Haute Hippie

06 Feb 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

All hail the billowing long dress and leather accessories that mark the return of the bohemian, says Penny Fray

It all started in the sixties with Woodstock, free love and the distinct whiff of patchouli. This is 2014 though, so step away from the crochet waistcoats, hair flowers and grubby sandals. You’re not going to a costume party. Instead, convey the look of Sienna Miller or Kate Hudson with peasant blouses, slouchy bags and suede shoe-boots.

On the catwalk, the focus was distinctly free spirited with designers embracing homespun embellishments, bloom-bedecked maxis and exotic, tribal prints. Whether you go for the romantic or well-seasoned traveller vibe, it’s important to be comfortable and cool. The one piece you need if nothing else? Most definitely the kaftan-style top – Roberto Cavalli, Temperley and Pucci all do super chic ones. If you’re on a budget though, you’ll find a wealth of styles in Muttrah souq for a couple of rials. While you’re there, pop into the gold market in search of headdresses, coin necklaces and evil eyes. Tribal-style jewellery is a key way of getting in on this trend. If you are going to go for just one piece, I would suggest either a pair of dangly earrings or a beaded cuff.

Strappy flats (like the ones from Chloé or Lanvin) also look great with a floral maxi. Bag-wise, opt for the 70s style saddle or a slouchy, suede number with tassels. The overall idea is to carry off the look of an elegant explorer.


Tribal chic starts with this necklace from Monsoon. From RO16


This boho bikini from Matalan is the perfect suitcase stowaway From RO8.


This Missoni-esque kimono from Matalan will look great by the pool or while pottering around the Sultanate’s souqs in a pair of jeans. From RO6.


Sophie Hulme’s sleek designs have garnered a cult following. We love the bold pink, yellow and blue tones of this python print bag.  It offers plenty of room for your mobile, keys and cosmetics. RO465.


How stylish is this lacquered-leather mini wedge from Zara? Currently on sale at RO25.90.


Grab a boho bargain with this pleated skirt from Splash. From RO3 on sale.



Penny’s tips on creating the upmarket boho look: 

  1. Look well travelled with souq trinkets and Indian silks from Ruwi.
  2. Temper flowing embroidered tunics with a pair of skinny jeans and heels. You are going for a sexy, streamlined silhouette rather than a baggy, earth mama look.
  3. The right scarf can make anyone look like a member of the jet set. A Pashmina scarf made from deliciously soft goat’s wool thrown on ever so casually always helps add a little luxe to a casual ensemble.

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