Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird
Gypsy, Boho, Bohemian, Ethnic, Hippie — whatever you choose to call it, it’s FUN! In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohemian, for “gypsy”).
At the beginning of the Bohemian ‘movement’, it was said that gypsy girls themselves “…are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion.”
When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60’s and 70’s when major designers started to routinely promote the “peasant look” and sold a range of “uniquely eccentric clothes.” (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)
Fast forward again to the late 1980’s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or denim to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like ‘hippie chic’ and ‘boho-chic’. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as “bobo” or “ashcan chic” or “luxe grunge” — with leading proponents including actresses Mary Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.
Whatever it’s called, and whatever the iteration or era, we L.O.V.E. it. What do you have or love that’s Boho? We asked our team members to share their stories and items with us, and here’s what we got —
Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:
Some people think that these little bags are Bohemian style bags and I share them with the teenagers as cute chic bags to carry for fun. Cool colorful stripes and colorful flower button makes it a fun bag for any teen! What is fun about this style of bag is it can be made into the school’s colors too, that is pretty chic too!
Hand Knitted, Chic, Boho Teen Fun, Wool Felted Unlined Handbag, Accessories, One of A Kind
Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:
Cut from a fallen and dried cherry plum branch, these are a very early example of my foray into hand-made timber buttons. Nicely boho, they each have a dash of ‘silver lining’ paint on one side … flaunt it or keep it secret!
Wooden Boho Buttons with a dash of silver paint! Hand Made from Locally Grown Cherry Plum Tree (pack of 6)
Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:
For me ‘hippie’ is all about flowers and especially daisies and daisy chains. This pendant was made with this in mind and features daisy heads impressed into the clay while still soft during the design process.
Pendant Necklace Boho Jewelry Ceramic Daisy Spring Flowers Forest Green Handmade Pottery Round Statement Hippie Handmade Gift Pouch
Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said:
Pearls, Leather and Lace Tassel Necklace – The epitome of bohemian! Leather, lace, hand-knotted pearls, sterling silver beads and silk. Think Stevie Nicks! I love the style.
Tassel Necklace Pearls Lace Silk Leather Bohemian Jewelry
Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said:
It was the spots that got my attention. They brought to mind lush jungle foliage, moss on rocks, lizards and that sense of long ago. Add the copper disk, and I started thinking about Amazon warrior-women and the tribal nomad style of the hippie commune days. Obviously, I have a fertile imagination…
Tribal Earrings – Mother Daughter or Best Friends Set, Turquoise DangleEarrings on Nickle-Free Copper Finish Earwires, Ready to ship.
Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:
To my eye, the Bohemian look is earthy and layered, with flowing colorful fabrics and accessories made from natural materials. Our Tagua nut stacking bracelets are an earthy combination of tagua nut hollow triangle slices, wooden tubes and lightweight colorful resin rounds hand-knotted on silk thread.
While Bohemian fashion may cycle through fashion popularity over the years, true Bohemians don’t care about popularity or style – they care about expressing themselves. So wear what makes you feel good!
LIghtweight Capri Tagua Nut Earthy Stacking Bracelet
Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:
Boho or hippie brings to mind closeness to nature and the earth.
The earth toned beads accentuate that feeling. Add to that the brown cord and the large brown beach glass, it’s a statement piece that screams I love nature.
Lariat beach glass and bead pendant/Boho Hippie jewelry/beach glass pendant/sea glass pendant/Boho lariat pendant
Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:
I think of unique, eclectic designs and earthy colors when I think Boho home design. These repurposed wind chimes combine old and new with a unique free flowing style and earth tone colors.
Repurposed boho wind chime
willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:
We found these vintage napkin rings in Ann Arbor, Michigan!
We love their puffy hats and long eyelashes!
Who needs napkins?! These girls are perfect on their own!
Ceramic girl napkin rings
Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:
Boho style is the best! This pillow has a lovely boho vibe and is a perfect accent for your gypsy style chair, bed, or room. Bright color and lovely hamsa symbol make it a unique decorative piece!
Hamsa chair cushion
Our friends sure proved they know boho! Until next time,