Bohemian Prep Style Essentials

Striped Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt

Because one can never quite shake off your Prep school days. Polo Ralph Lauren pretty much fills your wardrobe and we LOVE Brooks Brothers though maybe can only afford Red Fleece. On top of your countless navy dresses you have an array of these shirts but the colour scheme remains consistent: navy, white, black, navy & white striped, red & white striped and possibly a pastel colour: pale yellow or baby pink. Naturally we all own one in baby blue. Other great places for basics: Hawes & Curtis for everyday shirts, A.P.C and Boden.

 

 

 

 

High waist Sailor Trousers

Stylish and oh so fiddly but soooo chic!
Continuing of with the sailor theme we do love our Breton Striped T-shirts. Summer holidays are likely to be coastal retreats in Newquay Cornwall; LA; South of France or really anywhere with a lovely sea view.

 

 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Top-Zip Tote (Luggage)

 

 

 

So affordable, so chic and practical.
Only purchased in the colour “luggage.”

 

 

May pair with either Gucci loafers or Converse High Top Sneakers or white leather tennis shoes.

Perfume: Galop d’Hermès
Jeweller: None whatsoever
Nail Polish:  Mademoiselle by Essie

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Bohemian Prep

You are most welcome to the Wonderful World of The Boh-Preps. A coddled Bohemia for bohemians with manners and literary leanings. Who have the bohemian spirit but lack the unruliness and obstreperous dispositions of bohemians of the past.

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This term is first seen in “The Preppy Handbook” by Lisa Birnbach. This term ironically merges the ‘traditional’ Bohemian as defined by Stover be it “errant spirits” with Birnbach’s concept of Bohemian Prep someone with a “freer spirit.”

Boh-Preps are likely to be named Catherine, Sophia (pronounced like sapphire) or Evelyn. Boys names ranging from Oliver, Sebastian and Jack. Sometimes after a flower like Violet or certain cities like Florence (because that is where Mummy was swept up by Daddy’s guitar-playing in a rustic barn-house restaurant in Tuscany where she was conceived.) Most decisions like spelling choices are dictated by literary heroes for instance it’s not boh-prep to name your son Alan it must be Allen after Ginsberg. Occasionally some odd-ball names like Franny and Zooey because of Salinger. (I really shouldn’t have to explain this to you.)

Likely to listen to Gainsbourg on Sunday afternoons. Not afraid to admit our shallow leanings and not everything we like has to be sophisticated we are dilettantes much like our cousins Nouveau Bohemians alas we do not necessarily have their funds. We may be as educated as Preppies though channel it into the arts and culture. Boh-Preps are unlikely to be doctors or engineers. Life’s too short to be conventional.

As cultured as we may be we are not materialistic because we adore Kerouac so much and are always a sucker for a Beat Bohemian. It’s not our fault those wayward bartenders-guitarist-starving artist types are so cute! Minimalism is likely to be a phase you have wandered into. Naturally, it didn’t last long as you have a fondness for antiques, flea markets and err… Rodeo Drive. We are a contradiction in terms.

We are likely to wear what can only be described as a Blue Shirt Lullaby. Pale blue shirt, skinny jeans navy or black with white tennis shoes and a Nehru Blazer (again navy or black.) Blazers are usually collarless because we like to be rebellious and it annoys our Preppy cousins! Both sexes will own and often wear a navy and white (breton) striped shirt.

We only wear cotton like our cousin The Preppies and like them share the ethos that style must be effortless and tailored.

If you’re a bit rebellious you’re likely to pop on your brown fedora. 

Handbags are always tan leather.

Breton stripes are a wardrobe staple paired with a navy cardigan if its chilly. Sometimes sporting a beanie. Oooo especially if it has a fur pom pom! Long sleeved crew neck tops in winter in either navy, grey, white or black. With a long skirt, don’t be surprised if it’s down to the ankles we like to be covered up. Modesty is a style virtue. Men will pair up a long sleeved top or shirt with cinos in navy or beige. In the summer months we might wear a polo shirt, ladies wear with a long skirt, never with trousers.

We like to vacation by the sea, the only festivals we attend are literature one as music ones are too vulgar these days i.e. celebrity-filled thus attracting philistines. Hobbies include writing poetry and essays on obscure topics, painting, flirting with artists (or Professors), searching for first editions, gallivanting around European museums and making baklava from scratch.

