Boho Chic: Fringed Kimono Worn Two Ways

Fashion is ever evolving and that ‘newness factor’ has a distinct attraction.  However, every once in a while I will look at a magazine article displaying the latest trend and think, “This is crazy – how many people are really going to put this on and venture out on the street!”

I must admit that this was my initial reaction to the ‘kimono trend’ when it started a few years ago.  I envisioned myself looking like an extra in an opium den from a B grade Chinese movie, pouring drinks in a velvet fringed kimono!  Then I saw this kimono, tried it on, and loved the floaty feel of the fabric as well as the movement of the fringe when I walked. I decided to be a risk taker and give the trend a chance!  I am so glad that I did because not only does the kimono work with so many outfits but it serves as a great coverup when I am not sure of the weather or temperature at a given destination.

The fashion moral of the story: Like so many things in life, you have to give certain looks a chance to see if they work for you. If you never try new looks, you run the risk of getting stuck in a fashion rut and while personal style is an individual choice, it stills need to grow and evolve to be at the top of its game.

I have styled this kimono with jeans and high heels, as well as with a dress and flats,  to high light the versatility of this kimono.  There are some beautiful kimonos on the market currently and I am hoping to find this one a companion in my wardrobe this season. I hope you enjoyed this look and thank you for visiting my blog.

Reminder: You can listen to my very first podcast on Globalise-Asian. They are going to have very interesting speakers in the future so please check out their website www.globalise-asian.co.uk for podcasts by and for the Asian community.

 

(Clothes and Accessories: Kimono – ZARA (very similar – MANGO), White top – Topshop, Dress – H&M, Suede Bag – Elizabeth and James

 

Boho Beauty: Cold Shoulder Swing Dress With an Embroidered Fringe Bag

You know when you have so many different things to do that you find it hard to concentrate on one task because half your mind is on the next task and half is wondering what to cook for dinner and the other half is hoping the ‘United’ passenger is OK  – making you have a one and a half mind that is still not functioning as well as just one mind should! I blame it on Easter break and having the children at home; if I have to ask them to shut the fridge door one more time I will lose my entire one and a half mind in one go.

Nevertheless, even when all my synapses are firing haphazardlessly, there is always time to talk about clothes.  I love this easy breezy dress and can see myself wearing it all summer long.  It lends itself so effortlessly to a bohemian look and gives me another opportunity to use my Delhi Khan Market vacation purchase fringe bag to great effect.  I have lookbooked this bag previously in this post (Mirror Work ‘Jhola’ Bag: Vacation Finds With Everyday Wear) and to my delight I am discovering just how versatile it is.

I hope you enjoy this look and have a great rest of the week.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – ASOS, Bracelets – Isharya, Follie Follie)

Supermarket Fashion: Boho Style Embroidered Top With Brogues

It’s that time again – the new harvest crop of summer clothes has arrived in the supermarkets. I have professed my love for supermarket fashion in previous posts and it seems to go from strength to strength each time I pop in to do a shop. Nothing says spring/summer more than boho-inspired clothing on the rails and when I spotted this pretty top at Sainsbury’s, I knew that I had that last bit of space in my trolley for it (OK fine, I admit I visit the clothes section before the food section).

On a different note, I have always enjoyed combining styles that may not be paired together from a conventional fashion point of view.  With this outfit, I think my feminine, pretty top works exceedingly well with my solid, manly black brogues in a ‘fusion fabulous’ sort of way.  I love the frill detail on this denim jacket – it adds a transformational twist to a box standard denim garment that elevates its overall appearance. Last but not least, some chunky silver jewellery is always a great addition to boho inspired styling.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Top – Tu Clothing (Sainsbury’s), Trousers – H&M, Brogues – Kurt Geiger, Denim Handbag – Christopher Kon, Jacket – ASOS)

 

Bohemian Beauty: Boho Style Tunic Kurta and Cropped Jeans

You know that summer is almost here when every shop you enter is choked full of ethnic inspired bohemian wear. I love everything about this style of clothing – especially the loose fitting silhouettes and the lovely mix of bright colours. A huge part of the appeal with these clothes is that they offer a versatile base to accessorize against. Boho style clothing allows you to bring out all the jewellery that frankly, just would not work with many other styles. Wearing bohemian clothes offers a great opportunity to bring out those dangly earrings and seashell necklaces bought on holidays where you had convinced yourself that when you came home you were going to dress like a different person! If nothing else, you can drape that solitary dupatta that your aunt’s second cousin brought you as a present and voila – you have added a boho element to your outfit. The other great thing about this style is that there is no real need to match – even the most mismatched ensemble seems to ooze a boho chicness. Adding to the positives, is that it looks good on all age groups and works really well with flats – you just really can’t go wrong!

In this post, I thought I would lookbook my first ethnic inspired boho tunic/kurta purchase of the season. I love the colourful work on the yoke and the big balloon sleeves. The white colour will also be perfect to wear in the Californian heat when I visit my family later in the summer. I am also a big fan of the new style of cropped/frayed jeans on the market, which I think work well in creating a layered boho look.

One question that has always perplexed me is that while so many of these ethnic bohemian garments are made in India, it was next to impossible to find many/most of these styles there.  I would love to hear your views on why this may be the case or perhaps I was just not going to the right shops there!

As always, thank you for reading my blog.

(Clothing and Accessories: Kurta Top – Zara, Jeans – H&M, Sandals – Dolce Vita , Earrings – Forever 21, Handbag – Tano )