Wedding Dress Styles that Mix Classic And Boho
With more couples turning to family-friendly backyard weddings, simple public park affairs, and intimate elopements in the wilderness, there are many brides searching for dresses that uphold a classic wedding character while mixing in the more casual, fluid, and carefree elements of bohemian style.
Bohemian styles are defined by their edgy, earthy, ethnic, and artistic appeal. Classic wedding gowns, on the other hand, are characterized by elegant fabrics, refined details, and both form-fitting and structured shapes. Therefore, a blend of these two styles leads to a balanced look that walks the stylish line between earthy and elevated.
Today, Weddingful highlights a few of the best combinations of classic and bohemian bridal attire, pointing out the details that give each piece that lighthearted, laissez-faire touch.
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Classic A-Line With Pockets
Get back to the basics with a wedding skirt that offers up a few pockets – this is a streamlined and subtle way to bring a casual, laid-back element to your wedding look.
Turquoise is a stone carrying one of the longest histories of human interaction and has long been used as a talisman for shamans and warriors, throughout many cultures. While diamonds and pearls add glamour, details of turquoise incorporate an Earthy, history-bound element into your wedding attire.
This dress employs a classic structured bodice and form-fitting mermaid skirt, but the ruffled off-the-shoulder sleeves are unmistakably marked by bohemian influence – and the flower crown atop loose curls only emphasize this more earthy approach.
Stones in Place of Jewels
Pearls, crystal beads, and sparkling jewels are found on ritzy bridal styles – replace these sparkling embellishments with opaque colored stones, and the dress takes on a completely different tone. This black stone brooch inlaid in silver adds a down-to-Earth finish to the back of this wedding gown.
Classic Gown with Peasant Sleeves
Add peasant sleeves to anything, and it instantly takes on a more informal and earthy tone; these gathered long sleeves add a splash of historical influence on an otherwise classic v-neck wedding dress.
Add Tribal Print
Adding a print on a white wedding gown brings an entirely different look to the dress, drawing upon the edgy and artistic elements of bohemian style.
Classic Chiffon with Beaded Back
Bohemian style loves an eclectic mix – add a rich contrast of texture to your wedding look by blending elegant chiffons and satins with chunky metalwork or beading.
Flowing Cape Sleeves
Another sleeve style that adds a heavy dose of boho, cape sleeves (or similar flowing styles such as butterfly or bell sleeves) will bring movement and fluidity to a more structured classic style.
Sometimes, it’s all about the waistline. By lifting the waistline of the dress up to a yolk cut, a dress is transformed into a voluminous tent skirt that speaks of effortless, down-to-Earth bohemian style.
Classic Form, Added Fringe
This example showcases a sophisticated form-fitting bodice with mermaid skirt, with an element of fun in the added fringe. Bohemian styles love anything fluid and full of movement, and this flowing fringe definitely fits the bill.
Embrace the ethnic side of bohemian style with a dress that speaks to a specific cultural style – or blend of them. Here, an early 1900s evening gown meets East Asian influence with a kimono-style wrap and sleeves, while sparkling crystals convey a sense of classic glamour.
Half Classic, Half Casual
This wedding dress is a perfect example of a half-classic, half-bohemian style – literally. The bottom half’s sparkling belt and sheer skirt embody a princess theme, while the top half’s simple long-sleeved top looks like something you’d wear to a yoga class.
Planning the rest of your wedding details?
If you’re stuck when it comes to planning the logistics, Weddingful can help. Our online planner is free, and it’s designed to match you with vendors – from photographers to planners to cake artists – who fit your location, budget, and style.