How to master the boho bride look: Savannah Miller shares her tips
Type the words ‘boho wedding’ into Instagram and you’ll be presented with over 230,000 images of effortless, floaty dresses, plus floral crowns galore. A good number of those dresses will likely be by Savannah Miller, the luxury bridal designer who has also just launched a high street wedding dress range with Debenhams.
“I make moodboards for days,” Savannah tells us, explaining that the bohemian-style upbringing that she and he sister, the actress Sienna Miller, experienced has undoubtedly influenced her taste. “My parents are both foreign, one’s American, one’s South African and we were raised all over the world. They had a lot of colourful, interesting artists and musicians around all the time, and when I think back to the weddings we went to in those days, in my early life, there was so much freedom and exoticness about them. That’s what I think about when I think about boho One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses.”
Here, the queen of boho bridalwear gives us her top tips for choosing a wedding look with a vintage twist, but one that is still completely your own...
Start with some good fashion references
In terms of the decades that a boho bride should be referencing, Miller recommends mining Pinterest for photos of the original, authentic style-setters, rather than modern interpretations of the trend. “I’m constantly referring to the Seventies, and I have a big archive of 20s, 30s and 40s dresses that I also dip back into for some gentle references,” she says. “These were the times where the true bohemians originated and the looks are so inspiring.”
Silhouette is crucial to the boho dress
What gives a boho wedding dress its edge? Silhouette, says Savannah, who notes that the shapes to covet should be streamlined and easy. “The meringue has never really been one for me,” she says. “I’ve always gone down the slightly more relaxed road when it comes to silhouette. I think you should be comfortable on your wedding day and it’s very easy to get yourself hoisted into a corseted dress that leaves you not being able to eat or dance or enjoy yourself. Bohemian spirit is not about that!”
You can easily go boho on a budget
Miller’s Nine by Savannah Miller bridal line for Debenhams offers four different dress designs at £450 or less, all capturing the essence of her highly popular luxury collections. “It was exciting for me to be able to offer something so intricate at such a great price point,” she tells us. “There is so much aspirational wedding photography being shared on Pinterest and Instagram at the moment, that people get to see what’s out there and what can be done. They know what they want much more clearly than they used to. The high street is able to offer so much to women in every other area of their lives, so why wouldn’t they meet the woman’s needs on her wedding day as well?”
ccessories? Think beyond floral crowns
“I do love a floral crown,” admits Miller, suggesting that wild flowers will offer the best vibe. “Not everybody does though and these dresses can be pared back in a much more simple look. Boho cheap bridesmaid dresses australia can still work with a veil and an up-do. My biggest tip would be to consider your setting - if you’re trying to have a relaxed country wedding, then you might want an easy vibe for your hair and makeup too.”
Going for a floaty slip dress? Fabric is critical
“There’s a reason wedding dresses are expensive and it’s the cloth,” explains Miller. “But you can’t get away with no embellishments or other interest unless you’ve got great fabric. A lot of dresses in my mainline are quite minimal and bias cut, but they’re made from a heavyweight satin-backed crepe. You can just make a slip in it because the fabric speaks volumes.”
Remember, bohemian spirit is all about individuality
“It’s so easy with things like Pinterest to have very copycat weddings, but I think the real message to get across is that this is a moment for you to be celebrating in the uniqueness of your unity,” urges Miller. “It all comes back to your personal style, first and foremost, because if a dress is on trend but it doesn't suit you, then it’s all pointless.”