Boho Chic Gypsy Style Skirts & Dresses in Plus Sizes
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Skinny girls can look good in bohemian styles, but plus-sized, curvy women often look better in sexy boho hippie clothes than tiny waifs do. Gypsy chic was made for large Earth Mamas. And, boho skirts and dresses are a great look for spring and summer… and travel.
Here are some great gypsy-like skirts and dresses for finicky curvy women with good taste. Most of these styles will look trendy and fabulous on any girl of any age, especially if they have curves.
Websites for Gypsy Chic Dresses & Skirts
Along with the usual great plus-size sites and department stores in the US, like Bloomie's, Neiman's, JohnnyWas.com, Soft Surroundings and Nordie's, you might want to check out a few of the UK sites with international shipping. (Note: As always, I am never paid to endorse any product or any brand.)
Simply Be: Simply Be has great boho clothing from Joe Browns, Joanna Hope, Claire Sweeney, and their in-house designers/buyers.
Asos: Right now, Asos has mostly shorter skirts and dresses, but their inventory changes all the time. This site sells goodies from River Island (some plus), Frock and Frill (which sometimes makes plus sizes), Asos Curve (their house brand), New Look Inspire, Junarose, and a zillion other brands.
LaRedoute.com: La Redoute has a whole section for plus sizes. Look for their house brands Taillissime and La Redoute en Plus, Soft Grey, and more.
Gypsy Styles Are for All Ages
There are lots of boho styles online that would look great on hip ex-hippies and as well as high school, teenage chicks. Urban granola all the way, baby! Generally, Euro-fashion is so far ahead of North America that a femme could buy any small thing in Monoprix (the K-Mart of Paris) and it wouldn't be trendy in the states for several years. What could be better?
Unfortunately, a girl needs an airline ticket and a bean-sprout diet for most Parisian stores. Lots of European websites are sold out of my size at this time. Can I hold back the tears? Sniff, sniff. However, there are some hippie dresses, skirts, and boho tops that I’m considering. When looking for gypsy-chic goodies, try to find clothing with some of these keywords:
- Tiered or Flounced or Frills
- Flutter or Floaty
- Sheer or Gauzy
- Embellished or Embroidered
- Folk or Ethnic or Moroccan or Floral
- Maxi or Midi
Best Boho Maxi Skirts
The main thing to look for with an ethnic gypsy skirt is a nice drape. It’s a plus if the fabric is cotton or some other natural material, but consider any fabric that really flows. Stiffness might be okay on a size 6, but it isn’t the best look for larger chicks. (Some true patchwork skirts are extremely stiff.) And, if you're wearing this look for travel, you might want to find items that are made of crinkly material. That way they won't wrinkle, because they're made of wrinkly fabric. Also, broomstick skirts can be twisted and folded before packing.
The shape should skim your curves, but should not stop apple-shaped women from breathing, or pull at the seams when a pear-shaped gal sits down. If the comfort isn’t there, you must send the item back. (Think twice about customized clothes that cannot be returned.) And, any skirt that cuts into your waist will hang forever in your closet.
Whether you're an older ex-hippie or a young babe, use discrimation when deciding if a gypsy style skirt or dress is groovy or tasteless. If it looks like a gypsy (or hippie) costume for Halloween, it’s not going to play well in Kansas and it's not true bohemian chic.
- Tie-dye contrasts should be subtle.
- Mixed patterns should not be ridiculously garish and earthy colors are sometimes best.
- Try to get a peasant top (or any top) that matches or blends with the dominant color of your skirt. That way the top and bottom will flow like a maxi dress.
- Ditsy flowers go well with the boho clothing trend. Tiny-flowered prints are a very “back to the land” commune-farm authentic look, and tiny florals can work like solids.
Remember: Look for comfort, sexy drape, and subtle-but-pretty colors. And, don't let designers force you into tight plaid skirts unless you look good in them. Gypsy skirts and dresses totally rock when you're a plus-sized chick, so get out there and shake your bootie... or your belly.
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Websites to try:
These are good sites for maxi skirts.
- Simply Be. This is where the blue gypsy skirt is from.
- The Pyramid Collection.
If these don't have what you want, just look around. It's easiest to find gypsy skirts and dresses in spring and summer, but sometimes you can find stragglers or something like a cute, tiered velvet skirt for fall and winter.
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