Boho 101

Bohemian for beginners: a go-to guide

WHERE — London
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty
IN COLLABORATION WITH — Chloe x Net-a-Porter

A quick guide to embracing boho for the minimally inclined.

For the better part of the past decade I’ve definitely been of the minimalist persuasion. A lot of neutrals, a vague fear of anything printed, and definitely nothing too flouncy. Then Phoebe Philo and normcore came along and I was even more set in my monochromatic, print-free ways.

However it’s fair to say (as evidenced on the print-party that is my Instagram) I’ve turned a corner. Life is short, so you may as well wear the crazy dress.


Go monochrome. If 70’s inspired prints or a kaleidoscope of colours isn’t your thing, opt for bohemian silhouettes in neutral shades of black, white or tan.


Say yes to separates. It’s a whole let easier to feel more like yourself in a flouncy boho blouse and your favourite pair of Levi’s that you wear every week than it is in a full-length dress or jumpsuit.


Speaking of your favourite jeans, the simplest way to style any new pieces (boho or otherwise) is with denim. Not only does denim look good with everything, it’ll feel like less of a departure from your usual style.


Keep accessories modern but relatively minimal. A statement pair of earrings: yes. An entire armful of jangly bangles: not so much.


It’s all about balance. If you’re going with a super floaty, floor-grazing sheer skirt, keep things casual with fresh trainers or simple flat sandals. Or give a boho dress a modern edge with tough ankle boots or razor sharp stilettos. Basically, just eschew the predicable.

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