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Recently, I've become pretty infatuated with the bohemian style. Looking back, I've always been a little bit hippie, if only in an underlying way. I'm crafty & artsy, with a particular affinity for tie-dye & turquoise. I'm even dressing as a boho-hippie for my Halloween costume this year, if that's the only way I can get away with it. I find it fairly amusing that I am calling it a costume, when really, its just a style I want to infuse more into my wardrobe without too much overhaul of what I already own. I have some reservations about allowing my style to migrate towards the offbeat, and here's why.
The difficulty I have with going full-on boho myself is the negative stigma that has been (rather unfairly) attached to the style. I mean, what's so bizarre about a crochet sweater? A long skirt? Or a sun hat? I really can't figure out why some might see a women dressed a certain way, (we'll call it a hippie, if we must) and assume she's an idiot or unclean. I'll never understand some folks' discrimination tendencies. Call me crazy but I believe in accepting others as they are, not as I want them to be so that they fit into some preconceived mold.
Another aspect that is holding me back is the inclination towards showing so much (too much) skin. I feel like the body is a beautiful thing, but that beauty doesn't need to be shown off to everyone. I'm sure that I can get around it, but generally, I see boho style dresses as being meant for thin women that have no issue with overexposure (hello, sheer fabric...). I strive to be healthy and lose weight, but the reality is, regardless of whether I'll ever arrive at the weight I want, I will always be a bit modest. Am I alone here?
The last issue I'm struggling with this the handmade nature of a lot of the fashion and accessories. Mainstream clothes are simply too mainstream to be bohemian, and so that lays the necessity to create one's own clothing, which is dreadfully time consuming and difficult if you're not blessed with excellent sewing skills. Thank goodness for sites like Etsy, where handmade items are easy to come by, albeit maybe not so affordable. I suppose I should be checking out the farmer's markets for handmade things to add to my collection.
What are your thoughts on the bohemian style? Love it or lose it?
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