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The Bohemian Maxi Dress

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dress: Aqua & Kristopher Brock, sandals: Aqua & Kristopher Brock, earrings: Moon & Meadow, bracelet: Baublebar

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 San Diego’s Southpark neighborhood 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.

AQUA & Kristopher Brock Cotton Crochet Midi Dress

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Aqua & Kristopher Brock $128

I am OBSESSED with the see-through crochet dress trend. It’s the epitome of a bohemian maxi dress with the artistic detailing of the crochet. I have interviewed a few of these frocks and this one by Aqua & Kristopher Brock is my favorite because it’s:

1. Made from soft cotton
2. Flattering
3. Packable
4. That cream color is complementary to most skin tones
5. It has the perfect amount of see-through

Pair it with panties in the same color as the dress and matching nipple covers or wear it over a bikini. Think beach club, vacation, resort, or boat party. Or a Tuesday — whatever!

Sizing: True to size. I am wearing a size small as a size 4, 125-lb, 5’4” woman.

Farm Rio Pineapple Garden Kaftan Maxi Dress

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Farm Rio $300

As you may know, I adore the Brazilian brand Farm Rio for its bright colors and tropical patterns. (You can read my full Farm Rio review, here.) This boho maxi dress is available at Anthropologie, Farm Rio, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale’s.

Free People Santa Maria Maxi Dress

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Free People $128

Omika Jaqueline Maxi

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Omika $388

House of Harlow 1960 X REVOLVE Rose Dress

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House of Harlow $228

LSPACE Jenevive Cutout Halter Dress

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This dress is available at Anthropologie, LSPACE, Zappos, and Revolve.

Free People Extratropical Maxi Dress

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Free People $118

Omika Ila Maxi

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Omika $428

Vineet Bahl Embroidered Long-Sleeve Dress

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Vineet Bahl $248

LoveShackFancy Beth Midi Dress

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LoveShackFancy $365

This dress is available at Bloomingdale’s, LoveShackFancy, Shopbop, and Amazon.

Sue Sartor Hamilton Kaftan

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Sue Sartor $495

This dress is available at Anthropologie and Sue Sartor.

Delfi Collective Lace Dress

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Delfi Collective $378

Magali Pascal V-Neck Cutout Buttondown Dress

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Magali Pascal $495

This dress is available at Anthropologie and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Malai Alive Bloom Shona Maxi Dress

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Malai Alive $178

Free People Real Love Maxi Dress

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Free People $168 $121

Free People is definitely one of my go-to brands for flowy boho dresses. This dress is available at Revolve, Amazon, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Jen’s Pirate Booty Lavender Fields Maxi Dress

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Jen’s Pirate Booty $167

This dress is available at Revolve and Jen’s Pirate Booty.

Venus Embroidered Maxi Dress

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Venus $69

Flattering Bohemian Maxi Dresses From Years Past

I originally wrote this post on the best boho maxi dresses years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Camilla Crystal-embellished floral-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress

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Camilla $799

ba&sh Gullian Maxi Dress

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ba&sh $695

Anthropologie Rosalinda Patchwork Maxi Dress

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Anthropologie $228

Camilla By the Meadow smocked printed silk-crepe maxi dress

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Camilla $799

Free People Cara Printed Kaftan

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Free People $398

Anthropologie Gretel Embroidered Maxi Dress

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Anthropologie $188

Likely Indica Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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Likely $268

A.L.C. Mischa Cotton Printed Midi Dress

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A.L.C. $495

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.

The Kooples Patchwork Print Maxi Dress

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The Kooples $540 $378

Free People Wonderland Floral Maxi

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Free People $198

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.

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5 Responses

  1. Oooh, this is beautiful!

  2. Bettie W Larkin says:

    Heyyy, Ms. Vee, Who would’ve thought maxi dresses could look so elegant…

    1. Hi Bettie! There is a world of options out there 🙂 Love you!

  3. 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!

    1. 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:

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