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Hippie Chic

For our mother's generation, being a hippie was a social statement that involved weaving daisy chains and smoking ganja to the sounds of the Grateful Dead. But for us, being hippie-chic is a fun fashion statement that means empire-waist frocks, breezy blouses and beaded necklaces.

Oh, the times they are a changin'.

Here's how to pull off the hippie/boho trend in today's world:

  • Stick to one item at a time. It's easy to overdo this look, so stick to one hippie-chic article of clothing or accessory per outfit.

  • Balance with something tailored. Pair a flouncy blouse with tailored shorts or a tiered-skirt with a crisp white shirt to make your look up-to-date.

  • Add a modern touch. Think sleek silver accessories, mod lucite jewelry or fab oversized shades.

Find your inner love child with these hippie-chic inspired tops...

Tart Tunic, very Tory Burch. $19.80

Vintage Summer Tunic, love the jewel tones in this one. $19.80

Floral Drawstring Tunic, we've seen similar tops from BCBGirls for triple the price. $22.00

Floral Tunic, colorful ethnic-inspired "embroidery" is tres hippie chic. $24.80

About The Budget Babe

Who we are: The Budget Babe is a freelance writer, illustrator and fashion blogger. Prior to launching, we spent over four and a half fun-filled years producing content for at Harpo Productions in Chicago, Illinois. (Yes, we met her and no, we can't get you tickets—sorry!)

What we do: Ever since cheap became chic, we've been bent on spreading the fab-without-a-fortune gospel by blogging about the latest and greatest affordable fashion, beauty, style and shopping news (hey, it's cheaper than buying everything we see!).

We strive to provide fun, entertaining information for real women who want to spend a little, live a lot, and look good while they're at it.

Why we do it: We're fascinated by what we like to call the democratization of fashion, from the emergence of cheap-chic fashion-for-the-masses from retailers like Target to the designer imitation culture of Forever 21 and H&M. Oh, and cuz we like cute shoes and dressing up.

What turns us on: Good design, cheap. Consumers today expect more, yet want to pay less. We believe these thought forms breed ingenuity, innovation and evolution in the rapidly changing global fashion landscape—and we can't wait to see what will happen next!

To Our Dear Readers: Welcome! We invite you to share your thoughts, voice your opinions and ask any question about fashion, style, beauty or shopping. Please don't be shy - and don't hold back! We're grateful for each and every reader, and know you have something amazing to contribute. Peace & Love.

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