Boho Chic style: What is it? Is it still valid?

I certainly hope so, because I don’t plan to give it up, anytime soon! Boho Chic is relatively new (at its height in 2005), but it’s roots go much deeper, and will probably never go away. It was born out of the 60’s and 70’s, but in reality, goes back much further than that!

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According to so-sew-easy.com – “Boho is the shortened form of Bohemian. Bohemian is a wonderful word and an even more wonderful thing to be. It’s a French word derived from the term referring to gypsies, adventurous souls, artists and socially unconventional people, with an alternative lifestyle and sense of style. Bohemians are profound romantics with a deep appreciation for beauty. They know no limits, they see something they like and they flaunt it!

Bohemians are all about love, happiness, art and forward-thinking. When it comes to fashion and fabric, think comfortable cuts and beautiful fabrics with complex prints (tribal and ethnic patterns from all over the world, East and West), tassels, leather shoes, hobo bags and costume jewelry with semi-precious stones and crystals.”

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Bohemian style, reflects back to hippies, gypsies, youth, art and nature. Was it born out of protest, or did it just seem that way? Those of us of a certain age, remember the colourful clothing of our youth, but do appreciate the ease of the current fabrics. A huge thanks to whoever took the spandex out of girdles, and added it to our blue jeans!

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Even if the clothing is not quite as relative now, the jewellery is still hanging in, and will not be leaving any time soon. It’s all about mixing up natural stones, glass beads, fringe, tassels, shells, feathers, and metal. Whether simple or complicated, it must include layering. Think rings on every finger! A jumbled-up jingle of bracelets, and layers of chains, stones, charms, and talismans! You’d need to be quite daring, to wear all of them at the same time, but you certainly would make a statement! Of course, I’m not really recommending that you do that… but still!? Check out the images below from Susan Lenart Kazmer, and Heidi Kummli.

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Here’s one of my pieces, that seems to fit the style. Surprise, it’s last Sunday’s “Inspiration”, so you could even make it yourself! It appears that I’m channeling the Bobo style these days! I haven’t started piling on the bracelets and rings yet, but am creating a series of Talisman pendants (just not ready to show yet).

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Boho is just plain comfortable! It’s not all about bare feet, and wearing flowers in your hair!!! It’s a way to express your individuality, in a peaceful, and non-threatening fashion. Something we all need to think about, in these troubling times!

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3 Comments

  1. DivineJules

    Thank you for this wonderful, informative blog! I’ve always tended towards boho but have been rejecting the idea because I read another informative blog about boho jewelry & the term “asymmetric” kept coming up. And the problem is my eyes don’t “rest” when looking at asymmetric jewelry unless it’s done incredibly well & has good balance. Plus, this other blog was showing examples of boho bracelets using fabric & chain (which I thought was interesting – I’ve always loved combining medias), but instead of looking “natural & free” it looked…junky & unfinished. So I figured maybe I didn’t channel boho well – until your blog! Wow! I love the styles of the French gypsy! I love layers & complex, fun patterns that still have flow. So my boho jewelry will look more finished & symmetric… Looks like there’s still room for the romantic in me!!

  2. Thanks, Divine Jules! I do confess that I mostly design asymmetrically myself, but sometimes venture into the symmetrical world! It’s all about balance, and it’s certainly possible to do this, without your piece looking messy. I try to take a critical look at whatever I do, to make sure that a piece is not only visually interesting, but also fairly cohesive. Granted, not everyone edits their work as carefully as I do, as some pieces that I’ve seen are over-the-top, and crammed with “everything but the kitchen sink”. Not pleasing to the eye. The Japanese do asymmetrical the best! Check out some of their flower arrangements. They’re just exquisite!

  3. By the way, if you decide to give asymmetrical a chance, remember to use uneven numbers. Think about including one, three and five (even seven) components, instead of an even number! I’ve always been taught, that the sign of a successful piece of art, is when your eyes keep moving about the piece. Resting on any one element, it not necessarily the only indicator of a good piece.

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