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!
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.”
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!
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.
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).
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!