I have always taken my style cues from the past. Inspired by the hippy and bohemian culture, I tend to feel naturally attune to the gypsy inspired bohemian style both in body and spirit as well as the freedom loving hippy in me who naturally wants to rebel from what everyone else is doing, thinking and believing. But there are distinct differences between the purely aesthetic bohemian style and the politically driven hippy sub sulture.. let me explain…
The Hippie with their long hair, bright colours, flared jeans, sandals and long beaded necklaces, set themselves apart by a unisex fashion. They used the way they dressed as a means of showing an affiliation to the radical ideas they espoused. The hippie sub- culture began in San Francisco where early hipsters and beatniks came together and formed a community of shared values including independance from mainstream society to the opposition of war.
Hippies were about free living and self expression through music, literature, film and performance art. Experiences were shared with others and the bold patterns, tie dye and patch work of the hippie look were symbolic of the rejection of the conformity of mainstream youth fashion as well as a rejection of the establishment – that is : conservative values, corporate culture and commercialism.
Bohemianism on the other hand derives purely from an aesthetic standpoint rather than a political one.
It has a distant history that lies in poetry and art however bohemians took their name from the Romani Gypsies who travelled through western Europe through Bohemia. The gypsy lifestyle was percieved as a romantic lifestyle of unrooted wandering.
Boho is a decadent and stylish look worn by the more well-off in society. It is heavy on accessories, layering and overtly feminine fabrics such as silk and chiffon, free flowing nomadic styles, gladiator sandals and broad brimmed hats. It is anything but a minimalistic trend.
I feel that I have a genetic disposition to the bohemian style which can be explained by apparently having a heritage that traces back to the Romani Gypsies. I will probably never know the exact nature of my family history but I can’t help but believe it because of my natural affinity for bright colours, free thinking and endless wandering. You?
Hope you had a beautiful weekend peeps 🙂
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