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Hot Fashions for Women - Bohemian Rhapsody

Updated on May 11, 2011

Hippy dippy fashion

Somewhere out there are a whole group of women aged sixteen to thirty, who are going absolutely ga-ga for the latest trend in women's fashion - namely the Bohemian, gypsy clothing, or 'boho' fashion style skirts and jewellery. Having already travelled through this colourful trend once, I can attest to absolutely loving it!

I have always had a 'thing' for flowing skirts, peasant blouses and bangles. They make me feel skinny, pretty, feminine and free. Which is probably why the fashionistas decided on a return visit.

Many of us from the 'Flower Power' generation, still cling to the comfort idea, having forsworn control top pantyhose, slim lift garments and under wire bras. Okay, maybe not the bras...

However, the notion of being able to wear something tasteful, colorful and comfortable is something that I, for one, am all for!

Vision of loveliness

I absoluetly adore this picture. This is exactly how I feel, not necessarily how I look mind you, when I wear these types of clothes. I suppose that is what the designers had in mind when they came up with this style of clothing. Everyone can feel like a model, even if we don't actually look like the lady in this photo!

Comfortable shoes...

One of my favorite summer fashions has to be the shoes! I absolutely love the way roman and T style sandals make your feet look. Nothing shows off those tender tootsies quite like them. They are graceful, trendy and comfortable - and get compliments galore! I have had women stop me on the street just to ask where I bought my sandals.

Bags galore!

My best friend is always on the look out for unique, unusual handbags. Not the little, all-they-can-hold-is-a-keychain-and-smokes kind of handbag - no...the kind of bag that you can lose the kitchen sink in! Not that she walks around with her kichen sink - she is much too petite for that - but she likes to be able to fit her wallet, water bottle, sensible shoes, and who knows what else in there.

Regardless of what she likes to be prepared for, she is very particular about the look of her bag.

Rainbow swirls

Now we come to another one of my favorite areas - skirts. I adore long flowing, pretty patterned cotton skirts. For one reason, they hide a multitude of sins, and flatter your figure at the same time.

For those of us who happen to have a slightly fuller figure, this type of skirt combines beauty, comfort and wearability, making it a number one choice on my list of what to wear.

I love how the material swirls when I walk - cooling in the summer and warming in the winter - freedom from constricting clothing - and like the popular slogan on your television screen, fashion for the sidewalk, not the catwalk!

A perfect fit

I must admit, I prefer the longer styles of skirts, not because I'm leary about showing my legs, but simply because they are so darn comfortable to wear.

They can be worn for a casual day at the beach or out for dinner and drinks with your fella.

All you need to do is change your top or add a wrap and voila you are all set for an evening on the town, and look good doing it.

Summer fun

The feature that I like about these skirts is the length. It isdifficult sometimes to find a pretty, comfortable, knee length skirt,so for this reason, they have my thumbs up! Not that 'mature' ladies can't wear these, I'm sure there are some beautiful ladies who would look fabulous - and I would be envious as hell!

Young at heart

Here is something for those svelt, sexy, long legged femmes fatale! Not that I wouldn't be caught wearing anything like these short, hot little numbers, but somehow I don't think the man in my life would be wanting to follow me around with a baseball bat - as he would say! (Such a sweet man...) He prefers me to wear something a tad more modest - knee length - these short skirts wouldn't make it out of the house I'm afraid!

However, for the unattached young thing wanting to snag someone of the opposite sex, and look amazing doing it, these cotton numbers are perfect! They have all the color and pizzazz for the fashion conscious woman who likes to follow the beat of her own drum.

Dance of the Seven Veils

Well this may not be exactly seven veils, and unfortunately, there isn't any dancing involved either, so sorry to disappoint! I think I lost most of my audience with that one...

However, women have been using scarves as accessories before clothing was fashionable, hence the above mentioned dance, and any item used to showcase their strengths needed to be something pretty damn special!

In the spirit of the dance, this style of scarf is a show-stopper. I have worn many scarves (not all at one time though...) and several styles of sarongs, and never failed to garner compliments on the attire. I can't say I've worn them quite the same way as these particular manequins, but they do catch your eye!

For the more conservative

For those of us who don't care to bare their midriff, a fashionable alternative is a long Asian, or peasant style blouse. Most of these are the newer Bollywood style of Boho, but they do have a wonderfully tailored look.

My personal favorites are the peasant style blouses - for the same reason I like sarongs - that multitude of sin's thing. They flatter your figure, keep you in style and are most comfortable to wear. Given the opportunity, I would live in them!

As you can see, they come in a multitude of colours and styles and can be worn either casual or dressy. The longer line fo the shirt gives a longer, thinner look, which is exactly what I need.

The ears have it

Now we come to the section that most women can't live without...jewellery! These pieces have a wide range of wearability, and are easy on the pocketbook - what's not to love about that?

This style of jewellery is popular with all ages and not regulated to just the 'hippy dippy' crowd - just turn on the news channel, talk shows, or take a trip to the mall to see how women from all walks of life have embraced these fashion accessories.

I have seen these styles worn by receptionists in doctor's offices, retail clerks (that's a surprise...) and lawyers - the ladies my dear...the ladies! Every woman wants to look her best, and sometimes all it takes to complete a make-over is some jewellery.

These pieces give a new perspective to the catch phrase, "Don't leave home without it!"

Last but not least...

This once-upon-a-time flower-child look has come full circle, like many other's we have enjoyed over the years, and is taking the fashion industry by storm.

Once again, beautiful people of all ages are showing off their flair for colour and style, which just goes to show - hang on to those 'out of date' fashions ladies...sooner or later, they will come back with a flourish!

