Gypsy, Boho, Bohemian, Ethnic, Hippie -- whatever you choose to call it, it's FUN!
In modern usage, the term "Bohemian" is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original "Bohemians" were travellers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohémien, for "gypsy").
At the beginning of the Bohemian 'movement', it was said that gypsy girls themselves "... are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion."
When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60's & 70's when major designers started to routinely promote the "peasant look" and selling a range of "uniquely eccentric clothes". (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)
Fast forward again to the late 1980s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or demin to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like 'hippie chic' and 'boho-chic'. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as "bobo" or "ashcan chic" or "luxe grunge" -- with leading proponents including actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.
Whatever it's called, and whatever the iteration/era, we L.O.V.E. it. Shown here are a couple of our favorite boho designers/sellers/suppliers -- check them out and be inspired! Silk wrap bracelet at upper right is from BohemianEarthDesigns on Etsy; Shark tooth necklace from EarthSignFla on Etsy.
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