Every summer you see it: a resurgence of interest in hippy clothes. Fashionistas emerge from their winter wool chrysalis floating through the warm days in light flowing layers like beautiful boho butterflies. OK, so that may be an exaggeration, but you get the picture. As soon as the sun comes out, everywhere you look there are those proclaiming that they know exactly how your hippy vibe should look this season.
But is that really what hippiedom is about?
The roots of hippy culture are wide ranging. Although the movement as we know and recognise it now was birthed in early 60s American youth as an expression of estrangement from the strict societal norms, the influences that shaped it are far ranging. Drawing on European gypsy culture (the literal Bohemians), and eastern spiritualism, the hippy movement signifies freedom of expression, freedom of love, artistry and creativity, and alignment with the forces of nature and mysticism.
Just as everybody’s beliefs and aims within this ‘counter-culture’ lifestyle are unique to them, so is the outward manifestation of their inner self. That’s why you won’t find truly hippy clothing on the high street, because there is little heart or individualism in anything mass produced.
The best hippy clothes are hand made, creative, full of colourful expression and, more importantly, produced in an ethically sound way which supports the individuals and communities who produce them.
So what should a hippy look like?
The answer to that is simple: you should look exactly like yourself. That means that whatever you decide to wear, or pair together, is your look, the hippy look.
From beautiful flowing dresses to flared pants, cashmillon to cotton, tie dye to Thai patterns, there is unlimited freedom in how to express your hippy personality. The only limit is your imagination! And whatever that look may be, the most important thing will always remain the choice to express your individuality, rather than the choice of the individual pieces.
We love to see how all of our customers interpret each piece of clothing in their own way. Head over to our Customer Gallery to see how your fellow hippies are living the life every day. Better still, send us a photo of you letting your freak flag fly in favourite piece of Mystical Mayhem fair trade wear and we’ll add you to the community.