Boho style, or Bohemian style, is a type of fashion originally popularized by the Bohemians, a group of people who rejected traditional moral values and lived a nomadic lifestyle. The boho style is usually not considered fashionable by current fashion standards. It was originally worn for comfort and as a way to defy traditional fashion norms.
According to Mount Holyoke College, the colors in the Boho style are not considered fashionable by society. Earthy or natural colors are favored, such as brown, off-color white, olive, silver and gold. Bright, intense colors, such as red, orange or yellow, are avoided.
Traditional bohemians could not afford expensive fabrics, so they opted for natural fabrics instead. During the beginning of the Bohemian movement, they favored wool, which they still wear today. Other natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, and linen, are also used.
Bohemians value comfort, which is reflective in their style. Women opt for loose dresses, tunics, tiered skirts and gaucho pants. Men opt for clothing that is easy to move around in, is loose-fitting and is made from natural fabrics.
People who dress in the boho style usually opt for necklaces, earrings or bracelets made from natural ingredients, such as wood, shell or bone. Mass-manufactured accessories are not worn. GlamCheck recommends wearing beaded earrings, bangle bracelets and charm pendants to complete the boho style.
References and ResourcesMount Holyoke College: Bohemianism and Counter-Culture
GlamCheck; How to Dress Boho: Bohemian Clothing; Nidhi Royzada Bose; May 2011