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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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What Jeanne Wore: Dresses as Tunics

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

Gap dress (similar), Banana Republic pants (similar), J. Crew tee, Forever 21 shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar), old bracelets (similar)

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

Midi length tunics are definitely a trend this year and I decided to use my various button up dresses to test out the look.  Readers, this is lots of fun!  I already have way too many midi sweater coats and I love them all.  But this is a way to extend an existing wardrobe – and it works especially well between seasons. Try it out if you dare!

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

Won Hundred dress (similar), Loft pants (similar), Gap cami (similar), Mango necklace (similar), Nina Originals shoes, old bracelets (similar) dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

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spring dresses | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Little Black (Midi) Dress

black midi dress | Two Take on Style

black midi dress | Two Take on Style

Silence & Noise dress (similar), Hinge top (similar), Jessica Simpson shoes via DSW (similar), Banana Republic earrings (similar), Timex watch (similar)

black midi dress | Two Take on Style

I am in love with this simple little $20 midi dress last seen here.

black midi dress | Two Take on Style

Bought on sale at Urban Outfitters, this dress is flattering, machine-washable, and a little funky (see gathered portion at the bottom of the dress!).  It is perfect for summer, for travel – I could go on and on.  I could even see it with a white tee underneath going into cooler weather.  And it is perfect for layering – whether I choose a crocheted top or a sheer button down shirt.

I cannot say it too many times – if you buy the perfect black midi dress (perfect meaning relatively cheap and a little flow-y), you can find a MILLION ways to wear it!

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black dress with white accessories | Two Take on Style

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