Go with the Flow: Summer Dresses Style Guide
Relaxed, effortless, completely carefree…there are so many reasons why many of us flock to boho dresses year after year. This favorite is available in so many different variations that it’s almost impossible to choose just one—which is why we wouldn’t dream of suggesting such a thing. Here’s a list of our favorite summer dresses and how you can rock them this season.
If you want to look like a true boho babe, go for floral prints. If you want to go true bohemian, look especially for prints that showcase small-scale patterns instead of large blossoms, and vintage prints that beautifully capture bohemian charm. Complete your look with a pair of wind-up gladiators and, if you’re feeling especially inspired, layer a beaded or fur vest on top.
Lace dresses give us dreamy visions of romance, rose petals, and lovely sunsets. While that’s the traditional angle, bohemian lace dresses channel a more lively spirit. Additionally, crocheted dresses are just as stylish and provide a more approachable option if you’re seeking the perfect dress for daily wear. Boho lace frocks look fabulous with a pair of chic suede booties or knee-high gladiators and a (real life) flower crown perched on your head. Not quite your style? Lace is equally amazing when you toughen it up—try a cropped moto jacket and a pair of darling beaded sandals for a look that shows you know exactly what you’re doing (but didn’t have to try).
Vivid paisley and scarf prints rule the boho domain, and you’ll find plenty of options to catapult your look into more adventurous territories. Play on the undertones of the prints and match your jewelry to that. A vibrant paisley dress with pops of brown looks downright glam with layers of gold necklaces, for example, while dark color palettes cool down a bit with a hint of silver. Keep the jewelry simple to avoid competition with your prints.
Free-flowing maxi dresses are practically uniform in the world of boho chic. Styles with slits up the side turn up the heat, es with a pair of bejeweled sandals, while loose, strap-free styles were just made for every single music festival on your packed summer agenda. Monochrome maxis make the perfect backdrop for bold, statement necklaces (the larger, the better) while patterned styles cinch nicely at the waist with sleek rope belts. Some are completely sheer—and they’re to-die-for over bralettes and denim cutoffs underneath.
Never has it been more fashionable to give the world the cold shoulder. Baring a hint of skin gives you complete license to go all out in every possible way. Allow a pair of feather earrings to graze your shoulders, or throw on a floppy hat and a fringe purse to create a bit of balance from top to toe.
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