I have split “boho” into nine different sub-genres. Here in Part I, I include examples and elements of the first five and tomorrow I will show the other four as well as a short summary.
I recently wrote this post about my style rut. Since then, I’ve been thinking about what style fits me best. I have been browsing the internet and fashion magazines trying to decide what direction to take with my clothing choices.
When I was really young, I loved a really eclectic and bold look. I would try just about any style I came across- experimenting with black eyeshadow, crimping my hair, wearing knee high patterned socks or high healed sneakers… Then, as I transitioned to college age, I was more drown to a sophisticated, vintage elegance- I remember getting up early every morning freshman year to curl my hair. Since college, I have gone through several style phases. I’ve tried the classic look, salivated over rocky/edgy faux leather jackets, considered quirky hipster A-line dresses, worn looks straight out of outdoor magazines, and eventually fell into the comfort of my jeans and tees.
Considering my style now, I have to be realistic. I am not going to put the time and work into achieving a vintage glam look, I get a bit bored with looks that are too classic, I’m not edgy enough to be rocker, and frills and whimsical patterns make me feel uncomfortably childish. Then I thought, boho chic! That’s a style that can be a little creative, a little polished, has an easy feel, and fits my casual lifestyle.
Once upon a time I wanted to become a fashion designer. I could often be found scribbling designs in one of my many sketchbooks or excitedly binging on a Project Runway marathon. I took risks with my style. Pairing stripes with plaids, wearing outrageously bright sweaters, proudly donning a cheap dress purchased from a souvenir shop in Gatlinburg…
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less and less bold. Also, due to my job, most of my life is spent in scrubs. When I get home from work I often change right out of my scrubs into my pajamas. Slowly my wardrobe has morphed into a uniform (much like my scrubs) of jeans and v-neck t-shirts.
Pictured above are the most worn items in my closet. My only pair of jeans purchased from Old Navy’s online store since I need them long. They are a medium wash bootcut jean that is probably a little too stretchy and that I noticed had a poorly sewn right front pocket a little too late. The pocket sticks out of my right hip as if I had just pulled something out of it if I don’t remember to constantly tuck it back into place.