When my blogging friend Emily announced that she was starting her own online clothing store, I took immediate notice.
See, Em has a natural way with relaxed style. The kind of effortless, casual style that suits anyone with even a hint of boho love in their wardrobe.
If you follow along with my #everydaystyle outfit posts on Instagram or Facebook then you will have seen a number of key Bohemian Traders pieces on high rotation this past winter.
Those pieces were sourced from across the globe and curated by Em for her store, which has a focus on the bespoke.
I was eagerly awaiting the launch of her spring 2014 collection. And I was not disappointed. This is just one of the outfits that I’ve fallen for.
This kind of relaxed, over-sized styling is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s all right.
Me? I love it. I love that I can throw on two pieces like this even on a stinky hot and humid Queensland day and still feel cool and comfortable. The kimono is free-size and I could probably wear down another size in the dress but I do like an over-sized look. It’s a personal thing.
This is a shorter dress than some may prefer. For a summer look, it works for me (and I had my first spray tan of the season last week so was happy to get the legs out). As with most of my light summer frocks, I’ve layered it over a Metalicus slip dress for modesty.
I’ve been asked if that makes the outfit stickier to wear. To me, it doesn’t. The slip actually acts as a barrier between my skin and the dress on top – but that layer is still breathable. If this fabric doesn’t work for you in a slip, then look for one in a bamboo or modal fabric.
This is also the kind of dress that I’d wear on its own – even just throwing over a swimsuit. I’ve turned the top buttons under to better suit my bust but I do love the buttoned up look on the model as well.
It is a machine-washable linen but does need ironing, so something to factor in if you’re a non-iron kind of girl.
As for the kimono – I’ve got one in this style from last summer’s Bohemian Traders’ collection. The cotton is light and I’d wear it over a white tank or tee and jeans. And you’ll probably see just that before the week is out!
Let’s talk about the sandals. I’m in love with the rose gold as a fresh take on a neutral/metallic trend. It’s a colour that suits my skin tone and something I could wear with just about any outfit this spring-summer.
Zoe Kratzmann designs comfortable, flat sandals. There is cushioning – not as much as you’d get in a podiatrist-prescribed shoe but enough to make them wearable all day.
Who loves a little boho for spring … or any time of the year?
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post also contains affiliate commission links.