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Trend Alert: Forever Foho

New trends are born every minute (or so it seems), and the latest trend to crop up is something dubbed "Foho" by the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Foho posterchild Sienna Miller; Maxi dress from Mango

Whether or not they were the first to actually coin the term can be debated: According to, Foho was already defined as "faux boho," or bohemian, referring to a boho look comprised of brand-new, storebought clothes. Essentially, Foho refers to today's bohemian fashion trend rather than the lifestyle.

But the Daily Telegraph has appropriated the term Foho to mean "folk-inspired boho with a twist." Still confused? Read on:
"Foho" is about a more understated, eclectic mix, fusing classic Boho elements - Seventies silhouettes, crochet trims and trippy hippie prints - with more subtle folk pieces, such as washed-out denim and traditional embroideries. Crucially, it also throws in something modern like a great big shiny It-bag or über-cool trainers. It's cooler and far more authentic than Boho and owes more to the original folk look of the Seventies."

So there you have it. Whether you define Foho as "faux bohemian," or "edgy folk boho," you'll still end up with pretty much the same look. The bottom line is Foho is a fun look for summer that will most likely carry into fall, so get creative and get your foho on with some of these essentials:


Patchwork lends a folk-aesthetic to this Toile Jersey Tunic Top by Jean Paul Gaultier, as do the cuffed long sleeves, floaty fabric and square neckline.

Check out the Heritage 1981 clothing line at Forever21 for tons of foho looks, like this Taylor Top, $18.00 at Note also the patchwork.


A breath of fresh air amidst the mini-dress season, ankle-grazing maxi dresses are a hot summer trend and very Foho. With the right accessories, you can easily take this Patrick Robinson Long Pleated Dress in Ebony from day to night all summer long. On clearance for $31.49,


Crochet lends a hand-made, natural feel. Definitely Foho. We love this Crochet Floral Dress, $22.80,


Embroidery is another Foho element (ditto on the tunic shape), as see on this Printed Voile Tunic Shirt by Sigrid Olsen, on sale for just $39.99.


The peasant blouse has also been spotted in the Foho trend. Now, we've seen some with some pretty hefty price tags, and if you ask us, a pricey peasant blouse is somewhat of a contradiction (another reason why we're inclined to say Foho is more faux-boho, and not a more authentic incarnation of the Seventies styles). However, this Embroidered Cotton/Silk Blend peasant blouse from is a frugal foho find at just $24.80. We can see Kate Moss pairing it with black leather pants.

Sigrid Olsen is another store which gives a 5% discount after you buy $500 over any length of time. doesn't sound like much but it adds up!
#1 maggie z on 2007-07-05 10:55 (Reply)
The great thing about this look is that you don't actually have to buy this stuff - check out your Mom's closet, Ladies!
You'll be surprised by what you may find.
#2 Pirate Jenny on 2007-07-05 11:02 (Reply)
absolutely agree--we love "borrowing" mom's fab long-strand bead necklaces that she bought back in the day made from real gemstones like amber and jade :-)
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-07-06 09:43 (Reply)
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