Happy summer solstice! Are you enjoying the lighter evenings? I love this time of year when I can sit outside as the sun sets, watching the bats circling overhead. The word solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because the sun appears to stand still at this time of year. In astrological terms, the summer solstice marks the end of spring and start of summer for the northern hemisphere. This date – also known as Litha – has had spiritual significance for thousands of years as humans have been amazed by the power of the sun.
However, as the Light reaches its peak this is also the moment when the power of the sun begins to wane. From now on the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer and we are drawn back into the dark to complete the wheel of the year. This cause to celebrate also serves as a reminder that everything is transient, so we should take the time to appreciate nature in its full glory.
This significant date in the Pagan calendar seems very appropriate for this month’s Thrifty Six theme because we are sharing our boho summer style outfits. Boho is one of those aesthetics that never really goes out of style. For me, boho style means long, flowing dresses, vintage floral prints, tassels and floppy hats. I’ve managed to include all of those elements in this outfit. My dress is a vintage find from eBay. It has an unusual neckline that baffled me at first – I wasn’t sure if I was wearing it back to front! After trying it both ways I can confirm that it definitely zips up at the back!
If you love boho style you’ll be spoilt for choice with the abundance of prairie dresses and “cottagecore” styles in the shops right now. I think of boho as being influenced by the late 60s and 70s, which is right up my street. I adore ruffles, big sleeves and high necklines on dresses. This dress is a little big on me (I’ve clipped it at the back for the photos) so I’ll probably get it altered. I have a huge pile of clothes awaiting alteration – the local seamstress is either going to love or hate me!
I added this red tassel bag more for the boho vibe than the colour, which I’m not mad about with this dress. However, I think the dress did need either a neutral or a colourful bag. Pete referred to this look as a “wizard’s outfit” (he thinks my earrings look like pentagrams), which I suppose is appropriate for a Pagan festival. I’ll take it as a compliment…even if it wasn’t intended as one!
SHOP THE LOOK
Vintage dress from eBay | hat from Debenhams (old) | Clarke sandals (old) | Skinny Dip sunglasses (old, similar)
“It was my turn to pick this month’s theme, and in hindsight, I have no idea why I chose boho! I really struggled putting together an outfit for today’s post and finally landed on this more subdued boho look. In my head, I was imagining flowing garments, pattern mixing, wild hair, lots of layered jewelry, lace-up sandals… all while frolicking in a field. This outfit is none of those things, except for the hair – I had fun adding tiny braids, twists, and hair rings. My second hand skirt and matching elephant clutch felt like the next best thing to embody this month’s theme.”
“Musings under a cinnabar sunset…Lost in thought, relaxing in the evening sun, I contemplate my attire and the complexities of its origin. I muse upon the vintage patchwork skirt, hand-stitched by a bare-foot flower child…the trinkets and adornments collected over time, ethnic, Byzantine, Bedouin…crossing continents for me to unite them under this cinnabar sunset – my vision of bohemia…”
“Boho fashion and styling- I’m all in! For me boho is all about flowy and reminiscent pieces filled with florals and embroidery. This lovely dress I inherited from my Mexican friend Ernestina. She completely hand-embroidered it ages ago-making it all the more special to me. Artisanal work speaks to my heart-from soul to hand, creations blossom. Precious!”
“This blouse is actually a hand me down as you name it I think. I never wear a boho look and this was the only item that came close to me. And it’s not the blouse that gives me a bit of a boho feel, it’s the hairband, which belongs with the blouse, and the mules. But I only wore the blouse for this photo a few years ago. It ended up in the give away bag.”
“I found this turquoise embroidered boho dress when I went thrifting last month with my big birthday coupon and I combined it with my brown thrifted cowboy boots for some festival hippie vibes. I accessorized with a cowboy hat and beaded jewelry. And then I added a long crochet lace vest to cover up a few tiny bleach spots on the back of the dress that I didn’t notice at first.”
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