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Trends come and go. Some come again, and some we can’t wait to go. I used to think Boho Chic was just a trend, but its resurrection and prominence in the fashion world for the last 10 years suggests otherwise. With roots back to the late 60s through 70s, it represented an easy going, loving life, peace, and harmony approach to an ever-changing world. A brief awakening in the 90s was a short lived homage to bohemian roots that made way for a full Boho Chic revolution in the early 2000s to present day.

I have unofficially crowned Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist, as the Queen of Modern Boho Chic. Love her or hate her, she is, through her own wardrobe and the celebrities’ she has styled, one of the founding fathers of modern boho chic. She can superlatively execute this style from casual, to day chic, to formal.

Boho chic is an amazingly versatile look with no set rules and many individual pieces that allow you to flawlessly incorporate as much or as little as you want. Whether you worship flat strappy sandals or triple platforms, or you have a “less is more” or “more is more” fashion philosophy, you can find a home in boho chic.

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Great Jeans

Gap Outlet
2778 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 8 pm
Sun 11 am – 6 pm

To accomplish the casual boho chic look, I started with a great high waist flared jean in medium wash ($79.50) from Gap, or try the Gap Outlet to score a discount. This strong jean will be a staple item as you explore your inner boho princess.

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A Little of This, a Little of That

Next, try this floral sleeveless shirt ($88) from French Connection and then throw on this adorable little flutter sleeve summer cardi ($24.80) from Forever 21. Boho is about feminine comfort, flowy silhouettes and organic lines. Both pieces will provide great mix and match options to enhance and increase your wardrobe. And of course you’ll need great platform or wedge to show off the long and flared Jeans. Try this woven wedge platform sling-back by Jeffrey Campbell ($169) found at Urban Outfitters.

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A Nice Dress

Free People
1464 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 227-4871
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-7pm


If you need something day chic or semi-formal try this fabulous boho tiered maxi dress ($198) from Free People. The light color and flow of the tiers gives off the look for semi-formal without being too fancy or over the top.

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Accessorize this look with the Kahana gold pendant ($28) for a bit of drama, also from Free People. Then treat your feet to a purple ankle wrap, thong sandal ($39) by Ecote as seen at Urban Outfitters. Right before you dash out, grab this stripe raffia clutch by Aldo to complete your look.

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Act Playful

24 North State Street
Chicago, IL
(312) 377-5500
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm
Sun 11am-7pm

And finally, if you find yourself in need of a formal look and want to playfully attain boho chic, try this look I put together entirely from Nordstrom. I started with a strikingly bold yet boho cut orange maxi dress by Diane Von Furstenberg ($298.00).

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Next, I grounded this look with a pair of Sam Edelman animal print peep toe pumps with an unexpected spike detail on the back ($224.95). Then, for the icing on this yummy look, I chose the “Cleopatra” necklace for a regal yet boho appeal with a pop of turquoise hue. Finally, try this fabulous Sondra Roberts sequin box clutch ($98) for a subtle glamorous touch.

Boho chic is a multi-faceted style that enables you to use your creativity, mix and match old with new. This is a unique long lasting fashion genre that can be easily interpreted by a cut of a garment, print, color, accessory, or even attitude. Boho can be as literal or suggestive as you like, so enjoy. It will be here for a long while, and know that if it has to leave, it will be back soon again.

Missy Pegues is a stay at home mother running an online vintage clothing and accessories site through Etsy.com. Her deep-rooted affection for fashion, particularly vintage and vintage inspired pieces have blossomed into an interior design hobby. She finds many parallels in designing a space as with designing a great and fashionable look.