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If you think on bohemian, you probably think someone wearing homeless people clothes – ripped destroyed jeans and a warm long coat that is on even on sunny days. For example Mary-Kate Olsen in her late teens.

Yeah, it’s pretty true. This is how one bohemian looks like. But what people often don’t know that Bohemianism isn’t only about what you wear. It is a lifestyle and it contains certain characteristics.

A bohemian is a person who has a irregular careless lifestyle. Bohemians are often whether artists or academics.

Bohemians are educated. He/she is open-minded and reads a lot. Their lifestyle is tied with musical, artistic and literary pursuits. Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.

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  • musical, artistic or literary interest/specialty
  • unorthodox or anti-establishment political or social views
  • rebellious, careless and irregular lifestyle
  • make love not war mentality
  • baggy clothes in bold colors
  • often is vegetarian/vegan
  • doesn’t care what others think

The word bohemian first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities. Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or anti-establishment political or social viewpoints, which often were expressed through free love, frugality, and sometimes through voluntary poverty. A wealthy and privileged, even aristocratic, bohemian circle is sometimes referred to as the haute bohème (“high bohemians”).

Henry Murger was born in Paris in 1822. He is considered the “First Bohemian” because he created the image of what we see as Bohemian today. He wrote Scenes de la vie de Boheme, which became an opera called “La Boheme.”


The term Bohemianism emerged in France in the early nineteenth century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class, gypsy neighbourhoods.

People who were called “Bohemians” were often very poor, because they tried to live by painting, acting or writing. It was hard to make a living. They generally wore old or second-hand clothing, and could not afford a good hair-cut. They often shared the room in the roof of a house, which was cheap, because it was cold in winter, hot in summer and often had birds living there as well. In some ways the life of a bohemian artist was difficult, but it gave people freedom to express themselves, that was often not found in more conservative society, where everyone worried about what other people thought of them, and cared a lot about things like clothes and houses. Sometimes students from richer families would come to live a “Bohemian life style”, so that they could feel the same freedom to express themselves.

Bohemians were typically urban, liberal in outlook, but with few visible political passions and, above all, creative. Though critical of organised religion, they were keen – witness the pre-Raphaelites and Oscar Wilde – to defend and explore the religious spirit.

There is five types of bohemians devised by Stover:

  • Nouveau: bohemians with money who attempt to join traditional bohemianism with contemporary culture
  • Gypsy: the expatriate types, they create their own Gypsy ideal of nirvana wherever they go
  • Beat: also drifters, but non-materialist and art-focused
  • Zen: “post-beat,” focus on spirituality rather than art
  • Dandy: no money, but try to appear as if they have it by buying and displaying expensive or rare items – such as brands of alcohol

Bohemian look is combination of ethnic, hippie, vintage, and gipsy styles. Girl with big, loose colorful floral dresses – this is your time to shine. Bohemian clothing is known as colorful and with eye catching patterns. Hold your tight clothes in the closet and choose the plus size or men section in the shopping stores. Bohemians wear loose over-sized shirts, hoodies and jeans that will surely hide the shape of your body. For girls gypsy dresses and skirts are very trendy. Accessorize your look with big necklaces and bracelets, furthermore wear a hat or a vest. Gladiator shoes, sandals, flip flops, leather cowboy style boots and platform shoes will cover the footwear.


bohemian fashion and style, Nicole Richie

Bohemian Style Clothing
Angus Stone and Isabel Lucas is bohemian couple

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I decided to dedicate this blog post to Straight Edgers. So, what is so wonderful about Straight Edgers is that they are cool people – they are hardcore punker/rockers, who DOES NOT drink, smoke, nor use other recreational drugs …. and they don’t have sex before monogamous relationship.

So, basically why I think they are so wonderful is that because I can relate to them as I do not smoke nor drink, though I am not that into hardcore music, but still (… and well I’m not cool, but, hey, it gives me hope :P)

Straight Edge was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock. The term was adopted from the song “Straight Edge” by the 1980s hardcore punk band Minor Threat. Straight edge emerged amid the mid-1980s hardcore punk scene. Since then, a wide variety of beliefs and ideas have been incorporated into the movement, including vegetarianism, animal rights, communism and Hare Krishna beliefs.

