People throw around the word bohemian like it’s going out of style— boho this and boho that— but what does bohemian even mean?
By definition, bohemian is used to describe a person, artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules or practices. In other words, a gypsy. More commonly, bohemian is known as a hippie-inspired fashion— flowy dresses, wide-brimmed hats, bold prints, western-style boots, gladiator sandals and lots of jewels.
Not to discredit Merriam-Webster or fashion designers worldwide, but in my opinion, there is a lot more to the word bohemian than a rule-breaker or trendsetter.
To be bohemian means to let your hair down, figuratively and literally. It means wanderlust, and an appreciation for nature. It’s the urge to run around barefoot, and swim in the sea. It means untamed hair, sun-kissed skin and a salty soul. It’s being independent, and strong-willed. It’s knowing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s all things Penny Lane. It’s dreaming big, and dreaming often. It’s a place where bras are optional. It’s creativity and originality. It’s to be kind and warm, but carefree and unapologetic. It means you are confident in your own skin, and are unruffled by the opinion of others. It’s speaking your mind, but knowing when to remain silent. It’s driving along the coast with your hand out the window. It means you’re always looking for the next adventure. It’s sipping your coffee in a room full of morning sunlight and cacti. It’s loving fiercely and hard. It’s messy buns and frayed denim. It’s learning how to let shit go. It’s yoga, or running, or whatever makes you feel really, really good. It’s a cold beer straight out of the can. It’s chasing the sunset. It’s unfiltered passion.
To be bohemian is to be wild and free. To be bohemian is to be you.