What is the modern boho style about?

This man wears the modern boho style, a type of boho style. He wears white linen pants, a grey polo shirt, and a straw hat.

As the boho chic style, that emerged in the early 20th century, may not be the most up-to-date style, the modern boho style takes its place nowadays. But what is the modern boho style about?

The modern boho style is a more refreshed and trendier version of the boho style. Updated silhouettes, contemporary colors, and simplicity are only some of the features of the modern boho style. 

As there is more to it than just these things, we will look at the key elements of this style as well as its clothing. Furthermore, we will give you a guide on how to style the modern boho style as well as a comparison to the boho style and some outfit inspiration, so read on!


The modern boho style emerged in recent years to implement modern elements into the boho style. This style consists of a mixture of modern styles like street style or urban style

Together with the influence of past styles like bohemian or hippie style the modern boho style leaves a stunning impression and offers a breath of fresh air compared to the more vintage boho style.

Flowing silhouettes, natural and contemporary colors, and eclectic patterns are characteristics that describe this style best. It not only leaves more space for individualism but also shows us another side of the boho style.

Therefore, this article will show you step-by-step how to put together your modern boho outfit by providing you with key elements, the right clothes, and some outfit inspiration as well as a guide on how to style your modern boho style. 

To get a feeling for another modern interpretation of a classic style, check out my article about the modern preppy style where you will get to know how to keep up with time and still look preppy.

What are the characteristics of the modern boho style?

This woman wears some green wide-leg pants and a brown top. She also holds a braided bag.
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Now we will look at some key elements and characteristics of the modern boho style to get a better understanding of what to expect:

  1. The most obvious element of the this style is a combination of traditional boho elements and modern influences like street or urban. 
  2. Another characteristic this style lives by is an earthy, but more contemporary color scheme. Colors like beigebrown, and grey are commonly used, but also ones like orangeyellow, and dark green.
  1. Layering is another element that is very common when it comes to the modern boho style. Here, you can not only create more texture but also mix different patterns
  2. As this style likes it natural, this also expresses in its fabrics. Natural fabrics like leather, wool, cotton, or silk are commonly used. 
  1. Speaking of sustainability, eco-friendly clothes, and products are a common feature in this style. As it cares about its environment and nature, you will not see cheap industrial-made clothing. 
  2. Lastly, the accessories are commonly boho-inspired. Straw hats, sunglasses, leather bracelets and necklaces, big earrings, and feathers are common accessories.

As you can see, there are lots of characteristics and key elements that are not that common with all the other types of boho styles. 

If you want to know more about them and their characteristics, check out my article about the 7 types of boho style

What are modern boho style clothes?

In the following paragraph, we will look at some typical garments of the modern boho style. We will divide the lists into men and women for a better overview.

For men, this style features:

  • Relaxed pants
  • Denim jackets
  • Blazer
  • Flowy shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Jeans
  • Wide-cut sweaters
  • Graphic T-shirts
  • Patterned button-down shirts
  • Boots
  • Sandals
  • Suede shoes
This man wears a red T-shirt with a red and green button-down shirt on top. Also, he wears some beige cargo pants and a red silk cloth on his arm. He also holds a backpack.
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For women, it features:

  • Maxi dresses
  • Boho skirts
  • Wide-leg pants
  • Denim jackets
  • Kimonos
  • Blouses
  • Graphic T-shirts
  • Cardigans
  • A-line skirts
  • Jeans
  • Coats
  • Sandals
  • Boots
  • Mary Janes

How do you style the modern boho style?

Now we will look at a way to style your modern boho outfits. This applies to any outfit you create with this style. 

First, you will want to pick a basic but flowy item as a base layer. This item will be your foundation for further clothes to match with. Afterward, you will want to pick colors and match them to create a balanced look. For that, opt for a combination of earthy tones and contemporary ones from the characteristics of this style.

With these colored clothes, you can now start to layer your outfit if you want to. This not only lets you embed many types of styles that result in the modern boho style but also creates texture.

Additionally to mixing different colors, you can also mix different patterns. Be a little careful there as this style doesn’t require an extensive mix of patterns and too much will make you look sloppy with this style.

Now you will want to add some more texture to your outfit. Lacesembroidery details, and fringes are great ways to do this. Also, you can mix different silhouettes and fits if they match. This will make your outfit very unique. 

Lastly, add some matching shoes from our list above and try out some modern boho accessories like straw hats, sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, feathers, and rings. That’s how you complete your modern boho outfit.

This woman wears a modern boho outfit. She uses a sweater to layer her orange dress. Also, she wears white boots.
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Modern boho style vs boho style

Modern boho styleBoho style
Mixture of loose and structured fitsMostly uses loose and flow fits
Is a modern version that comes to life nowWas popular in the 1960s and 70s, vintage
Mixture of a lot of contemporary styles like urban or streetOnly draws attention from bohemian and hippie
More minimalistic styling approachMaximalistic styling approach
Combines earthy and natural colors with bright detailsUses solely earthy and natural colors
Uses less and more refined accessoriesUses lots of different and opulent accessories

Modern boho style outfits

As we’ve now seen the differences between modern boho and boho style and anything else before, you are ready to put together any outfit of this style. Nevertheless, we will make it even more easy for you by providing you with some outfit inspirations.

For men

The first modern boho outfit consists of a neutral-colored shirt or sweater as a base layer. On top of that, a blazer is added to the outfit to create more texture. For pants, you should opt for rather tight ones as flowy ones will not match the blazer. This style lives off of the accessories. Sunglasses, a scarf, some bracelets, and a necklace are perfect.

For the next outfit, we will go a little more formal. The key element of this outfit is braces. Combined with a button-down shirt with or without patterns, this outfit will look great. For pants, again you will want to keep it rather tight. As an additional layer, a coat can be great. Also, a hatsunglasses, and bracelets match this style a lot. 

The last featured outfit for men shows us the urban influence of this style. You will want to use pants as your base item here. They can be wide-leg or tight. Then, you want to either wear a T-shirt or a patterned button-down shirt and layer it with a wool sweater or hoodie. For accessories, you can go with sunglasses, a bracelet, a belt, and a necklace

For women

The first outfit consists of a maxi dress. This one can be any of the above-mentioned colors. For shoes, you will want to wear rather formal ones with heelspumps, or ballet flats. To add some more texture, a hat will be a great option. Sunglassesearrings, and a bracelet are also great. 

The next one also matches the rather put-together and formal side of the modern boho style. Here, you should opt for a top or a blouse. Additionally, you will want to wear some wide-leg pants or a boho or A-line skirt. Try to add at least one contemporary color like orange or yellow to your outfit. For shoes, you will want to wear the same ones as in the previous outfit. As accessories, a hatsunglassesnecklacesrings, and a bracelet are great. Also, you can wear a belt to define your silhouette

The last outfit on this list consists of wide-leg pants as a base item. You can add nearly any topblouseT-shirt, or sweater to this outfit. Just try to keep one of the items in an earthy, neutral color. For accessories, a straw hatsunglassesbracelets, and a necklace will be great. As for shoes, you can wear bootsballet flatsMary Janes, or even sneakers


As we can see from this article, the modern boho style likes to incorporate various trendy styles in its outfits. With a detailed description of the characteristics and clothes of this style, as well as a guide on how to style your outfit and some additional inspiration, you should now be ready to create your own outfits.

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