Now Bohemian dress is quite popular. In modern usage, the term "Bohemian" is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The adherents of the "Bloomsbury Group", which formed around the Stephen sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf in the early 20th century, are among the best-known examples. The original "Bohemians" were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohémien, for "gypsy").
Reflecting on the fashion style of "boho-chic" in the early years of the 21st century, the Sunday Times thought it ironic that "fashionable girls wore ruffly floral skirts in the hope of looking bohemian, nomadic, spirited and non-bourgeois", whereas "gypsy girls themselves ... are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion". By contrast, in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th, aspects of Bohemian fashion reflected the lifestyle itself.
How to Have Bohemian Style
In the fashion world, bohemian, or boho, refers to a a state of mind regarding fashion that is individual, romantic, and free-spirited. This style is often called hippie-chic, or even hobo-chic. Several women who have had an influence on in recent years are Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. Follow this guide to achieve personalized bohemian style! Study fashion-forward icons. They don't necessarily have to be bohemian embracers, but more than likely, any woman who is considered a fashion icon did not get there by following the pack. Even someone with a more refined and lady-like style such as Audrey Hepburn followed her own tastes and no one else's- this is essentially a bohemian outlook on style. Devour fashion magazines, and try and find what sets the girls who are considered fashionable apart from people you see everyday. Start to develop your own way of looking at fashion.
Do as you like. Boho-chic doesn't just mean flowy
peasant skirts and flip flops, and messenger bags. An important aspect
of bohemian style is individuality; this means embracing your own
personality and expressing it through your fashion choices. You may not
know anyone who actually wears feathery layered skirts, but if you love
to, then that's all that matters. Bohemian style may be described as a
trend with certain looks to follow, but it's really all about following
your own inspirations.
Mix it up. Learn how to pair pieces of your wardrobe
together. Women often match everything together perfectly, but if you
pay attention to fashion greats such as Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Mischa
Barton, Sienna Miller, The Olsens, and other icons, you can see that by
using your imagination, so much more life can be added to your
wardrobe. Do you have a frilly white shift dress you love? Try pairing
it with a brown shawl and olive flats, or a red trench coat, black
tights, and a vintage turquoise belt. The possibilities are truly
Accessorize. In the world of boho-chic, extreme attention is paid to details. From long and layered necklaces, berets and head scarves, belts, moccasins, cowboy boots, leggings, ballerina flats, platform shoes, and sequined vests, it's all about the small things. The difference between someone simple and someone with a bohemian sense of style is in the accessories.
- An ordinary woman, with little taste in fashion (besides preferring
modern trends), might take a white oxford blouse and pair it with the
obvious black pencil skirt, black patent pumps, and, if she's really
daring, a red leather handbag. This is a great and classic--However:
- A woman with a bohemian attitude would arrive at the same classic look by wearing the same blouse underneath a black 1920s style shift dress, adding black tights and ankle boots, and a hair accessory such as a red knit beret or a clustered clip of gemstones; and as far as the handbag goes, the possibilities are endless.
How to Dress As a Bohemian
- Wear chunky jewelry. Look for natural stones, like turquoise. Long strands of beaded necklaces in subdued colors, layer chain necklaces together and wear wooden jewelry, will also add to this look. For bracelets, add many chunky wooden and metal bangles together. For rings, wear large stone rings, some gemstones can be: turquoise, red jasper and onyx.
- Buy interesting vintage pieces. Peruse consignment stores and garage sales for vintage garments and accessories, especially from the 1960s and 70s.
- Layer your clothing; combine different textures and patterns. Try a floaty dress over jeans, a tunic with tights and boots or moccasins, shorts with tights, or cardigan sweaters in earthy tones. If you do decide to mix patterns, stick to a basic color scheme, and alternate the size of the patterns (such as a small floral print with white graphic stripes).
- Wear your worn-out jeans from last year. Ideal jeans inspired from the 70's would be flare jeans.
- Purchase items in interesting patterns, such as plaid, florals,Paisley and stripes.
- Wear your hair long, if possible. Beachy waves and highlights are trademarks of this look.
- Beaded flats,
natural-material flip-flops (like grass or leather, instead of plastic),
and boots are perfect shoes for this trend.
- Buy unique purses and jewelry from vintage stores or flea markets.
- Wear scarfs and slouchie beanie hats in the winter. Look for nubby knits and floaty, ethnic prints.
- Clothes that are '60s and '70s inspired are the highlights of this trend.
Check out some fashion books from your library from this time period.
Examine the photos for inspiration. Look at the way people wore their
clothes and imitate their looks.