is geplaatst door Matthew Williamson (@matthewwilliamson) op

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Alexa Chung: A Fashion Icon

Alexa Chung

How can we possibly began to explain how much of an influence Alexa Chung has over the fashion world. Alexa’s first brush with the fashion world was at Reading Festival back when she was 16 years old. It was there where she was spotted by a scout from Storm Model agency and so her love affair with fashion and modelling began.

Alexa soon grew into a recognised T.V personality (remember Popworld on Channel 4?). She then went on and on and on…to present even more shows. How we all loved and laughed at Gok’s Fashion Fix! It was there that she truly made a name for herself, interviewing designers such as, Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfield, Jean Paul Gautier, Margherita and Christian Lacroix. She told the world it was her “dream job”. Now that’s something we can all understand!

Words can’t describe…

Having written a monthly column for Company magazine and for the credited newspaper The Independent, where her column “Girl about Town” gained huge amount of devoted readers. But perhaps more impressive to the fashion pack, is that she was made a contributing editor for British Vogue in 2009.  Even the famously steely Anna Wintour described her as a “phenomenon” and that isn’t the only famous fashionista to have sent compliments her way, the likes of Channel designer Karl Lagerfield amongst others. She was even declared in the The New York Times as “the new generation Kate Moss”.

This lady is a muse for fashion designers all over, appeared on Tatler’s best dressed list, bagged the British Style Award (which was voted by us, the public) and she even has a Mulberry bag named after her! Now you can’t get more of a British style icon that that.

Alexa Chung’s best dressed – The Dress Edit

What makes Alexa Chung an icon is her ability to have so many different looks but somehow tie them all together beautifully with her own recognisable style. Something that all fashion lovers strive for.

1. The bohemian maxi 

Here Alexa Chung has perfected the bohemian glamour that we strive for. The Maxi dress has a bohemian feel with the romantic billowing sleeves, but the sexy side split keeps your attention. Take a page out of Alexa’s book and pair your maxi dress with elegant pointy sandal and a colourful fur shrug, to give it a slight rock glam look.

Alexa Chung inspired Bohemian Dress

Mango Maxi Dress Now £ 44.99, Free People Maxi Dress Now £ 44.00

 

2. The LBD prepped up

You can’t get more classic or elegant than the little black dress. The LBD acts as the perfect canvas for any outfit (be it day or night!). Team with a checked baby doll coat, pea-coat or trench coat to create your own look. Roll-up your sleeves to give the finished look a casual twist and team with preppy accessories. This look is smart and polished but when worn with a soft pink lip this keeps it from looking to hard.

If this is a look that has you weak at the knees then you should definitely take a look at our LBD’s.

LBD Black Dresses

Mango Black Dress Now £ 34.99, French Connection Black Dress Now £ 64.00

 

3. The darling dungaree style

This has to be the easiest and cutest Alexa Chung style to recreate…REALLY! Grab your cute black ballet pumps. A white blouse or t-shirt. A pinafore or dungaree style dress, in a soft charcoal shade or denim. All that’s left to complete the look is a vintage style handbag and sweep your hair up. Oh la la and she’s off!

Denim Pinafore

Topshop Pinafore Dress £ 39.00 Topshop Denim Pinafore £ 35.00

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Bohemian Style: All you need to know

John Lennon & Yoko Ono during their “Bed-in” at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam, 1969

What is Bohemian style? Is it different to Hippie style?

Well actually Bohemian style is not only the way you dress, but a way of life. It is “Art for Arts sake” and although this line is credited to Gautier somewhere back in the 1800s, the idea goes much further back, to the time of the Ancient Greeks in fact. The term Bourgeois Bohemian first began being thrown about in France during this time. What you may not know though, is that the word “Bohemian” actually means gypsy (uh huh! Hence the similarity in style then!). This title suited the style of these early Bohemians, not only in their choice of lifestyle but in their eccentric clothing.

But nowadays, as times have progressed, the distinction between Bohemians and Hippies has somewhat blurred. Although there is a lot of similarity in the style of dress, there are different ideologies.

Bohemian Ideology in a nutshell

The idea of beauty, freedom, poetry, Art and self-expression – something that can be expressed not only in your appearance but in your choice of lifestyle. Bohemian style has been floating around since the early 20th century. The style is somewhat dreamy, romantic and incredibly delectable to the eye.

The Dreamy Bohemian

The Dreamy Bohemian

Vero Moda Floral Dress £ 48.00, Free People Lovers Dress Now £ 65.00

Bohemian is a lifestyle, it is an eclectic mixture of the old and the new, with an appreciation and love for all things artistic. Your look should reflect your passions, whether it be a love for poetry or for perhaps a period in Art history.

To create the perfect Bohemian style;

– 1 dress, made from chiffon, silk or another floaty fabric that billows in the wind

– a dash of lace or some gorgeous sheer thingy that you can fling about when quoting Oscar Wilde

– an artistic flare

– and an open-mind

The perfect accessory for the modern Bohemian;

– a espresso coffee

– riveting conversation

– something made of lace

For the Romantic Folk

For the Romantic Folk

Glamorous Folk Maxi Dress £ 55.00, Boohoo Smock Dress £ 15.00, Topshop Tassel Smock Dress £ 20.00

We saw this trend back in the Summer of 2014 and now it is back but with a new lease of life (so to speak!). Both the Bohemian (or the Boho trend) and the more hippie styles have been greatly inspired by the traditional Folk clothing from “way back when”. The distinctive Folk look can be recognised by the prints, vivid colours and often tasseling…and who doesn’t love a bit of tasseling (or fringing for that matter!).

To draw inspiration from the Folk style;

– colourful prints

– tasseling, fringing, anything with “-ing” at the end actually

The perfect accessory for the Folk-inspired;

– a tambourine or another percussion  instrument

– a crown made of wild flowers

The New Age Hippie

The New Age Hippie

Asos Swing Dress £ 50.00, Missguided Strappy Elephant Print Dress £ 18.00, Vila Printed Folk Dress £ 42.00

Hippie style and Bohemian very often get confused. While there is not much difference in the style itself, there is in the philosophy. The difference is that a hippie does not give a hoot what they wear and draw a lot of inspiration from music (namely the 60s) and a bohemian reflects their personality and artistic beliefs into their style. Although this is the difference it can be argued that a hippie does in fact do the same thing, after all a care-free hippie attitude is coming across in the style.

To create the New Age Hippie style;

– 1 loose fitting dress, ideally with an ethnic print or stunning detail to gawp at

– 1 kimono cover-up (to be worn over or alone, whilst sipping on herbal tea)

– a hint of nostalgia

– nonchalance

The perfect accessory for the New Age Hippie;

– an arm bangle with splashes of turquois, ideally

– a selection of 60s vinyl, to include; Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles…the list goes on

– a very awesome silky head scarf

If you are still searching (and not sure where to look?). First try checking out out Maxi Dress page or try typing in a search word (such as, boho, hippie or folk) into the handy search tool at the top of the page.

 

 

 

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