| VICTORIA ZURAKOWSKI

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

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

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 boho style for winter?

When it comes to winter, the cold biting winds and snow trodden paths call for something a little more casual and definitely more functional – in other words, something that will keep you warm and that's easy to throw together.


How To Make Boho Style in Winter Work for You

Just because gorgeous lightweight dresses are typically categorized as “summer fashion”, it doesn’t mean that you can’t transform them into key transitional pieces to create chic boho winter dresses.

Forget those boho style features you admire and covet in your favourite fashion magazines that are limited to 5-star luxury beach getaways – this isn’t what boho style is all about. In fact, if we were to define it, some words used to describe boho would be natural, free, flexible, effortless, and original. As well as the abovementioned adjectives, the archetypical boho style is all about the loose-fitting layers of fabric, which is precisely the look we go for in winter, so there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t go boho in winter.

Our complete guide to dressing in a boho style for winter will prove that indeed it’s not such a difficult look to pull off in the colder climes. These effortless boho looks for winter will take you anywhere you want to go. From boho styles for work to boho looks for café dates – if you adore the boho vibes and style as much as we do, you’re going to love the following boho winter outfit ideas.

"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. A leopard print maxi with the essential bohemian frills in tan makes for the perfect winter boho dress that can be updated for wintery months with a pair of knee-high leather boots, 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 a fun and versatile bohemian style tassel necklace to accentuate your flirty side.

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A linen tunic style top in nude (or similar shades) is perfect for layering for a cosy boho winter style look. Whether you're on the morning school run or heading out to run errands, the lightweight material together with a tunic 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, such as this black skater mini skirt by Seven Wonders. Layer the tunic top over the skirt, which can either be loosely tucked in or pulled in at the waist with a vintage-inspired belt. With thick woollen tights and black lace-up combat boots, this boho winter outfit is not only cool but also super feminine as well. Delicate gold costume jewellery will add a more youthful finish to your chic boho winter’s day look.

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For the ultimate boho winter style, how about adding a bit of fun to your look with a boho floral dress that adds a pop of colour as well? Versatile and cute, it will make for a cute eye-popping boho winter dress ensemble. Pair it with a chunky cream-coloured oversized cable-knit cardigan or the like, thick woollen tights and a pair of masculine brogues. A knitted detailed clutch will complement this boho winter outfit beautifully, as will a delicate mini disc necklace in gold.

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Channel your inner goddess with the perfect winter boho colours. Khaki is the epitome of winter and a frilly khaki maxi dress is ideal when it comes to transitional boho staples that take you from the hot summer months into the cooler months of autumn and winter. Teamed with a cropped leather jacket or a cream wrap cardigan (or both for extra warmth), a tassel belt, and black leather ankle boots, a long khaki dress exudes winter boho vibes and will surely win you some serious style points at the same time. An oversized hand-woven tote is also a quick-fire way to accessorise a boho winter maxi dress and take it to the next level.

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We see hand embroidered Aztec inspired printed dresses that make a bold statement no matter what the season is as being part of your curated boho winter look. Playful, flirty and cute, colourful short boho dresses in winter look great with a denim jacket, suede ankle boots, an ethnic patterned clutch, and hippie beaded jewellery.

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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 intricately detailed hand knitted tops that can be easily layered. When matched with lace or embroidered black frilly skirts, you immediately add that extra wow-factor to your show-stopping top. And for some serious vintage-inspired vibes, throw on your faux fur coat, a pair of low- heeled ankle boots, some gold Luv & Bart hoop earrings, and grab a beaded clutch to create a glamourous boho chic winter outfit that will turn heads no matter where you go.

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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 beaded lace blouse in cream 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 style hat, because let’s face it, every bohemian girl needs one. To add a subtle hint of colour, add a gold necklace with blue 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-style 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. With a clear rustic vibe going on with your winter boho skirt, it’s only right that you should pair it with a pair of fringed leather ankle boots. Wrap beaded bracelets are both on-trend and free-spirited and will help bring your boho winter fashion look together. Wear just a few or stack them as you please, because not only do these bracelets complement your outfit they can also be worn with ease throughout the year. To make even more of a statement, try adding gold-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 dresses were just for summer? To stay nice and cosy, an oversized teddy bear coat in camel or stone will compliment your feminine vibes and pretty boho winter dress well. Loosely wrap a pale coloured oversized scarf around your neck to complement the lighter tones of the dress. 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 mint macramé bag is spot on when it comes to completing this dreamy boho chic 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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