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.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Dress: Zara £29.99
Long double strand necklace: Zara £19.99
Short shell necklace: £15.99
Glasses (in hand): Sojos Vision £9.99
Shoes: Gucci, stylist’s own
Studded wooden bangle: Vintage, stylist’s own

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

Dress (worn as skirt): H&M £69.99
Blouse: H&M £35.99
Shoes: Gucci, stylist’s own
Faux pearl earrings: New Look, stylist’s own

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.

White Heat

Dress: Zara £69.99
Hat: H&M £14.99
Shell necklace (worn as bracelet): Zara £12.99
Shell embellished bag: Zara: £39.99
Shoes: Gucci, stylist’s own
Ring, bangle & earrings: all stylists own

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

@nikkiojiwears

www.nikkiojiwears.com

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