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Why Boho Chic Will Never Die (Updated)

want to know why most women love boho styles?

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

There are so many reasons why bohemian chic (aka hippie style) will never die that I don’t know if I can fit all the reasons into one short article.  But, for you, I’ll give it a try... because so many of us will always love boho hippie chic.

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Boho Chic Hippie Caftan

Boho Women vs Preppy Women

I will come right out and admit it. I am an unconventional, creative, artsy, unique person, so I like to come up with my own theories about people; and I believe that, in general, women can be divided into one of two fashion categories:

  • Boho
  • Tailored Preppy (for lack of a better term)

Some chicks can wear both types of clothing, but as women get older, I think their personal styles sway more towards one classification or the other.

Why Do So Many Women Love Boho?

I’d like to give you fashion designers and professional buyers five reasons why there will always be a diverse set of women who will continue to scour eBay, thrift shops, Etsy, traditional online websites, and conventional stores in an attempt to find clothing that’s a bit different from the classical, tailored norm:

    • 1. Many curvy chicks look better in loose, flowing bohemian apparel.
    • 2. Most women find it easier to breathe and to move in loose, flowing bohemian apparel… and this seems to become more important as one gets older.
    • 3. Many females find that their bodies are naturally suited to gypsy and ethnic styles rather than to tailored ensembles.
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Boho Clothing Liberates Women - Plus Size Caftan Top

  • 4. Relaxed, abundant garments seldom need alterations, and this means that bohemian styles are often less expensive from the customer’s point of view.
  • 5. It is one hell of a lot more fun to mash together beautiful elements from more than one time period than it is to wear a designer-perfected ensemble that comes with pre-ordained accessories, jewelry, footwear, and all that.

    see cute boho styles and read article 2015

    Boho Hippie Dress & Crochet Jacket With Fringe

Also, there is a very large contingent of baby boomer women who have extremely fond memories of their carefree youth during the 60s and 70s. And, we like to relive that era in our minds... even if it's just in little rebellious ways.

Loose, Flowing Clothing Can Balance Your Body

I often wear long skirts because they give my German-peasant bone structure a more feminine and proportioned silhouette.  If I wanted to buy a structured suit or dress, I’m afraid I would have to go to Hong Kong or London to have it custom made.  I was not born with an “off the rack” body.  And, I’m certainly not alone in this situation.

How Boho Can Cover Flaws

Yes, after years of fashion flubs, particularly during the structured and shoulder-padded 80s, I’ve discovered a boho trick or two.  (Hey, if you’re a woman who has a perfect body, skip this part, but don’t let me hear you whining about anything…not even the price of gas.) Yes, boho covers a multitude of sins:

    • Women who are top-heavy (with big boobs and/or shoulders that are too large for one’s height) often look better with more volume below the waist.  The right maxi or midi skirts (not too full, not too tight) will balance out a busty or triangular silhouette.
    • Women who are bottom heavy can use these same hippie-style skirts to camouflage their big butts and huge hips.  However, most pear-shaped women will need to wear puffed-out sleeves or some type of upper-body detailing to give their outfits the correct balance.  Most of the time, a belt or nipped-in waist will make an outfit like this look just right.
  • Lightweight, loose, gauzy tops with interesting, but subtle, detailing can give you a sexy, veiled look. And, gauzy blouses or sheer unstructured “jackets,” worn over camisoles or sleeveless tops, will camouflage heavy arms or help balance out bottom-heavy silhouettes.

  • A gauzy caftan or kimono (long or short) can be used in a similar way to alter the look of a conventional, boring outfit, like an ordinary black tank top with black trousers or a long, jersey, T-shirt dress.

Look for Great Fabrics

For centuries, Eastern European gypsy styles have been worn by everyday women.  Now that we can construct these garments from stretchy fabrics, the range of fashion options has become immense, and I think designers are just starting to learn how to make flattering, stretchy clothing that can be sold (online) without the obvious flaw of ecommerce: the return factor.

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Plus Size Boho Clothing on Sale, LaRedoute

Garments that can be stretched, wrapped, layered, and pulled into some type of flattering outfit are more likely to fit women like you and me and are less likely to be returned... Stretchy fabric just makes everything that much easier for shoppers and retailers.

However, some boho clothing does not need to be stretchy in order for you to get a good fit. It depends on the cut of the item. One obvious example would be a boho tunic made out of gorgeous silk with awesome drape. Most of the time, a tunic like this will be loose enough that you will just pull it over your head. And, the beauty of this kind of boho top comes from the way the fabric drapes over your figure. If the tunic is loose, you'll have the option of belting it or just letting it flow and skim over your body. Either way, a good design made of fabulous fabric will be easy to fit. And, that is SO important when buying clothing online.

