Bohemian style is everything that preppy is not; it is messy and unkempt, it is a blend of textures, colors and vintage accessories that results in a vibrant style explosion. This style effortlessly blends the 1960s hippie and the modern urban fashion icon to express a down to earth, happy and free personality.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have “prep.” This style is tidy, sophisticated and classy, with lots of bright colors and feminine flare. The term preppy comes from “prep school” which is why this style has a very clean uniform feel to it.
Both of these looks are extremely fashionable but trying to find a balance between the two can be tricky. This Fashionista does a fantastic job finding harmony between bohemian and preppy styles by adding subtle details to create a perfect look.
Our Fashionista this week takes this traditionally preppy navy dress and adds a floral-pattered kimono. It seems like the kimono trend came out of nowhere and became outrageously popular over night. We see them everywhere but we just can’t seem to get enough. These unique pieces can completely change an outfit whether it’s dressing it up or down. They are a fabulous alternative to the normal jacket and add personality with a variety of lively prints.
This Fashionista’s kimono is right on track, walking the line between bohemian and preppy. Even though the kimono is a traditionally bohemian article of clothing, it is in a light pink and purple color and has a girly floral pattern giving it that preppy feel.
She pairs her outfit with nude flats that have a gold, studded spike detail, making the normally preppy ballet flat a little more bohemian and trendy. Her accessories are layered at different lengths giving the look a vintage edge. She also is wearing some stacked Bourbon and Bowtie bracelets that perfectly polish the ensemble.
What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Wear what you love! I enjoy taking a little bit of every style to make a new look that’s original to me and that is all my own!”