Most associate Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, a day for the beach, cookouts or maybe catching the best shopping deals.
Do you understand the true meaning of the day? We, as Americans, need to do a better job respecting this day & taking a small moment to reflect & remember those who died in active military service for the nation. I’m just as much at fault as the next American. I’ve never participated in a local service to reflect upon & commemorate the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. Yes, it is probably difficult for many to relate & connect, as they haven’t been personally affected, but it’s so important that we don’t lose the dignity & focus on what this day means. Those who’ve fallen have given us a life of freedom. Without their sacrifice we wouldn’t have the opportunities to step outside without fear of harm, to do what we want, become who we want & live a life full of boundless opportunities.
It’s ironic that Memorial Day coincides with the Fab 40s Boho theme for May, since Boho conjures up the feeling of freedom. We are taking this very day to remember those who sacrificed, so we have freedom & that freedom includes expressing our style.
Having a “geek” moment, I wanted to do a little research on the meaning of Bohemian style on a social level & how it directly relates to fashion. An early definition that caught my eye was “because they do not give a hoot for fashion”. Other words that define Bohemian are also the same words how I would describe myself: free-spirited, unconventional, informal, limitless, deviator of standards, nonconformist. This resonated with me because being in style or current has never been my priority, but rather finding my personal style that speaks to me is my priority. Despite the fact that I struggled because the theme didn’t naturally come to me stylistically, I knew I had to find a way to bridge my personal my style to meet Boho!
So how to pull off Boho? Do I build my look on layering, loose-fitting, flowy, beads, fringe, embroidery, natural fabrics? There are so many ways to take this look. I prefer a little shape to my outfit, so I started with denim flares & wanted to play more with delicate accents versus going full monty Boho. The 70s, Sonny & Cher, Peter Fonda of “Easy Rider”, Bob Dylan & Deborah Harry, lead singer of the band, “Blondie” immediately come to mind when I think of flares. They are a favorite of mine & they just scream bad-ass! My loose, neutral top with billowy sleeves builds on the Boho vibe & I finished with necklaces that range in lengths & one statement ethnic-inspired cocktail ring.
This is about sharing style inspiration & enjoying individual personal interpretation of a particular theme & this global group of 7 fashionistas does just that!
Let’s begin with Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun as this is her last month with the Fab 40s as she celebrates a milestone birthday next month. So bummed she is flying the coop, but this is not good-bye as we will still be checking our her blog for more incredible, style inspirations. I hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with her in the future as I think she is beyond cool. She ended the Fab 40s on a high-note with this perfectly, understated head-to-toe Boho look. I can’t take my eyes off her fringe bag & embellished clogs! Can I get a “Here, here!” for how sexy she is?
Dawn Lucy’s Details:
- Blouse – Free People
- Jeans – Old Navy
- Clogs – Zigi Soho
- Jewerly – Michal Golan, Salt California, Lucky Brand & vintage
Next, I will share Daenel of Living outside the Stacks who I just met this month. Thank you so much Jennie for choosing Daenel as this month’s Guest Blogger. We created an immediate bond through a post I wrote & love how grounded, genuine & real she is. How she makes floral combined with a petticoat so cool, I have no idea! Excited to keep tabs on this brilliant woman. I will crown her the super smart, literary fashionista!!!
- Dress – Target
- Skirt – thrifted
- Bracelets & Necklace – Gifted
- Wedges – Forever 21
Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots is up next as she was our leader this month choosing the theme & guest blogger, Daenel. Ok, for someone who said she wanted to challenge herself with the Boho theme, she looks as if she has been doing this everyday for years. Her look is so effortless; Cannes Film Festival chic. I immediately thought of Diane Von Furstenberg when I saw this photo (remember Diane in photos with an elegant caftan?)!!! Even though Jennie is petite, she doesn’t let her fringe kimono & flowy dress overwhelm her. Adding that one delicate, long necklace was the perfect touch!
- Kimono – Cold Water Creek
- Dress – Vivid Collection of NY
- Necklace , Bracelets, Sunnies – Charming Charlie
- Shoes – Lucky Brand
Ann of Kremb de la Kremb is my new favorite crush! She is amazing, care-free, colorful, fun & the DIY queen to boot! She made her sandals one-of-a-kind & extra special by adding the fringe on her own. You have to check out how she did it! Hey ladies out there, breath easy, as Ann has clearly proven & finally put the question to rest that women over 40 can wear short denim skirts & look crazy fabulous!!!! She has attitude, looks cool & is so edgy!
- Sunnies – Beach stall in Boracay
- Earrings – Amrapali, India
- Bag – DIY (one of the most difficult DIYs I’ve ever attempted)
- Off the Shoulder Top – Random boutique in Hong Kong
- Cutoff Denim Skirt – DIY from charity shop
- Fringe Sandals – DIY
Sheela of Sheela Writes consistently blows me away with how she so skillfully puts together looks that are so effortless. Like I’ve said before, I hope that one day I will end up in her closet among her show-stopping shoe collection! Here is another amazing pair! Choosing various soft shades of peach make this so appealing, but I love the floral kimono & adding the pop of color with the magenta, fringe bag.
- Kimono Cardigan & Fringe Bag – borrowed from Eve
- Dress (worn as tunic) – Daily Look
- Jeans – Forever 21
- Hat & Rings: Anthropologie, gifted
- Bracelet – Isabel Marant
- Platforms – Amici
- Lipstick – Disco Baby (purchased in Australia)
Mary of Curlybyrdie Chirps is our resident fabulous, feminine gal! She is incredibly glamorous & just so stunning. Seriously, look at this photo & pose! It doesn’t get any better than this! I love the vibrant blue & print within the dress, but more importantly, love how she toned down the look with neutral belt, hat & wedges. I think she should give a course on creating unique looks with dresses!
- Dress – Shein
- Shoes – Ralph Lauren Carsons
- Bag – Relic (Kohls)
- Necklace – JCPennys
- Hat – H&M
Samantha of Fake Fabulous added the elements of Boho to perfection. She nailed this comfy look by layering different textures & prints (love Ikat print). She took so much thought on her accessories & that is key if you want to get Boho right! Her turqoise-colored bangle & varying necklaces ties the entire look together. Oh, can’t forget the fringe touch on her bag & scarf, YES! This was the best way to end our monthly theme of Boho!
- Skirt – Primark
- Cardigan – H&M
- Top – seasons past
- Necklaces – Various gifts/charity shop finds
- Bag – Topshop
- Shoes – Clarks
Thanks for joining & hope you enjoyed this month’s theme! Please share how you would style Boho! As a reminder, we are here every month sharing a different theme, so be sure to check back in June. We’d love to hear any themes you would like us to feature in the upcoming months.
Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have sacrificed & served our nation for our freedom!