If you’re old enough to remember the classic fashion of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss living it up at Glastonbury circa 2004 then the word ‘boho’ to you may bring back visions of long messy hair, chunky belts and free-flowing fabrics. I adored the original ‘boho’ look we collectively became obsessed with during my final year of Uni, when wearing a chunky belt low on your hips and a white lacy dress was the epitome of effortless chic; a couple years later and it started to look a bit dated and ‘try hard’ but for Spring-Summer 2018 it’s definitely back – albeit with a little more finesse. This season it’s all about relaxed fabrics, subtle layers, kitsch prints and billowing sleeves, and this dress ticks all those boxes without even breaking a sweat.
There’s something I love about throwing on a dress that looks like you’ve made no effort, but still keeps the overall vibe relaxed and on-trend. I picked this up in Monsoon while browsing the sale (they have some cracking end of season discounts FYI!) and loved the pattern instantly; so many spring styles are overly feminine and very pastel, but this colour palette means it’s suitable for when the sun isn’t quite shining as much as when it’s in full beam. It’s a great transitional dress and would work brilliantly as a traveling outfit, or just as a beach throw-on, thanks to the breathable fabric and the fact it doesn’t cling or feel too constricted.
Although I accidentally picked up a size that’s one or two bigger than my usual (damn those UK-USA tags!) because it’s so flowy it doesn’t really matter; similarly a size smaller probably has plenty of room, if you like your looks a touch more fitted. I’m tempted to throw on a belt when I want to create a bit more structure, or pair it with a pair of sliders or glad when I want to dress it down. It undoubtedly ticks all those ‘boho’ boxes without feeling like you’ve tried too hard too, proving this trend really is for everyone if you find the perfect dress for you.
Can we also just take a moment to talk about circle handbags and why they’re such a must for taking you into a new season with very little investment? This one is slightly more expensive than the usual because it’s real suede, but I adored the colour and how it adds a touch of unexpected texture to a springtime look. From Accessorize, it’s also available in black if you’d prefer a more classic shade. They may be a pain to pack full of your essentials, but the shape instantly lifts an outfit and adds a certain seasonal twist to the usual cross-body; it’s definitely one of those staples that can take a look from being okay to flipping fab.
I’ve popped on a pair of beige suedette slip-ons from Shein too, which are a great alternative to a pair of ballet pumps or strappy sandals; they keep everything feeling a touch polished without trying too hard, so I’d be happy to wear this as much to a meeting as I would out for lunch with friends. A pair of trainers or pumps with a biker or bomber would keep it effortlessly cool too. Just so many options!
Monsoon Boho Dress | £65.00 | LINK
Accessorize Circle Cross Body Bag | £35.00 | LINK
Shein Beige Scallop Shoes
| £16.00 | LINK
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Photos Taken By Kaye Ford: www.fordtography.co.uk
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