Often found in the countryside on weekends picking wildflowers and petting squirrels, may stay in the city and hog a coffee table for half the day on their own or with loquacious pals. Typically has a longstanding artsy or community-based project to complete like a novel, learning braille or setting up a workshop series to help troubled teens heal through art.

Like our conformist cousins The Preppies we feel a great amount of duty and responsibility so are likely to volunteer in some capacity. Finally, like our 2nd cousins the Hippie’s we feel a desire to change the world in some small way.

Leave a comment if you are a Boh-Prep – we need to unite and connect our tribe!

So I was at Hay Festival and this lady wore a Sweater saying Gainsbourg is God and I thought… #BellaFreud #Ginsberg

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… Please God say it’s an imitation of Bella Freud’s Ginsberg is God sweater that I have coveted ever since I saw Kate Moss wear it in a ElleGirl 2003 magazine candid shot. The man next to her says “Oh I got this from Cos.” (Completely teasing me!) Then the lady answers: “It’s Bella Freud” and I’m like “Oh is it $300 bucks?” And she confirms it is meaning it’s the same designer and same price point that is well out of my reach because I am a mere Poet.

So here’s the jumper she was wearing…

 

 [Discovering Serge Gainsbourg and Beat Bohemian Apparel]

 

If you’re a Rich Poet (total oxymoron) then like yeah… Go buy one here. Or if you’re a kind-hearted Poet/Artist/Nouveau Bohemian/Preppy Bohemian please do buy one for me! [Size XL, please message me on Facebook so you know where to post it.]

Evidently this is a nod to Serge Gainsbourg the French singer, painter and musician, who I would not have known the name of but for the Gainsbourg v Ginsberg Jumper probing at Hay. Naturally, I already recognised the sound of Gainsbourg’s music, I just didn’t know his name.

So have a listen.


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So here it is in all its knitted literary splendor. I was actually imaging to wear this piece with black skinny jeans and white tennis shoes (to be an ironic Beatnik which is so not ‘Beat’ and the white tennis shoes is a bit Hipsterish but I secretly like it and would just end up Bohemianizing the whole look anyway.)

Regardless, Kate’s Look is sooo much better.

 

 

Gift yourself one now Sweetie!
Buy

 

GINSBERG IS GOD
EAU DE PARFUM

£85.00

This unisex fragrance is inspired by Allen Ginsberg, the tousled headed poet surrounded by books and papers – the scent of green leaves and spring drifting in through the open windows. The heady scent is laced with notes of Frankincense, Wormwood and Leather with spicy hints of Black Pepper. Size: 50ml.

They also have candles and menswear (if I had a boyfriend I would soooo get him The Last Poets jumper even if he had a square job.)

 

 

For The Boyfriend
Buy here

 


Anyhoo, a bit more about Bella Freud. Yes, she’s the daughter of Lucian Freud and the grand-daughter of Sigmund Freud (the man that wrote an essay titled “Fetishism” and dribble-dabbled about “penis envy.”)

If you can’t get to her shop at 49 Chiltern Street, London then visit BellaFreud.com

 

If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford the sweater that I’ve always wanted since I was 13 then go show it off on instagram and tag her shop: @Bella_Freud 

Bit of homework… You could watch this short film Bella wrote and directed and psychoanalyze it to Sigmund’s theories…

The Quintessential Bohemian: Laren Stover

 

Laren Stover is the author of The Bohemian Manifesto: a Field Guide to Living on the Edge.  It is a literary treasure with the most beautiful illustrations by Izak Zenou.

Laren has the beauty, elegance, style and curiosity that perfectly captures a true Bohemian.

This Manifesto is so exquisite to own I cannot tell you how many times it has uplifted me in moments of melancholy and I always get swept away by the romanticism of Bohemianism every time I gaze at the pages. 

 

 

Laren Stover

She is the Editor-at-Large of Faerie Magazine  Stover has also published a darkly comedic novel called Pluto, Animal Lover: A Novel

Begin 2017 with a Bohemian Bang akin to the sound of champagne Muselets catapulting on the walls of a Nouveau Bohemian’s Upper East Side apartment in the Winter… Well you’re not going to stay in the freezing abode of your Beat or Zen Bohemian friend’s place… Nouveau’s are your friends in Winter they can afford heating and food! Zens and Beats are for the Summer when you’re On The Road… Dandy’s are your all seasons friends because they’re always so charming and chic! But wait what kind of Bohemian are you? There is a delightful Quiz at the end of this Quirky Field Guide to tell you which one you are…

If you’re someone who relishes in curious details from counterculture style, to bohemian must-reads (yes there’s a reading list) then this book is for you. The most charming pages of all are the Case Studies which tell you where these curious creatures live, work and their background. So charming, so dreamy! This book will make you delve into Bohemian Consciousness and maybe make you feel less alone about the freedom and rebellion we crave.

