If you’re like me and are naturally drawn to the boho style, then you probably love skirts. Especially boho style skirts.
We’re going to take you through why the versatile fashion staple, boho midi skirts, have a timeless appeal.
From the history of the bohemian style to how it came about and how to style it and pair it with accessories, we got you covered.
It’s hard to pinpoint the origin of the bohemian style as it might trace back to 200 years ago.
Some believe Bohemian culture was founded as a counterculture in the late 18th century following the French Revolution.
Others believe the French word ‘Bohémien’ was a disparaging term first used to describe Romani people, who back then were believed to have come to France from Bohemia, an ancient medieval kingdom that now forms the largest historical region of the Czech Republic.
Either way, it was a term with one meaning: to describe a section of society that lived an unconventional and often nomadic lifestyle, which was reflected in their aesthetics.
Care-free, fluid fabrics dominated often with patterns and cuts inspired by historical dress and European artisans from all over the continent.
In the first two decades of the 20th century, French fashion designer, Paul Poiret, pioneered the use of draped fabrics and allowed women to move away from tight corsets towards unstructured garments.
He created signature Boho items like the hobble skirt, harem pants, and the ‘lampshade’ tunic, which became widely popular.
The elite began to embrace a kind of ‘haute Bohémien’, wanting to be associated with a movement synonymous with the individual and creative thinkers.
Circling back to now, ‘Boho chic’ is credited in part to then stylist-to-the-stars, Rachel Zoe, which was the hottest style going and from 2004 to 2007, there wasn’t an It-girl in town that didn’t dress with a Bohemian flare.
From Nicole Richie to Mischa Barton and the Olsen twins, their style was defined by layers, billowing fabrics, cropped jackets and a Chloé Paddington.
The past couple years also, Boho returned to the runway with a vengeance.
At the Spring/Summer 2022 season, Alberta Ferretti showcased multi tiered sundresses and gladiator sandals, and at Chloé, the ready-to-wear collection featured macramé weaved pouches, kaftans, seashells and crochet.
Boho midi skirts take up a big part of that amazing history.
They are the perfect statement piece, a bohemian outfit won’t be complete without the flare of the midi skirt, it dates back to the start of the evolution of the bohemian style and changes with time as the styles change.
I think that a boho midi skirt is the ideal piece to wear at any time of year, no matter the weather.
If you’re in spring or summer time, you could pair your favorite skirt with a simple tank top for the skirt to shine, or if you want to go all out, you could have a ruffled sleeveless top, and a pair of sandals.
If it’s the fall time, I’d suggest wearing your favorite skirt with a simple tank top and a cropped distressed jean jacket and an ankle boot.
And if it’s winter, you could wear a pair of tights under your skirt to keep you warm, a cropped sweater with your favorite pair of boots.
If it’s extra cold you could add either a coat or a cropped jacket.
The Fabric of the skirt also depends on the weather. So if it’s winter it would be better for the skirt to be made out of velvet so it would help you keep warm.
During any other season, you could wear a skirt made of cotton or chiffon because they are breathable and very flattering.
When it comes to the prints of boho skirts, the most well-known prints are probably the tribal patterns, but it usually depends on the design and your personality.
If you’re someone who likes clothes and accessories filled with patterns, you could get one that’s filled from top to bottom with either floral or tribal patterns.
Honestly, if your style is fully bohemian, you could style your boho midi skirt with a flowy top, either a strapless one or a full flowy sleeve one that adds that extra pizazz.
If you want your boho midi skirt to shine and be the main item in your outfit, you could wear a tank top, or a simple t-shirt.
You could even layer some tops over it. Bohemian style is all about layering, you could wear a shirt, or a tank top with a cropped jacket that matches the color scheme of the outfit.
Accessorizing Like a Boho Queen
You can point out a boho queen in a crowd easily from her accessories. They’re always statement pieces, either it be a big necklace, a stack of bracelets, a bag, or shoes.
You have to dip into your own style and preferences when it comes to accessories, but it’s definitely a crucial piece in your bohemian outfit.
Anything with fringe on it, like bags, shoes, or hats, are perfect additions to your outfit adding an extra boho touch to your boho outfit.
To your luck, there are stores curated solely for everything bohemian. Here are a few of the stores where you could find your boho midi skirt either online or physical store.
- Free People – the infamous store, started out as a small business in a small town in Pennsylvania, where it curated for younger girls in middle and highschool, then as the store developed it was targeted to women who are basically bohemian in nature, so free, confident, comfortable, and adventurous. They offer almost everything in a bohemian style, anything you can think of they probably have. It’s not very affordable but you’re getting the best quality you could find, and they have an online store, and physical stores everywhere including inside Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.
- Anthropologie – this store is a unique, full lifestyle bohemian store, where you could also find probably anything, even bridal dresses, home decor, beauty, accessories and shoes. It first opened in 1992 also in Pennsylvania, where it’s curated for creative bohemian people, to add a special style and spirit to their wardrobe. Anthropologie is definitely more on the pricey side, but it’s definitely worth it. They have online and in-person stores that you could find mostly anywhere.
- Lulus – this store is basically the more affordable version of Free People and Anthropologie but still keeping the amazing quality. Lulus is unique in having a chic, modern, and sophisticated take on the bohemian look, they basically make affordable luxury items. Their store is only online though.
Let’s say you got a boho midi skirt that’s the color you’ve been looking for, and it’s your perfect style, and matches your style perfectly, but it’s plain and missing a few little details.
You could easily add your own touches by simply DIYing it at home.
You can sew in a piece of lace to the bottom of the skirt or along the side of the skirt. Also, one of the easiest things to add is probably fringe.
In the end boho midi skirts are simply statement, versatile pieces that you could easily play around with.
After giving you a few tips about how to style it and the designs and everything, I’d suggest dipping into your personal style and trying a few different styles to find the perfect fit for you.