I’ve recently realized something about myself…the style of clothing I prefer has a name, other than “hippie” clothes. I like flowing, natural fabrics and layering on clothes. That style of fashion is known as bohemian, or boho.
Boho clothing was popularized in the 1960s and 1970s (no wonder I refer to them as hippie clothes) with an emphasis on free flowing natural fabrics that are environmentally friendly. Boho styling also intends that the wearer feels in harmony with herself and with nature, leaving a great deal of room for creating a very individualized look.
Elements of the boho style are:
Layer clothing – create a relaxed gypsy look with multiple layers, such as a wrap over a T shirt and a long skirt, or a flowing tunic over tight leggings with a long crocheted sweater over both.
Oversized flowing clothes – create a free and flowing look with light weight fabrics and long tops or skirts….anything that makes you feel light and comfortable.
Second hand clothes are an option that saves money and saves the environment – check local second hand shops for vintage looking tops, skirts, dresses or wide legged slacks with flow to them and details such as tassels, lace or crocheted accents.
Yesterday I stopped by Cracker Barrel for a couple of veggie plates to go. As I waited for my order, I wandered around the restaurant’s country shop, impressed with their clothing selection. How many restaurants carry clothing? Cracker Barrel does! And do you know what I was seeing? Lots of boho style tops, dresses and skirts. And you know what else I saw? All clothing was 25-40% off!
I was back at this homestyle restaurant this afternoon, shopping for clothes. Noon wasn’t the best time to go. Think after church crowd. But with an upcoming trip, plus recent weight loss, plus an incredible sale that ended today on my favorite style of clothes, I was there. The crush of people didn’t bother me.
Cracker Barrel doesn’t have a dressing room. So with permission I carried an armful of cute tops and wraps to the restroom. I would try on a top and then step out of the stall to check the fit in the mirror. At one point I had the cutest group of older ladies cooing over my clothes and offering sweet words of encouragement. They were my own little cheering squad.
I had fun, shopping for clothes in a unique setting, and finding several great pieces. As I finished shopping I placed an order for veggies to go. The clerk ringing up my purchases laughed when I told her I was getting a to go order with a side of clothes. She called me clever.
I felt more than clever. I was thrilled to discover clothes that fit within my boho style and my budget. Bohemians are defined as free spirited people who live unconventional, nomadic, artistic lives. I am happy to dress the part!