Oona the Actress: Case Study

“Oona is tall Swedish and, unbeknownst to her Bohemian friends, a princess. All her actor friends live in squalid Lower East Side, Brooklyn or Harlem apartments. Flickering lights in hallways, mattresses on the floor, candles in wine bottles, crooked stairs. She was jealous!”

If glamour, creature comforts and beauty still can’t quite escape you then have a peak at The Bombshell Manual of Style. The allure of dazzling beauties became another one of her anthropological quests as she felt they were an “exotic species” as discussed on The Early Show in her interview for the book. The interview was conducted by Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook.)  Another video teaser of the book to watch.

Laren On Bombshells: 

“A bombshell believes in her fantasies, she may be wearing a rhinestone bracelet but in her mind it’s Cartier… She doesn’t need to be perfect she still believes she’s a Goddess.”


Purchase The Bohemian Manifesto here.
The Blurb:

Bohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind, an atmosphere. It is not a trend, its a timeless movement. It is about living beyond convention. THE BOHEMIAN MANIFESTO explores and joyfully celebrates the creativity, the originality, and the splendor of a lifestyle and spirit shared by free-thinking, free-living artists, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, and intellectuals. This is the first book to distill and categorize all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In a witty and engaging style, Laren Stover examines the contents of a Bohemians closet, bathroom, and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isn’t wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your home-you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lamp shades-and how to identify what type of Bohemian you might be.

For the Bombshell in your life or those seeking a New Year Makeover get this book!
The Blurb:

In this glittering beauty and lifestyle guide packed with pearls of wisdom, Laren Stover has compiled everything a woman needs to know to live the Bombshell life: from how to dress and make an entrance to what to eat and where to shop. It tells readers what makes a Bombshell tick; road-tested outfits for 25 occasions; must-have Bombshell sleepwear, handbags, and fragrances; what’s in the Bombshell library; and what she looks for in a man. With scads of little-known facts about real-life bombshells like Liz, Mae, and Lana this fun and ever-so-practical little book is certain to bring out the inner Bombshell in every woman.


Connect with Writer, Editor & Melancholy Connoiseur Laren Stover

LarenStover.com
Instagram: @Faerie_Style
Twitter: @Reine_Des_Fees

Read her article for The Paris Review: Pimped for a part

Laren for The New York Times:

Design Spotlight from Hereford Indie Food Festival: Bardot Living by Hattie Stock

BARDOT Living:

Adventure   |   Culture   |  Artisanal   |   Beauty   |   Tranquility

“I’ve always adored going on adventures to faraway places in search of one off treasures to fill my home. It brings me so much happiness to own a house full of unique pieces which all have their own story to tell, each made in parts of the world with wonderfully rich culture and skilled craftsmanship.”
Founder, Hattie Stock

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Hattie Stock

Meet Hattie: Founder & Creative Director of Bardot Living, she’s a beautiful blonde fellow bohemian with a passion for Modern Boho Interiors.

Every item is handmade by skilled artisans using traditional methods unique to the area they come from. 
No two pieces are the same due to the artisanal way they are made, giving each item its own unique beauty which cannot be replicated.
Tranquility is created throughout the brand and products by using a neutral and earthy colour palette which brings calm to your home. 

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From tableware to cushions and throws Bardot Living gives your home a Bohemian edge either with one off pieces or why not indulge and buy a whole collection of tableware for your next dinner party.

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Sourced ethically:
“We source our stock from cooperatives set up to look after the artisans who make these beautiful items. Most live in extremely rural, mountainous areas, making it hard for them to sell their products and make a living. These cooperatives provide a market place and a consistent salary for the artisans. “

Look out for her blog too found here:

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Have a wander tomorrow Sunday 28th August at Hereford Indie Food Festival to meet Hattie, check out her pop-up stall and grab a bite to eat!
Location: Berrington/Aubrey Street, Hereford

 

Darlings if you don’t make it to the festival shop online there’s a sale on plus gift cards are available too!

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