The Art of Vintage Part IV by Allie Michelle

Read Part I – Old Hollywood Glamour
Read Part II – The Pin-Up
Read Part III – The Mod

The Bohemian


Joni Mitchell

She is the woman without roots; the free spirit. Adventurous and unconventional, the bohemian woman possesses a loving and artistic sensibility and exudes an ethereal beauty.

The Clothes: Although Bohemian fashion is largely based on the hippie movement of the late 1960s and 1970s with its long, flowing clothing and relaxed aesthetic, it also incorporates a fusion of styles including Romani, French, Gypsy, and Native American. Beyond clothing, bohemianism also involves anti-establishment action, individualism, and above all an interest in art, music, visual arts, or literature. Common styles include tie dye, bell bottoms, looser shirts, and more flowing hemlines. Floral and paisley patterns became popular on tops and dresses and flower patches adorned skirts and jeans.

Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin in 1967

Look 1: The Gypsy Dress

Free flowing and relaxed, nothing says boho-chic like a long Prairie Girl or Gypsy Dress. To achieve this look, wear a long, ankle-length maxi dress. Then pair with leather or suede ankle or knee high boots, gladiator sandals, or tall wedges to add a modern twist.. or be a true bohemian and go barefoot!


Look 2: The Layered Look

Start with a simple outfit as a base such as a white shirt with jeans or a cotton dress. Layer with scarves, vests, jewelry, sweaters, and jackets. A scarf can be worn not only around the neck, but as a headband, shawl, or belt. Mismatched items are often paired, with colors or patterns that wouldn’t traditionally be worn together. The combination of items and colors creates a vagabond, thrown together look that aims to be relaxed but fashionable.


The Layered Look


Bohemian Accesories

ringsThe jewelry: To compliment any Bohemian outfit, go for jewelry made of natural materials such as silver, wood, and stone. Clunky bracelets, wooden bangles, and long beaded necklaces are often used in bohemian fashion, and multiple pieces are often worn together. Large gemstones, charms, big hoops and dangling earrings are also popular with the style. Bohemian fashion also frequently embraces ethnic flourishes, especially with jewelry that shows a Native American or South Asian influence. Just as the style itself embraces individuality, jewelry may be hand-made or a one-of-a-kind piece.

woodstockThe Hat: A slouchy hat with a wide brim or a crocheted cloche hat combines perfectly with nearly any bohemian outfit.
Boho Bags: Boho handbags come in a variety of shapes and colors. Look for large, slouchy bags in neutral colors such as tan, dark brown, or black, and made from natural materials. Many have Native American style are often brightly colored with patterns, and may also feature embellishments such as beads, metal studs, patchwork designs or fringe.

The Hair: Wear long, wavy hair or tied back in a loose, messy braid. A small tight braid at the hairline could be used to highlight the face. Headbands, hats, scarves, and flowers make pretty hair accessories.

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The Makeup:

Hippies argued that in the face of ugliness in the world, it was important to display as much natural beauty as possible. Make-up is generally soft and ethereal with a nude palette.

• Use bronze, gold, and neutral accents on the eyes to create an elegant feel and line the upper eyelid with black eyeliner. Line the lower lash line with a neutral color of eye shadow. (We like Too Faced Natural Eye)
• For the cheeks, use a peach to brownish toned blush to contour, and apply bronzer to give you a decent glow. For the lips, use a color that matches the color of the cheeks so as to give focus on the eyes. (Check Out Bare Escentual’s Warmth All-Over Face Color or Benefit’s Dandelion)
• Choose the right shade of lipstick to complete your Bohemian vibe, remember that Boho chicks rock only neutral shades so opt for soft pink, nude or peach. (Try MAC RazzleDazzler)
For a fun variation, add a pop of color by dusting eyelids with a bold shade of blue, turquoise, or purple. (Try MAC in Freshwater or Star ‘N Rockets or Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Tenacious)