By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion - Era.com
The Gypsy Boho Summer of 2005
It's unlikely that you missed it, but in the past year eclectic ethnic has swept the nation with a phenomenal speed, reaching a peak in summer 2005 with the ultra feminine Gypsy Boho skirt. Women began to wear skirts for the first time in years. This revived 1970's tiered 'Hippy Skirt' has been a worldwide success and because of the easy fit with mostly elasticated waist/drawstring and lots of hip room it is ultra comfortable. In addition this makes it very easy to manufacture with one size often adjusting to fit many.
Ethnic touches had been around for some time in the noughties, but no one could have truly forecast just how they would come together to culminate in the huge and how universally adopted Gypsy Boho Look. Yet now, with fall 2005 upon us we find the time has come to move forward. This is easily achievable with the Rich Russian Look which will take you through the transition from Boho to Babushka with ease.
After a decade of trousers or trouser suits, women of every age group have now successfully completed their skirt training! Skirts now easily compete with jeans, trousers, cropped pants and shorts for attention. So if you've loved Boho don't despair, with just a few key wardrobe additions you will move smoothly through to the newer Russian Look.
Boho gypsy skirts have swept the world. Global communication means that fashion ideas translate quickly from one country to another. Never mind imports, this skirt is as easy to make in Manchester as in India or in San Francisco.
Whilst pondering on the popularity of gypsy skirt in UK this year and how my forum readers really went overboard for skirts in general this year, I recently came across this Press Report about skirts of 2005 at PR Web. This was the first time though that I had read that it has no name. In the UK we mainly call it a gypsy skirt. But I have to say I do recognise other confusing terms here such as Boho, tiered, peasant and crinkled all terms most used in UK. So with gypsy that makes about 5 terms I've been using to describe it on various occasions. I've checked out some mass market retailers in UK and most describe it as a Gypsy skirt, or as a Boho skirt or as a tiered skirt.
Strictly speaking most skirts are named according to the cut such as flare, straight, box pleat, accordion pleat, panel, princess seamed, wrapover, circular and so on. So it follows that technically such a skirt should really be called a long or short tiered skirt or a flounced skirt.