Photo by Bryce Johnson, Bryce Johnson Visuals
What is a Bohemian sophisticate? Dictionary.com (2017) and Merriam-Webster.com (2017), define a Bohemian as a native or inhabitant of Bohemia and a bohemian as someone that is a wanderer or a person living an unconventional life such as a writer or artist. A sophisticate is highly complicated or someone having a refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated through experience, education, or culture (Sophisticate, 2017; Sophisticated, 2017; Sophisticated, 2017).
“Bohemian” and “Sophisticate” are two words that are not incongruous. However, they are not generally paired together, especially in a style sense. Someone with a sophisticated style likes clean lines and classic pieces while someone with boho style favors patterns and flowery detailing. Although some blending of genres and varying characteristics is inevitable, we tend to gravitate towards the same things time after time based on our tastes. That is not to say that we must limit ourselves in what we enjoy but boundaries exist in what meshes well together and what doesn’t.
Because I love oxymorons, contradictions and breaking the “rules,” I am creating The Bohemian Sophisticate. This blog will explore how these two concepts can compliment instead of clash with each other in fashion, design and life. I see this mission as an artistic challenge. After all, the way we dress, decorate our living spaces and live our lives are expressions of our personalities and the way we feel or how we define ourselves. Thank you for joining me on this journey!