Just a taste of the boho fashions you might see at music festivals, such as Splendour in the Grass this weekend.
Just a taste of the boho fashions you might see at music festivals, such as Splendour in the Grass this weekend. Lyn McCarthy/Niche Pictures

Never a bad time for boho chic

READERS of Style could be forgiven for thinking, haven’t we covered boho fashion before? But unlike many fashion trends, it’s one gaining traction rather than fading.

Roughly translated, bohemian fashion has for more than 200 years been an exotic alternative to the accepted, conservative fashions of the day.

Now referred to as “boho chic”, this style has come down through history, reappearing most famously in the hippie culture of the 1960s as the couture of choice for music festivals and artistic gatherings.

The style of dressing has however consistently featured loose, colourful clothing that is usually made of natural fabrics and can draw various ethnic influences of Persia, India and Turkey.

Interestingly, some of the more successful designers in Australia have their origins firmly planted in bohemia territory. The enormously popular Spell label found its niche thanks to popular Australian music festivals and the influence of social media.

Other boho labels in our region include Goddess of Babylon and Ruby Yaya. While technically boho, each of these labels have their own interpretation of the style. Goddess of Babylon is famed for its ethnic influences, while Ruby Yaya’s style owes more to the colourful, gypsy tradition of dressing.

A new Australian range for expectant mothers called FillyBoo has international attention for the label described as “boho-inspired maternity wear”.



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