While my day-to-day style is anything but bohemian, a little bit of me still hankers for those halcyon, art student days when channeling an eclectic, rebellious and ever-so-slightly boho vibe was everything.
Replacing winter woollies with the silks, linens and lightweight cottons of high summer evokes that beachy-bohemian lifestyle that we don’t live here in Scotland, but can happily enjoy through fashion (and if we’re lucky, for 2 weeks in the sun).
As an avid colour lover, I often gravitate towards bright colours in summer. They simply zing so joyfully in the sunlight! But this year, I’ve been captivated by the deliciously natural selection – in terms of both colour and fabric – that I’m seeing everywhere.
So with that in mind, I bring you: The Ultimate Summer Dress! (above)
It’s perfectly packable – twisting and scrunching up is the preferred way to pack, wash and dry this piece to retain the ‘creased-effect’. The warm, pinky-beige is flattering on all skin tones, and it’s voluminous cut makes it comfortable and cool.
Wear as a bikini cover up on the beach or to a poolside party. With a pair of barely-there flat sandals it will take you on the evening passagiata in style or to a smart lunch in the old town. Adding strings and strings of shells, stones and natural-coloured beads of varying lengths adds texture and interest to the self-colour and intensifies that boho-chic beautifully. Pair with a wide-brimmed straw hat and an Aperol Spritz for maximum cool factor.
Tonal Texture Fest
One of the most exciting things about styling is finding different ways to wear existing pieces.
Here I’ve styled this beautifully-appliquéd dress as a midi skirt by slipping it down onto my hips and tucking in the spaghetti straps. For summer in the city sta-ycations, it will pair perfectly with a simple white vest or t-shirt, or, as I’ve styled it here, with a high-neck blouse, knotted at the midriff. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to be venturing abroad, this piece will double as a gorgeous LBD – that’s Little Beige Dress! Well, it is summer after all, and we have all year to wear black.
Linen lovers will adore this dress. The natural creases mean less time ironing and more time enjoying your holiday. Another great choice for summer days or nights – this bright white, tiered, halter dress is a classic that you’ll wear season after season.
Keep styling minimal with neutral or matching white accessories. Here, I’ve mixed the two – using shell, wood, straw, tigereye and white patent leather – in a range of warm tones, textures and natural materials that harmonise to bring a subtle glamour to this summer maxi.
By Fashion Blogger and Personal Stylist, Nikki Oji