Boho style icon Ashley Olsen, Getty Images.

Boho style icon Ashley Olsen, Getty Images.

Boho style icons

It has changed with the times as decades go by, but the best boho chic has lasting fashion appeal. We run through ten of our favourite free-spirited boho style icons.

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10. NINA SIMONE
With a voice that could change lives, Nina Simone’s soul left an indelible mark on music, but her style mesmerised, too. Headwraps and jewellery combined to give a boho take on bombshell on-stage fashion. 

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9. LOUISE BROOKS
As the silent-screen siren of the 1920s, Louise Brooks emerged with a very refined glamour. She channelled the flapper style of the era, blending geometric prints with pearls, pleats and that trademark black bob.

Vanessa Paradis, All Over Press.

8. VANESSA PARADIS
A muse to Chanel, actress and modern-day icon of French style, Vanessa Paradis knows what she’s doing. Working classic staples like jeans and jackets in with a Roaring Twenties sensibility is a favourite of Karl Lagerfeld.

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7. TALITHA GETTY
It-girl Talitha Getty represented a particular kind of bohemia in the 1960s, flitting between Swinging London in miniskirts, and swirling printed kaftans in Marrakesh, even inspiring Yves Saint Laurent with her decadent, free-spirited style.

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6. THE OLSEN TWINS
Moving to NYC saw the Olsen twins start a serious trend for layered-on boho separates with designer aplomb. Knitwear, scarves, sunglasses and Balenciaga handbags made Mary-Kate and Ashley inspiration for a new generation of boho girls.

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5. LISA BONET
Growing up on The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable, Lisa Bonet showed the world how to experiment and find the perfect boho look. Her long natural hair and love of prints being the linchpins of her relaxed yet very cool style. 

Erykah Badu, Getty Images.

4. ERYKAH BADU
The neo-soul singer has never been afraid to start a boho trend. Rich textures, patchwork prints, feathers and extravagant headwraps all contribute to Erykah’s off-beat, carefree style. 

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3. JIMI HENDRIX
At the centre of the psychedelic 1960s stood Jimi Hendrix, in an embroidered jacket, a shaggy afro and some high-waisted flares. The enigmatic guitarist summed up the flower child era of rock and roll in both his wardrobe and his own life.

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2. FLORENCE WELCH
Bringing boho chic right up to date, Florence Welch is not shy about getting dressed up. Bright colours, flowing sleeves and skirts, embroidery and a good hat are all part of the singer’s fashion repertoire.

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1. STEVIE NICKS
In her Fleetwood Mac heyday, Stevie Nicks epitomised the romantic side of boho chic, mixing flared blue jeans with fringing, beads, leather and lace, and her pile-it-on approach still inspires today.

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