Bohemian Baby

I’ve always been fond of a bit of boho, although the term has rather naff connotations. I think the key to a chic bohemian vibe is not to over do it with the accessories; too much jingiling jewellery can undermine the look. If I’m wearing a boho dress, I like to wear one or two bold pieces of jewellery. I love this silk dress by Me & Maya. It skims over my baby bump nicely, but will work post-baby next summer, worn with bare legs and tan sandals. I’ve styled the dress with a faux fur coat from Whisltes (similar here) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Forever Coats

My style is cyclical; I’d like to say that it’s independent of trends but that would be untrue. I’m influenced by the zeitgeist, however I won’t wear something just because it’s fashionable. I know what suits me and I’ll stick to that regardless. The current boho mood is right up my street, however I know that this is a phase and I’ll move on sooner or later. The floaty bohemian vibe calls for something chic and tailored to ground the look. A classic coat is particularly handy for this, but it’s also a sound investment that will look good for years to come. I bought the coat in the image above from French Connection many years ago, and every fall it comes in useful. These are my current favourites available in stores now.  

Before the Fall

  It appears summer in London has come to an abrupt end. In an effort to maintain a sunny disposition, I’m welcoming the new season early. I used to hate gilets with a passion, synonymous as they were with dreaded Ugg boots and jeggings. I’ve recently become fond of a good gilet and they’re particularly handy for the tricky trans-seasonal period, I found this guy in a sale. I’m enjoying maroon, aubergine and chocolate brown at the moment – my obsession with the 70s is still rumbling on. The long boho dress is an easy wardrobe update; this one by Abercrombie and Fitch ticks a lot of new season boxes and it sold out on ASOS within a day. It’s still available on the A&F website. I’ve styled it with a vintage belt and boots from Inga.  

Frock On

When I look back on my recent outfit posts, I notice a definite theme. Long, diaphanous frocks with a dose of 70s whimsy are what I’m stuck on. However, a friend of mine reminded me that this has always been my thing. I guess this is my version of a uniform, even if it’s wildly impractical and flamboyant. Perhaps I’ll change track sometime soon, but for the time being I’ll go with what I know. This dress is from ASOS but it’s sold out, there are vaguely similar options here and here. The shoes are by Joanne Stoker.  

Can’t stop the music

I’ve never been to a music festival; teeming crowds, rivers of mud, rancid porta-loos and camping sounds terrible. I’m sure that live music compensates for the squalid conditions, but I’m too high maintenance to cope with it. I had a vague notion that I should go to at least one before my youth is out, but I think that particular ship has sailed. However, I find myself dressing for Bestival or Tea in the Park with no plans to attend. This little vintage number would do nicely at a festival, although I’ll be wearing it on warm days in the city and to the beach.

Time after Time

My obsession with the 70s is showing no sign of abating and I can’t get enough of a long, flowing frocks. I should probably try to change it up but once I have a bee in my bonnet, I can’t move on. This guy is from The Reformation, which would also work nicely with boots and a denim shirt slung over the top and tied at the waist.  

Paved Paradise

I’ve been banging on about the boho trend recently and I’m starting to become bored of myself. However, I have no intention of changing my look anytime soon, so I guess I’ll keep prattling on about it. Boho doesn’t always lend itself to London life; floaty chiffon, suede fringe and delicate florals speak of freewheeling, Californian hippies. As per usual, I’m not bothered about the trifling matter of being appropriate. My one concession to dressing for the city is to choose pieces with a dark background. Whether it’s print, or in this case, embroidery, being on a black backdrop makes it less out of place on the grey streets of London. I bought this vintage dress on Ebay, but there are lots of embroidered peasant dresses and blouses on the high street at the moment. My […]

Olé!

When I was about 17 I decided that I wanted to dress up every day. From that point onwards I started wearing whatever I fancied, regardless of what the rest of the crowd were doing. I started rummaging through Camden Market for cheap vintage thrills. I went to a school with no uniform and I took full advantage of the sartorial freedom. Even though there was no official uniform, there was a dress code that most of the other kids followed. It was a was grunge, self consciously casual version Claire Danes in ‘My So Called Life’. To begin with I toed the line and then became tired of following the herd, and I started to overdress as a matter of course. My one concession to daywear was a denim jacket from the Gap, bought […]

Jingle Jangle

Recently, I’ve been raiding Ebay for vintage treasures and I scored this suede jacket for £23. It’s from Nashville Tennessee and it’s  by the delightfully un-politically correct brand, Cripple Creek. The fringing and studs have a touch of the Dolly Partons about them – a very good thing in my book. These earrings are from the V&A gift shop; I went there last week to see the Alexander McQueen exhibition, which is extraordinary. I fell for the ‘exit through the gift shop’ commercial sculduggery, but I’ve been looking for a pair of jingly earrings for a while and they fit the bill nicely. My dress is from The Reformation – the American label that I’ve become fixated with. The shoes are from Next and the belt is from & Other Stories .

Swept Away

Usually there’s an overriding mood each season that seeps into the trends; SS15 is all about a free-spirited, 70’s bohemian vibe. Usually I swim against the tide and make contradictory sartorial choices, mostly for the sake of being contrary. However, I have been swept away with Boho fever and embraced the zeitgeist. This is partly because it’s a trend works for me, vintage inspired, billowing frocks and lashings of fringing is right up my alley. This dress is a sweet find from ASOS and my kimono jacket is by Zara. The shoes are by Sargossa and the jewellery is vintage.