Skinny Girls Like Boho Fashions, Too

You don’t have to be curvy to like boho.  Some artsy types, such as artists, fashion designers, writers, musicians, and intellectuals like to shock and push the boundaries of conventionality just for the thrill of it; while other women turn to unique styles out of necessity, because wearing unusual, ethnic clothing or old, discarded threads is less expensive than buying those boring, current fashions found in every mall in every suburb of every city in every country on earth...

ethnic hippie boho style

Ethnic Bohemian Style

I’m still not sure if people become artists intentionally because they are bored with cookie-cutter conventionality or if people become artists because they are forced into the role by some quirk of birth.  For me, it’s definitely a combination of the two.  Without creativity I would die.   And, when it comes to clothing, I need to have a lot of options because, for some reason, I just don’t look all that hot in a Chairman Mao suit.  Maybe, women of great beauty can wear whatever is put in front of them, but most of us need clothing (and jewelry) that attracts the eye to the best parts of our bodies and camouflages the rest.

And, for that... you will need a lot of unique options. And... of course... you will need to take the time to experiment with all those different options. Hey... I suppose you could just give up and dress like an old Russian granny with weird shoes... you know... the European equivalent of the older American male (tourist) who wears shorts, sandals, and black socks. Oy. Please don't.

The Return Of Bohemian Chic: Deja Vu All Over Again

I have seen so many articles that proclaim bohemian fashion to be back in style or that tell us how fashion houses and celebrities have rediscovered the wonder of boho chic.  Well, I find that laughable.

why women love boho

Boho Hipster Girl

And, though many of us young rebels from the 60's and 70's grew up and did our best to appear “normal” when it was to our advantage, I think we were always looking for something that gave us that little rush... that thrill of discovering some kind of unique or unconventional outfit that would turn us into magical, dramatic creatures… unlike any other.

So, I think boho is here to stay, in one form or another, for the next hundred years… or longer.

More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

Hippie Wedding Dresses for a Casual Bohemian Chic Celebration

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40 & 50

How to Wear Leggings if You're Over 40 or 50

How to Wear a Peplum If You Have Curves

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Photo Credits: Prshots.com.

  • Main Photo: Apricot 2012.
  • Boho Chic Hippie Caftan: East fall 2015.
  • Boho Clothing Liberates Women - Plus Size Caftan Top: Evans 2015.
  • Boho Hippie Dress & Crochet Jacket With Fringe: East 2015.
  • Plus Size Boho Clothing on Sale: LaRedoute (only some sizes available, check out long dresses or ethnic for more) 2015.
  • Ethnic Bohemian Style: LaRedoute sale (a few sizes) 2015, Very 2015.
  • Boho Hipster Girl: River  Island 2012.
  • If you came here looking for the source of an older photo, the item is no longer available but if you tell me what it is I can help you.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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20 Comments

  1. Gammy Tammy

    I love this post! I'm 53 and yep... have very fond memories of this era and the funky, wild, flowing, fun fashion. Thanks for the memories! (smile) Gammy Tammy

    • Tina

      Gammy Tammy (love the name),

      I'm glad you remember all the fun from those years. If I could go back to any time period, I would choose the late 60s/early 70s. Everything was an adventure.

      Cheers,

      Tina Boomerina
      ps Don't let those fun times be only a distant memory. If you looked good in boho when you were a baby (and if you're only 53, you are still a baby) you will look good in hippie/boho maxi dresses and flowing tops now. Try it, you'll like it. (No one's paying me to say this.)

      • Gammy Tammy

        Tina,
        I knew I liked you right from the start!!! It's not often anymore that I am referred to as a "baby"! LOVE THAT!

        Your new devoted follower... forever! (smile)
        Gammy Tammy

  2. Holly

    Best website ever! I still wear wide leg and long jeans that are frayed on the bottom. I was never one for structered clothes and at old age 61 wearing a size 18 with big hips, thighs and behind I'm happy hippie wear is still a best friend. THX xxxxxxx

    • Tina

      Holly,

      I forgot to reply here, although I sent an email. Thanks so much. I LOVE boho because it loves me back.

      Cheers,

      Tina Boomerina

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  4. maria

    I love love love you. It gives me such peace to just finding someone who feels like I do.
    Long live boho.
    Long live freedom style
    Forever free

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Oh Maria, you have made my week. Thank you so much for your comment. I'm sorry I didn't post it sooner, but I was out of town.

      I'm ready to dance on the table. Thanks. We are kindred spirits.

      Cheers,
      Tina

  5. Debra

    Hi,

    So refreshing to read this post. I'm 59, still sort of petite (with some lumps and flaps) and tired of dressing like I'm someone else!
    For years, I've covered over my inner gypsy because of pressure from the conventional. How silly. Life is short and darn difficult sometimes. Why add to the dreariness by tamping down the free spirit within. To blend in with jean and flannel-covered small town women who are hard to differentiate from their husbands is not a goal to strive for.

    I'm in the thrift shop category of shoppers by necessity and finds are rare. But after reading this post I'm re-invigorated to keep looking.

    Thank you for sharing the joy of creativity,
    Debra

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Debra,

      I was out of town for a while and I couldn't view my comments. I am so happy to read your comment. You must be my twin... I love thrift shops and boho and creativity and random dressing and breaking all the rules. Welcome to my crazy world.
      Cheers,

      Tina Boomerina

  6. maria

    Thanks for your thoughts, I've always tried to hide my style,but your website as encouraged
    me to let go,
    thank you.

