Fashion has frequently embraced the Bohemian style, with its exotic and free-spirited way of thinking. This style has a lot of history behind it, but today it’s all about layering, luscious fabrics, rich colors and eye-catching accessories. The best part of the style is that it highlights your own uniqueness and creativity, allowing for a fun expression of individual style through fashion.
“Bohémien” was a term which first emerged in nineteenth century France to describe immigrants who had come to that country from Bohemia, in the Czech region of central Europe. The French Bohemians lived in the lower class gypsy neighborhoods are were known as artists and creators. In Europe, Bohemians were associated with unorthodox social and political views. In more modern times, the term is often shortened to “Boho” and refers to those who live a non-conforming, impoverished and generally artistic lifestyle.
As it relates to fashion, the Bohemian style conveys an attitude of freedom, independence and appreciation for beauty. The “hippie” look of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s included many elements of this style. The Bohemian look reflects a very relaxed and earthy feel, with flowing fabrics and multiple layers. Materials and accessories are usually made from natural materials such as cotton, linen, wood, stones and leather. Handmade items are popular, as are beads on jewelry, purses, belts and other accessories. Vintage jewelry and similar items always work well with the Bohemian look.
To find your own Bohemian style, begin by studying fashion magazines to develop your own sense of fashion. Study women who are considered fashionable, and what sets them apart from other people. While all fashion icons don’t have Bohemian style, they do follow their own fashion sense. For some examples of modern Bohemian style, check out pictures of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny and Mischa Barton.
Be an individual. Boho style embraces individuality, not just sandals and flowing skirts. There are no guidelines to follow when dressing Bohemian, other than your own inspiration. The point is to find fashions that you love, and put them together in a way that expresses your unique personality.
Be creative. Don’t go with the obvious trends in fashion. The fun part about dressing with Bohemian style is that pieces do not have to match. They should layer well together, but there are no rules when creating your own ensembles. Don’t be afraid to mix it up as you experiment with what works (and what doesn’t). Fortunately there won’t be any paparazzi to photograph your fashion bloopers for all the world to see!
Accessories, accessories, accessories. Accessories are a vital part of the Bohemian style, from berets to shoes. Layer on necklaces of natural stone and beads, the chunkier and more unusual the better. Bags, especially those of leather or fabric, are a great addition to the boho look. Boots are another Bohemian staple, and are versatile enough to wear with skirts and jeans.
Dressing with Bohemian style is a fun way to express yourself while being fashionable and comfortable.