A bohemian maxi dress is one of my favorite summer frocks. It can be casual, but versatile, and far more interesting than the plain, casual maxi dresses you see hanging about in stores come spring.
What Is A Bohemian Maxi Dress?
Bohemian style is defined as unconventional and artistic. Color-wise, it tends to be in an earth tone palette, with occasional splashes of bolder shades. But black and white are also part of the bohemian palette. With this in mind, a bohemian maxi dress will never be solid-colored, unless a pattern is created within the fabric. It’s all about those artistic details.
Where To Wear A Bohemian Maxi Dress
There are a variety of bohemian maxi dresses that vary from everyday casual, my favorite, to dressy, which is also nice. I tend to sport the bohemian maxi dress on casual hangouts with friends, while running errands, or during daytime outings. The dressier boho maxi dresses can be worn to rustic weddings as a guest, or for dinner out in artistic areas, like Southpark or “hipster” spots in general.
How To Wear A Bohemian Maxi Dress
Bohemian maxi dresses beg for earth-tone sandals, mules, or booties. If you’re doing a heel, go block. Skip trendy wedges, stilettos, patent leather, or anything too sleek. Think earthy, arty, or simple. As for outerwear, a cropped leather jacket or a long cardigan is my favorite way to go. A simple, or equally bohemian shawl, can also work to complete the cool vibe a bohemian outfit requires.
Bohemian Maxi Dress Trick
In 2011, Gwyneth Paltrow’s created a bohemian maxi dress by taking a Gerard Darel skirt, hiking it up to her chest, and adding a thin leather tie to her natural waist. A delightfully bohemian chic appearance via artistic problem-solving.
Anthropologie Anahita Embroidered Maxi Dress
LoveShackFancy Beth Midi Dress
Camilla Crystal-embellished floral-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress
Anthropologie Petra Embroidered Maxi Dress
ba&sh Gullian Maxi Dress
This dress is available at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and ba&sh.
Anthropologie Rosalinda Patchwork Maxi Dress
ba&sh Amelia Floral Print Dress
This boho maxi dress is available at Bloomingdale’s and ba&sh.
Camilla By the Meadow smocked printed silk-crepe maxi dress
Lost and Wander Everyday Tiered Maxi Dress
Anthropologie Alston Eyelet Maxi Dress
Johanna Ortiz Regions of Myth belted printed organic cotton-voile maxi dress
This dress is available at Net-A-Porter, Intermix, Farfetch, MyTheresa, and Moda Operandi.
Free People Cara Printed Kaftan
Anthropologie Gretel Embroidered Maxi Dress
Likely Indica Off-the-Shoulder Dress
A.L.C. Mischa Cotton Printed Midi Dress
I adore A.L.C.’s bold prints. Every season, they have a few phenomenal prints that they usually utilize in multiple styles of garments, such as this stunning midi dress. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s, ALC, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, and Shopbop.
The Kooples Patchwork Print Maxi Dress
This maxi dress is available at Bloomingdale’s and The Kooples.
Oooh, this is beautiful!
Bettie W Larkin says
Heyyy, Ms. Vee, Who would’ve thought maxi dresses could look so elegant…
Hi Bettie! There is a world of options out there 🙂 Love you!
Margie Arango says
Hi! I would love to wear a maxi in the hot summer months, but I am 5’1″. Any suggestions? Thank you!
Hi Margie! A tailor is your best friend. I tailor almost all my maxi dresses. And keep in mind, even maxi dresses you think you can’t hem, a good tailor will hem it in a way that looks right. I also take up the straps on summer maxis dresses for myself and clients. Even a 5′ 6″ woman needs a strap taken up sometimes. Here are a few of my favs that can be tailored:
https://bit.ly/32TLhO7 (a tailor will simply eliminate one of the tiers of fabric.)
Another trick is to search for midi dresses. Midi dresses are basically maxi dresses for petite gals. These are some favs that will be a maxi on you even though they are midi length: