According to Wikipedia, this is the definition of Bohemianism:
"Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds."
I have always taken my style cues from history. Inspired by the hippie and bohemian culture, I tend to feel naturally attune to the gypsy inspired bohemian style both in body and spirit as well as the nature-loving hippie in me who naturally wants to rebel from society and the norm. But there are distinct differences between the purely aesthetic bohemian style and the politically driven hippie sub-culture..
The Hippie with their long hair, bright colours, flared jeans, sandals, and long beaded necklaces, set themselves apart by a unisex fashion. They used the way they dressed as a means of showing an affiliation to the radical ideas they adopted. The hippie sub- culture began in San Francisco where early hipsters came together and formed a community of shared values including independence from mainstream society to the opposition of war.
Hippies were about free living and self-expression through music, literature, film and performance art. The bold patterns, tie-dye and patch work of the hippie look were symbolic of the rejection of the conformity of mainstream youth fashion as well as a rejection of the establishment – that is : conservative values, corporate culture and commercialism.
Bohemianism, on the other hand, derives purely from an aesthetic standpoint rather than a political one.
It has a distant history that lies in poetry and art however bohemians took their name from the Romani Gypsies who travelled through western Europe through Bohemia. The gypsy lifestyle was perceived as a romantic lifestyle of unrooted wandering.
Boho is a decadent and stylish look worn by the more well-off in society. It is heavy on accessories, layering and overtly feminine fabrics such as silk and chiffon, free flowing nomadic styles, gladiator sandals and broad-brimmed hats. It is anything but a minimalistic trend.
That being said, more and more people are being drawn to the identity, lifestyle and general outlook of the Boho & Hippie life. Perhaps it's just another trend, or perhaps there is a mass awakening or global shift busy happening on earth, and we are all gravitating towards a change that unites us as people and connects us back to nature?