To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment – to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind – to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none –to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art – this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in his outward and visible aspect. - Gelett Burgess
The word Bohemian (not to be confused as residents of the country) first came from the French word referring to gypsies or the Romani people who moved to France before the 18th century (I couldn’t find the exact date). Bohemianism emerged in France then when artists and creators began to concentrate in their lower-rent, lower class Romani neighborhoods. And when it appeared in the English language in the 19th century, it is used to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of these marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians and actors in major European cities.
Reading up on the Bohemian spirit cited from an American writer’s description above, it’s easy to say that I could totally relate. But another thing that’s a characteristic of Bohemianism? Voluntary poverty. Ooops. 🙊
Free and easy are some of the few words to describe the early bohemian outfits and style which is characterized by light floaty fabrics or the peasant look. And this big question still remains in me, how come white lace dresses are associated with this lifestyle? Ahaha. All these history didn’t really connect to assure myself that I was wearing something proper for our year-end company party. Lol! From what I gathered, natural materials (in line with their earth-loving ethos) are a fabric choice for the boho-chic trend (a trend that was popularized by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in the early 2000s in music festivals) and emphasis on ethereal look made chiffon, lace and silk appropriate. I guess my look fell into the modern boho-chic look and the one who won the best outfit in the company (a staff of mine btw) really embodied the pure bohemian look and spirit in her long, curly locks, loose printed dress with another printed cape accessorized with dreamcatcher necklace and bindi jewels in the face. She totally nailed it. Don't worry, I did my best to be an entertaining bo-host that night. Lol! 😂