I recently looked through my jewellery box, as of course, I knew I had a couple of pairs of earrings like the ones featured here, and lo and behold, they were gone. After spending a few hours trying to locate them to no avail, I called my daughter to ask if she had seen them lying around.

She had seen them alright - she was wearing them! Ah well, such is life. So it appears that I will be on the hunt for a couple of new pairs.

This time I will be sure to hide them somewhere she won't think to look!


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    • Enelle Lamb profile image

      Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Me too! Would love to own it :D

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      Jasmine Pena 5 years ago from California, USA

      love the dress that the model is wearing:) looks beautiful and cute:)

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      Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Sorry Vicky, I too would love that dress, but I have no idea where to find it!

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      Vicky Stuart 5 years ago

      I would just like to know where can I get the actual dress in the pic and how much? I really love it and just have to have it.

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      NicoleSmith 6 years ago

      Great dress, I love it.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      LOL I hear you! Mind you, I wore mine until it fell apart! Absolutely love that style :)

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      Fashion Tips 7 years ago

      I remember buying old boho style dresses at Salvation Army with my girlfriend when we were 16years old, going through our hippie stage. Now in my late twenties, I wish I would have kept those clothes. The pieces we bought then cost us not more then $10 comparison to the cost now lol

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      ...and they look so pretty too :D

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      bohemian cocktail dresses 7 years ago

      Its really nice wear something colorful and comfortable.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I agree breakingnews, I wonder if they have any for gardening? LOL

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      breakingnews 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice skirts, its really nice wear colorful and comfortable skirts.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Welcome double_frick, and thank you! So glad you liked the hub :D and if you really feel the need to shop I certainly won't stop you LOL!

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      double_frick 8 years ago

      i looooove boho and as sally's trove said, steampunk!

      if i had money to spend on style, it'd be between those two things. probably a little of both styles. :)

      great hub, makes me want to shop!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      ehollis - me too! thanks for stopping by :) a pleasure to see you!

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      ehollis 8 years ago from Bath

      Yes, here is something some any one. I like it...

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      midnightbliss - I completely agree!

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      I love the skirts, its really nice wear something colorful and comfortable.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I completely isn't easy finding the right style that suits your figure...but you know...longer tunic tops over tights or jeans would look marvelous!

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      Mrs. Obvious 8 years ago from Northern California

      I love this style too. Being a vertically challenged person, I never wear skirts, it just makes me look even stumpier than I am!:( I wish I could. Thanks for the great hub.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi RedElf - glad you stopped in for a visit - always great to hear from you! Thanks so much :)

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Wow - you have some amazing comments here, Enelle. Love the Kurta tops - but then, I have always loved tunics. Thanks for another fun hub.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I think the styles are set and we refurbish and reinvent them each time they come full circle. As to getting back to basics - I think that desire encompasses more than just fashion...

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      BoHo is quite the craze, isn't it? Just as you said, we of that generation were doing it then, with much the same spirit of being kind to the earth and being free.

      But this BoHo style is like the remakes of the songs of our era that have gone past their copyrights...I am reminded of a little drive with my daughter a few years ago, where we were listening to the radio and "Our Day Will Come" (Ruby and the Romantics) came on in the original. My daughter happened to know all the lyrics, and I asked her, "How?" This song was SOOOO before her time. But someone had done a remake, and this song was "hot" among her 13-year-old friends.

      Even the Victorian era is coming back in the trendy steampunk style.

      Well, I guess what goes around, comes around. Are we done inventing enduring styles? Maybe we all want to get back to, well, something more basic, or something that spoke at the time and still has a new and invigorating voice today, a voice more compelling than our current jaundiced or stunted perceptions.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Ivorwen - My pleasure! It is fun isn't it?

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you so much Enelle! I love that look too.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Ivorwen - The Bohemian style of the late 1800s was all about being released from the bounds of convention, and part of that convention was corsets, lacing, stays that were considered part of the trappings of proper society. The Bohemian movement (I will have to look up the dates and I think it was french but not sure) was a reaction against the strict bounds of polite society - at least in, or as exemplified in the very proper dress. The loose blousy clothing we think of as the "romantic" french look - flowing bloused sleeves, cummerbunds, flowing "gypsy-girl" skirts: came from that style - very similar to the current "boho" look in the loose and flowing style.

      LOL guess I'm just a Bohemian at heart!

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I love these flowing styles. They are so much fun to wear, though I have never found them to be particularly practical.

      Do you have any idea what is meant by bohemian style of the late 1800's? I have seen it in several old books, written in the late 1800's, but have not figured anything out about it, except a lack of corsets.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Feline - I would absolutely love to go shopping with you! If I ever find myself in your neck of the woods I will request a guided tour!

      David - I hope you have earphones my friend - don't want to wake the neighbours LOL Thanks for stopping by!

      Jaspal - Comfort is what it's about (at least at my age LOL)

      Reena - Oh Bliss! My two favorite words LOL! It's shaping up for a get together - better put on the tea!

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      Reena Daruwalla 8 years ago from INDIA

      This stuff never went out of style in India. I agree with feline prophet; the shopping you will find cheap and cheerful here :)

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's always nice to see a lady who is wearing something that looks comfortable ... and I'll second Feline's invitation! :)

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      David R Bradley 8 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

      Cool stuff. I'm gonna go put on a Grateful Dead record and go to sleep!

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Enelle, you need to come to India for some street side'll be thrilled! :)

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi and welcome Cheeky Chick - thanks so much for commenting! I love the comfort factor and now I can be stylish too LOL

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      Cheeky Chick 8 years ago

      Enelle, nicely done! My figure calls for more tailored pieces on top, but the short skirts are perfect for me. I love the jewelry as well.

      Good to know that a little comfort is back in style.