photo via The Bohemian Collective
I know I tend to snark about fashion a lot. I only dislike fashion when it promotes cultural appropriation or negative attitudes about class status or body image. That said, I think having a personal style is important for everyone. Lately, I’ve been making more of an effort to develop my own style. Ultimately, I’m incredibly inspired by clothes in fantasy and science fiction–outfits worn to participate in rituals or battles. In that sense, my clothes are like my armor. I love clothes that are practical, uniform but organic, with feminine touches. Honestly, my style icons are Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica and Alice from Resident Evil. Basically, anything that will look good accompanied by a weapon like a sword, knife, bow or gun is what I like.
I also really like war paint, but, you know, there’s a time and a place for that, unfortunately.
Some trends I’m enjoying lately are cool headwear (circlets, chains, scarves), nature-inspired imagery like antlers or skulls, astrological and astronomical symbols, boots, patterned tights, beaten metal, and buckles. The fall season makes me feel like a hippie. I like having items that I can wear every day that go with everything. So I was pretty much gushing while looking at the new lookbook by the Bohemian Collective.
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I love that it has a mix of funky and tailored clothing, and also evokes a sense of wanderlust. It feels very Western, too. Hey, Burning Man takes place close to where I live, so I’d like to think I understand bohemian style pretty well by now. And I was born in Berkeley, so there you go.
I love the photography and outfits in this lookbook, and it’s been a big inspiration for parts of my in-progress NaNoWriMo project. Check out more at the Bohemian Collective website.