BoHo Chic fashion gets its name from the combination of words; Bohemian, meaning “gypsy” and Chic,
which translates to “cool”. If you bear this in mind when dressing for a BoHo Chic look, chances are, you'll nail it.
The description in the name is only the beginning, however, and the splinter sub genres and fashion mash-up possibilities with a BoHo base are virtually endless. Though BoHo styles are most closely associated in pop culture with the hippie fashions of the 1960’s and 1970’s, BoHo Chic fashion actually borrows its components from, and pays homage to so many different fashion subcultures and time periods; it is among the most varied of fashion choices, with something to offer any individuals taste.
Indeed, individual tastes factor heavily when designing any BoHo outfit as this fashion aims to capture moods, emotions, and eras. The Classic Hippie BoHo style is obviously inspired by the 1960’s and 1970’s, while BoHo Romance can be achieved by using the Pre-Raphaelite women of the 19th century for inspiration. Regardless of the personal flair, a solid base for BoHo fashion would contain long flowing, or tiered skirts/dresses, peasant blouses, tunics, stone/wood or beaded jewelry, crocheted or embroidered items, large fringe handbags, flat sandals, or low heel ankle boots.
Taking cues from various hippie and bohemian fashions, BoHo Chic is a style of dress which has been present for decades, rising and falling in popularity as the years go by. Recently, the fashion world saw a revival of BoHo Chic fashions as various celebrities, such as actress Sienna Miller, model Kate Moss, and actress/business woman Mary-Kate Olsen re-popularized the look. When Sienna Miller appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in 2004, she rocked a glorious high-fashion hippie ensemble which may well have been transported from the 1960’s.
Hippie fashion had all but dropped from the scene by the mid-1970’s, but in the early millennial years it came roaring back – modernized as BoHo Chic, and in the last ten years, BoHo fashion keeps renewing itself with its ability to be seamlessly blended with whatever the latest fashion may be. Americana, menswear, or minimalism are but a few examples. BoHo fashions embrace bold and daring choices, eclectic styles, and of course the trademark flowing layers. You have the option to pair your ensemble with excessive chunky adornments, subtle jewelry, or nothing at all. The one thing that all BoHo sub-genres have in common is the ability to be used to as an artistic means of self-expression.
BoHo fashion evokes the image of hippies, artists, gypsies, nomads, and any incarnation imaginable that embodies a free spirit mentality. The driving force of individualism behind BoHo fashion ensures the style remains as diverse as those who wear it. BoHo has, in recent years, become something of a buzz word used in association with music festivals like Coachella and the celebrities who attend, such as Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Ratajkowski, and virtually every Victoria’s Secret model who ever graced the runway. But how does a novice pull off this classic retro look?
BoHo fashion has some very basic rules and guidelines, but for all intents and purposes, there are no wrong moves in free spirit fashion. With a little savvy, multiple fashions can be combined with BoHo wear. Even outside the BoHo world, highly personalized outfits have become the proverbial cherry on the fashion sundae. Think loose silhouettes, think beads, and peasant style blouses. Pair your outfit with a wide brim hat or a crochet or faux fur vest. Loose and layered clothing go well with leggings, yoga pants, skinny jeans, or pencil skirts. Oversized sweaters with gold or silver layered chains or a beaded jacket over a mini dress are both viable options in a modern BoHo world. Take whatever element attracted you to BoHo fashion in the first place, adapt it, build on it. If that feels a little intimidating, there are numerous fashion blogs out there to help you get started. If the idea of creating a new bold and expressive outfit every day is a bit overwhelming, BoHo fashion may not be for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear a cheeky little peace sign necklace, or a pair of flirty feathered earrings with whatever outfit suits you as a nod to this beautiful style of dress.
It would be literally impossible to list all the things that have become forever associated with BoHo Fashion, but there are a number of clothing items you simply can't go wrong with.
Bralettes and crochet tops pair together marvellously while denim and patchwork are great bases for any ensemble. Florals aren't just for Spring, and sheer-flowing materials, whether layered or worn as an accent, can help create an ethereal vibe. Fur is often found in a number of BoHo outfits, but don't feel you have to compromise your ethics – faux fur options are fairly easy to find and much more budget savvy than real fur. This can also be said for leather, which is quite popular in more modern BoHo looks. Flats and fancy sandals – think gladiator-style – are great footwear for Summer, while ankle boots are just fine for Winter and either shoe can be worn with maxi skirts and dresses. Finally, don't forget to accessorize! Scarves, bandanas, oversized sunglasses, large purses, and chunky wooden or metal jewellery are just a few that can be used to create the perfect BoHo Chic look.
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