'Why fit in, when you can stand out?’- Dr. Seuss
If we had to capture what it means to be a true-blue bohemian in a single sentence, it would be this simple quote above. The word ‘bohemian’ has been used to describe those that break traditions, stand for what they believe in and express their true selves - whether through their lifestyle, art or simply through their clothes. If you feel like this you belong to this tribe of free-spirits, then we’ve put together the ultimate guide to rock that boho look in 5 easy steps.
THE HISTORY OF BOHEMIAN CULTURE AND WHAT IT MEANS
From as far back as the 1800s, ‘bohemian’ was used to describe a counterculture of artists, writers, thinkers and vagabonds who refused mainstream culture and norms. The word was first used in France to describe a group of Romani people who were economically and socially marginalized at the time and were incorrectly assumed to have migrated from the Eastern European region of Bohemia.
By living on the margins of mainstream society, the bohemian movement created its own unique and rich culture, style and look that resonates with people even today.
BOHO FASHION - THEN & NOW
While the boho clothing was created at first out of necessity - using simple fabrics, hand-me-downs, and inexpensive material, it was later embraced by a growing tribe of people who used it to symbolize their creativity, liberalism and an unconventional lifestyle.
Boho fashion came back in a big way in the 60s and 70s and got linked to free love, open-mindedness, and the hippie culture.
Floral dresses, relaxed silhouettes, natural fabrics, and unique textures were some of the signature bohemian fashion elements.
5 STEPS TO THE PERFECT BOHO LOOK
If you're drawn to the boho vibe and want to express it to the world, then wear it with pride! Here are 5 easy steps you can keep in mind when picking boho clothing and accessories.
Follow these tips and tricks, and you'll look as unique as your one of a kind persona.
1. MIX AND MATCH COLORS
The boho-chic style is all about expressing your fearless spirit, so don't be afraid of mixing and matching different colors your way!
If you love vibrant colors, feel free to experiment with multi-colored lounge pants with a solid colored tank top. If you prefer neutrals, then warmer tones like yellows, orange and rust are timeless boho-chic go-to colors.
2. PICK NATURAL, EARTHY FABRICS
The bohemian soul values comfort and authenticity, so natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, and silk are preferred over artificial materials like synthetic and nylon. These fabrics are soft to the touch, and your skin to breathe. We personally adore these beautiful striped jacquard trousers that are 100% cotton-made.
For bags, jute is an excellent material that is eco-friendly and looks quintessentially bohemian, thanks to its rustic brown shade and texture.
3. EMBRACE RELAXED, FLOWING SILHOUETTES
The original bohemian philosophy was created not only to free the mind but also the body. Which is why it dismissed uptight traditional clothing styles such as corsets and tight gowns. Instead, relaxed fits such as free-flowing floral dresses and comfy kimonos embody the fluid bohemian mindset.
Comfortable off-shoulder tunic and loose lounge pants are also extremely popular boho fashion styles to pick.
4. INTERESTING PATTERNS & TEXTURES
What we love about this movement is that people from all walks of life and passions joined in, which is what made it so inclusive. This, in turn, made bohemian fashion extremely versatile and rich. The sheer number of patterns and textures you can play with is mind-boggling. When it comes to weaving techniques, you can choose from styles such as crochet, macrame, and lace. Choose from stunning patterns such as florals, ikat, tribal and paisley prints.
5. GO FOR BOHO ACCESSORIES
The boho-chic look is incomplete without the right accessories. Thankfully, there is a whole universe of boho accessories to choose from. Anything that looks too posh won't sit well with the boho look. Instead, go for artisanal, handmade accessories that are casual and made with techniques such as beadwork that uses stones, shells, beads, and tassels.
If you'd like to spruce up your home with the boho vibe too, then a vibrant jute rug will do wonders to set the mood. Hook up these colorful wall hangings in your room for a relaxed, meditative atmosphere.
Being bohemian is all about being yourself, and unapologetically so!
While these 5 tips will guide you to wear your boho spirit on your sleeve (literally), remember there are no rules when it comes to expressing yourself.
If you'd like to experiment with new patterns, textures and cuts, feel free to do that. It will only add richness and originality to this beautiful philosophy and style. Welcome to the Boho tribe!