Minor Threat


  • hardcore punk/rock/metal music taste
  • no smoke
  • no drink
  • no sex
  • vegan/vegetarian lifestyle
  • wear symbol X
  • may be more conservative than other youngs

1970-early 1980: Straight edge grew out of hardcore punk in the late 1970s and early 1980s in East Coast of the United States in Washington D.C., and quickly spread throughout the US and Canada. They were partly characterized by shouted rather than sung vocals.
Straight edge individuals praised the original punk ideals such as individualism, disdain for work and school, and live-for-the-moment attitudes.

Straight edge sentiments can be found in songs from:

  1. band Minor Threat,especially the song “Straight Edge”
  2. English punk band – The Vibrators – song “Keep It Clean”
  3. Jonathan Richman’s early band – The Modern Lovers – 1970s song “I’m Straight”, (it rejected drug use. He was one of the few prominent 1970s hard rock icons to explicitly eschew alcohol and drug use, singer/guitarist).
  4. Ted Nugent was also a key influence on the straight edge ideology.

The Modern Lovers

Bent edge: Bent edge was movement that grew from Straight Edge. As Bent Edgers were frustrated by the rigidity and intolerance in the hardcore scene they were rebelling against Straight Edgers by heavy alcohol and drug use. It faded away by the end of 90s.

mid-1980s: In the mid-1980s, the influence of music on the straight edge scene was at an all-time high. Bands had a strong heavy metal influence.
The band Youth of Today song “Youth Crew” expressed their support for Straight Edge. Vegetarianism became an important theme in straight edge. Youth of Today’s 1988 song “No More” supports vegetarianism with disturbing video and lyrics from song: “Meat-eating, flesh-eating, think about it. So callous this crime we commit”. Veganism and animals rights became important.
Bands: Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Bold, Chain of Strength, Uniform Choice, and Slapshot.

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1990s: By the early 1990s, militant straight edge was a well-known part of the wider punk and DIY scene. However, straight edgers were not known for being tolerant. They displayed outward pride, outspokenness, and showed a willingness to resort to violence in order to promote their sub-culture. The militant straight edge individual was characterized by being more conservative and less tolerant of homosexuality and abortion.
In the mid-1990s, a number of bands advocating social justice, animal liberation, veganism, and straight edge practices leaned towards metal. During the 1990s, the straight edge scene split into factions: hardline and Krishna Consciousness.

2000s: By the beginning of the 2000s, only small groups of militant straight edge individuals remained. There was a growing amount of tolerance of people who do not follow the straight edge lifestyle by straight edge individuals. The musical styles of the bands involved more varied, ranging from a youth crew revival style to metalcore to posicore.
Bands: Champion, Down to Nothing, Embrace Today, Have Heart, Throwdown.

Down to Nothing

Have Heart

James Hetfield is Straight Edge

X symbol
The letter X is known for a symbol if Straight Edge. It is worn as a marking on the back of both hands, though it can be displayed on other body parts as well. It can also be incorporated into clothing and pins.

As Straight Edgers are punkers, rockers or metal fans, they wear clothes that are popular among those music styles. Dark clothing. T-shirt should be black with political slogans, or they may be vintage. They can often wear a t-shirt that says Straight Edge, XXX or something else that associates with it. Jeans have to be loose and dark. About footwear, black Combat boots are very Straight Edge. Maybe a bandana around neck and wear hat.

Straight Edgers one style example (SXE is also called Straight Edge)

Straight Edge Girl


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Hipsters…whether you love them or hate them or are one of them. I have seen many different types of hipsters. Heard many different definitions. Many people use hipster as a swearing word, it is often used as an insult. People think of hipsters as mainstream wannabes who do nothing, cries their eyes out when there is no WiFi, wear weird clothes and have no values. They sit in the computer all day long and are macaroni faces who can’t even succeed doing 3 sit-ups.

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(Picture describing how people think hipsters think)

The article from ( reveals that there are hipsters hate blogs; saying “if there’s one thing more fashionable than being a hipster, it’s laughing at hipsters,” and belief that hipsters are self-possessing know-it-all’s.

Critic Armond White accuses hipsterism of adhering to cynicismnihilism, and associated amorality.

But…in reality it’s a little bit different…actually quite a lot different.

