Bohemian Streetwear 101 – How to Dress Like a True Bohemian

Who says street fashion isn’t classy? If you want to dress like a true bohemian rockstar, then you should start dressing like one too. In this post, I’ll show you some simple ways to look like a true Bohemian. You don’t even need to spend a fortune on clothes or accessories! Here we go…

Bohemia Simplified

The term Bohemia describes a culture of artistic expression that began in Prague during the early 20th century under Czechoslovakian rule. This was before World War II, when artists were free to experiment without government interference. Today, it has come to mean a way of life characterized by freedom from convention and adherence to personal ideals. It is an attitude toward a life where there are no rules, just principles to follow. You can think of it as a combination of artistry and individualism. So let’s get started with how to dress like a Bohemian. These tips will help you create a unique style and avoid looking like everyone else. Let me know if they work for you.

Getting Down To It

So let’s get specific. Bohemians wear their hair long, often in braids, twists, or dreadlocks (as seen in the picture). They usually favor loose-fitting clothing, such as oversized shirts, vests, pants, shorts, skirts, and dresses. Bohemians also tend to prefer bright colors over muted tones, and they typically embrace patterns rather than solid colors. Bohemians love music and are drawn to anything with a beat. Their favorite bands include The Clash, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Jam, and Radiohead. Bohemians are famous for their casual style, which is why they call themselves ‘bohemians.’

 Embracing Bohemian Streetwear

Using real money to buy clothing and accessories is not necessary to live the Bohemian lifestyle. However, it is important to be able to afford your wardrobe. That doesn’t make you any less Bohemian though. Rather, it makes you more creative because you have to use what you already own instead of buying more things.

For example, you might buy a new pair of jeans every week, but you would never feel limited or restricted by them. Instead, you’d find yourself constantly trying out new styles and cutting up old ones. As a result, your wardrobe would become more interesting and diverse. Therefore, having a budget shouldn’t stop you from being creative. In fact, it may actually encourage creativity.

1) Get your hair short and free

Liberate your hair from all of those pesky chemicals that make it frizzy and unruly. It’s not the 1980s anymore. Let your hair do what it wants, without any intervention from you.

2) Wear layers.

That is pretty much how Bohemians roll. They wear multiple layers for warmth in the winter months and they layer up with cool jackets during summertime.

3) Go for color.

Bohemians love bright colors – lots of them. So if you’re going to channel a Bohemian vibe, why not embrace it 100% yourself?

4) Go for comfort.

Yes, the real Bohemians are probably chillaxing as hell after having fun at their favorite hangouts. But you don’t need to be one of them to rock this look. A little bit of effort goes a long way. So take off those shoes and put on some Crocs. Just make sure they fit well. Also, since you’re wearing sneakers, I recommend you go for the classic low-top sneaker instead of the high tops.

5) Be bold.

This means using different fabrics like leather, corduroy, denim, and suede. And you should definitely try out rips. Rips add character and individuality to your outfit. Plus, they’re so easy to make!

6) Have fun with your accessories.

You don’t always have to match everything, but mixing and matching certain pieces can really amp up an otherwise basic ensemble. For example, I’m wearing two scarves today: One is black and made from silk; the other is red and knitted. Both were gifts, but I didn’t think that either of these items went together. But when worn together, both became something else entirely.

7) Mix prints.

Prints are another trend that you’ll see a lot of among the Bohemian set. They tend to wear unique combinations of patterns and textures. If you want to experiment with prints, then remember that you don’t necessarily need to be super trendy to pull it off.

8) Think outside the box.

I know, I know… You’ve got a bunch of mismatched clothes that you hardly ever wear. Don’t worry about it! Not only does it take away from the Bohemian theme, but it also looks sloppy. So just throw those clothes into a pile and forget about them. When it comes time to recycle, you’ll be glad that you did.


In Conclusion…

And even though the Bohemian style has been around for centuries, its spirit still lives on. Today, we call ourselves hippies because we identify with the values that the Bohemian culture represents. Those include freedom, independence, diversity, equality, artistry, kindness, generosity, social consciousness, and environmental awareness. So whether you decide to dress like a Bohemian or simply adopt its values, remember that you have nothing to lose but your chains.