What is the vintage boho style about?

This man wears the vintage boho style. He wears ripped jeans, a button-down shirt, braces, a scarf, and a black hat.

When you hear vintage boho style, you surely think of the 1970s and the hippie movement. But is this the vintage boho style and what is it about?

The influences of vintage boho style in fact date back to the 1960s and 70s to the time during the hippie movement. It features silhouettes, patterns, and in general outfit combinations from the past century. Typical clothes are vintage skirts, wide-leg pants, bell-bottom pants, and retro shirts.

As you can see from this short description, the vintage boho style has to offer some great outfits. The influences from various movements will be discussed in this article as well as some extra content.


As we’ve seen previously, the vintage boho style is a conglomerate of fashion influences in the 1960s and 70s. This style draws inspiration from the hippie movement, bohemian style, and vintage fashion. Other styles like folk or romanticism also play a role in this type of boho style, but the previous three ones have the most influence. 

The eclectic and free-spirited aesthetic is a crucial part of the vintage boho style. Unique and extraordinary colors and fits as well as different patterns make this style different from the boho style in general.

Therefore, we will discuss key elements of the vintage boho style as well as we will give you a list of clothes. Later on, we will focus on how to put together a boho vintage outfit as well as what makes it different from the boho style. Lastly, we will look at some outfit inspirations.

Key elements of the vintage boho style

Now we will look at the key elements that make this type of boho style different from the others. 

This woman wears a button-down shirt and some wide-leg pants. Also, she wears a bracelet and a headband.
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If you want to find out more about other types of boho styles, check out my article about the 7 most famous types of boho styles

  1. Vintage influence: The first and probably most obvious key element is the influence of the vintage style. This resembles in almost any part of this style and therefore makes it its trademark.
  2. Earthy colors & colorful details: This may not come as shocking, as most of the types of boho styles come with an earthy color scheme. Nevertheless, the vintage boho style sticks out a little by implementing colorful details. Mostly, you can spot tones of red and purple being incorporated into many outfits.
  1. Vintage patterns: When it comes to patterns, this style likes to stand out. Floral, paisley, and tie-dye are common patterns. Also, you can notice checks and gingham from time to time.
  2. Layering: As with almost any type of boho style, you will also find layering to be one of the key elements here. By layering you can not only incorporate more clothing into your outfits but also express yourself even more and create additional texture.
  1. Vintage shoes: Another element you will notice are the shoes, vintage boho outfits come with. Leather sandals and moccasins, as well as espadrilles and boots, are common choices. If you have the confidence to do it, you can even wear no shoes at all.
  2. Vintage accessories: For accessories, common ones are leather purses, sunglasses, leather belts, hats, lots of rings, bracelets, bold necklaces, headbands, and flowing scarves.

Vintage boho clothes

As we heard about the key elements, we will now look at vintage boho clothes. For a better overview, we will divide this list in vintage boho clothes for men and women.

Vintage boho clothes for men

  • Embroidered shirts
  • Vests
  • Boho shirts
  • Boardshorts
  • Flowy linen shirts
  • Corduroy jackets
  • Harem pants
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Leather jackets
  • Ponchos
  • Sweaters
  • Patterned T-shirts
  • Blazers

Vintage boho clothes for women

This woman wears a vintage boho-style outfit: She wears a maxi dress and accessories with a ring and sunglasses.
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  • Maxi dresses
  • Patterned blouses
  • Wide-leg pants
  • Maxi skirts
  • Fringed vests
  • Kimonos
  • Jumpsuits
  • Bell-bottom jeans
  • Crochet tops
  • Patterned t-shirts
  • Coats
  • Hot pants

How to style the vintage boho style

Now that we got to know anything you need to create a vintage boho outfit, we will give you some tips on how to style it the right way.

As with almost any type of boho style, you will want to pick one statement piece at first. This can go in any direction; you just have to adapt your outfit a little. If you chose one, you now should add colors and patterns. These colors must not exactly match as with the vintage boho style you can also wear contrasting colors

With patterns it is different though. You will want to focus on one pattern and rather not mix them up a lot. 

To keep a flowy silhouette, try incorporating loose-fitting clothes. This also makes layering a lot easier, which you will do then. You can mix rather tight and loose fits together as long as you don’t go overboard with it. For some more texture, try incorporating materials like leathercrochetsuedelinen, or wool.

After choosing your clothes, try to add matching shoes. These should not be the main attention-seeker in this outfit. Lastly, you will want to accessorize with the previously mentioned accessories.

Vintage boho outfit ideas

To give you some inspiration on what vintage boho outfits look like, we will now present you with vintage boho outfits for men and women


For the first outfit, you will need a blazer as your main piece. You can choose any of the previously mentioned colors. If you go for a colorful one, add a neutral-colored turtleneck sweater to it. 

For pants, you will want to choose straight ones. Shoes like moccasins or espadrilles are great choices when it comes to this style. For accessories, you will want to opt for a small selection like some rings

The man in this picture wears a vintage boho style outfit. He uses a turtleneck sweater as a base layer and some straight-leg pants too. As another layer he wears a red blazer. also he wears dress shoes.
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The next outfit consists of a paisley button-down shirt as the main piece. You can pair it with any pants you like as long as they don’t have crazy patterns on them. Underneath the button-down shirt, you can wear a neutral-colored T-shirt

For shoes, you can go with bootsespadrillessandals, or sneakers. When it comes to accessories, you can add some more in comparison to the first outfit. Braceletsnecklacessunglasses, and a hat will be great options. 

The man in this picture wears a black T-shirt and black pants. Also, he wears a paisley button-down shirt on top and holds a bike.
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For the first outfit for women, you don’t need that much. A maxi dress is the main piece here. It should contain some patterns like floral or paisley. Additionally, you can layer it with a vest or jacket

For shoes, pick something neutral like sandalspumps, or espadrilles. With accessories, you can experiment a little. Add a variety of bracelets or necklaces, a hatsunglasses, and rings if you like. Also, you can use a belt to break up that rather flowy silhouette.

The woman in this picture wears a maxi dress with paisley partners.
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The last outfit on this list consists of a lace top as the main item. This one can be paired with some jeans or hot pants. If you want to, you can add a leather or embroidered jacket

For shoes, you can wear sneakerssandals, or espadrilles. With accessories, again you are free to incorporate a lot. Various bracelets, rings, a hat, a belt, and sunglasses will be great. 

The woman in this picture wears a vintage boho outfit consisting of hot pants, a belt, a laced top, and bracelets as well as a ring.
Source: Pickpick

Vintage boho style vs boho style

Vintage boho styleBoho style
Refers to the 1960s and 70sContemporary interpretation of bohemian
Influenced by hippie and folk stylesInfluenced by bohemian and modern styes
Incorporates less and more retro colorsIncorporates more vibrant colors
Recreates outfits and trends from the pastSets new trends and adapts to contemporary ones
It is rather hard to find good vintage clothes because of modern time fashionIt is easy to find boho and contemporary clothes
Includes sometimes special accessories from the past centuryUses contemporary and boho specific accessories


As you can see from this article, the vintage boho style offers some unique and extraordinary clothes you can create your outfits with. Try to opt for quality pieces as they will make this style look more elegant. Otherwise, you can come off as sloppy.

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