The word “boho” is a shortened version of the word bohemian, both of which have been banded around in the fashion world to describe various outfits and styles. Here is a look at its past and what sort of clothing fits the bill.
Take a walk on the wild side
Bohemians traditionally lived a nomadic and unconventional lifestyle with a carefree culture. Research has uncovered that it was most likely established by 19th century artists in France following the French Revolution. No longer backed by wealth, they lived in poverty, wearing clothes from a different era.
Others thought bohemians originated from Bohemia in The Czech Republic, the home of the Romani people; these gypsies were seen as social outcasts, which led to a link between them and the free-spirited nature of the bohemian style. As Europeans started to travel, the bohemian style took on a cultural vibe, incorporating Persian silks and Chinese embroidery.
Bohemians became synonymous with the free love movement of hippies in the ’60s and ’70s. Today, it is still influenced by different cultures and periods, continuing to be as individual as ever.
What to wear
From brown beaded shoulder bags to embroidered wedding guest dresses, the boho style is wearable all year round and super versatile. A combination of natural fabrics from chiffon to sheepskin, earthy colours and lots of layering, the boho style is making a revival on the high street and on the catwalks, too.
Get the look
From oversized cloths to tunic or kaftan style – try https://www.axparis.com/collections/wedding-guest-dresses for something special – a boho wardrobe will also include belts, scarves, jewellery and most definitely some psychedelic colours!
Here are some top tips:
- If you want to create a peasant look, go for a floaty long maxi skirt with balloon sleeves and an oversized cardigan.
• Choose clothes from the autumnal palette or neutral tones like cream or beige; you can even mix them up. Animal prints, floral patterns and African prints are popular boho choices.
• From cowboy boots and ankle boots to flats and Roman sandals, there is a boho style for your feet.
• Boho jewellery includes feathers, stones, metals, leather and shells; wear a bandana, colourful headscarf or floppy hat.
• Finish off your look with a tassel bag and some oversized sunglasses, and you’re ready to go!