Bohemian, or ‘boho’ clothing, is a trend that always seems to be popular. But did you know that this style of clothing has been around for hundreds of years?

The origins of Bohemian Style

Bohemian style clothing has an incredibly detailed history, appearing after the French Revolution. Artists in France quickly fell into poverty, as they were no longer being supported by their wealthy clients. Many took up a more nomadic lifestyle, and were forced to wear used, unfashionable and worn out clothing. People began comparing these new types of artists to Gypsies, and because it was believed that Gypsies originated in Bohemia, they began to refer to artistic people as ‘bohemians’. Bohemians were seen as very creative and spiritual people, and their way of dressing reflected their personality and individuality. 

The core elements of bohemian style have always stayed the same, but over time as people were able to travel more, it began to be influenced by other cultures and blend into the version we know today.

Version of Century Magazine: Midsummer Holiday Number, Louis John Rhead, originally published in 1894

Bohemian style clothing saw a resurgence in the 1960s with hippie culture. This was a movement where people embraced non-traditional and non-conformist philosophy and expressed themselves with bright prints like tie-dye, paisley and florals, flowy dresses and skirts as well as lots of colourful accessories.

Elements of Modern Bohemian Style

The ‘boho’ style became very trendy and fashionable in the early 2000s and has maintained its popularity ever since. 

Signature elements of modern bohemian fashion include:

  • Layering. There’s a lot of layering of clothes in trendy ‘boho’ looks, often done with flowy cover ups, vests, blouses and jewellery. 
  • Billowy Clothing. A common theme in bohemian style is garments that are less restrictive, like maxi skirts and dresses, peasant blouses, harem pants and flared jeans.
  • Neutral Colours. While you can still find lots of bohemian clothing in bright colours and prints, it's very common to find clothing in really earthy tones like browns, whites, creams, charcoals, grey blues and mossy greens.

March 31, 2021 — Capriosca Team