Are you a true bohemian?

The gypsy: between myth and reality 

Today, to be a true bohemian no longer has the meaning that it could have inspired in the 19th century. In the past, we associated the term bohemian with the vagabond or even the charlatan. The meaning of bohemian has evolved a lot since then, and today the meaning has taken a completely different turn. A life close to nature, anartist,that’s what the true bohemian truly embodies. 

The bohemian life is not the life of a hermit! 

✌️ A philosophy of life: freedom! 

Originally, the trend of the bohemian life was to reject the model of life of bourgeois society of 19th century. But this philosophy of life has evolved over the centuries, today, we could say that it is perhaps to reject the capitalist model of life? However, bohemians are above all looking for a life peaceful, of the rejection of the pressure imposed by life at a hundred miles an hour. 

However, thebohemianis not a hermit, she does not live as a recluse from society, she is an integral part of it but aspires to a form of carefree freedom. For her, the way to achieve happiness is to be free. This freedom is not acquired without effort, and we must above all get rid of artifice. This is why thebohemian styleis a style light And fluid. You should not adorn yourself with heavy items because density keeps the bohemian prisoner of a way of life to which she does not aspire. 

The gypsy's philosophy of life is marked by art. Indeed, we find in the bohemian lifestyle the practice of various forms of art: literature, the poetry, the sculpture, the paint. However, works of Bohemian art all point towards a particular artistic movement. 

✌️ Art for art’s sake: the art of the bohemian par excellence 

The bohemian is in search of an artistic ideal. However, bohemian art does not seek the didactic aspect, bohemian art is not there to teach those who benefit from the work. It is above all, in art history, the reflection of the theory of Art for art's sake attributed to the artists of the 19th century. This concept thwarts the aspirations of romanticism. Art for art’s sake is an artistic concept that rejects the moralizing and didactic purposes of art. It is an informal movement that aspires to be self-sufficient. Writers like Théophile Gautier, Edgar Allan Poe, Benjamin Constant wish to make their art an end in itself, that is to say, not to have their works composed with any purpose other than their beauty. It's the idea that art should just be beau and must speak for itself without boasting of didactic artifices. We can also find this concept in Aestheticism, a movement which developed especially in the United Kingdom at the end of the Victorian era. 

The bohemian advocates above all a return to basics through art. She is looking for a form of carefreeness, the only way for her to achieve freedom and therefore subsequently to achieve the happiness. In this dimension, the famous poem by Arthur Rimbaud, taken from the collection Les Cahiers de Douai, Ma Bohème, exalts this search for carefreeness. The character described, probably Rimbaud he himself wanders empty loved ones. The lexical field of this poem relates to dreams and indifference and as the poem develops, the protagonist fills himself with detachment until he finds himself in full introspection closest to his heart, which then symbolizes that he managed to achieve happiness. 

The bohemian outfit, a mix of lightness and fluidity

No, bohemian outfits aren't just reserved for festivals! 🎉

It is true that in the collective imagination bohemian outfit is associated with festivals such as Coachella , or the Woodstock festival and that we associate bohemian fashion with collections spring summer. It is true that at festivals we find the bohemian style in front of all the stages. Between large stitches, outfits made of crochet, maxi dress And ethnic motifs the bohemian style is the very trendy style to adopt for going to festivals. 

But the true bohemian knows how to combine her outfits with all occasions and all seasons. The bohemian style is inspired by many eras but the dominant materials, patterns and colors persist from one bohemian style to another. Always promote length, so to be a true bohemian, consider filling your wardrobe with a long bohemian dress, a loose tunic or blouse, embroidered shirts. Your wardrobe, in addition to being on top of current trends, will be a wardrobe made of pieces casual

For summer shoes, we often find Greek inspirations with the famous gladiators, these sandals with thin laces. To be a true bohemian, you must favor oversized pieces: a large loose dress, a large denim jacket with stripes. The voluptuousness of the bohemian style comes above all through wide and flared

Then, to be a true bohemian, choose your colors carefully and don’t be afraid to mix them. For a bohemian chic style opt for a color that leans towards pastel like beige or nude with a little embroidery or colored lace. Also consider accessorizing the centerpiece of your outfit with a more colorful item of clothing such as ocher.

The activities of a true bohemian

The bohemian life is a life made of inspiration. Bohemia aspires to many things. As we have already mentioned, she is in perpetual search of freedom. To feel good, the bohemian needs to be as close as possible to nature

The bohemian is close to nature, through her style and her way of life

The style of the bohemian , just like her activities, is marked by the influence of nature . The colors themselves are colors from pristine nature. The terracotta recalls the clay of the famous Antelope Canyon gorges in California, the beige and pale yellow evoke the warmth of fine sand. Khaki and all the shades of green are reminiscent of the great forests that extend across Europe or the American continent. The materials used for the bohemian dress must tend towards natural materials or the illusion of natural materials . Cotton , silk, fur, but also crochet or braiding to recall ethnic crafts . Finally, the prints used also evoke nature, between floral or animal motifs, a wide range of prints are available to you.

Finally, as already mentioned, the true bohemian is an artist. His art is inspired by nature. For the visual arts, it is the patterns, colors and materials used that evoke landscapes. For the literary arts, it is the vocabulary and figures of speech which testify to the attachment of the gypsy to nature. 

So you will have understood, the truebohemianis above all someone of free, inspired and who finds a form of fulfillment in art. She approaches the happiness provided that it is as close as possible to the nature.