If you’re like me, bohemian is not how you would describe your style. All the same, a girl sometimes likes to wear flowers on her sleeves. This is how I style an embroidered top without going full-on boho – and here are a few additional tips.
Let’s face it. Not every trend is right for everyone. Bohemian style has been hot for a while, but some of us just don’t take to it for whatever reason. If you are in that “some” category like me, that doesn’t mean an embroidered top won’t suddenly catch your eye now and then. Am I right? So, what you do is either make an exception and try out a little boho, as I did in THIS POST or…
Notice how my black pants and sandals take a backseat to these eye-catching sleeves? And at the same time, they set the tone for more formal viewing.
I love mixing prints. And a favorite way to do so is by wearing a piece that is predominantly one color (like green in this zebra-striped bag) with a piece that uses that color as a secondary hue (the greenery in the embroidered floral motif).
The band (which ties in the back) and high waistline of this blouse allow me an opportunity to create a classic silhouette. I only have to pair it with a high-waisted garment that flares on the bottom. One piece which achieves this is my black A-line silk midi skirt from THIS POST. I wore it here with wide-legged cropped pants. The cut verges on looking bohemian (harem-like). But a pair of high-heeled sandals instantly cancels out that association.
Notice how this bag has a very sheeny, sort of techno finish? Not so bohemian really! The same goes for the luxurious black fabric of my pants.
Here are a few other ways I could style this blouse for a chic not-so-boho look, besides the A-line silk midi and skinny jeans I already mentioned:
I hope you enjoyed this boho-light version of styling an embroidered top. I used to dress full-on boho most of the time (soon after moving to hippy-friendly Santa Cruz, California). It was super fun at the time. But I now feel that my personal style just doesn’t go there anymore. Do you like to dress boho?
I wore: Zara top / Eileen Fisher pants / Stuart Weitzman sandals / Kenzo X H&M bag / Balenciaga sunglasses