It happens very often: you are invited to meet for a dinner ( housewarming party, birthday or a baby shower) and you have no idea what the crowd will be like! How to dress up ? I found that Boho chic style is a solution for almost any scenario.
Except for corporate event where the dress code is defined, multiple occasions involve people from different occupations, backgrounds and professions. As interesting and intriguing it can be, choosing the dress for such an event is always a challenging task. You know that someone who comes in a cocktail dress and another someone who wears pajama pants (not as a fashion statement). So what to wear to feel chic and comfy and to fit everywhere? By experimenting, I found that Boho style works the best. There are few features that make this style universal:
- Layers: practically and stylistically this is an easy way to adjust to any environment.
- Bohemian roots ( more history of this style is discussed below): a symbol of freedom and free spirit – sure it is going to fit everywhere!
- Any, even very bold accessory does not look as “too much” but at the same time allows you to look chic.
- Boho can be easily adjusted to any economic situation and be chic despite historically being a budget-friendly style (in contrast to evening gowns). It has a lot of flexibility and individualism in it.
A little bit of a history. While we agree that the first association with boho chic comes from “make love and not war” statement, roots of this style are much older than popular and never-out-of-fashion 70s. Boho chic style goes back to Bohemians and here the things are getting complicated. Bohemians are believed to be Bohemian Romanies that originated in Eastern Europe from Northern India about 1000 years ago (Kendrick, Donald (2007). Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) (2nd ed.). Scarecrow Press.). Bohemian Romanies (“Gypsy”) gave an idea of free spirit and expression to poor artists much later (18th century) in France, especially after french revolution lead to lack of art support and patronage by wealthy people. Bohemian style at that time represents a different approach to artistic expression.
Here I am citing the article about history of Bohemian style written by D.Monet https://bellatory.com/fashionindustry/BohoTheFashionHistoryofBohemianClothes:
“With their long flowing hair and rich, though threadbare fabrics, bohemians stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity, poverty, and an indifference to social structures and traditions…. A new cult of personality emerged with the artist as hero and individual style expressed in the way one dressed. An artist became a special type of person, not merely a crafts person, but a kind of eccentric genius whose creativity was displayed in the way they lived and looked. The artist himself (or herself) was a piece of art.”
Fast forwarded history, the ideological basis of bohemian style got transformed from the initial idea of expression of art and individualism in it`s non-materialistic version with presumably poor hygiene into a pricey fashion statement that dominates runways (Desigual is one of the companies that promotes the beauty of this style, see also Chloe SS18 collection). At the same time, during it`s 200 years history, boho style did not change the general principles of clothes style like it`s characteristic flowing dresses and layers with ethnic motifs from natural fabrics.
So what happens now? In my opinion, today boho chic is a way to express comfort and individualism more than the intellectual and artistic class. The visual attractiveness perhaps, is one of the major reasons that detached boho style from it`s initial poor economic but artistic origin. Such detachment ironically, once more allowed this style to gain its freedom from social cliche.