Khaki shorts have long been a wardrobe staple, your go-to clothing item when you have no time to plan an outfit, need to look preppy, and yet still be casual. This weekend, I thought I’d style a pair using bohemian elegance as my inspiration. You’re probably wondering, what the heck is “bohemian elegance”? Bohemian elegance is created by first starting with staple wardrobe pieces consisting of neutral tones and then mixing in bohemian accessories like bracelets, necklaces, hats and hints of color where possible. Using black and khaki to achieve understated elegance, I have gone ahead and infused some bohemian flare through the use of my accessories in hopes of achieving a look that is elegant, fun, and not too serious!
COLORS: Black + Khaki
First, I’m looking for sophistication through my neutral color palette: black and khaki. When black is paired with khaki, the color combination just screams elegance, but without looking like you tried (this is always the way to go, by the way).
STYLE: Bohemian Elegance
The outfit I have put together will take you from late afternoon cocktails to dinner and dancing…and you’ll look like you never even tried to look so cool, it just sort of happened. (Lose the hat and pair with a black blazer, you’ve got a business casual outfit – but that’s another story…check out nubry editor, Britt Hackmann’s style post for business casual hints)
Once I’ve put my outfit together, I move on to accessories. The fedora hat oozes cool, so this is very necessary to add to my elegant outfit in order to achieve the bohemian style that I am also striving towards (read more about which fedora to wear from nubry blogger, Sarah Adams). You should definitely keep the black and khaki palette clean, but I thought it’d be fun to further enhance my bohemian flare by throwing in a hint of color with the long shell necklace I have shown here. This necklace works well with a simple outfit and is best tied together by matching the lips, nails and blush. In my case: hints of pink! It would have been really fun and bohemian had I added more bracelets. You can’t go wrong with an arm party!
Lastly, black heels. If you want to keep things casual for day, by all means, slip into a black sandal, but prepare for evening by concealing your black heels in your black handbag. Please, don’t destroy your elegant black and khaki outfit by slipping into a colored or printed heel. Just because I added hints of pink does not mean that you can add pink shoes (or pink bag). You will lose your elegant appeal! Keep your palette neutral across the board by slipping into a pair of understated black heels.
What do you think of my “bohemian elegant” outfit? Are you going to dress up your khaki shorts through bohemian infusion this fall? I want to know about it! Tweet me: @GretchHackmann