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Boho Chic Gypsy Style Skirts & Dresses in Plus Sizes

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by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

large gypsy boho tiered skirt for women 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

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 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.

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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:plus size white skirt dress beach

  • Tiered or Flounced or Frills
  • Flutter or Floaty
  • Sheer or Gauzy
  • Embellished or Embroidered
  • Folk or Ethnic or Moroccan or Floral
  • Maxi or Midi
  • Smocked

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.

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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.

More Articles for Baby Boomer Women and Their Friends:

Women's Travel Clothing - Sheer Clothing Trend

Best Crossbody Bags for Travel: Women Over 40, 50 & 60

Boho Chic Jewelry for Women Over 40 or 50

Plus Size Boho Chic: 16 Essentials for Hippie Women of All Ages

Photo Credits: prshots.com. Main photo: Simply Be. Mouseover for credits of other photos.

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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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. kay kerns

    I am weeding all the uncomfortable clothing from my closet All that's left is either sporty or boho! or stretchy

  2. Tina-Boomerina

    Kay Babe,

    I've been meaning to try on all my clothes and weed out the stuff that doesn't fit or that I don't like or that I'll never wear. I've been saying I'm going to go through my closet for two years.

    If you can do it, I can do it.

    Thanks for the kick in the rear. And, who knows... I may have some hidden gems stuffed into the corner of my closet. I keep thinking I'll lose weight (or gain weight) and that's one of the reasons that keeps me from weeding through my closet. I will start TODAY.


  3. Tina Kopitskie

    Great article for women in their 70's. Unfortunately, I'm not skinny nor have a lot of wealth but I like some of the ideas and they can still be incorporated and worn without spending a lot of money.

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I'm totally with you on that. I hope I didn't make my daughter sound too uptight about those rules. She thinks I did, but my daughter is not like that at all. She believes in helping women find what looks good on each woman's body... rather than following rules. The things she told me are just observations about what many of those rich, skinny grand dames of BH like to wear. And, a few of the ideas are within reach, like the white Theory turtleneck... or some other lightweight turtleneck. I'll need a few. I never put sunscreen on my neck and I don't think I want to laser the wrinkles off. Fortunately, I decided to go punk in the 80s and punks did not go in the sun to tan... which is a good thing because I was living in Orange County CA and I would have ruined my skin.


  4. Kimberley

    Hello! I could have sworn I've visited this blog before but after going through many of the articles I realized it's new to me.
    Nonetheless, I'm certainly pleased I stumbled upon it and I'll be bookmarking it and
    checking back often!

  5. Jess

    I've been trying to find the amazing blue skirt at the top of this article.
    :( I need it!

  6. Linda

    Hello! Where can I find the blue ruffled gathered skirt at the top?? It's adorable :)