Live La Vie Boh¨me with our Boho Babe Picks for Under $100
You thought it would never happen, but spring and summer are finally on the horizon and it’s time to start thinking about storing your puffer jackets, peacoats and wool pants away. In their absence, we’re sure you’ll be more than happy to be snatching up gauzy blouses, flowing maxi dresses and more — it’s time to think about spring sunshine, summer music festivals and heading to the beach (we can all dream, right?).
Even if you don’t plan on heading to St. Barts, dressing the part is sure to add a little touch of casual chic to your wardrobe rotation. Trends come and they go, but there’s no doubt that summertime will be bringing its bohemian vibes back year after year. We’ve got perfect picks that will look great soaking up the sun without breaking into your vacation savings.
One of our favorite parts of the spring thaw? Putting away our Hunter boots and lug-soled “practical” shoes. Now that there’s no wading through slush on your schedule — or dealing with the morning chill here in L.A. — slip into the Lucky Brand Lisbethe Open Toe Gladiator Sandals ($99). They’re a heeled version of a summer go-to and their neutral color and not-too-tall shape mean you can wear them with your favorite skinny jeans if temps don’t climb into maxi dress territory. When it does warm up, slide into these with shorts, dresses and more.
Available at Bloomingdale’s.
So this does stretch the budget, but think of it as a complete outfit and it’s easier to swallow. One-piece simplicity is why we love maxi dresses so much. There’s no fussing with matching and clashing, plus there aren’t many pieces( pajama dressing aside) that are both comfortable and make a big statement. The Free People Moroccan Print Maxi Dress ($148) is a darker take on traditional summer print, so feel free to pull it on before summer makes its big debut. It’s got a trend-friendly sheer overlay and an embellished bodice that gives enough detail for you to skip on accessories altogether.
It’s easy to find a peasant blouse just about anywhere. But if you’re not into trekking to Spain (where you can snag great ones right from street vendors) or the usual embroidery and beading, the 1.State Split Seam Chiffon Peasant Blouse ($88) is a great way to get the look and stay clean and sleek.
Track pants are going strong, so if you haven’t picked up a pair of these cool, casual bottoms, the coming of warm weather is the perfect time to get in on the trend. But instead of getting a solid color, go a little outside of your comfort zone with the THML Clothing Printed Soft Pant with Tux Stripe ($59). These comfortable slip-on wonders have a great tribal-meets-tropical allover print and gets a little formality thanks to a bold tuxedo stripe. It’s casual and dressy, bold and subtle, classic and current. Slide it over your bikini bottoms and wear it as a coverup poolside, wear these to work when you can’t even look at your black pants one more time and out at cocktail hour these are sure to get major attention.
Available at Piperlime.
The last thing you want to do is bring your good leather bag to the beach. Sand, surf, s’mores — they’re all bad news for your expensive designer goods. So swap out your investment pieces and grab a purse that you don’t mind getting a little bit more worn down. The Big Buddha Brandi Hobo ($95) is the perfect option — it’s not made of leather so a spilled cocktail doesn’t mean instant panic and it’s got a fun, summer-friendly print and shape that’ll look great with the more casual feel of your warm-weather wardrobe. Underneath the zig zagging colors, there’s a subtle shimmer thanks to an inner sequin layer. You might just find that you can’t go back to a bag you need to baby after using this fun, fringed purse.
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