(Middle) East meets West(ern) – Boho Dreams

Boho fashion is a trend that has come and gone in recent years but here we are in 2015 and the trend looks like it’s going to stick around for a while. This, I am fine with – better than fine.
I think the reason bohemian trends have come back strong in the recent year, is because the trend isn’t just sticking in fashion magazines and your wardrobe; women all over the world are taking that trend and letting it become a part of their lifestyle. Boho is now seen in home decor, garden design and most importantly – weddings!

 


So what springs to mind when we say “Boho”? Like any theme, it draws different visions and associations for different people. So this is definitely my interpretation…

For me, boho is all about drawing out that gypsy spirit and festival vibe. Letting the relaxed, and calming nature of this theme help inspire you to feel brave enough to mix clashing colours and paisley patterns. The decor for me would be influenced by turkish motifs, navajo prints and muted jewel tones, scattered cushions over Persian rugs, golden anklets and bare feet. A bride dressed like a woodland princess carrying wild flowers knotted together with parcel string.

 

 

The highlight and excitement of all this theme for me is definitely the eclectic cocktail of cultures that can be used to any extent. I talk about Middle eastern decor but I combine it in my mind with a cowgirl who has found home with an red Indian tribe. Rustic layered laces, tarnished jewelry, and loose beach waves all tied to ethereal roots and hippy influence.

Below, I’ve listed my favourite dresses that would suit this theme perfectly for the upcoming seasons!

1. Claire Pettibone – Seville

 
This dress is from her Gothic Angel collection. Described as floor length gown mixing ecru clunly lace with floral lace insets. Notice also the rows of gold giupure dangles. We love the wonderful blend of textures and unique laces she’s used!
http://www.clairepettibone.com

2. Johanna Johnson – The Temple

 
This breathtaking dress manages to combine a little fun with traditional. Silk chiffon drapes the short lining that’s visible underneath. The gold detailing sits beautifully on the capped sleeves, which in themselves provide a nice balance of coverage – juxtaposing the slightly exposed leg at the bottom of the dress.
http://www.johannajohnson.com

3. Oscar De La Renta – Look 8

 

This beauty is from the Bridal 2016 Collection – and it’s not hard to see why I chose this dress to be featured. Scalloped lace tiered in layers helps create a wonderful volume to this trumpet gown.
http://www.oscardelarenta.com

All the above designers are available within the UK. However we’re still inspired by designers overseas:

1. Grace Loves Lace (Australia)

 
Instagram: @graceloveslace

2. Dreamers & Lovers (USA)

 
Instagram: @the_dreamers_lovers

What about hair accessories?

For me, the boho style is so interchangeable you can create any look you want. It’s very much a personality thing – so go with what you feel comfortable in. Comfort really does have to be the priority! (WARNING: You will get sick of hearing me say that throughout this blog!)

To still hold on to a bridal fairytale feeling I would definitely suggest flowers in the hair, I’m a sucker for this look – whether it’s a small flower clipped somewhere neatly or a statement flower crown … This adds a whimsical romance to the look whilst still reflecting that festival hippy theme.

 

 

Team these statement headpieces with a natural make up look – especially if using bright wild flowers!

For an alternative look, potentially a little more Grecian looking (There we go, I’ve added Greece into the mix too!) chose some underrated statement jewelry (does that make sense?). I’m thinking thin gold bangles or delicate neck chains…

 
Add a pop of red lipstick
Or do both!

 

In short, my interpretation of a boho theme is an outdoor setting decorated with middle eastern influence for a gypsy cowgirl bride wearing a colourful flower crown, marrying her barefooted groom at dusk under a glowing willow tree of fairy lights at the end of an aisle made up of Persian rugs. Simple enough… right?

Share your boho ideas and inspiration below. We’d love to hear them!

Love,
Poppy x

Please note – the above photos were sourced from Pinterest and Instagram.

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