Aesthetically striking. symbolic and eccentric the history of Boho chic dates back more than 200 years.
Beginning in the mid-19th century, French intellectuals/Romantics created an eclectic mode of dress that mirrored their passion for Romantic art with coordinates that had lithe and graceful elements and Asian influences. Brightly colored textiles set off by gypsy-style accoutrements,loosely tousled hair and well–loved coats made them quite distinctive.
While the first innovators of BoHo were artists motivated by a combination of extreme poverty and a desire to produce art, throughout history, it’s become associated with the hippies of the 60s and 70s and is now considered a mainstream trend.
Still highly decorative and lovely the characteristics of the trend are natural fabrics, a soft woodsy palette of greens, browns and other complimentary shades and loose silhouettes with a global appeal.
Thea Porter (Dorothea Dorothy Noelle Naomi Thea Porter 24 December 1927 to 24 July 2000),a British fashion designer, was one of the most prolific BoHo chic advocates during the 60s and 70s. Her vintage designs today can range from $398.66 for coat (1st dibs https://www1stdibs.com) to $2850 for a “chiffon maxi dress (thewaywewore http://thewaywewore.com).
Don’t despair if your budget won’t allow you to invest in vintage BoHo chic by designers like Thea Porter because there’s still plenty of great contemporary pieces at Ross Dress For Less and TJ Maxx.