Yes, hipsters are different from the majority. They don’t listen to Lady Gaga or Pitbull. They don’t follow the latest celebrity fashion trends and don’t have the latest Samsung Galaxy phone. And they definitely are not also the people who do everything to make others noticing them by being loud. Hipsters are different, though they don’t fight for the attention. According to Wikipedia, hipster is a subculture of young from urban middle class adults and teenagers.

Hipsters are people who have:

  • independent music taste
  • non-mainstream fashion style
  • liberal or independent political views
  • alternative spirituality/atheism/agnosticism
  • alternative lifestyle
  • independent film choices
  • independent magazine and website choices ( /

Hipsters subculture is developed from beat, hippie, punk and grunge. The term itself was coined during the jazz age, when “hip” emerged as an adjective to describe aficionados of the growing scene. Although the adjective’s exact origins are disputed, some say it was a derivative of “hop,” a slang term for opium, while others believe it comes from the West African word “hipi,” meaning “to open one’s eyes.” The essence of the definition of “hip”, attested as early as 1902, is “aware” or “in the know”. Conversely, the antonym unhip connotes those who are unaware of their surroundings, also including those who are opposed to hipness.(

Matt Granfield in his book HipsterMattic described hipsters this way: “While mainstream society of the 2000s (decade) had been busying itself with reality television, dance music, and locating the whereabouts of Britney Spears’s underpants, an uprising was quietly and conscientiously taking place behind the scenes. Long-forgotten styles of clothing, beer, cigarettes and music were becoming popular again. Retro was cool, the environment was precious and old was the new ‘new’. Kids wanted to wear Sylvia Plath’s cardigans and Buddy Holly’s glasses — they revelled in the irony of making something so nerdy so cool. They wanted to live sustainably and eat organic gluten-free grains. Above all, they wanted to be recognised for being different — to diverge from the mainstream and carve a cultural niche all for themselves. For this new generation, style wasn’t something you could buy in a department store, it became something you found in a thrift shop, or, ideally, made yourselfThe way to be cool wasn’t to look like a television star: it was to look like as though you’d never seen television.

(Buddy Holly’s glasses)                                                               (Sylvia Plath)

Both mail and female hipsters are usually thin. Muscular all-American male ideals and curvy women – Marilyn Monroe type sex symbols don’t appeal attractive to hipsters. Overly tanned skin and fake blond hair are big no-no’s for hipsters.

Hipsters have “elitist” music taste. They don’t listen to main-stream bands that everyone knows, more like artists who no ones heard of. They listen to nu-rave (i.e. The Klaxons, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair), minimalist techno, independent rap (i.e. Spank Rock, Talib Kweli, Aesop Rock), nerdcore (i.e. YT Cracker, MC Lars, MC Chris), Elephant 6 (i.e. of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo), garage rock, and punk rock in addition to all manners of independent rock. Favorite band is very likely Bright Eyes, The Arcade Fire, The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Strokes, or something of that nature. Also watches independent and foreign films and reads independent books, magazines, and periodicals. Is a fan of modern art and may also be an amateur artist.


    Bright Eyes                            The Arcade Fire                                The Artic Monkeys

 FASHION STYLE Like previously mentioned, hipsters wear their grandparents clothes and do shopping mostly in the thrift or vintage shops, but also at Urban Outfitters, American Apparel. They dress in a progressive but retro fashion that is often changing. Popular items include leggings, mini-skirts, leg warmers, ’60s dresses, headbands, chunky jewellery, and large shirts and sweaters for girls. For boys the clothing choice is skinny suits and ties, tight jeans and cords, t-shirts with ironic sayings and images, cardigans, plaid and buffalo check shirts, colourful hoodies, and tight windbreakers. Both genders frequently wear dirty Vans and Converses, flamboyant Nikes, large plastic frame glasses, and neon wayfarer sunglasses and are sometimes pierced and tattooed.

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LIFESTYLE Hipsters hang out at fashionable coffee shops, indie rock shows, and hipster dance clubs. They do their grocery shopping at the Whole Food Stores and are often vegans or vegetarians. Often eat ethnic and organic food.
MINDSET Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent’s trust funds.

What do I think of hipsters? I absolutely approve hipsters mindset. I think they are stylish. I love the fact that they know about music and films that aren’t well-known and that they aren’t impressed of overrated Hollywood action and sci-fi films. I love that they want to be different and are independent thinkers. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about them.

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