Above you can see my boho red dress with no accessories. I love this dress but it presents some challenges when I want to wear it. First of all, red is a hard color to pair with lots of other items and since I’m always layering here that can be a difficult thing. You’ll see a lot of black crochet here because of that although I’ve also tried to show some other color ideas. Second, the length of this skirt makes it tough to pull off with my short stature. I have to be careful to accessorize in a way that minimizes, rather than emphasizes, how tiny I am. I do this in part by using accessories to bring my waistline up higher than it actually is. This is also a trick that I implement to solve the third, and probably biggest, challenge, which is that the many layers of the boho style of this dress make it a bulky item to wear and that can quickly go from loose-and-carefree to just looking chunky. I try to slim it with accessories as much as possible. So, here are my style ideas:
I went for drama here by using a black spiderweb crochet cape as the core accessory. It’s pinned shut with a big feathery flower clip. I’ve used my favorite black corset to slim the dress and reduce some of that boho vice. Black heels finish off this look.
Here I embraced the boho look a bit more. I didn’t add anything to the waist of the dress, but tried to create a slimming effect with a fitted denim jacket. The crochet here is my lovely multi-colored thread necklace made with Bre-Aly Threads. And the only other accessory is a pair of butterfly earrings that I adore. (Fun fact, those earrings as well as the corset in the first style photo were both purchased on a trip to Buenos Aires.)
I celebrate the potential for funkiness in the dress with this look. I belted it with my favorite purple cherries belt and matched my purple boots to the look. I used a crochet scarf as a cowl, choosing a pink/purple/grey scarf that somewhat matched the coloring in the belt. I added a tan corduroy jacket. This could easily be worn in most seasons here in San Francisco, so it’s functional as well as showing personal style.
By the way, I previously wore this same dress with a bold pink crochet scarf tied as a cowl.
I like the way that tan and red look together. I’ve worn this Fisherman’s Wool Crochet Shrug with a red outfit here before, actually. What I did with this look was to add a leather braided belt high up on the waist, adorn myself with a beautiful large shell necklace that my sister gave me awhile back, and top it off with my brown studded short boots. I’m not wearing tights here but if it was chilly out then I’d wear brown patterned fishnets as well.
I went very simple for this final look. I wore a black crochet hat with a flower on it but tilted it far off center for a bit of a Parisian look. I went with my black heels although i could have worn black flats just as easily. And I finished it off with my favorite black necklace. Interestingly enough, that necklace is also from that same Buenos Aires trip. That wasn’t done intentionally!
How would you use crochet accessories to style this red dress?