What is Bohemianism?


I think everyone has heard of Bohemian chic, but there are a lot of people who don't really know what a Bohemian is. If you've been hearing everyone talking about boho style dress, but aren't really sure what they're talking about, this article is for you. Here, I'm going to outline a little bit of the history behind Bohemianism. 

To start, we're going to have to bring it waaaaaay back to the nineteenth century. Yeah, I'm talking about the 1800's. Back in the day, there were loads of Romani people immigrating to France. The Romani were a nomadic group of people who, originally from Northeast Asia and Northern India, traveled all over Europe.  So why were they called Bohemians, you ask? Well, they were called that because the French thought they'd arrived from Bohemia, and the rumor stuck. Anyway, the french were very consumed with their own way of life, and if you didn't fit their idea of normalcy, you were basically cast out of society to live in the shadows. They were said to be filthy, disgusting heretics. Another term for them is "gypsy" (which is actually considered to be a slur, if you didn't know). And, the Romani folks, well, they just didn't really care what everyone else thought about them. 

Bohemians were considered to be lesser than everyone else. They were oppressed, lived in low income housing, and had these crazy notions that you should treat others with love and respect, that money wasn't as important as happiness, and that government shouldn't dictate what they did. So, to simplify things, they were what most people would consider to be "free spirits." 


I think everyone can relate to that feeling of being looked down on, in one way or another. The bohemian lifestyle is more than just a fashion trend. It's more than a way of thinking, it's a way of living. Bohemians are full of love and don't have a care in the world. The entire world can be against them, and they'll be fine, because they have love in their hearts. For a more in depth look at Bohemian fashion, see our last blog post here.

Bohemianism isn't anything new, and it's never going to get old. 



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