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Fashion: SPM says 'No' to Boho

No matter how cute your bolero top is

 by Megan Irwin  published on Thursday, September 15, 2005


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Last spring when Vogue, the bible for all things bourgeois, declared that boho, short for bohemian, was the next big thing, we had to chuckle. Upper class snobs dressing like bag ladies? Not likely. College coeds wearing skirts below the knee? Suuure.

But then Mary Kate Olson, everyone's favorite little sister, turned burned out celeb, rolled out of bed tossed on an oversize sweatshirt, an ill-fitting skirt and some cowboy boots. Suddenly, a trend was born.

Don't get us wrong. We actually kind of like the long flowy skirts, oversize sunglasses and boots that are hot this season. But it's getting a little out of control. Seriously, how many necklaces can one girl wear before she crosses the line between trendy and absurd? We're thinking it's somewhere in the neighborhood of, oh, one

Not to mention, hijacking a trend like this is about as far from bohemian as you can possibly get.

We might not be as as avante garde as Henry Murger and his Water Drinkers (for the unitiated, Murger wrote "Scenes de la vie Boheme," arguably starting the movement), but we can still spot a phony a mile away. .

Websters.com defines a bohemian as "a person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior."

Allow us to translate: That bolero you bought last week at Charlotte Russe is not boho. It's trendy, it might even be cute, but boho it is not.

That's not to say we miss the days of the Von Dutch micro mini. We don't. Just don't go overboard. Are you really going to want to explain pictures of yourself wearing 15 necklaces and a bolero? Didn't think so.

Megan swears she invented big sunglasses. Mock her at megan.irwin@asu.edu.



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