Bohemianism is the practise of an unconventional life style usually involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits; followers of such way of life are called bohemians and they dwell outside the burgeois mainstream culture. Wikipedia
But you need not live on artistic or literary pursuits ( very diffcult to do so nowadays ) or reject all burgeois practices (can’t live without Macdonalds or Iphone) to adopt the Bohemian style of clothing or as it is known today as the Boho chic style ( a stylised version).
The boho style stands for a lot of things we all want in life – a nomadic lifestyle, adventures, free spirit, individualusm, creativity. These qualities are represented in the style in the form of these essential elements.
1 Use of Natural materials
Woven or knitted fabric is favoured over synthetic fabric in this style. Cotton, linen, velvet, silk, leather, suede, fur are the chosen fabric on account of their being natural fabrics.Hand Crocheted cardigan or dress is an example
Wooden beads and glass beads are preferred over plastic beads. Leather and canvas are preferred over synthetic vinyl for bags.
2 Earthy natural colours
Natural colours like beige, brown, earthy red, white, ochre, orange, dark green are usually given preference over other colours for clothes as well as accessories
3 Design elements like tassels, fringes
These additions are incorporated into shoes, skirts, bags, jackets, purses shawls and tops. Lucky charms are added to bracelets and necklaces.
Feather earrings, coin bracelets, shell chokers are all bohemian accessories which are much in demand.
4 Flower embroidery
An embroidered bag is a must have in a gypsy wardrobe
5 Long dresses and necklaces
Long Maxi skirts, maxi dresses, kimonos, sarongs are all staples, as are long necklaces.
6 Multi purpose Shawl ties
Shawls are used as Headwraps, head ties or even bag ties. A Bandana tied as a headwrap also looks quite bohemian
7 Printed fabric
Floral Prints, tie and dye, batik and ikat prints are all very popular in boho clothing. Imagine the typical floral gypsy outfit.Nature inspired and tribal prints are also seen.
8 Layering of clothes and accessories
Layered necklaces are a typical boho style. You can create a layered look in clothing by wearing a loose cardigan over your top or an oversized shawl wrapped over your outfit.
9 Loose flowy style
Breezy blouses and dresses are staple bohemian clothing. The summery look of loose clothing is very casual and appealing, especially when paired with distressed denim.
Cotton Kaftans, sarong beach wraps all fit this style. Flowing loose Lace dresses are also very much Bohemian
10 Casual shoes
Beaded sandals, Clogs shoes,Roman sandals are the preferred bohemain types of shoes.Ankle boots and Cowboy boots are also worn.
11 Statement jewellery in metal
Chunky metal necklaces in silver ; Any number of chunky rings; Anklets – all bohemian
12 Oversized clothing and accessories
Oversized cable knit sweaters and oversized sunglasses are very much a part of the gypsy boho look
13 Wide Brimmed hats
14 Interesting Head pieces
Checkout this article for wonderful inspirational pieces of bohemian headpieces .
15 Distressed Denim
Slightly flared Denim jeans or cut off shorts, which is made to look worn and rugged is big in bohemian style.
Splattering paint on it, writing with markers, washing in bleach, scraping with a knife, patching with other fabric – there are many ways you can convert your staid denim to suit your bohemian sensibilities. Checkout this tutorial on 15 ways to distress your jeans.
Another important element of a bohemian style is the Dreadlocks
A true blue Bohemian would definitely be having the dreadlocks.They complete the whole gypsy look.
Checkout this video for dreadlock styles -If you donot fancy them yourself, you can be inspired by the bohemian clothing
It is very easy to go overboard with Boho style. Especially if you are petite and you are adopting the full boho chic look of overflowing oversized long clothes. You are likely to be submerged, over whelmed and be invisibe in your clothing. Keeping your figure, body shape in mind is advised, as in any style.
One advantage of bohemian style is that there is no dilemma of matching accessories. You can mix and match and layer to your desire and still look good.You can incorporate chosen gypsy elements in your style to look sufficiently boho chic – like a breezy top paired with denim and long necklaces. Or add a big oversized bag with fringes along with sandals.
Just ensure that you donot end up looking disheveled and frumpy in the boho inspired clothes you have chosen
Fashions come and go but Boho style remains true in the minds of its followers. A boho chic girl aways remain that, come what may in fashion.