In the early 21st century, "boho-chic" was associated initially with supermodel Kate Moss and then, as a highly popular style in 2004-5, with actress Sienna Miller. In America similar styles were sometimes referred to as "bobo-" or "ashcan chic", or "luxe grunge", their leading proponents including actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel. As if to illustrate the cyclical nature of fashion, by the end of the noughties strong pre-Raphaelite traits were notable in, among others, singer Florence Welch, model Karen Elson and designer Anna Sui.
The definition of a bohemian is “A socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.” In other words? Someone who makes their own rules and finds the beauty in everyday life. A fine idea, but how does it translate into a style of dress? The answer is, with a notion of unconformity that provides a refreshing departure from the modern, minimal and sleek aesthetic of current days. Silhouettes are relaxed and styles made comfortable and casual for the wearer. Patterns and colours are injected in a bold and expressive manner. Fabrics are natural and unfussy. Details carry a vintage charm and accessories are artisanal and aplenty. Still don’t get it? Let us show you.
Others favoured the lower-cut, tighter styles of continental stars such as Bardot or Gina Lollobrigida. Valerie Hobson was among those whose wardrobe drew on Italian couture; in addition to a large collection of stiletto heeled shoes, she possessed a skirt made from python skin. More generally, European tastes – including the Lambretta motor scooter and Italian and French cuisine, which the widely travelled cookery writer Elizabeth David, herself a bit of a Bohemian, did much to promote – not only began to pervade Bohemian circles, but offered a contrast, from 1955 onwards, with the brasher Americanism of rock 'n' roll, with its predominantly teenage associations.
Our bags and totes make beautiful hand-selected gifts for her with their unique style, maximum versatility and minimal prices. Explore our boho-chic overnight bags for those quick weekend getaways to the countryside or beach. Take a weekend trip to the next level with a chic, convenient cosmetic bag, toiletries case or whimsical bag that carries it all. Whatever the style, whatever the occasion, we've got just the accessory.
Vintage style Native American inspired jewelry and Bohemian chic at its best! A boho-chic pair of arrowhead chandelier earrings embellished with an amber hued Swarovski crystals elements bead and green/bronze Baroque glass pearl. This Native American inspired vintage chandelier earrings set is a favorite amongst the boho chic, artistic, spiritual like-minded fashionistas. Let your free spirit fly with these bohemian earrings. A style that adds vintage elegance to any leisure day outfit can al...
By this time, such movements as the Rational Dress Society (1881), with which the Morrises and Georgiana Burne-Jones were involved, were beginning to exercise some influence on women's dress, although the pre-Raphaelite look was still considered "advanced" in the late years of the 19th century. Queen Victoria's precocious daughter Princess Louise, an accomplished painter and artist who mixed in bohemian circles, was sympathetic to rational dress and to the developing women's movement generally (although her rumoured pregnancy at the age of 18 was said to have been disguised by tight corsetry). However, it was not really until the First World War that "many working women ... embarked on a revolution in fashion that greatly reduced the weight and restrictions imposed on them by their clothing". Some women working in factories wore trousers and the brassiere (invented in 1889 by the feminist Herminie Cadolle and patented in America by Mary Phelps Jacob in 1914) began gradually to supersede the corset. In shipyards "trouser suits" (the term, "pantsuit" was adopted in America in the 1920s) were virtually essential to enable women to shin up and down ladders. Music hall artists also helped to push the boundaries of fashion; these included Vesta Tilley, whose daring adoption on stage of well tailored male dress not only had an influence on men's attire, but also foreshadowed to an extent styles adopted by some women in the inter-war period. It was widely understood that Tilley sought additional authenticity by wearing male underclothing, although off stage she was much more conventional in both her dress and general outlook.
Maxi dresses alone give you a million options to keep up with the Bohemian vibe. Prints like paisley, floral, flowing, geometric, and eclectic ones define your look further. Pair them with a statement neckpiece and/or bandana, gladiator or pom-pom sandals, and a huge finger ring to match the occasion. You could also throw on a printed denim vest or a fur jacket.
Vintage style and Bohemian chic at its best! A hand set fireball of black diamond hued Swarovski crystals fall at the end of a matte gold tone vintage chain with a sculptured French wire style backing.This vintage inspired drop earrings set is a favorite amongst the boho chic, artistic, spiritual like-minded fashionistas.Let your free spirit fly with these bohemian earrings. A style that adds vintage elegance to any leisure day outfit can also be worn for your formal special events. They make...
This T.R.U. dimensional pendant necklace featuring an oval riverstone accent suspended from a raw brass chain embellished with genuine tiger's eye, riverstone and vintage details will add an adventurous, natural flow to your lifestyle. It’s a perfect way to express your creativity and it’s a great addition to accessorize your wardrobe. It will inspire you to immerse yourself in subtle adventure. This handcrafted necklace makes a perfect affordable gift and it’s a favorite amongst the sunny-op...
It’s hard to say whether she’s a grand synthesis of all the pre-Raphaelite pictures ever made … whether she’s an original or a copy. In either case she’s a wonder. Imagine a tall lean woman in a long dress of some dead purple stuff, guiltless of hoops (or of anything else I should say) with a mass of crisp black hair heaped into great wavy projections on each of her temples … a long neck, without any collar, and in lieu thereof some dozen strings of outlandish beads.