Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bohemian Rhapsody

There's another trend that perhaps should have been in my Top 10.
Alice   Olivia
Boho style is a mixture of many things. It is loosely based on retro 1970's styles, which, are in sense a trend on their own. But Boho Chic is more. It's part hippie, part renegade socialite. Part grunge, part polish. It's a relaxed, casual style with an edge. The Bohemian mood dominated numerous Fall 2011 collections as they paraded down the runways, yet it is an even bigger part of mainstream and even value-priced collections.  Boho style can include many of the trends we've looked at in my Top Ten: fur, metallics, ruffles and rosettes, animal prints, and bold geometry.  The Boho look comes from how these various elements are combined; and
Johnson
Alice + Olivia Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine
Betsey Johnson Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
as it is more than the sum of its parts, many of the elements in boho style can be reinterpreted in myriads of ways. So let's take a look at some of my Boho picks.  The photo below left is a look that I especially like - a soft romanticized version of Boho inspired by 1970's style.  All pieces are from Cusp.
Cusp 70's Boho Style

70's Inspired Boho Style
CuspCusp
McGinn
'Emma Maxi Skirt
$245.00
McGinn
Pleated-Sleeve Autumn Sweater
$135.00
CuspCusp
Genie
'Cecily Felt Floppy Hat
$150.00
Av Max
Beaded Cuff
$98.00
And here's a similar look for less:
PiperlimeHM
Aryn K.
Pleated Maxi Skirt
Piperlime
$66.00
H & M
Rich Golden Brown Sweater
H & M
$9.95
JCPAmazon
J.C. Penney
Winter Hat
$19.99
J.C. Penney
Virtual Store Bracelets
Jeweled Cuff Bracelet
$37.99
amazon.com

Platform and wedge-heel shoes and/or booties, especially lace-up ones are a major element in this style. Here are a few of my footwear picks to coordinate with an outfit such as the one above.
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Elizabeth and James
Leather Lace-Up Ankle Bootie
$350.00
Saks Fifth Avenue
a.n.a
'Farrah Bootie
$120.00 $69.99
J.C. Penney
Miss Me
"Oz-2"Ankle Boot
$33.63
amazon.com

The Tribal Look is another big movement within the Boho trend. Anything tribal is hot! Currently it's not quite so easy to find in off-price stores but should soon be headed that way. At any rate, here are my Tribal selections:
BloomingdalesCuspJCP
Free People
Rolla Coaster Cardi
$168.00
Bloomingdales
Joie
'Ruiko' Knit Miniskirt
$228.00
Cusp
Liz Claiborne
Short-Sleeve Cardigan
$80.00 $60.00
J.C. Penney

Bold, vibrant 1970's-style graphics are also a major player in the Boho scene. Here are a few of my pics from that venue:
CuspMacysHM
Alice + Olivia
Burnout Velvet Dress
$368.00
Cusp
Desigual
Long Sleeve Mixed Print Beaded Tee
$74.00
Macy's
H&M
Multi-Color Striped Dress
$39.95
hm.com

Another earmark of the 1970's vibe is the maxi-sweater. Long, warm, and comfortable, it's no wonder this style is making a huge comeback. Here are my selections:
CuspBloomingdalesVS
Free People
Rapunzel Long Sweater
$168.00
Cusp
Free People
Bobbie Bee Maxi Cardigan
$298.00
Bloomingdale's
Victoria's Secret
Maxi Cardigan Sweater
$59.50 $47.60
Victoria's Secret

Another 1970's hallmark of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the chevron stripe. You're going to see it everywhere this fall, from the top of the line clothiers to the discount stores. Here are my "chevronic" choices:
JCPCuspSaks
Bisou Bisou
Kimono Sleeve Top
$44.00 $30.80
J.C. Penney
Parker
Striped Dolman-Sleeve Top
$198.00
Cusp
M Missoni
Chevron Plaid Knit Dress
$695.00
Saks Fifth Avenue

With this trend, pants can go to any extreme - you can choose from the narrowest of narrow pants, usually cropped at the ankle; or you can go for width, either in fluid wide-leg pants or flares - the ones they used to refer to as "bell-bottoms." So, here are my pick for pants:
Narrow:
CuspMauricesHM
Page Premium Denim
Verdugo Corduroy Jeggings
$168.00
Cusp
Maurice's
Skinny Leg Tan Cords
$39.00
Maurice's
H&M
Skinny 5-Pocket Stretch Pants
$24.95
hm.com

Wides & Flares:
CuspMauricesCusp
Alice + Olivia
Sequin Bell-Bottom Pants
$396.00
Cusp
Kaylee
Flare Dark Wash Denim Jeans
$34.00
Maurice's
Paige Premium Denim
Beacon Bell Canyon Flared Jeans
$189.00
Cusp

Dress and skirt lengths also span the range from mini, to midi, to maxi, with a few handkerchief hemlines tossed in for good measure. Peasant themes tend to dominate the look.
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Jennifer West
Leaf Embellished Dress
$80.00 $56.00
Kohl's
Rachel Zoe
'Frankie' Peasant Dress
$395.00
Cusp
LC Lauren Conrad
Floral Ruffle Chiffon Dress
$68.00 $47.60
Kohl's

One interesting, up-and-coming style in the Boho trend is the dressing up of the plain suede moccasin-style work boot. I'll have to admit I've always hated these, but I think I like the new take on them. They look fun and comfy. I just might have to try a pair. How about you?
SaksKohlsHM
MICHAEL Michael Kors
'Arissa' Suede Wedge Ankle Boot
$175.00
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sonoma life + style
Wedge Bootie
$64.99 $45.49
Kohl's
H&M
Front-Lace Wedge Bootie
$39.95
hm.com

As I said at the beginning of this post, the "Bohemian Rhapsody" is perhaps the most diversified of all this year's trends. It is a combination of many other trends, all tied into a distinctive "happy-hippie" vibe. I say "happy-hippie" because this trend is light hearted and fun to wear. Here are a few more of my picks - those that couldn't be categorized elsewhere, but still deserve a spot on the boho radar.
MacysJCPKohls
Andrew Charles
Long-Sleeve
Pleated Button-Front Blouse
$69.00
Macy's
Bisou Bisou
Feather Collar Vest
$86.00 $60.20
J.C. Penney
Jennifer Lopez Collection
Faux Fur Cropped Jacket
$100.00 $70.00
Kohl's

And now for some really hot accessories!
KohlsCuspCusp
Dolce by Mojo Moxy
'Zuma' Platform Wedges
$84.95 $69.99
Kohl's
Chrissy L
Multi-Stone Chandelier Earrings
$98.00
Cusp
Romygold
'Harrison' Fringe Hobo
$695.00
Cusp
ZapposCuspKohls
Missoni
Tribal Slingbacks
$595.00
Zappos
Moyna
Navajo Beaded Clutch
$160.00
Cusp
Elle
Faux Fur-Trimmed Ankle Boots
$99.99 $69.99
Kohl's
SaksCuspKohls
Jimmy Choo
'Kevan' Suede and Feathered
Tribal Leather Ankle Boots
$2,495.00
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sequoia
Fringe-Trim Suede Hobo
$270.00
Cusp
Jennifer Lopez Collection
Mid-Calf Boots
$99.99 $69.99
Kohl's

Well, it looks like I did it again!  I tend to get "long winded" when it comes to fashion.  There's so much to see and love!  I think my favorite things in this post are the Jimmy Choo boots and the Jennifer Lopez boots...and maybe the long pleated skirt by Mc Ginn.  I hope you found something to love too.  Until next time....


Stylishly yours,

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