70's boho has taken a turn this season. What we are seeing on the ramps is a far more refined and glamorous look with high-end designers like Veronica Etro and Missoni using sequinned details, studs on or with bright florals and block prints- lets call it BOHO-GLAM! Gone are 2005's more flamboyant boho looks, we are now facing a boho revolution were key boho items like the waistcoat are showing up in glossy mags in leathers adorned with fringe and or studs.
The waistcoat is already a fav item in S.A with most shops stocking one or more types. What we have generally seen here are metallics, denims, pinstripes and neutral colours and of course these are still fabulous but if you're looking to be slightly more fashion forward get an existing one studded or a leather one made- people are always weary when getting items made, but I'm a huge believer in getting things made, firstly shops are getting ultra expensive - finding a designer that is not only cheap but good at sewing can actually be very easy. Secondly the items are made for your body and lastly you are getting something one of a kind! If this isnt for you just get yourself a leather jacket as an alternative - the looks of the season mean mixing them with florals and chiffons and there are so many good fakes out there at the moment if your on a budget like me ;)
Studding a waistcoat is actually very easy all you need to do is go and buy some clawed -studs, push them through the fabric in the design you wish, fold over the claws at the back and VOILA!!!
Here are some BOHO-GLAM essentials this season:
1. FLARED PANTS/JEANS set against
2. STUDDED WAISTCOATS
3. EMBELLISHED MAXI DRESSES AND ETHERIAL FLORALS tamed by
4. LEATHER WAISTCOATS
5. BLOCK, BRIGHT COLOURS
6. LEGGINGS IN GLOSSIER FABRICS
7. MOSAIC MINI'S
10. PAISELY SILKS
11. BEJEWELLED TROUSERS AND SHORTS
12. TIE DYE
For the beach grab any earthy toned bikini around and accessorize with head scalves and chunky metal/wooden jewellery!!! Then throw on a kaftan and hit the beach cafe for sundowners!
Shoes wise: The gladiator sandal, the fringed- knee high- gladiator is all over the ramps as you will see in the Etro pictures i posted. Also chunky wedges and platforms. A good old pump always works with boho when you can get hold of a gladiator sandal!
So get innovative - getting any boho look is about trying different combinations! Use studded/leather woven waistbelts to mix things up, layer clothes to get a bohemian mish-mash for the day or night. The good news for the aspiring boho-glam gal is bejewelled and metallic dresses are everywhere so use them but flip the style with waistcoats and knits to get this more boho look.