Making It Work: Boho Dress

Although I often gravitate toward tailored styles, I also love a good boho/hippie-inspired piece. But it can be tricky to mix the funky, laid-back feel of an embroidered dress with the more conservative expectations of the workplace. Here's how I would do it:

Making It Work: Boho dress

I picked this white baby-doll dress with embroidery as my starting point because it's totally the kind of thing I would snatch up at the thrift store, only to have it sit in my closet as I puzzled over what to wear it with for work!

Since a baby-doll already gives you legs for miles, dark shoes are OK here. The rounded toe and T-strap of these shoes take the outfit in a more conservative direction without being too severe.

A cropped jacket is a natural fit with a high waist. This open-front knit blazer is soft enough that it doesn't look out of place over this dress, while still giving this outfit a professional touch.

A gold statement necklace adds a touch of luxe to this look without going over the top. (I am starting to wonder when the tide is going to turn on statement necklaces — it seems like there's a point at which they become ridiculous. But I do have a soft spot for them.)

I didn't add a bag to this collage, but I think a simple clutch would be the best way to go. (I am not really a "bag" person, so handbags are usually an afterthought for me.) What do you think — would you wear this look? How would you style this dress? 


  1. I love this! I feel the same way, my style is not boho really at all, so I'd be much more likely to pair a hippie dress with some t-strap heels and a structured jacket. I love those shoes, btw!!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

    1. Thanks! I love mixing structured looks with more feminine/flowy styles. And, yeah, these shoes are pretty dope, I wish I had a pair for real!


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