According to the urban dictionary a bohemian is ?Someone who tries to live by the ideals of truth, freedom, love, and all those beautiful sounding concepts; someone who kinda does his or her own thing and as a consequence has a kind of weird fashion sense.? As we all know one women?s weird can be another gals worldly chic.
Boho, gypsy, gypset, hippie-chic all define an elusive cool girl aesthetic that like most things in life can be cultivated by breaking a few well- worn fashion rules. Most true bohemians I know followed this path because it was one of the few style camps where money was not an entry requirement. Having artistic leanings, well-worn clothing and a romantic disposition easily earned you access into this purposefully tattered and worldly club. My own membership occurred some time in the 1970?s when I wore Indian wrap skirts and Mexican peasant blouses everyday, dreamt about exotic adventures and worshipped any Vogue story that featured Marisa Berenson in a far-flung locale.
I may have been born with a naturally laid- back personality but all my other my boho qualities were instinctively nurtured. Even as I took a left turn away from the charms of my offbeat intellectual friends and found myself happily ensconced in the world of jet-set bravura. Since we are once again celebrating L-atitude?s nomadic spirit, I thought I would share my own personal tips to acquiring springs bohemian ? chic style.
Layer authentic pieces of tribal jewelry. The heart of bohemian style is never looking like you tried to hard. A tribal necklace can make a work day look cool and a jeans look even cooler. Don?t worry about mixing and matching gold and silver, it all works in the ecosystem of global style.
Surround your self with print, pattern and color.
Add ethnic textiles to your interior, regardless if it?s an ikat pillow on your couch, suzani on your bed or a hand embroidered scarf from Aish (which means love in Hindi) over a chair in your office. The exotic flavor of these accents will add a haphazard sophistication to your style.
Embrace the tunic instead of a tee. The tunic is a great fashion item that can be worn in so many ways, try a tunic top with jeans and jacket instead of a tee. Stop lounging at home in yoga clothes or sweats and start embracing your inner diva by slipping into an embroidered tunic or kaftan.
Photo courtesy The Glamourai and Harpers Bazaar
Always carry a scarf or shawl. This simple rectangle of fabric can be modestly draped around your shoulders, tied on a designer handbag, wrapped as a halter or swathed Erykah Badu style around your head to cover a bad hair day.
Add an exotic statement-making accessory, your friends will covet. Our Indian bazaar collection features an assortment of conversation starting cocktail rings that can be effortlessly mixed and matched with everything form a priceless family heirloom to designer costume jewelry.
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