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If I Were Another Girl… 70s Eastern Europe Boho

by Ashley on December 28, 2010

I love e-shopping at eShakti because they have this amazing Anthropologie-esque style, a huge range of styles (up to 26/28 now!), custom clothing options, and a decent price range. Everything’s lovely; it makes me want to be a dress girl, and it makes me feel that maybe, just maybe, if my closet were filled with their clothes, I would be a totally put together gal.

While I’ve got a shopping cart filled with bold, jeweled toned pieces with ruffles and embellishments, they’re really make me want to go a little boho– a kind of Eastern Europe looking boho, with embroidery, calf-grazing full skirts, muted tones.  Maybe it’s because I’m not waifish, maybe I just don’t think I could really pull this off… but when I come across these pieces on their site, I always pause.

But I’m not a boho girl– it’s unlikely that you’d catch me in long, flowing skirts, thick furry vests, drapey sheers shirts.

Maybe I, with an Eastern European twist, could be.  Worn a full black scarf and well-worn knee-high, lace-up black boots.  Maybe with a slight gypsy twist, velvet capes and heavily beaded jewelry, I could be a boho girl.

Woodblock Print Knit Dress // Kimono Style Velour Cape //  Embellished Pleat Fleece Dress

What do you think? Can you boho? Are you more of a Rachel-Zoe-modern-Woodstock kind of gal, or do you go more the European, gypsy route?


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Judy January 5, 2011 at 4:04 am

love the boho look! I could def pull off the cape!

Mrs Bossa January 3, 2011 at 6:38 am

I am most certainly not a boho girl – in silhouette and fabric, at least. I hate anything unstructured and look comical in gilets. Like you, I could probably wear one of the dresses, but it would have to be with sharp heels and a glam lipstick…

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels January 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I only like a hint of boho, the kind that’s sort of rock ‘n roll, like Sienna Miller. I would never wear the embroidered dresses, no way. But in summer I love flowy maxi dresses worn with cork wedges or gladiators, and dangly silver earrings, and silver cuffs mixed with bead bracelets. But I also love studs, so my gladiator will have studs, and so will my slouchy, vintagey bucket bag. Woodstock it is, then ;-)

Jenni January 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I feel the same way–I would love to be able to rock a Gunne Sax dress, but I’m too nerdy looking for it to work! I love the third dress here.

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Aww, I think you could work the Gunne Sax! Totally.

tayler January 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

ooh definitely rachel zoe for me :)

Kelsi December 31, 2010 at 1:22 am

That kimono style cape is really interesting! I couldn’t see myself wearing something like that though, I prettymuch always wear black/grey or bright colors. I would feel really blob-like wearing that, but it would awesome on someone else.

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

That’s really how I feel about it! It came in black and red, too, but I still feel like.. it’s be shapeless and make me seem BIG.

Kelsi January 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I would definitely go for the black out of those three options, but yeah like you said, giant and shapeless lol

Cate December 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

i love the boho style so much, and i always get excited when i see people like nicole richie and rachel zoe in pictures because i think they pull off that ethereal kind of floating-from-here-to-there kind of feel so effortlessly, but i definitely agree that because i’m not quite a stick i’m not confident about trying the style.

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Yes… the girls who do it well tend to be really petite… I’d love to see other body types do it well, but I don’t see too many of them!

Zzoit December 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm

That kimono is pretty amazing!

Your Friends,

lisa December 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’m not very boho at all…maybe more ’70s preppy. :)

Vogue & Vintage December 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

Great post over at IFB!!!

Return to Sender December 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I am totally with you on this – I have NEVER been able to rock the Boho look, however my bestie does it allt he time. I just can’t deal with the flowy lack of structure!

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Yes! I dunno… like, I’m a big girl, I don’t WANT to feel bigger…maybe if I found the RIGHT boho dress that was fitted in good places and roomy in others I’d be more eager…

Beautifully Invisible December 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I don’t typically go the boho route either, but I can do the Euro-gyspy look. probably because my folks are eastern European – it’s in my blood!

I love all of your picks…especially that cape. I die.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller December 29, 2010 at 10:15 am

I am a dress girl, but not really a boho girl. But I do love the detailing of the Eastern European boho look, and always think I’d love to embrace it. The problem is that the Eastern European boho look is all about layer upon layer of amazing, detailed and preferably good quality pieces, and that would require a major investment just to get one look… : (

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

That’s so true about the layers on layers… I think you could do it cheap or vintage, but it’d take a while to do it….

Laura Connell December 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

Sure you could be a Boho girl! It’s fun to go outside the comfort zone once in a while. When I do it’s almost like wearing a disguise; it makes me feel bold and adventurous.

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I worry it’d be so unflattering on me!

Grit and Glamour December 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I can definitely go boho. I love those pieces. My favorite fashion era is most definitely the ’70s! But I also might be Euro gypsy too. I have so many maxi skirts and furry vests!

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Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I envy your ability to go boho! I truly do….

Lara December 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Aaaah, that store is amazing. I want the jewel toned ruffly stuff too. But that first dress you posted looks super comfy for wearing around the house and actually looking cute when hot guys drop by unexpectedly (ok, so they’re just telling me who to vote for – so what?).

Lara December 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm

No shipping to Canada :(

Ashe Mischief January 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm

:( Maybe one day they will… Canada’s not too far!

Superalzy December 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I never think I can pull off boho, but my mother loves me in that style so she will periodically buy me a funky brass necklace or a blue leather bag with lots of little cut outs or long patterned dresses & she is always spot on! My mom is so much fun to shop with because she makes me try things on that I flat out ARGUE against & she’s always right!

Mlle Ghoul December 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

These are lovely! And as someone who *is* a dress gal…these are right up my alley. Would love that last one with tights and ankle boots and an armful of clinky glass bracelets…maybe a scarf or an exotic brass pendant on a long chain. And of course a perfume that smells like vanilla burnt sugar almonds & smoky tea from an ornate jeweled samovar :)

Ashe Mischief December 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Yes yes, exactly like that! Basically in this post, I want to be you ;)

Mallory December 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

I like the shape of the middle kimono style cape. If only it came in some fabric other than velour! (Ick! Reminds me of “Juicy” sweatpants.)

Ashe Mischief December 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Oooh, I was thinking of velour like…. not the knit terry jersey kind, but more like the coarser version of velvet? What’s that called?

Mallory December 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Crushed velvet?

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