Bohemian Lifestyle and Fashion


‘Bohemian’ – This word was firstly used in the English language in the 19th century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of some artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities. However, the term ‘Bohemianism’ emerged in France in the early 19th century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class, Romani neighborhoods (The Romani, colloquially known as Roma, are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, originating from the northern Indian subcontinent – from the Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab regions of modern-day India).

Some Roma-Czech People

‘Bohemian’ was a common term for the Romani people of France, who were mistakenly thought to have reached France in the 15th century via Bohemia (the western part of modern Czech Republic). The Bohemians were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French Bohémien, for ‘Gypsy’). Nowadays, the term has become associated with various artistic or academic communities and is used as a generalized adjective describing such people.


The Bohemian Lifestyle is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle with few permanent ties. It involves musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may or may not be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds. Bohemians are often associated with anti-establishment political or social viewpoints. A Bohemian Lifestyle is usually expressed through free love, frugality, and simple living; and in some cases, a voluntary poverty.

It’s a well-known fact that bohemian lifestyle was a fashion trend of the 70s but from the last many years, this fashion trend has beautifully made its place in our lifestyles even today. The main reason could be the use of different materials and the clothing that speaks for your soul. The crocheted work and the laces are the main components of the bohemian style designs. The delicate colors of bohemian dressing and eye-catching effects increase the attraction. The boho look (BoHo is an abbreviation of Bohemian Homeless, self descriptive of the style.), which owed much to the hippie styles that developed in the middle to late 1960s, became especially popular after Sienna Miller‘s appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2004.


Unlike most fashion trends, the bohemian style was never meant to be a style. It was made popular by people who honestly did not care if their clothes were trendy or not. Gypsies did not care what people thought of how they dressed which is one of the reasons they were considered to be sexy and free. Even thinking about when it became popular in 1967 with the rise of the hippie, it wasn’t because it was really a fashion statement. Flowing skirts were just a reflection of a ‘free-flowing’ sort of attitude.

Johnny Depp

Bohemian fashion is most commonly associated with women because generally people think of the long, flowing, insanely comfortable but fashion-friendly skirts. If Holmes can be seen as a bohemian soul that means it can also be a male fashion thing as well. For men, the fashion takes on a lot of distressed jeans, lots of laying of clothes, and
scarves. In fact, major hot hunk of a man Johnny Depp is a boho-dude. With its growing popularity, it does not seem like that the bohemian fashion is going anywhere close to going out of style.

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