From the basics of gypsy clothing to how to style boho chic looks for everyday, check out our boho gypsy clothing guide!
I’ve always been a huge lover of all things boho. In fact I do own a fringed kimono and some gypsy accessories. As much as I love ’em all, styling them was not always the easiest. I was always worried I look straight out of the 60s or I look like I’m going to Coachella or it’s too much for college. If you’re having the same thoughts as I used to, keep reading on how you can style your outfits in a way that it’s wearable as well as bohemian!
What is Gypsy Clothing?
Gypsy or bohemian clothing is a nomadic style of dressing that originated in the 1700s after the french revolution ended. This political upheaval led many people into poverty, which made them opt for a simple lifestyle with what was considered unfashionable at the time – loosely fitted clothes and messy hair. If only they knew that many years later it’d grow into one of the biggest subcultures and be everyone’s source of inspiration at Coachella and other music festivals! But by the 1800s, this boho way of dressing was already starting to be seen as creative expression and individuality.
How to Dress Boho Indie
- Wear flowy fabrics and multiple accessories. Try layering loose silhouettes.
- Popular gypsy clothing fabrics include cotton, linen, crochet, chiffon, suede and velvet. Any of these fabrics with embroidery, beads or fringes are perfect for boho girl clothing.
- Choose earthy and dull colors like shades of brown, orange, beige and cream. You can also try some floral and paisley prints.
- To accessorize, opt for light scarves with tassels or fringes, dangly earrings, metal armbands, multiple rings, headscarves, fringed bags and cowboy boots.
- As for hair and makeup, try a loose braid or some messy waves and bare minimum makeup.
- And last but not the least, have a free-spirited mind and attitude and you’ll look and feel as boho as ever!
Gypsy Clothing Must-Haves You Need
There’s plenty of different and easy ways to create boho outfits. All you need are some gypsy fashion staples, which you can mix and match with your regular wardrobe pieces. Stay tuned for my next article where I talk about gypsy clothing must-haves in depth. The article will cover staple gypsy dresses, tops, bottoms and more, so be on the lookout for it!
How to Incorporate Gypsy Style Clothing In Everyday Outfits
To wear bohemian style clothing on a daily basis is not as hard as it my seem. There are tiny and not-so-obvious ways to add a boho gypsy touch to your everyday work, date or party outfits.
Formal Boho Look
For the office, boho chic clothes need to be as subtle as possible. You can do it by wearing a plain white crochet boho top or shirt underneath a formal blazer. You can also try adding a boho printed scarf, which doesn’t have too loud of a print. Another way to incorporate boho gypsy style into your work outfits is to wear some tassel earrings with a completely formal outfit.
Casual Gypsy Clothing Outfit
For a casual day out or a shopping trip with your friends, you can experiment with all types of gypsy clothing. Try a printed dress with wide bell sleeves or a loose maxi slip dress. Pair with flat tie-up sandals or gladiators.
College Bohemian Look
If you wanna rock boho chic clothing at college or school, pair any of your regular jeans or shorts with a basic top and a gypsy style kimono or cardigan.
Gypsy Outfit for a Date
For a date, try a long boho print skirt with a side slit and style it with any top of your choice and some beaded feather accessories.
Hippie Night-Out Look
And for a night-out or party, opt for a sheer black flowy gypsy dress and pair with a wide brim hat and boots or gladiators.
How to Style Plus Size Gypsy Style Clothing
Anyone with any body type can rock gypsy clothing but if you’re unsure about how to make it work for full-figured types, here are some tips. Choose boho fashion cardigans and kimonos that are long and go way past your hips, which will give a slimming effect. Also try hippie style dresses or maxis that cinch in at the waist. Avoid maxi dresses of you’re on the shorter side and go for dresses that end a lil above the knees. And if you’re wearing bohemian tops, make sure they’re not too loose or flowy. Try ones that show a bit of skin with a cold or off shoulder. And add gypsy accessories to emphasize your assets!
