The Bottom of Being Bohemian

Boho-chic is a fashion style that became relatively popular thanks to actress
Sienna Miller, model Kate Moss, and actress/businesswoman Mary-Kate Olsen
(not a fashion that was shared with her twin). This fashion style is a mixture of
hippie and bohemian and while these three made it super popular in 2005, and
the term ‘boho-chic’ was born, it has actually been around (with on-and- off
popularity) since the 1799. It is likely never going to disappear (and who really
wants it to?) so here are some weird facts about the boho-chic!

Lexicography


“BoHo” is an abbreviation of Bohemian Homeless—sounds depressing. It’s actually a self-describing word of the actual original creators of the bohemian style which were homeless gypsies of 1799 France. Not surprisingly, Bohemian skirts are sometimes referred to as gypsy skirts. In fact, Bohemian actually
translates to gypsy in French.

“Chic” is another word taken from France that was established as an English
word in the 1870s. It means elegant.

So if we put this all together ‘boho-chic’ technically translates to elegant
bohemian homeless.

Boho-rock
That’s right! Boho-chic Goth was a thing that began popping up around midsummer of 2006. It was infusing the boho-chic look with a heavy metal attitude of biker boots, studded leather jackets, and of course skulls. There is something vampire-like about the bohemian skirt, and nothing says Goth like something that is long and flowing. The mixture of lace and leather is obviously a good pairing. Popular rock singer Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is known to exhibit
this style.

Sherlock Holmes
One of the first times Dr. Watson ever describes the detective Sherlock Holmes in “A Scandal in Bohemia” he does so by saying “Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition.” While the cocaine is something to be frowned upon, the fact that writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to describe Holmes, as having a ‘bohemian soul’ in his first ever short story with the detective in 1891 is interesting.

Attitudes
Thinking back to roots of where bohemian style came from—from the gypsies
and the outcasts—it shouldn’t be surprising that many of the people who take up
the fashion style are non-conformists. (Yes, technically conforming to fashion style is conforming but every person fits into some box.) Bohemian stylists are often the people who are found in anti-establishment action (hello hippies!) and
into individualism. They also have a love for art be it visual, literature, or
musical.

Men’s Boho
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. (Boho-dude should be a made into a fashion name.) 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.

It was never meant to be a fashion style
Unlike most fashion trends like platform boots, short-shorts, or JNCO Jeans the boho-chic or 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. 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.

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