Boho Jewelry: 6 Big Styles for Plus Size Women
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
I’m not going to tell you a bunch of silly rules about what boho accessories are best for your body type. What I am going to do is to tell you what types of jewelry work best for me… and I hope my ideas will help you and other plus size women discover whatever look they want to achieve.
These are tips I’ve discovered through experimentation. Even when I weighed 120 pounds, I had large bones… a large neck, fat wrists and all that… so I’ve had to come up with fashionable workarounds for the last 40 years.
1. Plus Size Boho Earrings: Big funky jewelry is a huge part of the boho look. You can take any plain, boring outfit and make it all boho by adding extraordinary jewelry. Well, earrings are easy to fit because they don’t have to wrap around your wrist or your ankle, however little ditsy earrings are not going to show on your larger frame, so if you want your earrings to look they’re like part of your ensemble, you’re going to have to go large.
The right size jewelry (such as big earrings or a huge pendant) will give people a focal point other than your wide hips or your round tummy… and if you decide to have several focal points (a bracelet, a pendant, some earrings) it will make people’s eyes jump around to take it all in… and they won’t land on any one spot like your hips or your butt or your fat neck. Just don’t overdo it unless you "know your boho" and you have an established look.
How big you should you go when you're buying earrings? Well, that depends on the shape of your face, the length of your neck, the height of your body, the way you wear your hair, and things like that… so you’ll need to do a bit of experimenting on your own. My advice is to start with cheap earrings so you can try many different shapes and sizes with different outfits.
2. Boho Hippie Chokers for Fat Necks: As I said before, I had a fat neck when I was a little kid, so I know a lot about trying to find short chokers or bib necklaces that fit. One choker style that looks good on wide necks is the station necklace. This style has beads or pearls that are separated by a half-inch (or so) of chain between each “station” or bead. Station necklaces won’t make your neck looked chopped off and they still give some color and shine to your face.
Whenever you’re shopping online for a necklace, you should have a measuring tape in your desk because most chokers made in China are not going to fit. Next, you should see if the bib or choker is adjustable. If not, you might want to keep looking. If your hippie boho outfit really "needs" a choker, you might be able to find something in the men’s jewelry section. Many men in the UK dress better than the women, so look at “festival” jewelry for men on any London website that ships overseas.
3. Long Boho Necklaces for Women: Most of the time, I prefer long pendant-style necklaces to go with my boho wear. Long necklaces make a girl’s neck look longer and this “girl” (me) needs all the help she can get. Right now I’m into tassel necklaces, carved pendants (bone, inexpensive stone, or faux stone), and anything Native American or Middle Eastern. With boho, as with any other trend, feel free to mix silver metals with gold or bronze metals. It’s all good.
If you’re like me, you will want your necklaces to be “big time” or else you'll need to layer a ton of tiny necklaces so that people will see your jewelry when you walk into the room. Note: You should measure the approximate length of a long pendant necklace on your own body. Most of the time, skinny chicks are shown wearing plus size fashion and jewelry for the promotional photos, so don’t go by the picture.
4. Plus Size Boho Bracelets: If you’re looking for hippie trippy festival style bracelets that will fit any large wrist, you’re in luck. Not only can you find groovy women’s styles, but you can wear some of the more unisex men’s boho bracelets.
If you click around, you'll also find cool men’s bracelets with pyramid or regular studs, with chains, or with colors that look more girly than macho (in my opinion), especially on UK websites. And, of course, it’s totally groovy to wear an oversized man’s watch that looks like something from your grandfather’s keepsake box or any man's watch in absolutely amazing boho colors. It’s actually more trendy to wear a huge watch than a regular watch.
5. Plus Size Women’s Rings: You can usually find plus size rings on websites that cater to larger women, but if you want something more unique, try actual hippie sites or search for festival wear. If that doesn’t do it, try going the “menswear” route... just like with festival bracelets. Hey, from what I see, most men’s jewelry is basically unisex jewelry, so don’t be shy about trying on some necklace or whatever that’s made for men. It’s much better to wear a large men's ring than than to squeeze on a small, girly ring and end up in the ER where they will cut it off… not your finger… the ring. Note: This may be a good time to tell you that before you go to the ER, try spraying Windex on your finger. I don’t know what it does, but it helps most rings slip off.
6. Hippie Festival Headpieces: Even if it’s been 20 years since your last live concert (or if you're 15 years old and going to your first concert), it’s always fun to add some headwear when you're going to a party or an event… like… well… an event like going to the grocery store. The main thing to remember is that you must wear a headpiece that's large enough to be in proportion with the rest of your jewelry and with the size of your body.
Pay attention: I am not telling you to wear all 6 types of boho jewelry in one outfit... If you do that, someone might have you committed.
It’s all about balance. One headpiece and a tiny ring may be all you need. Or, you may be the type of chick who needs several large pieces of bohemian jewelry. It all depends on your hair, your body shape (where you carry your weight), the silhouette of your outfit's shape, and how everything blends together to make an outasight hippie boho groove. You must experiment to find your best look. Note: As always, I am not paid to promote any brand.
Brands for Plus Size Boho Jewelry:
Here are some sites I like. I've set the links to the right search, so it may take a few seconds to get to the right page on these sites:
- Most of the items are Asos Plus Size.
- Torrid Plus Size Jewelry. This has trendy rocker-chic jewelry.
- Michael Valitutti Rings often come in larger sizes. (I have one and wear it all the time.)
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