Here I go again Ms. Classic Style Personality gushing over all things boho inspired – I don’t even recognise myself these days 😉
When I first flicked through the media release online look book: Call of the Wild from Boho Bird, at Birds Nest I realised just how much my taste has changed. I felt instantly spoilt for choice, so many eclectic prints with a soft muted palette.
Of course, I also enjoy flicking through great imagery – the bleak country setting plus the dramatic landscape (complete with cute owl) was the prefect backdrop to the stylish A/W 2017 collection. It reminded me of England so it instantly drew me in, with a kind of Heathcliff / Wuthering Heights mysteriousness, that made me want to see more.
I also love how Boho Bird Designer, Paige Eber describes the boho girl…
‘She let’s life inspire her. She tells her own story and is chief of her own dreams. She is strong, fearless, romantic…And a little bit wild’
Wouldn’t we all like to be described like this?
Yes, there were lots of pieces I could have chosen from the Call of the Wild collection, but I couldn’t go past this dress – I kept coming back to it.
I think it was the birds – which is weird in itself because in the back of my mind, all I could think, was Jonny HATES birds.
Birds are his phobia.
Jonny is a cyclist (Tour de France type, rather than mountain bike). He loves nothing more than heading out first thing in the morning before it gets too hot or too busy for a ride.
BUT, there is one thing that interferes with this pleasure for Jonny and its the Magpie’s swooping (while they are protecting their young). He has been attacked so many times, it’s a joke – it’s like they seek him out!
Honestly, it puts him off going out, or if he is brave enough, he will try to find a new route if he’s already been attacked in an area before. He totally understands the Magpie’s are just being good parents BUT they drive him CRAZY with fear – images of ‘Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds’ movie run through his mind – it’s truly a wonder he manages to stay on his bike.
So if you see a cyclist on the Sunshine Coast kicking his legs and frantically waving his arms around shouting “F**K THE HELL OFF” at the top of his voice, it’s probably Jonny 😉
Just so you know, I however, have quite a soft spot for birds. My Dad had an avery when I was growing up, so I often went inside to feed the birds while they were all flapping around my head – which is quite frankly Jonny’s worst NIGHTMARE!
When this gorgeous dress arrived…
Jonny said “I can’t believe you’ve chosen a dress with birds on – you know I hate them” (I may have giggled inside while trying to remain straight-faced).
My response: “It’s a wrap dress and the birds are blue and super cute, not black and white like the nasty Magpie’s”.
I was even cheeky enough to ask him to iron it before I wore it – I thought it would act as therapy for his phobia 🙂
Now girls, I’m a firm believer that you can embrace boho, by just styling it in your own unique way – just take snippets of inspiration and throw your own spin on it.
You certainly don’t need to live in Byron Bay, have luscious natural curls in your hair and walk around with bare feet.
A hint of boho is fine or go for the whole shebang – either works.
There are no boho rules when it comes to how you style a piece that you love – if you are comfortable and feel fabulous, your confidence will shine through. Every Single Time.
What I loved most about this dress though (besides it being a fabulous wrap dress that suits most shapes) is the print (yeah Jonny).
- Maxi length – works with heels or wedges for a wedding/fancy event. Swap to ankle boots to toughen up the boho look.
- V neckline – perfect for a fuller bust, works a treat for smaller busts too!
- Semi fitted – skims over curves like a dream, think soft a-line at the hip with cling over the lower booty and thigh.
- Flare sleeve – feminine arm coverage.
- Slip – the dress comes with a slip (with adjustable straps).
I decided to style the dress two ways to show you how flexible it is and how different it can look by just swapping the neutral heel for a boot and adding a jacket – the only other thing changed was the sunnies!
I’ve also purposely kept accessories to a minimum. The print is so fabulous, I wanted it to be the hero.
The ankle boots add a tough look to the whimsical pattern, I also love the depth that denim adds to a soft floaty fabric.
When the weather cools down around these parts, I will also add a leather jacket in tan or black. I also have this soft powder blue one which will look drop dead gorgeous paired back with my other new boot purchase from Mimco.
Where to belt?
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of the faux wrap dress. My large bust just doesn’t sit well in a confined space. Self-tie style works so much better for me and my curves. Normally I almost always tie the belt at the front. But I played around with this one, and eventually settled with the tie at the back.
Instead of a bow, I opted for a knot. It looked clean and didn’t add any extra bulk.
Boho Bird is designed in Australia available in sizes 8 through to 18 and exclusive to Birdsnest.com.au
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