A bride’s guide to Boho styling

Boho-chic has been favoured by such fashion idols as Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. It is influenced by 60s hippie and bohemian styles but has become much more than that over the years.

The Boho look is the perfect wedding style for those who prefer a comfortable, laid-back ceremony and want to look and feel effortlessly elegant.

Here are four ways to achieve a boho wedding look.

Unlined lace and free-flowing lines

For a truly relaxed boho feel try an unlined lace dress, such as the Carly, worn with a separate silk slip. There is no formality to this type of style at all. Kick off your shoes and run barefoot through the grass.

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The beauty of treating lace like this is that the two layers move independently allowing light to pass through the lace and highlight the beautiful patterns.

If a single layer of lace worn over a simple slip feels too light or slightly exposing, then choose a style where lace has been mounted onto a layer of silk and then lined. This will give the dress more body. Using soft lace and fluid silks ensures that the dress remains light like we have done with the Elise.

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A more structured silhouette

Reminiscent of the 50s, a more structured bodice with a fuller skirt can look very elegant and classic. Or, if accessorised in a more playful way, can give a fun and relaxed look.

A good example of this is the Sylvie dress which has a 50s shape whilst keeping a boho ballerina look. Pair this with some fresh cut wildflowers and you will have a pretty and ethereal effect. Our bride Charley chose to have a sleeveless version of this style made for her relaxed country wedding, pairing the dress with natural hair and flat sandals.

Vintage inspired wedding dress by Sally Lacock

A boho twist to the tea dress

For Sally, the Edwardian style is all about softness which she believes can be translated beautifully to fit the boho aesthetic.

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“I particularly love Edwardian afternoon tea dresses. These would have been worn for a game of badminton or taking tea on the lawn, but now this style works wonderfully for modern day boho wedding.”

These Edwardian dresses can be made to fit your style and shape. We find the Violet and Isadora empire line styles will lengthen the legs whilst the more nipped-in Bea flatters the waist.

The alternative approach: Separates

Boho is all about flexibility and bending the rules. Opting for bridal separates rather than a dress offers a range of new possibilities for creating a unique and flattering silhouette.

By combining a wedding top with a skirt you can get the exact boho feel you’re looking for. Bridal separates give the flexibility to combine silk mousseline or georgette with lace and to play with the balance of proportions.

Add an extra boho touch through accessorising. We love to pair soft dreamy dresses with vintage leather belts for a contrast look or adding floral head pieces to an elegant shape for a romantic, hippy-chic style.

The beauty of boho styling is its flexibility, effortless femininity and ability to remain elegant whilst being relaxed.