Vintage Gypsy Clothing
Vintage boho clothing was not always as extravagant and accessorized as it is nowadays. They kept it quite plain and simple, not because they wanted to but because they were forced to due to their poverty. Atleast in the beginning. It was only later on that gypsy clothing became to be considered creative self-expression. Vintage gypsy fashion also had some fun prints and head accessories. So try some empire waist dresses with bell sleeves and some headscarves and bands to nail that gypsy vintage chic look.
Modern Hippie Clothes
The boho gypsy clothing that we now see on celebs and models has come a long way from what it originally was. Gypsy style clothing certainly went through a lot of changes over the years. Modern bohemian clothing consists of crop tops, crochet bralettes, fitted trousers, hip hugging skirts and bodycon gypsy dresses. Pair these with metallic gladiators, fringed sling bags, flower tiaras and feather jewelry.
Ideas For Bohemian Outfits
1. Embroidered Boho Dress
For parties and night-outs, maxi or midi length gypsy dresses work great. Try sheer and tiered or ruffled ones with some floral embroidery. Pair them with a fringed clutch bag and metallic high heeled tie-up sandals. For a daytime look, switch up the heels for some flat braided sandals. Add a pair of matching tassel earrings and some rings and your gypsy clothing outfit is done!
2. Gypsy Dresses
In terms of casual, everyday wear, light, flowy gypsy summer dresses are ideal. Go for a printed one with tiers and pair it with some tan booties and a matching bag. You can also add a kimono-style cardigan and accessorize with a long necklace with a feather pendant. Add a bit of ruffles or crochet to the look, too!
3. Bohemian Skirts
Floral bohemian skirts, whether they’re maxi or midi are perfect for brunch or a lunch date. Slit skirts are super stylish, pair them with a matching crochet crop top, some braided sandals and a fringed bag. Finish your boho gypsy look with some head accessories like chains or flower tiaras. Try earthy or light color palettes like olive green with off-white or cinnamon brown.
Amelia Floral Maxi Skirt
4. Bohemian Tops
This glam boho look would be so amazing at a spring music festival. Just pair a gypsy crop top with some frayed denim shorts, a fringed backpack and matching fringed booties. Add as many accessories as you want – feather earrings, multiple rings, flower crowns, etc. If it’s for an everyday look, you can skip all the accessories.
5. How To Wear Gypsy Pants
Loose wide leg palazzo’s and genie pants are so boho chic. Style them with a not-so-fitted top, some hippie sandals and layer multiple necklaces. Add a fringed or embroidered bag, a headscarf and a set of rings.
Band of Gypsies Rose Wide-Leg Pants
Where to Buy Gypsy Clothes
There’s an endless amount of boho boutiques and bohemian clothing websites that cater to gyspy clothes lovers. Gypsy Outfitters and Free People are two popular boho online boutiques. But for the best gypsy clothing finds, try any local boho stores in your area. Not just clothing stores, check out any gypsy lifestyle brands as well. They’ll most likely have some trendy gypsy clothes. If you’re from the US, Mexicali Blues, Prism Boutique and Southern Hippie are good places to shop gypsy clothing.
So that was our was our guide to gypsy clothing and how to style boho clothes. Tell us what you think by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!
Nishita is a Staff Writer/ Journalist at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is a graduate of National Institute of Fashion Technology and has a degree in leather design. A lover of all things fashion, she writes about everything from beauty, hair and lifestyle to fashion trends and how-to’s. Her area of expertise is outfit ideas but being fresh out of college, she also loves writing about college fashion. Her new found love of baking is currently taking over her life, making her write about all things chocolate and easy recipes. With a flair for sketching and a great eye for detail, she’s previously designed leather garments for brands like Diesel and Salsa. When she’s not writing, she’s busy reading extremely sappy Nicholas Spark’s novels, sewing clothes and listening to some indie rock. Also super passionate about photography, she loves portraits and wildlife photography – a habit turned love that formed with the amount of traveling she did as a teenager. As a girl who grew up with books and movies like Pride & Prejudice, her love for period fashion is huge. And being curly haired, she’s always on a constant hunt for solutions to problems that come with having ringlets and loves sharing them with people through her articles. For feedback and questions, email [email protected] or connect with her on twitter @ni95.