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    Talking Jerry Garcia! Paging Jerry Garcia!

    Hippie chic comes back

    Bohemian style is all about wearing freedom on your sleeve

    By Shelly Fralic, Canwest News Service June 15, 2009

    Somewhere in hippie heaven, Jerry Garcia is chuckling into his beard. The late titan of tie-dye, whose love of the colourful T-shirt style became a sartorial trademark during his reign as frontman of the Grateful Dead, would surely be chuffed that hippie fashion, an oxymoron to the most stylish of snobs, is making a big comeback.

    He might say you can't keep a good carefree look down, or maybe that everything old is always new again. So, why not reinvent the original summer of love's trendy togs for a new generation?

    And so as you breeze through your local mall or rifle through the racks at a favourite clothing haunt these days, you'll notice not only is tie-dye back for a curtain call, but from Wal-Mart to Banana Republic to H&M, the summer of 2009 is all bohemia all the time, as peasant blouses, peace symbols, headbands, patchwork, tie-dye tees, beaded jewelry, broomstick skirts, long jersey dresses, and even those blister-inducing Mexican sandals that took the Woodstock generation by storm, are back in style.

    If you're a baby boomer with any counterculture history, you'll recall that huaraches were the ugliest and most uncomfortable shoe back in the day, at least until you broke them in, which you did by wearing them in water and then letting them dry to fit your feet. They were cheap, though, and lasted forever, and were as close as a hippie ever came to a loafer.

    Fast forward to 2009, and the new-age version of the traditional Mexican peasant sandal, originally made with woven leather strapping on a sole of recycled tires, are now on tap at Aldo shoe stores in an elegant colourful incarnation called Spalla, the tires replaced by a lighter rubber sole and the basic brown by shades of purple, mustard and silver.

    And then there's the peasant blouse, or tunic, the standard unbleached cotton uniform of every bohemian girl who came of age in the 1960s.

    It, too, is back in a big way.

    Still gauzy, beaded and embroidered and looking so Joni Mitchell as to make a nostalgic former flower girl want to burst into a refrain of Big Yellow Taxi and head on down the I-5 in a psychedelic Volkswagen van.

    Banana Republic's version of the peasant blouse, which is almost elegant, even comes in a floor-length feminine frock called a patio dress, all breezy and free-flowing, the haute version of the liberating caftan.

    But it's tie-dye that seems to be popping out all over, now a mass-produced factory update of that messy technique that hippies would undertake in old laundry tubs by cinching everything from shirts to sheets with elastic bands and soaking the works in Rit dye.

    Rip Curl (ripcurl.com), a surfing brand known for its hip beach look, is just one casual wear company that's tie-dye mad for summer, offering everything from tie-dyed hoodies and tanks, pants and dresses and, of course, board shorts.

    At Wal-Mart, tie-dyed tanks for women and peace sign T-shirts for kids rule the racks, while Nike's making tie-dyed Dunks, Converse has rainbow-coloured tie-dyed high-tops, and a "tissue crinkle tie-dye" T-shirt is in stock at J. Crew.

    This generation of boho chic actually began its reincarnation a few years back, when starlets like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, model Kate Moss and British actress Sienna Miller began traipsing about on red carpets in baggy dresses, sloppy purses and ragged coats; their poor little rich kid togs having taken on the couturier interpretation of the non-traditional blithe-spirit garb worn by the vagabonds, gypsies and nomads who roamed Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Bohemian style, whether it's borrowed from the 1800s or the 1960s, whether it's runway chic or the mainstream look of a brand new summer, is all about wearing your freedom on your sleeve.

    They say that what goes around comes around, and that you should never throw anything out of your closet because if you wait a generation or two it will be back in style again.

    Which means that if Jerry was here instead of in rock and roll heaven, he'd tell you to dust off that pair of bell-bottoms buried in the back of your closet.

    Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

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    They say that what goes around comes around, and that you should never throw anything out of your closet because if you wait a generation or two it will be back in style again
    Unfortunately... none of it will fit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    Unfortunately... none of it will fit!
    Who said anything about "fit"????
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