Can you remember the first time you heard of the trend bo-ho?
Actor Siena Miller was its poster child in the early 2000s and despite me buying and wearing a very unflattering tiered peasant skirt, I was convinced this trend would be fleeting.
That structure would return to fashion and I could forget attempting a look that was a cross between Laura in Little House on the Prairie and what I stole from my step-mum’s hippy wardrobe of the early 1970s.
Structure did return but bo-ho has remained as well – a style embraced by women the world over.
For me, it’s not an everyday style but it’s one that fills one of my multiple wardrobe personalities. I may no longer attend music festivals – the spiritual home of bo-ho – but I do like to dress from time to time in a style that’s flowy and romantic.
And so when my friend and blogger, Em from The Beetleshack, launched her online clothing store, Bohemian Traders, I was excited for her but also excited for my new and future retail therapy opportunities.
Miss SY has been just as excited (stay tuned for a look at her in Bohemian Traders).
Me? I’m a sucker for a kimono at the best of times and this cotton printed number easily won me over.
Here it is on the model.
I’m often asked about wearing extra layers or long sleeves when it’s hot and I get that it’s a personal thing but for me I wear a lot of sleeves during the hotter months.
Mostly I do this if I know I’m going to be out in the sun and I choose pieces in fabrics that are breathable. The cotton in this kimono fits that criteria for me and if it were a hot day like we had yesterday, I’d just have a light singlet underneath, not a tee.
There is a fair amount of fabric in this free-size piece so the best way to balance it out is to show your legs as the model does or wear streamlined clothing underneath. I’ve worn pants here but it would work equally as well with shorts or a shift dress.
As the seasons change, it’s also the kind of piece I’d wear with jeans, tee and ballet flats.
Would I find a little bo-ho in your wardrobe?
* These pieces were sent to me for editorial consideration