Bohemian Rhapsody

The recent beautiful weather has caused a phenomenon that can only be described as a “summer clothing Armageddon.” All of Ireland and their mammies were buying Penneys out of shorts, t-shirts, skirts, sun cream and sunglasses! If you too are looking for some cute summer clothes look no further, my edit is here.

Trends for summer include gypsy tops, snake-skin and hamsa hand prints. Round sunglasses are also a must! The bohemian look is everywhere. I have to say I didn’t like boho the first time round (Boho circa 2005/2006). But nowadays I’m quite partial to boho chic, see below.

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Everyone who knows me knows I love florals, accessories and floral hair accessories. So maybe I am boho but I don’t like to restrict myself to one style. 😉

However gypsy style off the shoulder tops really appeal to me! They are easy to dress up but work equally well as a casual top. The only qualm I have with them is you have to wear a strapless bra (or a bandeau top or no bra) if you don’t want to ruin the look!

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Gypsy tops should be worn loose and look great with blue denim jeans or cut-off shorts. Try and avoid wearing anything else overly bohemian with them. Stay away from tight fitted off the shoulder tops, you’ll look like you are on the way to a 2003 teenage disco. Especially if you wear them with flares 😉

This open back Asos one is gorgeous.

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Upcycling an old vintage top like this Etsy one works equally well. Available from Leisure Vintage on Etsy. White or light colours are great for summer and the bell sleeves are really retro.

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If you need any further proof that the 70’s look is in just see Azealia’s Banks Coachella outfit.Azealia  wore a Nasty Gal crop top with huge bell sleeves while performing at Coachella this weekend.

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Azealia Banks in Nasty Gal

Mandala prints, hamsa hand prints and ethnic prints are another big summer trend. I got this light blue t-shirt from Penneys at the weekend.

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I got these blue round sunglasses from Tiger for €4.

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The hamsa print works equally well on jewellery as well as clothing. Asos have some lovely delicate jewellery, including this bracelet. I bought a similar one in Mallorca except it was more like a friendship bracelet.

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I’m also loving the snakeskin trend as I’ve a serious weakness for mock snakeskin shoes. These are my latest additions from River Island.

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Snakeskin boots from River Island €45 in sale

Another great style are these pale green flatforms also from River Island.

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And finally for something more dressy, check out these Topshop heels. Possibly the most beautiful shoes ever?

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To compliment any hippy look, you need a pair of John Lennon style round sunglasses. 😉 Forever 21 always have great sunglasses like these styles below.

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Thank you for reading this post, hope you have enjoyed it and gotten some inspiration. I’ll be heading to several festivals this summer and am already dreaming about gorgeous bohemian outfits. Watch this space 😉

Return of The Flare

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A while back I predicted flares were coming back after Lykke Li wore them to her Vicar St. gig late last year. Guess what ? Flares are indeed creeping back in after being consigned to a special place in sartorial hell for many years. Ah flares, I wore them my entire childhood/adolescence and they may have slightly bolstered my self-esteem at the time but looking back I can’t see why!  Having B*witched for style icons didn’t help either. :/

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Flares in the early 00’s required a heel of some kind (or a god forbid a chunky runner circa 2005), required frequent washing due to them dragging on the ground and  always ended up extremely frayed. I had denim ones, cord ones combat ones, velvet purple ones, embroidered flares, coloured flares, the skinny flare, the flare so wide it forced others off the path……

With the advent of skinny jeans, flares were promptly discarded and forgotten about. Until now. The 2015 reincarnation is here and you may just like it 😉

Forget faded denim, the gothic velvet flare is much more sophisticated. They are gorgeous in dark colours and accessorised with graphic t-shirts and lots of attitude! They are an alternative for people who want to try flares but don’t want to look like a hippy. If you want to wear these, remember they are fitted in the waist and velvet isn’t a forgiving fabric so pick your size carefully.

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THOSE PANTS HOLY SHIT. <3 I need some in every color!
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I usually try to feature affordable and easily available products but I haven’t seen flares in any shops here yet. However I discovered this US site Colors of Aurora which is worth a look.

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Flared jumpsuits are equally ok and very flattering.

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And if you really want to go there and wear denim flares, pick a dark wash or a distressed style. Very pale washes coloured or embellished denim will look like you stepped out of a 00’s time capsule.

Here’s one of my favourite bloggers The Native Fox wearing dark denim flares.

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Free People also have some gorgeous flares and flare jumpsuits..all expensive but great inspo!

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Here’s the best thing about flares, they suit almost every body shape. Tall, short, curvaceous, thin, they flatter all shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever read the book The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, I’m willing to bet those pants were flares. This is why I wore them for so long during the awkward teenage years! I was insecure about my body and wearing flares helped me feel better. One important note though, if you are more on the petite side, make sure you get your flares taken up or wear heels. Flares skimming the floor is grand, flares wiping the floor not so great. You don’t want to look as though you are drowning in fabric! Also avoid long cardigans or baggy tops with flares, a fitted top or slightly loose t-shirt works best.

Let me know your thoughts on flares- a welcome back or hell no?

Thanks for visiting my blog as always. As always you can find my blog on Facebook here. Next up for me is a trip to Belgium in March! I look forward to writing about this soon.

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