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Examing the 'Boho' trend

The Bohemian trend is one that I've personally adopted. With its light, flowy weaves, and chunky knits, you can mix textures, patterns, colors, and fabrics, without a second thought. Accessorize with a ton of the biggest, boldest jewelry, and the biggest, thickest scarf you can find.

The Bohemian trend began in the nineteenth century as a form of rebellion against a shift in the social classes in Europe. Certain "new" lower-middle-class members felt guilty over their abrupt rise in class, and wanted a different life - usually as an artist or poet. Through the years the Bohemian trend has changed with the times. It saw the life of Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde at the end of the 19th century. It saw Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf in the roaring '20s. It gave a way of rebellion to the Beats and Beatniks of the '40s and '50s, the Hippies of the late '60s and early '70s, and the Ravers of the '90s.

Today's Bohemian is a style seen from the city streets to college campuses. It's considered trendy - not rebellious. It's a different kind of fashion that the brave wear boldly, and those who don't care wear brazenly. The best part? It's so easy!

The Bohemian look is characterized by loose-fitting clothes. Loose tops should be worn with fitted jeans (to avoid the bag-lady look) and loose pants with fitted tops. (Please, no hammer pants or parachute pants or M.C. Hammer parachute pants!) Layer anything and everything! Jewelry, tops, sweaters, scarves. Just don't try it with pants - that could get ugly.

This trend is designed to be comfortable. The idea is to make it look like you just threw something on this morning and you naturally look this good at seven am, even though you spent an hour last night figuring out what bracelets to wear with the outfit that took you an hour to pick out. (Welcome to my life.) You should look effortlessly fashionable.

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