The 60s and 70s are known to be the era of free love, freedom fighting and peace mongering. Psychedelic drugs, peace signs, music festivals—these are the things that come to mind when we think of that era. Though many of the young people today who are fascinated with the boho style weren’t born yet at that time, this flower power era is immortalized in everyone’s mind as a particularly exciting time to be born in, especially in people who are boho by heart.
Boho tunic have made a comeback since then, and they are now being mixed and matched with different items to create specific style permutations like Boho-chic and Boho-cool. Boho-chic refers to a more refined bohemian style which can be achieved by incorporating classy and modern pieces like leather pumps and handbags, and is sported by Vanessa Hudgens with her usual attire of boho tunic, worn with skinny jeans and high heels. Boho-cool pertains to a more relaxed and comfortable version of the Boho-chic, much like Sienna Miller’s outfits.
Despite these new assimilations, it is still important for Boho fans to learn the common elements of a boho-style tunic and the principles behind them so that you can easily channel the flower child in you. What exactly makes a tunic bohemian?
Tie-dye- Bright dyes are used in coloring fabrics like cotton in order to achieve the tie-dyed effect. To create different patterns, the fabric is folded or tied with a string in various ways, after which the dye is applied. After washing the fabric, the dye is allowed to set by air drying the material. A lot of clothing brands carry tie-dyed tunics such as boho-brand Free People.
Eclectic prints- Boho style tunics are usually printed with paisley, African tribal patterns, and psychedelic graphic design. These patterns are usually in vivid colors that mimic the intensity of color-perception brought about by the usage of psychedelic drugs.
Designs from nature- Boho tunic with flower prints and embroideries are ubiquitous. This inspiration stems from the naturalistic roots of the flower power movement. The 60s and 70s era was all about going back to the nature and cultivating a love for all creatures as a form of resistance to war, and this were reflected in the fashion style of that time.
These elements are still present in current boho styles. Depending on which style you feel best represents your personality, you can choose from any of these and be the flower child that you wish to be—or at least, look the part.