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How to Dress Bohemian when Travelling

Bohemian clothing and fashion have been around for well over a century, making it not only one of the oldest but also one of the most versatile and enduring sartorial styles throughout history. The inherent nomadic and artistic nature of this style of clothing makes it ideal for travelling both short and long distances. Originating in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, bohemian style first became prevalent in the early 19th century when these nomads, who were considered social outcasts, made their way over to France. Since that time, bohemian fashion has evolved tremendously, but its unique, free-form, artistic, and natural elements have always remained consistent.

Born with an unquenchable thirst for empirical and cultural knowledge, travelers who don boho chic fashion are determined to allow their unique penchant for self-expression as well as inward and outward exploration guide their journey into the physical world.

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Tips for Wearing Bohemian Style During Travel

Mother Theresa once said: “The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. The less you have, the more free you are”. She was talking about poverty, how material possessions control our lives, and the concept of living in simplicity—less is more. But this same concept can be applied to the authentic bohemian lifestyle and especially this style of clothing, which is also a poignant form of self expression and idealism. Less really is more. And it’s also liberating to be unbounded by an abundance of material objects that can easily clog your mental performance and perspective.

With that in mind, here are some useful tips to make the most out of bohemian style during travel.

Choose Breathable, Light, Flowy Fabrics

Organic cotton, linen, jute, hemp, and silk are all excellent fabric choices when it comes to living an authentically bohemian, artful, and sustainable lifestyle. These materials give you the freedom that comes with unrestricted movement of the mind and body. No harsh harvesting practices, no chemical dyes, and no micro-plastics in your clothing. Just simple, breathable, and comfortable clothing that allows you to move and think with ease.

Layer Your Clothing

Layering clothing and accessories are an integral part of bohemian fashion. On a symbolic level, layered clothing and accessories indicate that we are all unique and complex beings with different spiritual perspectives. Carefully placing and then removing each layer at the beginning and end of each day isn’t just an automatic action; it becomes a spiritual ritual that allows us all to see further and further into the depths of our souls. Layering clothing and accessories is akin to adorning our unique physical temples (our bodies) and showing off who we are on the inside to the world.

Wear Funky Prints

One of the main qualities that draws people to the bohemian style of clothing and lifestyle in general is its unique ability to let individuals explore their wild sides with reckless abandon. Living a life that’s free of restrictions is beyond empowering; it’s an ideal goal that we all yearn for and strive to achieve. But only truly free-spirited individuals have the courage to actually actively and openly pursue this way of living. The result is their outward self-expression that allows them to wear bold, bright colours and outrageous prints that others wouldn’t dare touch.

Embrace Earth Tones

Earth tones are warm, natural colours that promote inner peace and relaxation. These include colours like dark browns, light tans, deep blue, grey, green, orange, and red. Any colour that can be found in the natural world is considered an Earth tone. Organic materials like cotton and linen have their own natural hues like light blues and whites. Some of these colours can even be enhanced using natural dyes. The point is that natural Earth tones can make us feel closer to and even one with nature, which is why so much of the bohemian lifestyle is embedded in living authentically and organically.

Have Fun with It

As much as there are certain guidelines you can follow to live a truly authentic bohemian life, the number one priority is that you make it as unique to yourself as possible and just have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to try new things and most importantly, don’t worry about how other people perceive or judge you because those judgments have more to do with them than they do with you. All you should worry about is living your truth and not letting others inhibit your style, no matter where you are in the world at any given time.

Popular Bohemian Style Options

To help you enhance your bohemian style to the next level and put together some excellent travel outfits, here are a few of the most popular bohemian style options. Of course, you can and should add your own unique flair to them!

Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are most ideal for warm, exotic, and tropical travel destinations like beaches or deserts. With the right accessories, these long, flowy, and comfortable dresses can easily be dressed up or dressed down as needed. And the best part is that they’re usually made out of stretchy materials, making them ideal for any mode of transportation.

Loose Printed Bottoms

Whether you prefer long flowy skirts or loose-fitting and breathable flared pants or shorts, printed bohemian-style bottoms are a great way to add a little depth and unique personality to any outfit.

Crop Tops

Midriff-baring crop tops have been around for a long time but are now seeing a resurgence in popularity among teenagers and young adults. The ultimate show of youthful and sexual rebellion, crop tops can be adorned with a variety of accessories like jewelry or printed shawls to further enhance their appearance.

Woodstock Lodge is an online bohemian clothing style retailer. All of our clothing and accessories are sustainably and organically sourced and handcrafted by local artisans around the globe. For more bohemian style inspiration and ideas, feel free to browse our online catalog or contact us.  

  • March 23, 2020
  • Mrityunjay Awasthy