| VICTORIA ZURAKOWSKI

How To Dress Boho Chic In Winter – It’s Not Just A Summer Look

Discover Our Favourite Boho Winter Fashion Tips & Boho Chic Winter Outfits

Updated December 2020

Come summertime, bohemian style is ubiquitous. From flowing skirts and light floral maxi dresses to Roman sandals and flip flops to fringed bags and tassel crochet vests, yes the hot summer months are awash with beautiful boho fashion. But what about bohemian winter clothes? Is there even such a thing as boho winter fashion?

We say “YES!” It’s 100% possible to emulate your much-loved boho style in winter.

Even in the biting cold months when we have to navigate snowy paths and protect ourselves from the icy air, it’s possible to rock boho clothing in winter. From boho winter dresses to your favourite summer frilly skirts, there are ways to recycle your summer wardrobe all year long!


How To Make Boho Style in Winter Work for You

The answer lies in taking a look at what you’ve already got. Your pretty lightweight “summer” bohemian dresses aren’t off-limits. With a little foresight, you can transform them into key transitional pieces - AKA boho winter dresses.

Forget those boho style features you admire and covet in your favourite fashion magazines - they’re limited to 5-star luxury beach getaways – this isn’t what the boho style is all about.

If we were to define “boho”, some words we’d typically use to describe it would be natural, free, flexible, effortless, and original. As well as the aformentioned adjectives, boho style is all about the loose-fitting layers of fabric. So in this case, there is a thing as boho fashion in winter.

"I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian."

— Brigitte Bardot

If you’re a true boho girl, a shopping trip into the city calls for a chic yet effortless look and boho winter dresses. This bird print balloon sleeved maxi dress from Feather and Find, which has just the right amount of ruffles, can be easily updated for winter with a pair of knee-high leather boots in tan. Accessorise with an oversized woven tote for your new purchases, and a long neutral coloured ribbed cardigan coat that can be worn loosely or tied with a belt. To add that finishing touch to your boho winter dress, add some contrasting coloured jewellery like this turquoise stone necklace in gold from Luv & Bart.

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A strappy flirty embroidered trapeze top in neutral shades is perfect for layering for a cosy boho style in winter. Whether you're on the morning school run or heading out to run errands, the lightweight material together with the top’s versatility means you can easily add to your outfit with layers, creating a casual everyday look. Nude and other neutral colours look sweet when styled with darker tones and denim. Pair it with this season’s jeans - bootcut, of course. Chunky knit cardigans in beige or cream will create the desired layered winter boho look. When it comes to accessorising your bohemian winter clothes for the everyday, carefree look, opt for a bright coloured oversized statement bag you can carry forever, such as this Moroccan Star tote from Pushpanjali. Simple boho-chic necklaces like our Luv & Bart Luna necklace in gold will complement your winter boho style beautifully.

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For the ultimate boho winter style, how about adding a bit of fun to your look with a boho floral and animal print dress that adds a pop of colour as well? Versatile and cute, it will make for a cute eye-popping boho winter outfit. Pair it with a chunky cream-coloured oversized cable-knit cardigan, thick woollen tights and a pair of masculine brogues. A knitted detailed clutch will complement this boho winter outfit beautifully, and to finish off your boho winter dress ensemble, add some stacked beaded bracelets.

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Channel your inner goddess with the perfect winter boho colours and patterns. Animal print and an oversized tunic style dress are a match made in heaven. When you wear this boho winter dress from Miss June, you’ll certainly make a statement. The combination of the tied neck, detailed front and tiered skirt makes this dress the perfect transitional piece that works in any season. Team it with a pair of dark opaque tights, with thick woollen socks and a pair of chunky boots and create the ultimate boho clothing winter look. And to really know how to dress boho in winter, throw on a cropped leather jacket, some tassel earrings, and if you still feel like carrying a bit of summer around with you, why not add a string shopper to your outfit?

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When bold geometric shapes meet tribal embellishments, you know that it’s going to be a special dress - this midi-length Rosace print dress from Laurie & Joe is a showstopper. Playful, flirty and cute, colourful boho dresses in winter look great with a denim jacket, suede ankle boots, and that string shopper makes another appearance thanks to its tremendous versatility. Finish off your look with a beaded necklace and some stackable fun bracelets.

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Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t show your love for everything boho when you’re going out. Go for simple but fun tops with tulle sleeve detail that can be easily layered. When matched with lace or embroidered black frilly skirts, you immediately add that extra wow-factor to your look. And for some serious vintage-inspired vibes, throw on your faux fur coat, a pair of low-heeled ankle boots, and some gold Luv & Bart hoop earrings. For a bit of extra cool, make sure you’ve got your My Beachy Side heart embellished bag on hand.

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Whether you’re having brunch with the girls, going shopping or even going out for a casual meal, a lightweight peasant style blouse in animal print will look out of this world when styled with a pair of light blue distressed skinny jeans, a grey faux fur gilet or the like, a cute pair of fur-lined winter boots, and for the ultimate laid back bohemian winter chic look, add a grey Panama hat, because let’s face it, every bohemian girl needs one. To add a subtle hint of colour, add a gold necklace with grey detail to remind you of those summer months gone by.

