Bohemian fashion reflects individualism, a love of nature, a free spirited lifestyle, and a relaxed and peaceful attitude. These qualities are what distinguishes boho style from the mainstream, but they go beyond the typical loose fitting cotton dresses and ethnic print tunics that first spring to mind. If you favour bohemian clothing then chances are you want to complete your look with the right accessories, like bags, hats, scarves and shoes; plus, of course, the perfect pieces of jewellery.
Sourcing bohemian jewelry
If you want a standard necklace, ring or bracelet it’s easy enough to find something you like in most high streets. Department stores, jewelers, even on the markets there will be someone selling things that catch your eye and empty your purse, but it’s not so simple to get hold of bohemian style pieces. Generally it’s easier to look around online, but make sure you are using an honest and trustworthy site. When you can’t see the item in real time it is easy to be mislead about the size, finish, quality or colour, so stick with reliable online sellers with a good reputation, like Top Tier Style, who offer a range of bohemian items, including clothes and that all important jewellery to finish your outfit off perfectly.
Types of bohemian jewelry
As all the usual pieces of jewellery, such as bracelet, necklaces, rings and so on can be found in this specialist category it’s more useful to break the various types down by the distinctive look each has, and what makes it distinctly bohemian.
The influence of nature
Nature is a key theme in bohemian values and lifestyle, so jewellery is often inspired by the beach and the ocean, or by feathers, animals, plants and flowers. Necklaces and earrings featuring shells are popular, as are thick chokers and bracelets; especially when worn to casual ocean side events or on the beach itself. Some pieces feature real feathers, while others have designs inspired by them, and necklaces with animal amulets are another aspect of this theme.
Fringes and tassels
These are an easy way to personalize boho outfits, and in jewellery items they add a touch of unique decoration which adds something to both casual and smart looks. Both tend to be made from gold or silver designed to mimic the leather or suede fringes and tassels you would see on bags or clothing.
Boho fans are not afraid to mix things up, and layering necklaces is a popular look which really unleashes your creativity and sense of style. Perfect for low neck tops, go for a real statement by wearing different types of necklace, or stick with a theme, say all similar colours and materials, for a more subtle look. For the best results vary the thickness, length and material of each piece. [For a dressy look combine a long chain with pendant and a short thin necklace, matched with a plunge cut shift dress or similar.
Go bold with rings
You don’t need to worry about having things match, so go for it if you have rings of different sizes, designs and colours you love. A true bohemian collects treasures as they journey through life – so why not show them off to the world at the same time?
Bling up your ankles
Why should your hands, ears and neck get all the attention when there are so many lovely boho style ankle decorations to choose from? From jeweled barefoot sandals to toe rings and ankle bracelets, what a way to accessorise and make a statement.
Choose between delicate and chunky body chains, or mix thump for the ultimate look to show off your bare skin when wearing revealing clothes like crop top or mini-skirts. Add an arm cuff for even more drama, or as an alternative if you prefer to be covered up.
These simple yet dramatic pieces really embody the essence of a bohemian look. The stark black non-chains are a great foil for one stunning statement jewel or ethnic influenced pendant in the centre.
Jewellery is equally important as the clothes we wear, or the hairstyle we choose, for making a statement to the world about who we are and why we’re here. Bohemian inspired pieces allow anyone to express their inner selves, as subtly or as obviously as they choose or are able to. You don’t need any more reason that that to get out there and start shopping for some wonderful pieces to add that extra something to your life and your wardrobe.