My Style Challenge: Finding Age-Appropriate Boho Dresses

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Since last fall, I’ve been lusting after a great boho dress of midi or maxi length and not many ruffles or other details.  I envision myself wearing this look with books and a moto jacket or a wide belt in cooler weather and with sandals in the summer.  Of course in my DREAMS, I’m running across a flower-strewn field barefoot with my long hair blowing in the wind.  But back to reality.

The reality is that it is not easy to find such a dress that is really age appropriate, or at least one I’d be willing to wear.  Again my criteria:  sleeves, no prairie ruffles, midi or maxi length, not sheer, modest neckline and somewhat flattering.  I’ve perused Zara (where this season’s fashion is designed to look good only on Kendall Jenner!), Free People (the home of boho, right?), Urban Outfitters (second home of boho), ModCloth, and, finally, Nordstrom (because they have everything current just designed for normal people…).  What did I find?

  • Many boho dresses have a surfeit of hanging ties, fringe and the like
  • There are a lot of elastic waists and designs that are muu muu like
  • Most are still short – even mini length
  • Many have deep v necklines
  • Finding a really pretty print is not easy
  • These dresses often don’t come cheap

To be fair, I did find a handful that I would consider and maybe those odds aren’t bad in today’s fashion marketplace.  See if you like any of my finds!

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