boho chic is said to have surfaced as early as 1990 and reached the height of
its popularity in 2004 and 2005, it remains a popular look today and forms the
basis of pieces by designers Rachel
Zoe and Nicole Richie released for 2012. Those of us, however,
with certain older family members who dropped out of college to live in
communes, experience natural childbirth with only a midwife in
attendance tend to believe that this specific style of fashion never
actually disappeared. We say this because our eccentric family members still
occasionally arrive for family gatherings in a vintage VW bus, attired in
outfits relatively unchanged since 1968.
how does one achieve boho chic without crossing over into Haight-Ashbury
territory to resemble our aging hippie family members? At first glance, the
distinction between boho chic and hippie appears minor to nonexistent. After
all, both make liberal use [pun intended] of flared jeans, maxi dresses,
scarves, embroidery and occasional feathers. Differences can be distinguished,
however, varying from slight to significant if you only look carefully. A good
sense of smell doesn’t hurt either. Today’s bohemian makes liberal use of
laundry detergent or dry cleaning and there are countless perfumes available to
replace the pervasive smell of patchouli oil.
are some key differences between boho chic and hippie to remember as you window
shop, purchase and dress for an outing:
are used more often, while the cut of the piece is what gives it a retro feel.
Capri pants. Cigarette trousers are also part of the boho look.
way to the ankle high bootie pumps.
latter look strays too far into early-’90s grunge territory.
in solid colors or darker, more subdued prints than those with which the term
“hippie” was associated.
chic with the appropriate accessories,
such as jewelry, a hat or a scarf.
chic than in traditional hippie style.
voluminous and of a sleeker design that doesn’t lose the wearer’s body within
the fabric. Cat Deeley’s gorgeous outfit for
a June 2012 fete demonstrates the mix-and-match use, the sleeker look and the
asymmetry common to boho chic. Notice the look isn’t overdone: she carried only
a clutch and didn’t distract from the outfit with unnecessary jewelry such as
bracelets or dangling earrings.
remain common to both styles.
no surprise to women that boho chic hasn’t disappeared since its supposed
reappearance over two decades ago. The look is relatively inexpensive,
comfortable, stylish and versatile. Who could ask for more?
*image found here
Liked this post? Follow this blog to get more.