Adrift dress | boho winter style

How to add a little boho to your winter 2017 wardrobe

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, How to 10 Comments

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I talk often about style personalities when I talk about unlocking your style. You may be able to identify that you have just ONE personality playing out in your wardrobe.

Me? I have multiple style personalities. That doesn’t mean I’m confused about my style. It means that I like to dress different ways to suit my mood on any given day. 

And that’s VERY OK.

If I had to narrow it down, I’ve got two distinct style personalities: classic and boho. You couldn’t get two more polar opposite styles, could you?

I could blame Offspring’s Nina Proudman (and oh my goodness she’s back on our screens very soon!) for my boho love but, truth be told, the seed was planted as a child of the ’70s. My step-mum had a wardrobe filled with flowing maxi dresses, embroidered tunics and platform heels. Her wedding dress for her wedding to my dad in 1976 was a white embroidered boho maxi cheesecloth number bought in Noosa. It was a stunner!

Adrift dress | boho winter style
Adrift Kamala dress (I’m in L – also available in XS, S, M, XL, 2XL)  | Welisa wrap in cream

As a trend, boho is something that continues to pop up each season – in summer and in winter. If this is a trend that you’re not sure how to make your own, these tips below for how to add a little boho to your winter wardrobe might help.

I’m ambassador for Adrift and they nail the boho look every season – with stunning pieces. The embroidered pieces featured in this post are part of the label’s autumn-winter 2017 collection.

Adrift Mandala dress in blue | boho winter style
Adrift Mandala dress in blue  (I’m in M/L – also available in XS/S, XL, 2XL, 3XL/4XL)

How to add a little boho to your winter wardrobe

1. Look for quality fabrics as a starting point. It doesn’t matter what trend you’re embracing, this should be key for any garment. Quality fabrics will layer more easily for winter and sit better on your body.

2. Not all embroidery detailing is created equally. Well-stitched embroidery will create a statement on a garment but in a design that complements the shape and pattern of the garment.

Adrift dress | boho winter style
Adrift Jemima dress (I’m in M -also available in XS, S, L, XL, 2XL) | Welisa wrap in black

3. Layering is key to creating a boho look for winter. If choosing a dress, wear tights and a thermal long-sleeved top underneath. Add a scarf/poncho or wrap, boots and a coat. The external layers work to enhance the boho look. Layers are very much the key to the Nina Proudman’s look. Even when she de-layers, there are still layering elements to add interest.

4. An outfit doesn’t have to be boho from head to toe to embrace this style. Contrasting different styles within an outfit is a way to dip into the boho trend but still stay in a classic-style comfort zone. For example, work a boho top back with skinny jeans or leggings.

5. An embroidered boho piece can be a great way to make an otherwise neutral outfit pop. So you love your black and neutral colours? Me too. Embroidery can work to lift those neutrals. It doesn’t have to create a full peacock effect but even tonal stitching can lift your outfit up several notches.

Adrift Kumari top in khaki | Welisa wrap in cream | boho winter style

Adrift Kumari top in khaki (I’m in M/L – also available in XS/S, XL, 2XL, 3XL/4XL)| Welisa wrap in cream

6. Don’t be afraid to accessorise your boho, embroidered pieces. Just don’t try to compete too much with the “built-in” statements. If the chest area is embroidered, skip the necklace and add earrings and a stack of bangles instead. 

About Adrift’s embroidery pieces

Adrift has long been known for its embroidered pieces. And with this latest collection, you’ll find some of the finest embroidery pieces you’ll ever wear.

The detail and quality is something that I’ve only previously seen on high-end international labels, yet all pieces are priced under $200.

Adrift Mandala top in grey | winter boho style

Adrift Mandala top in grey (I’m in M/L – also available in XS, XL, 2XL, 3XL/4XL)

The pieces are hand embroidered with intricate patterns that have been custom produced for Adrift. You won’t see these designs elsewhere. 

The Adrift embroidery collection for autumn-winter has this year been extended to include some fresh (soon-to-be) favourites, as featured in this post.

So tell me, is there a little boho in your style personality? Love quality embroidery?

Adrift Anilina dress in blue | boho winter style

Adrift Anilina dress in blue (I’m in XS/S – it’s very over-sized; also available in M/L, XL, 2XL. 3XL/4XL

Location: Vieille Branche | Photographer: Sarah Keayes, The Photo Pitch | Hair and makeup: Dale Dorning, Arc Creative

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Comments 10

    1. There was a lot of volume in that dress. I sized down and also knotted the hem to balance out how it looked on me – something I have to do with all maxi dresses. It’s not the brand, Jo, it’s the style you tried. A more streamlined style might be more your thing.

      1. It might be being tall hey! I’ll try the knotted look and see if that works. The dress itself is gorgeous- just a shame it looked all wrong. It may be gifted on to mum otherwise, she’s shorter and I’m sure would LOVE it! Thanks Nikki xx

    2. Hi Jo, I have the same problem (I am 5’10 in height, size 12) with boho dresses I have to size down & style with a belt to give it some shape otherwise I look like I am about 8 months pregnant. Love the boho look but have to be careful with the style as Nikki said below.

  1. I saw some of these ADRIFT dresses in a little shop in Kings Cross – Bella Dress in Maharaja Print is stunning – also in a top… the Pearson is amazing as is the Benito!!!!!!!!! oh dear…..

  2. Omg yes there is more than a little boho in my wardrobe Nikki I blame being a teen in the 70s too,these pieces are stunning Xx

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