Being inspired by the hippie culture since ever I thought it’s high time to delve into my interest’s background  and the world of the neo – bohemian and find out what makes the free-spirited so cool. Starting with music festivals around the globe and especially living the style during the summer months the trend does not go away and follows us also throughout the winter months. Tie-dye, florals, bleached out denim, fringes, feathers and tassels and even now Navajo looks are everywhere on display. Why are we feeling this mood and pull of the iconic hippie era?

Well, think of Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg.. All free-spirited pioneers of the mid ’60s movement, that arose in the United Stated during that time and spread to other countries around the world. The early hippies inherited countercultural values, created their own communities, embraced the sexual revolution, used drugs to explore altered states of consciousness and spread love not war. 

Hippies sought to free themselves from societal restrictions, choose their own way, and find new meaning in life. One expression of hippie independence from societal norms was found in their standard of dress and grooming, which made hippies instantly recognizable to one another, and served as a visual symbol of their respect for individual rights. Through their appearance, hippies declared their willingness to question authority, and distanced themselves from the conformist segments of society.

My favorite hide away and inspiration country number 1 India also plays a significant role in this movement. Lifestyle trends such as yoga, meditation and spirituality high come all originally from India being a travel experience undertaken by hundreds of hippies between 1969 and 1971. Carrying little or no luggage and with small amount of cash almost all followed the same route hitch-hiking across Europe to Athens and Istanbul, then by train trough Turkey, continuing by bus into Iran, across the Afghan border through southern Afghanistan over the Khyber Pass into Pakistan to the Indian frontier. Once there, hippies went to many different destinations but gathered in large numbers on the beaches of Goa and at the foots of the Himalaya in Rishikesh. Some crossed the border into Nepal to spend months in Kathmandu.

Today, the modern poster girls take style cues from the true hippies of the day but give the look a luxurious contemporary spin. Just look at the hot Olsen twins, bon vivant Kate Moss, splendid Sienna Miller and cool girl Erin Wasson. Confidence is key, as is the ability to pull an outfit together with a dash of nonchalance. And ‘s key pieces, such as the Happy Holi Hippie Bag and Abdillah Boots, help you to give also your look a rock ‘n roll ultimate hippie spin.

sources: threedeadkings, net-a-porter, wikipedia

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