10 Essential Pieces for a Boho Aesthetic

Here's how to cop this cool, relaxed look.

(SPOT.ph) Boho, in a nutshell, is a way of dressing that incorporates elements of bohemian and hippie styles—an aesthetic that favors loose-fitting pieces, earth tones, nature-inspired patterns, and an overall laid-back feel. The style finds it origins in the hippie movement, which can be traced back to the late '50s and early '60s. Back then, hippie fashion was based on a rejection of conformity and the rigidity of modern society. Even now, the look favors simplicity and comfort over stiff formality. It’s a great style to rock any time you want to let your hair down, so ditch the stuffy pieces and tight-fitting outfits of your weekdays and embrace the carefree, unassuming ease of boho.

Here are 10 pieces to keep in your closet if you want to rock a boho look:

Dress

Linen Dress (P1,995)
PHOTO BY Bershka
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Fabric plays a big role when choosing pieces that fit into a boho aesthetic. Opt for lightweight, unembellished materials like linen or rayon that not only highlight boho’s rustic feel, but hang delicately on the body and emphasize shape without having to be skin-tight. For starters, try something like this linen dress from Bershka. The baby-blue shade will be a good contrast against earthy tones. Plus, doesn’t it just remind you of clear summer skies?

See a list of Bershka branches.

Loose Jeans

High Waist Jeans with Slits (P2,495)
PHOTO BY Pull&Bear
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When rocking boho, ditch your skinny jeans and opt for some loose denim pieces instead. This high-waisted pair from Pull&Bear (perfect to hide your food baby) has a flared silhouette that will lengthen your frame. It even has slits on the hem to give your look an extra vintage touch.

See a list of Pull&Bear branches.

Sandals

Better Together in Banig (P2,040)
PHOTO BY Renegade Folk
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If you want to go all-out hippie mode, you can probably walk barefoot, but…we wouldn’t really recommend it. Instead, go for some sandals—these lightweight slides from Renegade Folk are just as carefree as wearing slippers out. Their banig pattern gives them a distinctly homegrown look.

See a list of Renegade Folk branches.

Flowy Top

Brisa Top (P1,090)
PHOTO BY Solana
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When choosing tops for your boho aesthetic, look for loose silhouettes, flowy fabrics, and ruching—these elements brought together create a delicate, feminine feel that can be both dressy and comfy. Check out this blouse from Solana, which has an understated elegance and simplicity to it that’s perfect for trying out the boho look.

Available online.

Loose Trousers

Palazzo Trousers (P2,995)
PHOTO BY Mango
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Loose pants will be your best friend when emulating a boho style. You can dress them up for work and formal events or dress them down for casual weekend hangouts. The palazzo cut on these white trousers from Mango will keep you feeling fresh and breezy even on warm days. The pleats add structure to the flowy pants, preventing the pair from looking shapeless or baggy.

Available at Mango branches nationwide.

Woven Bag

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Rattan Bags (P1,199-P1,799) from Talulah

Not only will a woven bag instantly match any boho OOTD thanks to its rustic pattern and color, but the limited space on these types of purses usually encourages you to bring less stuff. Trust us, you’ll be more sane when you don’t have too much stuff in your bag weighing down your shoulders. Cop the look with one of these rattan bags from Talulah.

Available online.

Hippie Tee

Short Acid Wash T-Shirt (P695)
PHOTO BY Stradivarius
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When it comes to wearing T-shirts with a boho look, the bigger the better. Opt for tops with faded, grungy designs, dropped sleeves, and baggy fits. Try this tee from Stradivarius—its psychedelic design will make you look like you walked straight out of Woodstock. Tie-dye tees are another good option, too.

See a list of Stradivarius branches.

Slip-Ons

Alpargata Slip-Ons (P3,398)
PHOTO BY Toms
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For a boho aesthetic, go for fuss-free, comfortable slip-ons. It helps if they’ve got espadrille-style soles, like this pair from Toms. Plus, the canvas material lends a distinctly casual, worn-in feel that will go well with your overall boho look.

See a list of Toms branches.

Skirt

Draped Jersey Skirt (P1,690)
PHOTO BY H&M
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As with dresses, look for skirts that offer flowy shapes and elegant folds. This wraparound skirt from H&M would be a good pick. The draped silhouette will add bounce and movement to your outfit. Plus, we can’t take our eyes off that gorgeous bright orange tone, which reminds us of sunsets.

See a list of H&M branches.

Jacket

Faux Suede Overshirt With Fringing (P3,295)
PHOTO BY Zara
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When choosing jackets, look for covers that add texture and structure to your outfit in order to contrast the other, more delicate pieces. This jacket from Zara has a fringed detail, which is a staple design element in bohemian looks. Throw it on top of any plain outfit to give your look an instant boho touch.

See a list of Zara branches.

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