Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Boho chic, or boho blues?

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April

Newyorkandco Peasant skirts. Hippie tops. Boho chic seems like the perfect answer to weekend flair. But there's a fine line between flow and frump.

Case in point: A maxi dress paired with flat sandals is boho hot. A muumuu is not. And yet, the same dress that could go both ways, depending on your body.

Boho looks effortlessly chic. But I came to the realization that it actually takes a ton of work as I tried on fitted t-shirts to go over a peasant skirt. Did I go with a graphic tee? A fitted knit top? Metallic flat sandals or leather gladiators? What about accessories?

I'm still figuring things out. But I did come up with a few do's and don'ts after a half hour in the dressing room:

Anntaylorloft DO remember the laws of flattering proportion. Unless you're stick thin, flowing tops are best paired with fitted skirts or bottoms, and vice versa.

DON'T feel like you have to work a maxi dress. My latest theory: Boobs are key to pulling off this look. It takes cleavage to carry the top, and those of us who are a little less, err, robust end up risking the preggo factor. But even among women rocking curves, there is no one size fits all.

DO add a funky market earring and some colorful scarves to your wardrobe. If you know anyone who's traveling abroad, these make great souvenirs.

DON'T stress yourself out about getting a boho outfit perfect on the first try. Some trial and error may be necessary.

But hey, what could be more boho than that?

~ Deal Diva Letitia

(Photo, Hippie maxi dress, New York & Co., floral top, Ann Taylor Loft.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:15pm]

    

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