  7. Pamela

    Hi,

    Love some of these comments about hiding our inner gypsy. I always loved the free spirited look of the 60's and 70's but was way to shy to let that side of me out in fact just wrote a blog post about this very thing.

    So nice to know others felt the same way but it's never too late to try to be a little more adventuresome.

    Thanks Tina for an interesting post and look forward to exploring more of your site.

    Pamela

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Pamela,
      Thanks, I'm looking at your site now.

      Sorry reader-friends, but I can't always email you back these days. I'm super busy, but that's a good thing. If I have extra time, I may be able to contact you. If you ask a specific question, I'll do my best to get back to you.

      I thank you all in advance for your comments.

      Tina

  8. Stephanie P (Antique Little Girl)

    I'm late to the party, but I had to leave a comment. I found this article after googling "can someone over 50 be boho?" After years of not fitting into a predetermined style category, I've had an epiphany of sorts lately - I'm boho! I can't seem to dress my age, 12-year-olds compliment my shoes, and my kids think I'm a hippie because my clothes are cooler than theirs. What cracks me up is all these young, fashion-conscious women wearing "trendy" boho stuff that I had when I was a teenager!

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Stephanie,

      You're never too late for THIS party. It lasts for weeks.... years.

      I think it sounds like you ARE dressing your age. (There are ways to adapt boho to work with any age, any body type, any lifestyle... it just takes creativity and a lack of common sense... just kidding on that one... although I sort of mean it. Well, I guess I mean a lack of predetermined "taste" and an ability to see new ways of wearing things... things that probably were never designed to go together.)

      I'm boho out of necessity. I come from a family where all the women have breeding and taste... but that normal clothing looks like _____ on me. I just look silly in tailored stuff. I look sad and stiff and all wrong.

      So, whether you're boho out of necessity (cool stuff looks better on you than traditional stuff) or because being a bohemian-gypsy-steampunk woman is just part of your creative DNA, welcome to the party! And, even though I wear maxi skirts most of the time, you may be happy to hear that bellbottoms are big in London... so we're totally reliving the 60s and the 70s. And, nothing could make me happier.

      (Well, a big floppy hat in Amethyst Orchid might.)

      Stay young. Think young. Mix decades. Have fun.

      Tina

  9. Debbie

    I have never outgrown boho and I was "queen of boho" as a youngster! I am in my 60's now but find it hard to find great styles in the stores. Most big stores carry boho styles in their junior departments (!) and I have been brazen enough to shop there, but it's embarrassing ! Other options for great designer clothes you can get online but they're expensive. I keep telling my sister we need to design just for women our age, creative, fun, and free spirited clothes. Long live boho!!!! And thanks for the article!

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Debbie, sorry for delay in approving your comment.

      I am so far behind in approving comments I’m sending everyone this canned speech:

      I’m sorry if it took me a long time to get around to approving your comment. It’s been a difficult month or two. This article explains some of it: http://www.boomerinas.com/2015/11/26/overcoming-writers-block-fashion-ennui-12-steps-to-cheer-up-older-women/

      If you don’t want to read my excuse, I’ll tell you right now… I was feeling depressed because the holiday season fills my thoughts and my kids live far away… but it’s more than that. Oh well. I’ll survive.

      However, I have a month’s worth of comments to approve so I’m even more depressed because I’m ridiculously far behind, but here I am. I promise to be more prompt in 2016. My resolution is to STOP PROCRASTINATING… and to STOP FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF. Will I keep my resolutions? Doubtful.

      Happy New Year!
      Tina
      XXXXXX
      And, now I can answer your comment.

      Debbie, you are right! If you were the queen of boho, I must have been the princess of boho. I'm about your age and I get it. I know the prices you're talking about. Every now and then I spring for something (and then wear the piece to death).

      You and your sister SHOULD design some groovy threads for women over 40. If you do, let me know. I'll push your line.

      Tina

  10. PRISCILLA MCANENY

    Have I finally found a place on the internet that just might understand me. I am almost 78 years old and a size 20 p or 1 or 2xp. I don't know for sure, but I feel like I belong here. I live in Maine in the country, so mostly jeans and sweaters are the main staples of our wardrobes. I have two grandkids graduating for h.s. this June. I want to wear something special, but nothing feels special on me. My question is if I got a dress with a coat cdover, would that be "elegant" enough or would it make me look like a tank? I was really sort of a baby boomer in that I dressed boho as a young mother and loved those styles, but I have to worry about how my daughter in particular will react...Help me. Thanks Pris

  11. Cecilia

    I think you left out a third category of style - although perhaps it could be considered a subset of boho - Punk/Rocker/Goth fashion. It keeps some of the originality and creativity of Boho but there are some differences: Lots of makeup. Short hair. Black leather, not brown. 1960s mod clothing from thrift stores. Tight jeans. Miniskirts and black tights. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? BTW, I'm 60.