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The boho-chic look can be worn in any season, and an ethnic maxi skirt with a tassel-elasticated waist is proof of this. Because we believe that your favourite maxi skirt should still get some love in the winter, we recommend pairing it with an oversized knitted sweater slightly tucked in. Be even more boho in winter by pairing your outfit with a pair of fringed leather ankle boots. When it comes to boho accessories in winter, you can’t go wrong with multiple beaded bracelets - they’re timeless and should not be restricted to just one season. To make even more of a statement, try adding silver-plated bracelets to the mix as well. And if you’re all for navigating farmers’ markets and flea markets, a woven string bag is perfect for keeping all your new-found treasures secure.

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For romantics, a printed floral maxi dress any time of year is welcoming, but come winter, when the months are darker and dull, wearing this will not only help you create a unique winter boho style, it will also lighten the mood. Whoever said that ditsy floral boho dresses were just for summer? To stay nice and cosy, an oversized shearling trim jacket will match your feminine vibes and pretty boho winter dress well. Flat ankle boots in camel with chunky knitted socks sitting slightly above the boot will surely get you noticed wherever you go. A roomy shopper is another boho outfit must-have item, and we think this blue woven shopper bag is spot on when it comes to completing this dreamy boho winter outfit.

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Our Favourite Fashion Tips for Going Boho in Winter

Keep Wearing Maxis

There’s nothing wrong with repurposing summer clothes for Autumn & Winter – in fact this is what winter boho chic is all about. Long maxi skirts and especially long maxi dresses, even if the material is light, are perfect when it comes to boho winter clothes. Wear it with a pair of heavy tights (because who’s going to see them anyway?) When it comes to styling your winter boho dresses with footwear, we suggest wearing them with a cute pair of fringed ankle boots, a pair of chunky combat boots or leather knee high ones. And because the boho style, whether it’s in summer or winter, is all about the layers, you can easily pair your winter boho maxi dress or skirt with a long cardigan.


Don’t Forget The Boho Accessories

To achieve the ultimate boho style in winter, the details of course matter. During the summer months, boho style is more about adding boho or vintage-inspired jewellery, but in winter, you should opt for warmer, heavier elements. Instead of summer hats and flowers in your hair, ramp up your winter boho style with Panama-style hats, wide brimmed felt hats, or even a beret to add a bit of French chic to your ensemble. Thick woollen hairbands also work a treat, and are more versatile than hats, as these can be worn absolutely anywhere, including the office if you dare. The bag you choose is also important, think along the lines of oversized totes, canvas bags, woven clutches, and genuine leather bags. If you want to create a cute winter boho look, woollen socks that poke out of your ankle boots are all the rage. And just because summer is all about boho jewellery, it doesn't mean that it can't be worn in winter – colourful beads and tassels add a creative finish and will help you win some serious boho winter fashion points. Finally, a knitted blanket scarf is an evergreen of winter fashion – these can be easily thrown over any boho winter outfit to achieve the look you desire while keeping you cosy and warm.


Get Some Boho Winter Clothing Staples  

There are some boho winter clothing staples that you should definitely wear this season to achieve an authentic boho winter style. As well as your winter boho dresses, heavy cardigans (the chunkier the better) will help you transform any look. And if you’re brave enough, how about clashing patterns with an ethnic print cardigan or coat? We also love how sleeveless jackets, such as faux fur gilets work with a printed winter boho dress. Peasant style blouses with embroidered or lace detail are a must when it comes to boho winter clothes, as like your winter boho dresses, they can easily be layered, not to mention they’re super comfortable and cute as well.


Know Your Boho Winter Colours

While we think that any colours can be worn to achieve boho winter style with the right attitude, there are some principal boho colours to pay heed to when putting together your boho winter outfit. Take a page out of nature’s book by wearing more autumnal colours such as browns, greens, deep reds, mustard, and of course grey and black.


Always Pair Boho Winter Outfits With The Right Footwear  

There are winter shoes and then there are boho winter shoes. If you really want to perfect your boho style for winter, footwear matters. Boots of all varieties work well to help you create the ultimate boho winter outfit. Tall boots, ankle boots, slouchy boots, and fringed boots in neutral colours go amazingly with boho winter dresses. Opt for lower chunkier heels, because at the end of the day being comfy and warm is what makes for the boho style in winter – they’ll also help you stay upright on your feet when walking on snowy and icy paths. Or if boots aren't your thing or you want to create a boho chic winter outfit with a difference, more masculine style shoes for women will also work – think brogues!


Boho style for winter is easy to pull off with the right vision, confidence and clothes. Not just for the hotter months of the year, wearing boho clothes in winter will allow you to continue wearing the style you adore every day of the year. There’s something endearing about going boho in winter, which is why we too wear our favourite boho outfits all year round as well. Day or night, formal or informal, there are plenty of ways you can dress boho in winter. And at the end of the day, it’s important to remember boho fashion in winter and summer has no rules, which of course gives you a lot more creative freedom.

At Sand Dollar UK, we stock an extensive range of unique pieces that will match your boho style for winter. From stunning boho winter dresses to adorable embellished peasant tops, visit us today for more boho winter inspiration.

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